Boy you sound like a great JD fan. Why are you even on here? How is the JD product sold in the big box stores a degraded product? It's the same lawn tractor they sell at the dealer. Made in the same place too in Tennessee. Selling through the big box stores is a good business plan because there are far more Home Depots and Lowe's than there are JD dealerships and most are more convenient to the consumer who buys a lawn tractor. Kubota has chosen a different business path for selling their lawn tractors.I agree that supply and demand control selling price. But included as a sub factor in the "demand" side of the equation is the fact that Kubota has a very similar model for a few thousand less. And I have heard of no design problems with the Kubota like Deere has had with the air cleaner problem for instance. And Kubota has a backhoe that won't jar your teeth loose if you retract the boom to far to the frame. Deere has an opportunity to stand out with good service and dealer support, but as has been said on this forum, they often blow that off with stingy/crappy dealers in the mix. Deere has also gone to the big box stores to sell a degraded product, which Kubota has not done. Conclusion: Deere vs. Kubota, advantage Kubota in my opinion.
Trade it. Selling used for cash is tough and you will have to wait for the right buyer to come along that wants to buy a slightly used tractor for a top dollar price when they can buy a new one at 0%. Good luck on that!! That makes it really tough to sell a slightly used tractor.Thanks everyone. Some really good advice here. 90 percent of the hours are simply mowing grass so my thought is to buy a commercial grade zero turn. I have a great neighbor that has a SCUT with loader I can use whenever I need it. That way I do not need to store implements I hardly use. If all else fails I can trade it in and take a hit.