Retired last year & moved to 5 wooded acres next to a preserve. My aching back from all the tree work and general lifting convinced me I needed a small tractor. Convincing the wife was a little harder. I read every tractor forum I could find and narrowed my choices down to Kubota and John Deere. GreenTractortalk has been very helpful. I learn something from most posts because I am starting from scratch. Steep learning curve. Always wanted a tractor, but could never justify it until now. Yesterday I ordered a 1026R, FEL, MMM, Rototiller, and I-Hitch. Now if I can contain myself during the 2 week delivery wait. Like someone on the forum said, "It's like waiting for Santa Clause". Speaking of which, I think I will start a Christmas list: Ken's hooks, a heavy hitch, yellow Eagle fuel cans. Any other suggestions, Randy.