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I am looking to buy/order a tractor within the next month or so, and need some help deciding on what to get. This would be my first real tractor - previously all I have is a lawn tractor. I keep bouncing around between 1025R, 2025R, 2032R, and 3033R.... Clearly I am lost, and I am a stereotypical paralysis by analysis type of person so these decisions take me a while.

The tasks I am looking to accomplish are as noted below. I'm not too concerned about getting each task done as fast as possible, just as long as the machine is actually capable of doing the tasks. Given the below tasks my thoughts on attachments/implements (though likely not all at once) are FEL, backhoe, land plane, box blade, snow push, forks - not sure on the rear blade. Then add in filling the rear tires, hydraulic top link for grading, and lights for night work (most often snow), and likely chains for snow. My tasks feel like they are a mix between being fine with a tiny machine, to really where a much larger machine would be optimal, so I'm looking for the jack of all trades that can do all of it, even if slowly on the bigger tasks. Money isn't a big problem on any of the machines listed, but I certainly prefer to spend less unless a 3 series is really what is needed to get the job done.



One time tasks...
Landscaping/earth moving in our yard, which would be flattening, moving small/mid sized rocks, adding loam, and land clearing. We have 3 VERY hilly and VERY rocky acres. Rocky is an understatement. Last year it took me 3.5 hours to dig holes for 2 rose bushes.

Working on a trail that runs around the perimeter of our property for walking with the kids and dogs.

Drainage improvement on property to prevent driveway wash out (driveway is 350' of all down hill)

Drainage improvement on private road to help prevent more wash out

Eventual small culvert replacement on private road (3-5 years)


Ongoing tasks...
Maintenance of 350' driveway (all on a hill). About 5000 sq ft of gravel with parking areas. This would be grading/gravel additions/snow removal (60-70" annual snowfall). Currently I clear snow with a 30" ariens platinum, works well, but still nearly a 45-60 minute activity every time it snows, which is when I'm working 70-90/hours a week.

Maintenance of 3/4 mile private road - this would primarily be grading and spreading gravel 1-2x a year. All my neighbors are 25-40 years my senior, so they provide the material, I provide the labor.

Trail maintenance on newly built trails, and occasional washout corrections on a few miles of trail that start on my driveway

Miscellaneous small landscaping tasks (mulch, planting)


So given the above... Which machine would you go with, and why? Which implements/options would you be considering, or what other information would you consider? Here to learn, thanks everyone!
 

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All these votes for the 3R, trying to get me in trouble! Right now I have two big hesitations about going 3R - one is the size increase - for storage, moving around tighter landscaping, and the hilly terrain. The road I'm working on is fairly flat, but my driveway averages a 15 degree incline, some portions much steeper then that, some less - getting sideways on ice is a real concern. Chains will be a must, but stability is very important. It's been pointed out to me that the big frame 2Rs have a lower center of gravity and can do factory/dealer wheel spacers to push out the base further, add in wheel weights/filled tires and it seems it would be a very stable base.

The second is price, not so much that it isn't affordable - an extra $40-50/month certainly won't hurt my budget - but where I'm not too concerned if projects take a little extra time, and after my one time projects are done I'm anticipating 30-50 hours of annual use for my normal chores - spread over relatively smaller use, an increase in productivity doesn't buy me too much for the extra dollars. Plus... I like these projects so I don't mind more seat time. If (emphasize on "if") the 2032R can do everything I need, just a little slower, I think it could be the ticket.

Heading to the dealer this weekend to see what I can put my hands on, but keep the thoughts coming, definitely making me think through some items I haven't been aware of
 

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Why not the 2038R?

I changed my mind at the last minute and signed papers on a 2038R instead of the 2032R. The difference between models was around $1.800.

(2032R) 24.2 hp VS (2038R) 30.4 PTO power.

Edit: I started considering the 2025R at the begging and quickly realized that the 2032R could do everything the 2025R could do with more power and comfort.

And the 2038R has a turbo. SOLD!!!
I did consider it (50% for being able to say "yeah it has a turbo" :p), and haven't ruled it out yet, but where I currently have no PTO implement plans, nor foresee any, I wasn't sure where I would see the benefit. Additionally, I plan on keeping this thing forever (I hope), so while probably irrational, the turbo is one more expensive part to be concerned about.

I would say a 2025r would work for you but think a 2032r sounds like a good choice. Keep in mind there is no correct answer. A 1 series wouldn’t be a terrible choice nor would a 3 series. I see you spending 30k pretty easy if you get all other implements you want.
Yes it is certainly getting up there in price! For us we have a relatively low mortgage, no other debt payments of any kind, and admittedly with a relatively solid income so I feel fairly comfortable with where the price will end up no matter which route I go. I agree the 2032R seems like a happy medium - it kind of sounds like all of them would do the job in some capacity, but this cuts it down the middle.

1 more thing, you joined the wrong forum if you're intentions are to "save money"!

The members here will easily spend your dough, but, you'll meet some of the nicest and most helpful people on the internet in the process so it's a trade off :).

Good luck!
I have noticed! We all feel comfortable spending each other's money, that's why we are all getting checks in the mail even if we didn't need it! Definitely seems like a good group, I'll stick around a while!
 
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