I bought a new Massey Ferguson 36HP 4WD (1735 M) tractor in 2019 and it is an absolute working beast, I love it. Shuttle drive, 12 gears and a front end loader. I settled on it over JD because it was 800 lbs heavier than the comparable JD tractor and $2,000.00 cheaper. If their mowers are similar I would bet they're good. I have done everything from work ground, log, mow and move dirt with this thing and not a single hiccup. Sometimes dealers have demos or last years models they'll sell cheaper. Don't get the eco fuel model (model E i think) they are a pain with the recycling fuel system.I always search the net FIRST,, just to see what's out there.
I don't know what kind of 'ground' your mowing?
My SIL was given a Simplicity Legacy XL, SUB-compact,,,,, I've pulled him out of the wet spots 3 or 4 times. Belly deck will not pick up high enough,,, ground clearance too low. Roll-over mower deck is very hard/ tricky for him to take on & off.
Positive thoughts,,,,,,, it's built like a tank & he really likes & uses the front end loader for landscaping & tree cutting.
Zero turns,,,, his neighbor has one. It gets stuck just as much, & it's very hard to steer & uncomfortable to use on the sides of slopes & hills,,,, BUT it is very fast,,,,, specially cutting after everything dries out.
I cut almost 2 acres,, 1 acre of wet bottom-land. Around dozens of trees, fences & a short 3 to 1 slope,,, & I do all of my own maintenance. So a garden size lawn mower is the only way for me to go.
My almost 20yo 19hp Craftsman was built back when they were somewhat built good. (+ 3 decks, 5 spindles & many idler pulleys, but it still runs like a champ,,,, FYI,,, it was $1800 year-end sale. lol,, top that. ;>)
Here's where I'm searching, for MY next upgrade, tractor mower,,, some NEW compact tractor/ mower lines;
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