Review By : Kurt on 4/15/2012
Price Paid : $25,000.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : purchased with loader and mid mount mower
Purchased From : Carver Westide Power, Springfield, IL
Strengths This tractor is the perfect size, because it has enough weight to get traction when really needed, yet light enough that it does not leave imprints when cutting a damp yard, it has easy ingress/egress, has great power and torque, good lighting, well located controls and guages, guages also provide great information instantly such as ground speed, pto speed, etc., good turn radius in 4WD, but even better when not in 4WD, good visibility to the rear of the back tires where young children could get out of operator's sight giving a higher level of safety, very efficient on diesel fuel, R4 tires are virtually puncture proof and give good bite when needed, but do not imprint yard when damp, responsive hydraulics (even to the smallest of inputs), very reliable as I have had no issues since buying 3+ years ago, and last but not least, it's painted '69 Camaro hugger orange!!!
Weaknesses I have had no problems with this tractor and I've owned over 3 years, however, the 72" mid mount mower deck has broken 2 springs on the rear height adjuster. Instead of putting a 3rd spring on, I simply set the height I wanted and zip tied it. Another weakness with the mid mower is how difficult it is to put on and take off the tractor. This is a major pain!!! To rectify this issue, I bought a Kubota ZD331 zero turn yesterday!!!
Overall Highly recommend this tractor for someone with 5 acres of grass to maintain. I use it with the following implements: removable loader/bucket, 72" mid mount mower, 60" box blade, 60" regular blade, 40 gallon 3-point mounted sprayer with 10-foot boom, and a pto driven broadcast spreader with a 500 lbs hopper. This tractor will move dirt, sand, rock, snow, perform tilling, discing, and mowing with ease.
Parts : Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing :
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10