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Tractor or Mower (Kubota)

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We are looking to buy something for when we get another piece of property. This property will likely be 10 or less acres. Most of the acreage is wooded and won't be used for anything. The actual acreage would be 3-5 acres that need to be maintained regularly. That said, we don't want to spend 25K on a tractor with front loader and major attachments unless it's absolutely required.

My question is what is the minimum I can get away with? I know I will need 4wd for sure, but as far as horsepower? We will use it to push or blow snow and I see that even the compact riding mowers come with pull behind brush hog options and snow blower options. We will need to cut grass and brush hogs aren't great with grass cutting.... I guess I am torn because I do not know right now if a front loader option is something I would need. :/

My question is more related to Kubota specifically because I have used them and like them the most. General specs will work too though!
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May I suggest a Ford 8XX series tractor. These go from $1000 to $5000. You can buy a used 860 or 840 for about $2500, and a full set of used implements costs another $2000. Don't be afraid of the 801 select-o-speed; that transmission, if it is running right when you buy it, will last your lifetime. Now you have everything you need for a small country place for less than $5000, and the tractor you buy will probably have 35 or higher HP. There is nothing like a backhoe bucket loader for convenience, but you don't have to own one because you can rent or borrow one. I went without a B/B loader for 20 years when I bought an old Ford model 775, and I wondered why I ever went without one. The BH/BL is the most useful tool on the place. Beware of bucket loader attachments for tractors because they are death traps that always need instant maintenance.
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