One of the things on the long list of things that I need to buy as soon as this deal closes was a tractor. I knew going in with this much land your typical riding lawn mower was not going to cut it (lol). I had used one of those on a house I had with just 1/2 an acre, and it still took hours to cut a full law. The lawn on this property is several acres easy. Most of this sits in front of the house, tons of trees and what will become, with a little love beautiful green grass.
The previous owner had a houmongous tractor; I honestly did not think I needed that much tractor, but they mentioned they were going to sell it and gave me first offer. I still think it might be a bit much, but having more tractor seems like better than not having enough tractor.
Once the offer was given, I reached out to friends and the internet to make sure it was a fair deal. I know nothing of tractors and man, what a world. One thing I learned quick was that tractors hold value… like really hold value very well. Discounts on good brands (usually the green ones and orange ones) are not much. It also seems that there tends to be a million versions of the same tractor with just a tiny difference making it a completely different model.
Needless to say I have learned a lot about tractors over the last week. I must have watched about three hours straight of Messick’s YouTube videos just going over tractor types and appointments and 8+ hours all together. The videos are so well done I even feel confident jumping on the tractor and running it and am excited instead of intimidated.
This deal is of course dependent on closing the house deal… but right now my confidence is at an all time high that this sale will finally close.
The tractor is a Kubota L3901. This is an extremely popular model and includes a front loader, quick hitch, 65″ cutter and 60″ scraper. The cutter should make easy work of the lawn and trails. The scraper will come in handy for regrading the gravel drive. The most exciting part for me is the loader. Having a loader means I can order up a full dump truck of gravel, soil and rocks at a time and use the loader to spread and transport the material to where it is needed instead of breaking my back with a wheelbarrow going back and fourth.