Okay, after years of drooling, pandering, begging, pleading and "yes, dear's", the wife has finally given her blessing to the purchase of a compact tractor for yard work. This will include the mowing, moving a piles of mulch every year, a front bucket for when we do the weeding/pruning and, of course, neighborhood status. (It's a guy thing, the gals here wouldn't understand).
Now I'm looking for the opinion(s) of those who have one. Deere? Kubota? New Holland? Something else?
I'm not looking for the stuff from Lowes, HD or Wal-Mart. I know it'll run from $15K-18K so its the quality and reliability I'm looking for in both the machine and dealer. I'm on the coast in Hancock County so it's probably limited to either Ellsworth or Bangor but I'd travel a little more for the right dealer.