Planning on buying a riding mower/garden tractor this weekend and would love some recommendations for specific models to check out. It will primarily be used for mowing the 1 acre flat area surrounding the house, but I'd also like to be able to attach a spreader or dump trailer to spread compost, seed, and all that fun stuff! I DO NOT want a zero turn, so please no recs for those!
I know to stay away from the big box stores and head to a tractor dealer, and I think I'm wanting something with around 25hp to be able to handle the attachments? Would like to stay around or under $2000-$3000. From old threads I saw some positive reviews for the Craftsman Garden Tractor and the Cub Cadet Z force. Any other suggestions?