First thing I got to say is twentynine is back in the game. Been out for a while busy with work and family. My wife and I have decided to start using the property as it was always intended, so we will be getting us some livestock. The first member of this merry band is already in residence. Cody the 4 year old paint horse. So, because the work level will be increasing, we are currently debating upgrading to a tractor that is more suited to the job. Front end loader, 4 wheel drive, power steering, larger bushhog, disk, maybe not all the bells and whistles but something that will save time and effort. We started our initial equipment search yesterday, with one requirement, what ever we buy will be from a local well established dealer. That leaves us with the brands of JD, Mahindra, Kubota, Montanna and grey trade Yanmar. Well right off the bat I took the grey trade and Montanna out of the mix. I have a grey trade now, while it has been a good tractor mail ordering parts with limited dealer support is not exactly comforting. The Montanna, it's a new dealership within an older establishment, I got the idea they had been talked into selling them and really weren't happy about it. So that leaves JD, which at this point I haven't shopped yet, Mahindra and Kubota. This is what I have so far-------- Mahindra 2816 4wd, with 5' disc and 5' bushhog-- $16,350 possibly some discount yet to be figured if I get everything from him. Mahindra brand medium duty hog and a generic brand disc. Kubota L-2800-DT-1 4wd (gear), 5' disc, 5' bushhog---- $15,009 All discounts figured. Woods heavy duty hog and Woods heavy duty disc. Dealerships? Well in comparrison I like the Mahindra dealer, he is about 15 miles out, been in business a long time, family owned. Friendly and knowledgable, salesman was courteous and patient. The Kubota guy, well while I got a very good price on the Kubota. The salesman was typical salesman, by the time I got finished with him I felt like I needed to go home and take a bath. Fast talking, head shaking, yes sirring and kowtowing. I swear everytime we cracked the door of the dealership this dude lit up a cigarette, took a drag or two stunk up the area and ditched the butt on the sidewalk. Self professed church going Christian man, I was at the point of telling him he needed to pray for help with them cigarette things. The dealership has been in business over 20 years, recently moved to a newer larger location. Distance about 5 miles. Both dealerships claim to have excellent after sales support. Both dealerships had very nice shops that appeared clean and orderly. So tell me like it is, straight arrow, shoot from the hip.