Just when we were all learning to love our broadforks and barrowing endless woodchip compost,howabout the return of the tractor thread!!
Our David Browns now in decade 5 ie the stage where things wear out that nobody ever made a replacement for.Our insurers might be less than impressed if (another) serious injury took place.While revamp machines done by brown overalled obsessives are tempting(and might still be best plan,easily best of older designs ie 780s+885 narrow/vineyards)what else is out there? Eg Solis Indian machines from composit global parts,cheap+seemingly durable.What else is out there? Kubotas maybe.US Tuffbilts still worth knowing about.
We all need;
creeper gears(how do people manage with 35/135s that don't go slow enough?
some grd clearance
bed widths(probably drum spacers on more compact design machines)
front loader options
front linkages(+PTO ideally)
4 wheel drive
as light as possible