Went to CW Gray's Auction this morning. They had a few tractors, but all but one were gear shift transmissions. That's what I grew up using, but it seems so dumb when Hydro is available. Having used friends' with hydro, I can't imagine going back. And on top of that they were all pretty well abused. Didn't even stick around for bidding.
Stopped by the Deere dealer in North Haverhill and priced out an equivalent deere and holy cow are they expensive. I'd love to have one for silly reasons- John Deere stuff is sort of a family thing, but for nearly a $5000 premium I can't stomach it.
Maybe I can figure something out next week. Still interested in any opinions on my configuration and implements....