Thanks for the input steamup. Not too late, I am looking for a good deal and still don't know what I want.
The local dealer has a JD 2320 with a drive over mower deck, a tiller, and a 200CX FEL for 10,950 right now. It is a repo with 180 hours and I think it is a pretty good price. However, I am thinking I want something just a touch bigger than this, like the 2520 or slightly bigger. The 2520 has 6" taller rear tire, 200lbs more weight and double the hydraulic flow. Never having had a tractor before, I am not sure if this is "big enough" or if I will be disappointed. I am also keeping in mind that this is my new "toy" as my race car project is getting sold off to buy the tractor...doesn't sound like a big deal to some but I like my toys and getting the right one is important
. I am sure I will be making/modifying implements and using the tractor whenever I get a chance.
I have a JD LT180 and a good push mower and string trimmer for doing the grass. I only want to mow the ~1 acre "field" that I have occasionally with the new tractor. I think I would be better off with a brush hog/mower that uses the rear PTO and 3pt for this work. There are hidden dangers lurking in this spot of my yard and it may take a while to get them all taken care of. The previous owner had a thing for cutting down trees with 3 inches of stump showing and then letting the grass grow tall around them....
Again, thanks for all the input guys and keep it coming. It really is helping!