First Look. Ferris’ New ISX800 Zero Turn

November… In the power equipment world this is when all the new models for the coming year get unveiled. One that really caught my eye is the new ISX800 from Ferris Industries. Known for their independent suspension and grease-able components, Ferris has been a leader in commercial zero turn lawn equipment. Up to this point, The middle…

Gravely Zero Turn Lawn Mowers. What’s in a name…?

  I’ve had a few old timers come into my dealership lately asking about the “return of gravely mowers” back onto the market. So I did a little investigating to see if the old company was still around and what they may have to offer. Let’s start with a little background… The Gravely Motor Plow…

Mahindra 1533 VS. Branson 3515

I was blind-sided the other day by a neighbor who stopped by to ask my opinion of what he called “That little Mahindra tractor made by Mitsubishi” I’m sure my blank stare said it all, But I told him I’d get back to him about it. I researched the Mahindra company web site and some…

Branson 3520 VS. Kioti CK3510

It may not feel like it today, but Spring is just around the corner. planting time will be here before we know it. There’s going to be a lot to do and you’ll need a machine that’s up to the task. From time to time I try to offer a quick comparison between tractors to…

Branson 4815R. A First Look

“You heard it here first!” Less than 3 days ago, the first 48 HP, 15 series Branson Tractors started rolling off the assembly line. ( A 4 cylinder 4×4 tractor with loader for around $20,000. I’m pumped! ) The 15 series tractors have been out for a couple of years now, so I know their…

Reviewing the 2018 Simplicity Courier

The Simplicity Courier…What can I say? It’s a pretty cool twist on lawn equipment. A quick glance reveals a zero turn lawn mower that also has a cargo bed to carry all of your supplies. But there’s a lot more to the courier… I’ve been in this business for 30 years and I’m not afraid…

Cub Cadet XT3 GSX Tractor Review

We’ve all said it..”They don’t make ’em like they used to” That’s true for a lot of things…But not everything! At Midstate Turf & Tractor, I talk to a lot of folks that need more than a lawn mower but don’t have the room or the budget for a compact tractor. Many times the homeowner…

COMPACT TRACTOR SHOPPING. PART 3#

If you missed parts 1 & 2  please go back & read those first. Because at this point, We are ‘knee deep’ into the facts behind compact tractors and what to look for when shopping for one. Today I will explain the different transmission options. PLUS we’ll discuss Lift capacities and wrap this series up…

COMPACT TRACTOR SHOPPING. PART 2#

In Part 1# of Compact Tractor Shopping we started the discussion of how to choose the right tractor. Today we’re moving on to Features & Options that really matter. WEIGHT. Depending on what your chores are, this can be the most important factor in your tractor purchase. Common sense would say “the larger the Horse…

COMPACT TRACTOR SHOPPING. PART #1

Buying a compact tractor is a big deal. Especially if it’s your first tractor. This is a serious investment of Your time and money. I am going to dedicate my next few posts to helping you research and find your perfect tractor. We’ll talk about what to look for and what really matters. When it…

What’s new for Branson Tractors?

Well, January is behind us. And here in Nashville, TN. the first day of February brought us snow flurries. So, why not stay inside where it’s warm and talk tractors. 1905h.   I call this little guy  “The lawn mower on steroids” A 19 HP 3 cylinder liquid cooled diesel with 4×4, power steering &…

Choosing the right mechanic to repair your Power Equipment.

Tis the season for colds and flu. AND for thinking about the repairs you’ve been putting off for your lawn equipment. Here is a little advice and some simple math to consider before you shell out your hard earned money to have any outdoor power equipment repair work done. In the past 3 decades I’ve…