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…

Branson 2400 Tractor Review

Recently while visiting Branson Tractor’s world headquarters in Rome, GA. The conversation turned to the most popular size of compact tractors sold in the U.S. today, all brands combined. Nationwide, tractors under 25 H.P. outsell every other size by a wide margin. That news really got me thinking about the Branson 2400 and 2400H. In…

2018 Exmark Lazer Z lawn mower review

December 1. Today. just 30 days until the new year. The 2018 Mowers are already in stock and on display in my store. SO…What do I really think of the New Lazer X from Exmark? There have been a few changes for 2018. More Kawasaki engines in the line, including 2 new EFI models. 3D…

Tips for lawn mower running problems

In my 30 years of professional repair experience I have watched the face of the lawn equipment industry change drastically. From the first zero turn mower to the recent   If you have ever experienced a time when your lawn mower runs poorly with a lack of power, try this little trick. ACTION= With the…

Tractor GPM. What it is & why it matters.

If you are shopping for a compact utility tractor, you will undoubtedly run into the term “hydraulic GPM“.  What in the world is that? And why should you care about it? Tractor hydraulic system capability is measured in 2 ways. PSI, or ‘Pounds per Square Inch’ of pressure. Pressure in it’s simplest tractor form, is…

HST vs. Shuttle Shift Transmissions

This was a rare morning on our farm, with nothing really to do but fill the troughs and mow the back pasture. So, with a little extra time, I thought I would take a few moments to touch on a question I hear frequently from our audience; “which transmission  is more desirable in a compact…

Spring is only 8 months away!

Fall will be upon us soon and most of us forget about our lawns as the growing season winds down. This time of year we tend to turn our attention to other important tasks. Football, bonfires and back to school for the kids, Just to name a few. Well when these warm-season grasses begin slowing down as…