I have done a lot of thinking on this subject and the answer is it depends on what you are doing. A tractor is more versatile and attachments are more widely available and cheaper but you sacrifice some lifting capacity and you can't dig as well with the bucket. With forks you can't lift as heavy skids. Overall the loader won't be as heavily built. Your skid has 1500 lb lift cap. so a larger tractor can lift that and do more with three point attachments. If you work in small spaces especially with landscaping you will miss the skid. If you have room to maneuver where you work go for the tractor. it will definitely be better for mowing. get a john deere kubota or new holland. get at least 30-45 or more hp and make sure to get the options you want like hyd ports, quick hitch, strobes, etc. now and bundle it in a package from the dealer with 0%. there's a lot of deals on new equipment. On the other hand, if you work in tight spaces,keep your skid and start looking for a good solid 15 to 20 year old 4wd compact tractor like a john deere 870, kubota L2250, or similar. you can find a decent one for less than $5000-$7000 if you keep the skid and don't get a loader. taken care of, this will do lots of work with a box blade, bush hog, tiller, etc. Now that I have said this, I own a JD 3203 32 hp with a loader. it has done a lot of work but lacks lift capacity and the hydraulics are poor. if I did it over I would have got a better bigger tractor just because I have always run tractors versus skid because of the work I do. If i was in your shoes, i would probably keep the skid if there is nothing wrong with it and get a good used tractor maybe even with a loader then I could have two machines. If money is an issue, be patient and watch cl and ebay there is a lot of deals out there. just my 2 cents.
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