thanks for the help. what about a flail mower instead of a bush hog? a tractor this small isn't going to be wacking thru trees anyway. I'm planning to use this to do some rough mowing/high weeds/brush/briars. would a flail mower require less HP to run efficiently? if say I'm stuck using a 48" rotatary bush hog, could I maybe get away a 60" flail or even would a 48" flail offer any advantages over a rotary cutter? or vice versa? also, what about a 3 pt chipper? I've seen a few on C-list for around 1000 bucks. would 17 hp run a small chipper or am i crazy?