I am ready to buy a Yanmar and wanted your opinions on which to buy. I'm looking at these: YM1500D w/ loader and tiller YM1701 w/ tiller I won't be cutting much if any grass with this.. will use strictly for landscape, gardening and construction work. I need something strong and heavy enough to pull a sub-soiler through hard-baked Georgia red clay without effort. Another question is how heavy duty are the loaders (I think the brand is bulldog (?)). I was going to use an AMC RC-30 for an upcoming job - could a yanmar with loader do the same job if I allow extra time? There is a pine tree stump I have to dig out - so the loader would need to be strong enough to dig around and pull out a heavy taproot. I have sat on both tractors and the 1500D feels a little cramped. But so does my Sears Suburban SS12 (30+ years old, completely rebuilt but it is just too light for my needs). How much weight will the 3- point hitch pick up (for either tractor)? Will it lift a two-bottom plow? Pulverizer? Gannon rollover box blade? My dad's old 8N had issues with lifting heavy attachments. I've never owned a diesel anything - how much is required in maintenance? I looked at this site and will double check the hour meters.. if 0 or a few hours I will keep shopping. http://www.yanmarowners.com/yanmarbuying.htm Any other sites or guides I want to look at? Thanks!