Well, this is the same old question but, I have a couple of unique situations that are giving me troubled. First, I am not using this machine for a business to make money. I own a couple of ranches in South TX and we are needing to work the machine personally. To start with I have to have a cab model. No options on this. We have serious bee problems and they are mostly africanized and they are bad news. If it was not for this problem I would probably just use an open cab tractor and loader for my work. The second thing that makes this a little different is that 99% of the ground is beach sand. We are no on the beach but, we are only a couple miles off the coast and it is just the sandiest stuff you have ever seen as far as you dig. There is no bottom to it. I run 2wd and 2wd tractors as well as 2wd trucks and jeeps on it all the time so it is not quick sand, just really sandy. Because of these 2 particular things I have to have a cab and tracks as far as I am concerned. The second unique problem is that we work mostly in and around Oak motts. The kicker is that we cannot cut the oaks down. We can trim them but, that is it. This one thing makes it very difficult to do the work that needs to be done on our cabbed tractors. No matter how careful we are we inevitably hurt the cab or we end up working so slow we are not productive. Now, most of our work is going to be maintaining existing roads by clearing regrowth brush and limbs. We will also want to use it to cut new small roads or jeep trails. We will most likely have some sort of heavy brush cutter on the front most of the time and we will probably have a tree shear as well. I really wanted a mulcher but, everyone has steered me away from it down here in the TX heat. They say that they are a maintenance nightmare and you have to stop and clean them non stop like once an hour or more. For this reason we will have some sort of heavy brush cutter so we will end up with a high flow machine. Now, we are looking at the CT332, LT190 and the 277C. I really like the performance of the deere. The only downside to it is the controls. I am ok with them but, my Dad who just had shoulder surgery 3 months ago is concerned they might wear on him when he uses it?? I don't think they are that bad and I am pretty sure he would be ok with them but, I think he just really likes the pilot controls. This is the reason we are looking at the LT190. I like the Deere better other than the cab and control portion. Now, the reason we are looking at the CAT is 2 fold. One, being n the sand and a very hot and humid climate we thought the pressurized cab might make us more comfortable. Secondly while sand itself is pretty smooth to drive on when you have tons of grass, weeds and brush growing in it, then it is actually rough as heck. We are thinking that the 2 stage suspended tracks will make the machine smooth enough to warrant the higher cost?? the last thing that s of some concern is that we plan to cut new roads or senderos as they call them here. Most of the machines are wider than the brush cutters you can get. Even if you just get a normal HD mower they are 84" and cut less than that. In looking at the machines the CAT is narrower than the rest and it seems that because of the cutters that are available this might make my life a little easier? The last thing we are considering is a grubber. This is where you basically shovel under a tree and pluck it out by the roots. For this application it seems the Deere would shine although with shallow roots and sand holding them any of the machines will likely work. So the real questions are: Are the creature comforts (cab and suspended tracks) on the CAT worth the extra money? Are the New Holland machines very good machines? These are the machines I know the least about. I have driven and demo'd many of the machines other than the 277c. the problem is that I demo'd at the lot or at my house, not where I will be using them. I will not likely be able to do a demo at our ranches since they are about 450 miles from home and there are basically no local dealers I know down there. Up here I use a lot of CAT and JD equipment and know the dealers well. So, any advise is much appreciated! Thanks!