I had a bobcat skid steer , a 753 It was a nice machine . I used it for snow and on an occasional job . But about 3 years ago I ran across a deal on a Kubota bx 24 , backhoe and rototiller . So I picked up this small subcompact tractor , for what I paid it would be a neat little toy . After toying around with it , I started finding work for it . Going on and across nice established lawns with no damage . So I started looking for more implements to fit its small size . On craigslist , picked up a mower , bush hog , grade box ,had the tiller , aerator and a york rake . Best of all I spent less than 2K for everything . That tractor paid for itself and the implements in short order . Mainly due to the aerator . The bobcat got used once that season . 2 years later ...... I hear about a guy selling a 35 hp new Holland tractor , HST ,4wd with a loader and some implements . i go look at it , 475 hours needs front tires , new 6 ft york rake and grade box both landpride. I tell him I like it , but need to sell a skid steer first . he asks me what do I have , calls a friend and his buddy buys my skid steer I buy the tractor and everything is a wash . So I get on craigs list and the auction sites . All my implements for the bota are too small, I pick up a big aerator , bush hog , finish mower, top dresser, and a slit seeded over the course of a year . All in ,less than $3000. I could do everything I needed with the small tractor , but some things took too much time . The larger tractor on the bigger work , moves . Again the best money maker is the aerator . I can do 4 acres an hour on ball fields . Pros on the skid steer for me , It could lift more and the cycle time was faster . I could MOVE dirt faster . I could lift a bit higher Cons of the skid steer for me Attachments were way more expensive Tight quarters doing repairs Heavy ,made ruts on existing lawns Skid steer , , hard to not tear up ground when turning Couldnt get out of machine with arms up if nessary Pros of the tractors for me Minimal lawn damage Implements are much cheaper more versitility in MY work Lighter on the trailer Easy to work on ..........so far Faster between jobs doing snow , I drive down the road Grade much faster with grade box York rake almost eliminates hand raking Slit seeder and aerator Make $$$$ Better visibility Cons of the tractor less power by 20 percent to 30 percent less break out force .... hasnt been a big deal slower cycle time on hydraulics If I need a skid , I can rent or borrow one , There is only one place to rent a tractor around here . Guys with skid steers are a dime a dozen .I can hire them for $ 60 an hour and they are good . There is very little competition that have tractors , none have slit seeders , 1 has an aerator and doesnt work my area much . There is lots of work on established properties where a tractor shines . Both tractors covered all their costs in the first 18 months of ownership , they were used but low hour machines . I use the tractors twice a week ALL year . The bobcat maybe 1 time a month .