As some of you know, November 2012 we were in an car accident. It was not our fault, but my faithful 1997 C230 was totaled. I went back and forth on what to get…but eventually decided that the F250 was my vehicle.
Well, I just got a new vehicle with that insurance money. A John Deere x304 Lawn Tractor!
If you read any of the posts back in 2010/2011 you will see that we planted the vineyard with very tight spacing…5′ x 40″ with only 12′ from the rows to the fence line. I didn’t test it well enough, so it has been very tight to drive around and also to use the current riding tractor.
So, why did I upgrade? Well, the current model was over 20 years old and I purchased it used from my neighbor at a garage sale when we moved to Sebastopol. Over the last 6 years I had to put in a lot of money to keep it going, so it was time. Why did I pick the John Deere? The biggest selling point is that is has 4 wheel steering! I hope you can tell in the picture that the back wheels turn also, so I can literally turn around a 20″ circle. On top of that is has a somewhat quieter engine, cruise control, hose clean out for the mulching bed, 4 year warranty, just to name a few of the options. Oh…and it is made in Wisconsin!!!
I’m hoping it will give me 20 years of good service at Turtle Vines.