It's fair to say that I have hydraulic lift envy.
About 90% of my yard work requires removing debris and dumping it back in the compost pile. I have a trailer attachment for our trusty lawn mower that holds a lot, but I have two problems with it.
1. I can't back it up worth a damn, despite three years of practice. I jack-knife and end up hopping off the mower, picking up the trailer and setting it straight. Or, I completely remove the trailer from the mower and roll it back into the compost pile by hand.
2. I have to do just as much work to remove the debris from the trailer, as I did getting the leaves in there.
A friend of mine has a utility vehicle with a hydraulic dumper. It's one vehicle, so there's no worry when it comes to backing it up. She loads it and dumps it. End of story.
The John Deere ProGator Utility Vehicle would make the hard work in my yard a lot easier. Sadly, it costs as much as a new car at over $23,000 with an additional $5k for a 4-wheel drive traction unit.
I'll hang onto my mower/wagon and love it because without it, I would be making 4x as many trips to the compost heap pushing a wheel barrow.
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