Garden tractor vs Walk behind Snowthrower
I am moving to a new property with 2.5 acres. So first off, I will definitely be getting a garden tractor to cut the grass, attach a small trailer to for moving materials around, etc (so, not a low-duty riding lawn mower).
However, I am torn between trying to purchase a garden tractor in the late fall alongside a snowthrower attachment (after I move) so that I have it for snow removal duties. The alternative is to hold off on the tractor (they are rather hard to find in store this late in the year) and instead purchase a walk-behind snowthrower. The driveway length is approximately 100 yard, and about double car width.
I am fairly aware of the pros and cons of each approach (tractor is faster for clearing snow, but more wear and tear on the machine as it is arguably not built for snow removal; walk behind is more exercise ), but am more interested on any insights people on the forum might have who have gone through this before.
When is the best time to get a deal on garden tractors and their related accessories? I would have thought there would be some heavy clearance deals about now, but haven't had much luck finding anything other than the Lowes 15% off generic sale a week ago (but it was too early to purchase as I have nowhere to store it right now).