I'll need to purchase a garden tractor with both mower and snowblowing capabilities. Any suggestions as to the best option? So far I've looked at Husqvarna, Deere, and Craftsman.
Best garden tractor with snowblowing attachment?
Get a Deere x series. I have an x 300 and have been impressed. I moved my mid winter snow banks. Probably took on 3 feet no issues
Im a welder at john deere in horicon. I can tell you they test thier gear to the max. They throw metal rods rocks 2/4s ect into the attachments to see what breaks then they make that part stronger. Also a reason deere costs more is the life time always get a part no matter how old something is. Every thing john deere has ever made they keep the tooling so it can be remade if its out of production. We just made a mower deck for a 1968 rider for a guy in texas. That was a trip to do. If you "work your unit" buy a deere if your going to use your unit anything will work.
I have a Simplicity with both and hated changing the implements back and forth. I bought an "older" 18hp Toro Wheelhorse and put a Bercomatic 2-stage blower on it. The mower gets to rest in the winter and the the blower takes the summer off.
I have an Airens and it works very well I think it's either a 20 or 22 hp motor. It has a 36ins mower and a 40in blower. Does a good job of moving the snow.