try to see what your working on around the massivly over built booms which have terrible geometry for the hydraulic rams to lift them. JD are extremely heavy for their power and lifting capacity, hence they'll be stable with a load but they'll get stuck easily in mud and are a real bear to tow. The hydros run at higher pressure and lower flow rates compared to bobcat loaders, hence the fluid and pumps get hotter and wear out more easily. JD should stick to building just tractors then they could at least have a single line of products that aren't half assed in the design department. I have a real JD tractor (read diesel powered w/ a 3 point hitch) not a home depot stamped steal toy. I'm sorely dispointed in the quailty control, and ease of maintainence. I just got finished working on a 99' JD 240 not a fairy tail to work on either... just my 15 cents. Go look/ test drive a real Bobcat or a Case. 10x the engineering and ease of maintainence.