I have a Troy built, Pony. had it 10 yrs. no complaints.
Just make (SURE) you read the handling instructions good.
It will not dig deep all at once. Once you get a few inches deep and get to the edge, or a root, or something solid, believe me, it can become, "yes" (air born), When it does, turn loose of the handles.
It may land on its side but it will stop.
Went and looked at the ford Tractor to day. Will be getting it next month.
And yes, it is cold here. :roll: :)doak