Thanks for the comments, yes snow already we had an inch on the ground on Wednesday. The brackets on the 500 are for our snow plow attachment. The dog is Thor our Great Dane he keeps an eye on the tractors when I bring them to my house. When I figure out what I'm going to do with the 312 I'll make a posting. Josh if you want to call me I'll be around my phone all day, or I'll try to get ahold of you this evening. Another picture of the "guard dog"