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 03-01-2000, 00:00 Post: 13308
Darryl Gesner



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Yesterday I looked at a 1998 JD 855 with 140 hrs on it, garaged, 4wd hydro trans, #7 backhoe, #70 loader, and calcium filled turf tires. It's supposedly been used only for residential use, but the owner is a building contractor and has a trailer for it, so I don't wholly believe that. The seller is asking $21,000 for the package. It's in great shape, not a scratch on it. I offered 17K and he countered with 19K. Should I go for it? It's more than I want to spend for a used tractor, but having the backhoe would make my life a lot easier. I'm a little worried about the PTO H.P. though. I'm afraid it won't have enough guts to run a brush chipper, power rake or 5 foot brush hog. I was seriouly considering getting a new 790 which has more PTO H.P., but having the hydro transmission would be nice for all the loader work I need to do. Any comments would be appreciated.






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 03-01-2000, 00:00 Post: 13324
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I've got a 1979 JD850 and it has no problem with a 5' JD rotary cutter (aka bush hog). I'm quite happy with the tractor. My neighbor has a JD855 with loader and is also happy with it. He uses his with a 5' rotary cutter also.

Unfortuately I don't have any experience with a chipper or rake. I will say that I use a 5' blade for both snow removal and grading, and even with calcium filled rears, the tractor is a little light. I've had no problems using a 12" auger.






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 03-03-2000, 00:00 Post: 13407
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Well, my search for a compact tractor is over. I made a deal on this 855 last night for $17,500. I guess it's a fair deal because it's more than I want to pay and less than the owner wants to sell it for! I take delivery tomorrow.






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 03-03-2000, 00:00 Post: 13443
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Let us know how you like it! Congratulations on a nice tractor at a terriffffic price...






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