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 03-13-2000, 00:00 Post: 13715
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 Caring for 10 acres

We recently purchased 10 acres of land. We will put a house on this. Most of the land is basically old farm land in need of attention: weeds and pricker bushes (1/2"Wink yeah right. A friend of mine pointed out that I now need a serious tractor to take care of this place (not something from Home Depot). I drove a Kubota 2710, JD 790 and a JD 4300. I like the 790 a lot. I know clutches, so gear seems easy to drive (plus the land is devoid of trees and hills for the most part). I figure that we will have 6-7 acres to mow. Is a 790 overkill for this? I'm wondering what kind of implements would be most useful. I figure my wife and I will handle all landscaping. I'm assuming that I need a tiller but what about a mower? Should I "bush hog" the land before tilling it to make a lawn? A flail mower (while expensive) might be able to handle both rough and finish mowing. Or perhaps the tiller will grind everything up and I can get a cheaper finish mower.Thanks, really looking forward to this. If I only needed a backhoe....Peter






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 03-15-2000, 00:00 Post: 13754
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 Caring-for-10-acres

You might want to check the archives here and tractorbynet for discussions about lawns. I think that going from old farm fields to lawn usually takes more than a tiller. Some people here do know what they're talking about. It would be good to read the old discussions.

There also are lots of old discussions about the right sized tractor. Many people say 'buy as big as you can afford, or a least bigger then you think you need.' I believe that many people here work 10 acres with the size tractors you mention. I use 24 PTO HP on 3 acres, which is on the large size, but I take care of construction as well as property tasks.

Most of the size discussions mention time money and maneuverability. Small tractors can do most things a bigger tractor can; it just takes longer. People with plenty of time can get a smaller tractor and then spent some money on something else. Of course, maneuvering a big tractor can take a lot of time. Trying to maneuver a big tractor in a heavily landscaped lawn isn't a picnic. We've got an acre with a lot of landscaping. I know I can do that lawn faster with my riding mower than I ever could with the tractor.

Of course, my tractor is bigger than needed for just property maintenance. In construction things, you don't necessarily have the option to go slow with a small tractor. If you need to lift something, the tractor either lifts it or it doesn't. If you need a 5' trench, the backhoe goes that low or it doesn't.







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