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 10-17-2003, 10:13 Post: 66422
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 Thanks for the Help!

I've been lurking here for the better part of 2 months, just got my membership upgraded, and want to say thanks to EVERYONE for the most polite, informed list I've seen; and I've been on the web since 1993 (yes, really!).

I ended up ordering a 4110 gear with loader, 5' rear blade, and 54" 3pt snowblower, which I am getting for $15,691 with Ballastar-loaded R4 tires. Plan to get a rear discharge finish mower in the spring (don't do much mowing here in Vermont in November). I have 13 acres, about 4 in grass, the rest woods which I harvest for 5-6 cords of firewood a year (wood furnace, not stove). Much of the lawn is STEEP, which I have been successfully converting to wildflower meadow.

After a lot of dithering, I got the rear blade for drive maintenance, because I've had it done by neighbors with both blades and York rakes, and the York rakes just seem to leave all the fine material behind and pull the cobbles to the surface, and they never do pack down well after. And I need to pull significant amounts of material back onto the drive, so the rear blade looked more flexible than the box blade for that.

One questionable call I made is I got the gear -- despite the thread on blowers and general agreement here on HST -- because the 4100 cruise control doesn't work in reverse, and I couldn't see me keeping one foot on the pedal while craning around to back down my 1/8 mile steep gravel drive. I hope I didn't blow it on this -- but I've been doing it with a Honda 928 track walk-behind, and am hoping I can manage even with the limited PTO control; although y'all have me scared about clogging, I haven't had that problem with the Honda when I turn off the blower in the middle of a drift or if I break a pin, so I'm hoping it's not disabling with the somewhat small blower and small machine.

Hey, I've been using a little 16hp Simplicity gas tractor for my mowing and wood work, so it's got to be a step up!

Thanks again to everyone, including the board operators, for such a wonderful resource.






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 10-18-2003, 04:09 Post: 66516
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 Thanks for the Help!

wiggle You talk to 10 people and you'll get 10 different reasons why 1 is better than the other.

I have a geared tractor and do every thing with it. Loader work is no problem. The only thing on loader work is cycle times you may be a little slower at the pile by selecting a lower gear to use scooping then changing to higher if you have to travel.

SO WHAT! I got this to make my life easier not to see how fast I can accomplish something. Take your time and enjoy it. Anything that burns diesel is still lots better than a wheelbarrow and a shovel or a walk behind blower Or shovel. I've used all of the above and just love my "according to some" pokey ole geared tractor.

Me thinks it is more important to know how to use it to your best ability.

We have Big Caterpillar loaders with electronic fwd and rev switches on the left side of "T" steering control and gear change selectors on the bucket control levers, auto shift trans ...BLAB, BLAB, BLAB... at the end of the day where production counts they can move more. We pay a lot for that only to see that the loader can work faster than it needs to and sits idle many times for a couple of hours a day. So what did we accomplish by having a more expensive, faster and do more machine???

Enjoy the toy, Harvey






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