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 06-25-2004, 16:49 Post: 89352
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This is my first post on Tractorpoint, but I have been reading with interest the thoughts, expertise, pundits and recommendations of the fine people on this site for over three months. I am now ready to "brandish my spurs," so to speak, by buying a CUT to use on five acres of varied terrain land in WV (hills including a fairly steep 300 foot drive, trout stream fronting, some wetlands, timber and thorn bushes galore, and about 1 1/2 acres of flat grassland). This land has been pretty much neglected for many years. After much agonizing, mindchanging, prayer (honest!) and near purchases I have now made my decision on whether to go with red, blue, orange, or green. For me, it's gotta be GREEN. I have found a 2000 JD 4200 FWD, collarshift, 110 hours, FEL, BushHog rear blade all in nearly mint condition (it has been garage kept, too). The asking price was $11,500 to which I will probably add a BushHog Rotary Cutter, and a winch (is the winch a good idea?).
My plan is have the local JD Deere dealer pick it up at the seller's home and check it out, as it never had the 50 hour scheduled maintenance, and then deliver it to my land. I would love to hear from my respected band of tractor brothers concerning my wisdom, and/or foolishness of this purchase and my plans. Of course, any recommendations will be greatly honored. Oh yes, the seller did throw in a new John Deere hat with the deal!






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 06-25-2004, 16:57 Post: 89353
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Allen, that is a very good price if the machine is in good condition.

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 06-25-2004, 17:09 Post: 89354
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Welcome to Tractorpoint! Yes indeed, that is a great price. The only caution is that I think the 4200 may have the front axle issue where it can cause scuffing of the turf when finish mowing. You didn't mention a finish mower so it may not matter to you. You might ask your dealer about it if you're concerned. This is not a reliability issue though.






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 06-26-2004, 04:53 Post: 89370
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AllenWilson; Welcome to Tractor Point. That's a lot of nice equipment for the money. Unless you have a special purpose for it I've really never saw much need for a winch. What few winches I've looked at seemed like a good quality brand was kind of pricey, maybe wait on the winch to see if you really need it. Have a ball with your new equipment. Frank.






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 06-26-2004, 07:41 Post: 89377
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This being my first tractor, I am worried about getting in deep in some of my wetland areas. These areas stay wet and muddy all year long, so I am told, and they need some work rerouting some flow lines and minor clean-up. Maybe this should be of no concern with the FWD. That's why I am wondering about the winch. Frank, your advice is appreciated. Additional thoughts on this will be equally appreciated.
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 06-26-2004, 08:57 Post: 89379
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Allen, if you go to the search page and search for winch in the subject line there are a few discussions of winches and tractors. Here's a link to the longest thread that discusses them. I got stuck once and started looking for a winch but put it on the back burner. My decision was an economic one - the cost of a good winch large enough to get me out of trouble was as much as calling the tow truck a dozen times to pull me out. I don't plan on getting stuck that often. However, if the right deals comes along I may snap it up.






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 06-26-2004, 14:20 Post: 89395
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Ken, the "winch thread" you attached is great reading... thank you. Have you ever found and gotten your winch? If so, has it been a good use of dollars?






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 06-26-2004, 14:28 Post: 89396
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I haven't found a killer winch deal yet so still don't have one. I haven't missed having one so from my current perspective it would have been a waste of money. If I get stuck again, though, that could change Smile






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 06-28-2004, 13:17 Post: 89524
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I worked with a 4210 this spring and got it stuck twice when I got in to soft/wet ground and the front wheel sunk up to the axel in no time. Had to pull it out with the Ford 9N. Not sure if the 4200 has similar size front wheel and ground clearance but if you working in a lot of wet soft ground that could give you some trouble.






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 06-28-2004, 13:32 Post: 89526
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Jed... what sort of tires were on that 4210?






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