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 04-03-2002, 16:43 Post: 37028
Dan D.
2002-04-03 16:43:12
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 Ford 1710 Vs Kubota 345

I am looking at a Ford 1710 with loader for $6500 and a Kubota L345 with loader At $7000. Ford is an 83 and the Kub. is a 79. I will be using this machine primarily with a brush hog on the back and minimal loader use at the moment. Both are 4wd. I want as compact as practical as I have lots of trees to go around. Also ground is hilly in spots. I have also been quoted B7100 with hydro for $5500 no loader and wonder if I should foresake the loader for the hydro. Do any of these sound like a good deal?






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 04-03-2002, 17:58 Post: 37029
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 Ford 1710 Vs Kubota 345

I don't know anything about the Ford but I did have a Kubota
L345DT. It had a nice smooth running motor, but was hard to start when cold and the hydraulics were real SLOOOOOW. It's
not a tractor you would want to use the loader on alot.The
loader is strong you will need blast for the rear.
Tom






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 04-04-2002, 05:29 Post: 37042
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 Ford 1710 Vs Kubota 345

Any of them should do the jobs you want. It might be a question of whether each tractor will get the work done in an acceptable time. It's a little hard to get a sense of how much maneuvering is required from the description or if the hogging is cutting brush rather than mowing grass.

I do like my 1710, but I don't think of it as really compact around the yard. We've got two properties where we finish mow an acre each around buildings, landscaping etc. I use a riding mower because the 1710 with a 3ph mower would take more maneuvering and would leave more trimming to do. It will pretty much pivot around a rear wheel when the steering is turned to a lock, but it's not exactly a garden tractor so it does take up space. It also is heavy enough so the front tires will tear turf in sharp turns--especially in 4wd.

On the other hand, if I bought a rotary cutter it would be a 5' light duty model that would whack up to 1" saplings. Cutting heavy brush in 5' swaths may save quite a bit of time over smaller cutters. The 1710 has around an 8 gpm hydraulic pump that handles a moderate sized loader just fine, although I could be happier with the dump speeds I get from my Allied 195 loader.

One of the decision-makers might be whether the 1710 has the 12 x 4 synchromesh TX and live PTO or the 12 x 4 non-synchromesh without live PTO (the synchro TX has a shifter on the steering column). Live PTO is a plus but not a requirement for mowing. I'd price a loader for the B7100. A recent discussion here put the price of loaders around $3,000. Other decision-makers might be the dealer who you’d go to after the purchase and simply which tractor feels best.






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