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 03-14-2002, 06:43 Post: 36326
nhnewt
2002-03-14 06:43:08
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 Which model is best?

I am looking for the least expensive tractor to do the following: Clear snow on 200' driveway, mow 2-3 acres - some slopes 3:1 or steeper, landscape a new large yard, dig for electric and water lines in sandy loam soil. I would appreciate input on minimum tractor requirements.






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 03-14-2002, 07:39 Post: 36329
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For all except the trenching, I'd look for a used Kubota Compact. Minumum of 16 HP at the PTO. I'm saying Kubota because they have a lower center of gravity. Definitely want a FEL with the machine.(I own a John Deere 670...I have similar requirements to you...but I got a really good deal on the tractor)
As far as trenching....rent a dedicated machine for this when you need it (just plan it so you can do all your trenching work at one time. If you buy a tractor that can handle a trencher, it'll be too much equipment (read $$$'s) for your other needs. Also, when I mention trencher, I'm assuming you are just going to lay water lines (copper or PVC) and electrical lines. Waste lines would need a backhoe.






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 03-14-2002, 08:50 Post: 36331
nhnewt
2002-03-14 00:00:00
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Thanks for the advise. The only thing is that I love the idea of having a small hoe. Not just for the utility work I need to do, but also for digging around stumps, holes for trees, maybe even setting stones in a stone wall (Lifting with a hoe is against the rules I know, but it comes in handy sometimes. Is the cost of the BH the limiting factor? Or is it that a much bigger machine would be needed?






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 03-14-2002, 09:07 Post: 36332
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Well, you asked for the least expensive tractor. Adding a backhoe is adding dollars.
I don't have a 'hoe for my 670. You can get them, but I've no need for one. And they make the tractor very top heavy. Don't get me wrong, there are projects for which I could use a hoe, but not enough to justify the added expense. Cheaper, over the long term, to rent or contract out.
I bought my tractor to mow and snow plow primarily. A bigger lawn tractor could easily do the mowing. A smaller plow hooked up to my pick up could have done the snow pushing (maybe...we didn't get much this year, but PA gets some whoppers every few years!). But the combination of work, plus the versatility of the tractor (plus..I wanted one!) made the Deere the way to go...
My first choice, for my needs, was a Kubota BX2200. Just couldn't go the 12K dollars, unless I wanted the added expense of a divorce!

Try http://www.machinefinder.com for prices. See what you can afford and what most suits your needs.






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 03-14-2002, 14:33 Post: 36337
nhnewt
2002-03-14 00:00:00
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Thanks for the input. I may be building a house soon, and I almost have the cost of a tractor justified (in my own mind), by taking out the cost of some of the site work I would have to pay someone to do. I would rather not hear any arguments the other way, because I have always dreamed about owning a tractor. If anyone could offer more input as to which model would best suit my needs, I am open to suggestions. From what I have read here, I am thinking a B series since I need a back hoe also. Any thoughts?






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 03-14-2002, 14:45 Post: 36339
Jason F
2002-03-14 00:00:00
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I have a b2710 and love it. 27 HP engine, can take a 7.5 foot hoe and a 60 ' loader. can use a 5 foot bruch hog or mower. I have about 70 hours on it and it is great......






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 03-14-2002, 15:16 Post: 36340
nhnewt
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Jason, sounds like the B series may be what I am after. How are they when it comes to mowing both lawn and field?






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 03-15-2002, 16:42 Post: 36380
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Hey nhnewt. I have a Kubota B7500 with hydro tranny, FEL, 54" belly mower, and R4 treads. Tractor has 21 hp and 16 at the PTO.

I have had the tractor about 1.5 years, and right now the hour meter is at 181 hrs... and so far it's never let me down. I don't have a hoe for it, and am not sure I would bother getting one... tractor seems awful small for that type of digging, although in sandy soil I suppose it would work quite well.

I have pulled a 5' box scraper, actually did that yesterday for about 6 hours, and it lugs right along even when the box gets full and starts pushing dirt against the rear tires. Always seem to run out of traction before I run out of engine power.

Also used a rear tiller on it, but can't remember what size, 48" I think... definitely not smaller than that, and it ran it fine too.

SNOW: my driveway is only about 100' or so, and I can't justify buying a plow or blower for such a small area, so I just move snow around with the FEL. Works pretty good.

TIRES: opted for the R4 industrial treads as kind of a "middle ground" between turf and ag... I am happy with the choice, but I do have to be careful mowing when it's wet to not make sharp turns... of course even turf tires will scuff a little on a sharp turn in wet grass. And as far as mowing goes, it's hard to even compare it to what I used to mow with... a little craftsman garden tractor... it's smoother, quieter, and more than twice as fast.

I originally wanted a gear tranny until I drove a hydro, and now, I doubt I would ever own a gear drive tractor. The hydro is the best thing since sliced bread if you ask me. All in all I would have to say that it is the best purchase I have ever made. It will more than pay for itself over the course of the 5 years of payments, and I will probably have the tractor until I retire.

It's a rugged built little piece of machinery, and I am not afraid to USE it and USE it hard. One possible drawback is hydraulic strength... seems like the loader could have a little bit more umph, but then again if it had any more folks would probably be flipping B7500's over left and right. I suppose I would have bought a B2410 or a B2710 if I wanted to spend more money, but now I am glad I didn't as the B7500 suits my needs just fine.

Sorry this was so long, hope I helped a bit. One more thing, it was my dream to own one too, and the reality of owning one is better than I had ever dreamed... sounds cheesy, but it's true.Smile






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 03-15-2002, 16:57 Post: 36381
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Duane, that was a great post!!!

The B7500 was the tractor that put me on the search initially. An acquaintance of mine had borrowed one from his father for a bit of work.

My 670 is a gear tractor. They're OK, but mine is a single stage clutch (PTO stops when you depress the clutch). I'd rather have had the dual stage clutch or hydro. But the JD 670 I've got was such a nice machine for the price...couldn't turn it down.






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 03-16-2002, 16:34 Post: 36402
nhnewt
2002-03-16 00:00:00
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Great input!! Are you in sales? Well, I went up to a dealer and played around on a B7500 today. I tried out the backhoe on one, and it convinced me not to invest in a new one. $6k they wanted for the hoe, and it just wasnt fast enough for me to spend that much money. Roy, I see what you were saying. I will rent a small crawler hoe when I need to trench for water. The next decision to make is Hydo or stick? I didnt mind clutching it, but I can see how the Hydro would be slick.






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