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 07-19-2002, 00:23 Post: 40498
ERett
2002-07-19 00:23:40
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 City Boy moves to the country

Just moved on 10 acres and grew up in the city. I have a 6 acre field (old hay field) that needs to be maintained. I've been told that a B7500 with a bush hog will do the job. My question... is it big enough to handle the 6 acres. This is my first tractor purchase and I really like the price $13,020.00 with loader and bush hog. Thanks for the help!!

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 07-19-2002, 03:16 Post: 40500
MOrgan
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 City Boy moves to the country

Sell your hay to farmers and let whoever buys it cut it for you. You can't bail hay with a brush hog. 6 acres of hay can get you spending cash. Make hay when the sun shines. And don't be such a city boy next time all right?






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 07-19-2002, 05:31 Post: 40502
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I have 20 acres, 10 of that is cut for hay. I made a deal several years ago with a lady that cuts the hay and pays me 10 bucks a roll. I'll get anywhere from $750 to $1,000 a year and never have to touch it.

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 07-19-2002, 06:56 Post: 40506
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 City Boy moves to the country

City Boy, hoepfully somebody more familiar with the Kubotas will respond (Art). My 29 hp New Holland tractor handles a 5' Brush Hog pretty well. Whether you get the hay cut or not, you'll end up wanting a tractor.
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 07-19-2002, 07:03 Post: 40507
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I don't know if selling the hay was the original idea. Maybe the comments will provide a different thought. People do mow sizable fields for reasons other than making hay, and use fairly small tractors. However, if it's already a hay field, why not sell if unless some livestock will be kept? I don't think it's reasonable to buy a bailer for 6-acres, but stacking is an alternative.

It takes awhile for a prospective new owner to get thinking about what a tractor is supposed to do very clear. Some pretty good discussions on the subject probably can be found in the archives. I don't think anybody here is discouraging anybody from buying a tractor, it's just that a tractor with implements for 6-acres of hay seems to be a limited view of the role tractor can play on a 10-acre property.

Many people might say that 10-acres can use a tractor a bit larger than a 7500. True enough, but one important idea in closing in on a tractor deal is the notion of power vs. time. Small tractors can do most of the same jobs as lager ones, but it just takes longer. Some people have more time than others. However, for making hay, the sun does have to shine, and sometimes speed is everything.

I did the city to country thing myself, but I was the child of Nebraska dirt farmers, so at least I spent time on the farm when I was young. Takes most everybody a little time to getting the thinking about what a tractor can do in order.






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 07-19-2002, 08:51 Post: 40510
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Will the B7500 do it? Yes. How much time will it take? The B7500 will only spin about a 4 ft brushcutter. It will take you about 1.5 hours per acre or 9 hours (from experience). You will need to mow at least once a month. Can you afford to spend one day a month on the tractor?
My recommendation is to go a little larger such as the NH TC30, which can be purchased for the same price or less. The kioti DK 35 would be another choice in that price range. It is small enough to mow the lawn but large enough to spin a bigger brush cutter.
The other thing you need to consider is will you leave it as hay or is it smooth enough to cut as lawn. The B-7500 will spin a 5 ft finish mower and therefore you could keep it all clipped as lawn in about 5-6 hours a week.
Ever consider geese? Goats? Sheep? Lama? Cows?






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 07-19-2002, 09:39 Post: 40512
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I have a B7500 with a 48" cutter. I have about 2.5 acres of field to cut. This used to be a hayfield 30years ago - I'm the first to start mowing it again. As a result, there are many small trees that I must drive around. It takes me about a weekend to cut, at a weekend's pace (slow). It goes very well - I can put my foor to the mat in low gear while mowing.

With that said, I don't want it anymore. For the same price as my B7500 and a loader (which I don't have), I could have gotten a very nice, second hand AG tractor with loader and a high-end garden tractor - like a Cub or something - for cutting the grass around the house. This way, I could use that larger tractor to yank out those trees, pull a small set of discs, and eventually cut my own hay in the field that I resurrected.






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 07-19-2002, 10:14 Post: 40513
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I live on 13 acres with a 8-9 acre, partially wooded, pasture. There is a gully running through the middle of the pasture and the slopes are pretty steep. I looked at a 21hp for my place but the dealer talked me into the 24hp. It was the best thing he ever did for me. It has just enough power to handle the steep slopes with a 4' bushhog and it is not too big and heavy to handle the yard with a 5' finishing mower. I was worried about compacting the soil. So, for my use my B2400 is almost ideal although I sometimes wish it had a bit more power to handle a 5' cutter.

The estimate of 1 to 1-1/2 hours per acre with a 4' cutter is pretty close, depending on how rough it is. So I take about 10 hours to cut my pasture (it's rough AND steep). I usually spread it over 2 days (it gets hot in Texas during the summer) but only do it about 4 times a year.

To get back to your question, "yes", you will be able to do it with a B7500 as long as it is fairly level but I would have thought that it would have been at the very bottom end of the acceptable models. The B2410 would probably be better and the B2710 almost ideal. The B2910 would be getting towards the top end of the scale. The B2710 will handle a 5' cutter and just about anything else you you have in mind but as has been said before, "It depends on what else you want to do". The B7500 and my B2400 handle the same size range of implements. If you want to step up in implement size, you need the B2710, at least.

At the farm, we have our hay cut on a share basis. We fertillize and the guy who does the cutting gets 50% of the hay baled. The deal works well and would be the ideal solution. Get someone else to cut and bale for you either for a percentage or a fee.

In ending, I would like to say that I have often heard people complain that their "tractor is too small and takes too much time" but I haven't heard many complain about their tractor being too big, unless they are trying to fit it into tight spaces.

In the end it is always a compromise. It depends on the total "package" of work you want to do, and do in the future, with the machine. If you are going to make a mistake, err on the side of the larger machine. A few extra horsepower never goes amiss.

I hope this helps and welcome to the "club". You'll enjoy your tractor, no matter what model you end up with. It's the most fun you can legally have.






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 07-19-2002, 17:55 Post: 40519
morgan
2002-07-19 00:00:00
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Depends on what you want. You want a nice clear field that you can throw frisbees on or picnic on? A lawnmower attachment on your B7500 returns the grass back into the ground but you have to cut it every week. A brush hog is good and you only have to cut two or 3 times a year, but it throws hay and weeds all over the place and makes a mess. Llamas and goats turn grass into...we won't go there, but you don't want to go bare-footed. But you never have to cut it!! Sheep pull grass up by the roots and turn grass into dirt and mud. Horses trample it and pigs turn it into sewer sludge. Tell us what you want and we'll give it to you.






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 07-19-2002, 22:40 Post: 40523
ERett
2002-07-19 00:00:00
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Thank you for all the advice! This is a great forum. A farmer nearby has been taking the hay for about 10 years (at no charge) The hay is terrible... I just want to keep it mowed down. But, who knows, I may find someone to come in and replant. I still like the idea of buying a tractor.. just can't decide which is the best fit. I've been looking at a Kioti 3054, but can't find one with hydro.

Once again... Thank You!

City Boy






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