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 03-17-2001, 13:48 Post: 25590
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I need some selling points. I've been checking the papers and have been to the NH dealer 3 times & the JD dealers twice. I would like the TC25 or the JD 4200 but probably would settle for a TC21D or a JD 4100. I want a loader and back blade for driveway work. I don't really need a mower. It looks like I can get the TC21d bucket& blade for about $1500 less than the JD. My problem is my wife says that the day the tractor arrives is the day she leaves. I've been working on her for the last 3 weeks with little progress. I do ware the pants in my house but I think she's serious. I do like having her around and I can't afford the costs of divorce. I can't financially justify the tractor expenditure because I could probably hire the work out and never approach the cost of the tractor but damn-it I WANT THAT TRACTOR. I know some of you will admit to similar dilemmas. Any good tactics out there.






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 03-17-2001, 13:50 Post: 25591
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Check with the dealer to see what she's worth on a tradein.






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 03-17-2001, 14:06 Post: 25592
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That's a thought but she's got a broken foot right now and I know the dealer wouldn't give me what it will cost me. Is the TC21D easy enough for her to drive ?






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 03-17-2001, 15:16 Post: 25593
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Hide the car keys and buy the tractor. She won't get very far with a broken foot and she is bound to settle down some by the time the foot heals. On a more serious note, the JD4100 should be easy enough for just about anyone to operate. I don't know much about the TC21D.






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 03-17-2001, 16:54 Post: 25595
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Well, if all else fails you might just go looking at the small older US farm tractors. You can find very nice working ones in the $2000-$3000 dollar range complete with a nice 3pt blade. No loader; not unless you are very lucky.
Less seriously, you can tell your wife that I know exactly how she feels...but sort of in reverse. Just this morning my wife came up with an elaborate argument about how much money we could save if she could buy a new tractor. I feel that her old one works fine, though I admit it is beginning to need some work from time to time. After that didn't work, she came home this afternoon loaded with brochures on new pickup trucks. I'm afraid I'll have to side with your spouse. Us financially concerned spouses have to be ever-vigilant.






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 03-17-2001, 19:27 Post: 25598
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Alan,

I had the same problem about three years ago but my wife finally decided it would make a lot of sense after about 15 yards of loam was delivered and it was going to have to be spread by wheelbarrow. If I were you I would take a look at the Cub Cadets. I got a new 23 HP 4WD drive and love it. It handles a lot more than I would have thought from moving trees to plowing my driveway and moving snow. Excellent tractor and is very heavy for its size. If I am not misstaken the bucket will out reach and out lift either the NH or JD in the same size tractor. Take care and I wish you well.






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 03-17-2001, 19:36 Post: 25599
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Hi Alan, I don't know were you live or if your in a naighborhood or development. But my selling point was that no one in are development had a tractor for snow removel or land scapeing. since we purchased our John Deere 790 I've fixed a couple driveways and some land scapeing and received some good income (about $800.00 in snow removel in 2 snow falls), or cakes, Bottles of wine, lots of free dinners and baby sitting. Our naighbors LOVE us and my wife thinks its great! and now wonders how did we ever get by with out one. our driveway is 750' long and at a 15 degree angle and had to be repaired several times by our builder .the last repair that he had to pay for was over $14,000 so in our case the builder had to repair it 5 to 6 times in the first year . So with us I know maintianing our driveway is a on going thing. So yes you can pay some one to do it but how many time over the coarse of 10 years will you have to pay some to do it? I hope this helps!and you can reep the rewards of being a tractor owner without a divorce!GOOD LUCK! we'll be praying.
JIM






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 03-17-2001, 21:36 Post: 25602
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Thanks guys. I've got a 1300' driveway winding up a hill in Michigan. It has been the scene of a lot of problems especially in the winter. In fact my wife and I had a head on collision totaling one of the vehicles a few years back. It's a dirt two track and she was headed down the hill and I was headed up. It was icy on a blind curve the rest is history. I've since put up a mirror but with a TRACTOR I could clean up that curve. I could put in a new septic drain field. Hey I could build that stone wall SHE wanted. Haul some firewood from down the hill. Put in that garden the deer will trample. I thnk I'm getting the hang of this all I need is a spreedsheet itemizing every potential saving including my back. Lost time from work oh yeah I could probably sell an even bigger tractor !






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 03-17-2001, 22:23 Post: 25604
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You are saying the same things that I said before I got my tractor.I have not done any of them, but I am having fun. Good luck






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 03-17-2001, 23:03 Post: 25605
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Well shouldn't have mentioned the tractor to the wife. Should have just gone out and bought it. Its a whole lot easier to get forgiveness than permission.






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