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 08-13-2002, 17:40 Post: 41217
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I was looking for a TC35 to work on my place in NM. The soil is sandy and hilly and at 5200 ft above sea level. I ended up buying the TC45 w 4WD instead. At this altitude the engines only deliver about 85% rated power, so I end up with less than 40HP on this series III frame.

I also got the larger FEL and the backhoe. Suddenly I don't mind digging anymore.

Mike S.






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 08-13-2002, 18:53 Post: 41219
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You're gonna love it. I've had my TC40D for about 15 months now, and I wish that I could find even more jobs to do with it.






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 08-23-2002, 21:41 Post: 41565
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I used to have a TC40D w/ FEL, but I made the mistake of letting my wife cut the grass with it. Next thing I know, she had me put the bush hog on so she could cut down some fields. When she got done, she told me "go and buy your own tractor". Now all I get to do is change the implements.






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 08-24-2002, 07:13 Post: 41573
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Don't know but the mystery seems unsolvable. My wife took over lawn mowing with our riding mower. She says she won't touch the tractor--makes too much noise and has gears. Maybe gears would slow down some wives (if not one down the highway from us, although I think the husband is just as happy).

I suspect my wife took over the mowing because I don't leave quite enough wild flowers in the lawn. She mows but won't put gas in the mower--the gas can has a hand-pump. Yesterday I hear 'I'm stopping for gas 'cause I remember it's not good to let it run out, but I can't get the cap off (If it runs out the float sticks and then gas runs on the ground till the float bowl is tapped with a hammer). A diversion, but being very literal I loosen the cap and then go for lunch. After lunch, I hear; 'Oh guess you didn't fill it up.' So I fill it. No problem: just an unsolvable mystery, but at least I don't have competition for using the tractor.






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 08-25-2002, 09:04 Post: 41613
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Years ago, I used to sell NH Skid Steers and other farm equipment. So, when we moved to the suburban country, I casually mentioned getting a skid steer like a Bobcat. My wife liked the term Bobcat and it stuck. So earlier this year, she said "why don't you go look into buying a Bobcat to help with all this digging that you are doing?"

I looked at Bobcats and other skid steers and generally found that they get stuck too easily in our loose sandy soil. I have personally buried a rented trencher up to the axles more than once here.

Both the JD and NH dealers recommended Compact Tractors. For some reason the Bobcat dealer did not. Smile
That is how I got the original motivation to buy the tractor. It is always best to have family buy-in on a purchase this large.

I have never even come close to getting my TC45 stuck, and the versatility is definitely a plus. I have never had to use the 4WD from a sticky situation. But, I have little doubt that between independent wheel brakes, locking differential, and 4WD that I could drive out of most any reasonable situation.

I did get the 16LA loader with an outstanding option. The quick attach bucket option makes the loader capable of taking any quick change attachment. I can use any bucket for the Bobcats from the local rental yard. I can also change buckets in less than a minute with two levers.

My wife has shown little interest in the tractor. She mentioned that perhaps she could use it to drive the 1/4 mile to the mail box, but I suggested that it really might be easier for her to use her Jeep Wrangler. (this is true)
My tractor has the 12 speed shuttle manual transmission. While it is a manual transmission, it is a dream to operate compared to the older tractor transmissions that I was used to work when I grew up on a farm. But, this strange little blue contraption with twenty or so levers and controls probably does keep the wife from getting on it, and I am not motivated to explain how easy it is to operate.

So, now the only problem is that she refers to the tractor as "your new toy," and I am forced to adopt an expression of indignence and explain how much better my back feels since I have a tractor to do the heavier work. (again true)






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 08-26-2002, 06:37 Post: 41642
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Pushing out with a loader or pulling out with a backhoe could be added to the list of ways to get a tractor unstuck. Tractors do get stuck. I wasn't aware that skid-steers get stuck easier, but I guess I can see it. I guess they steer by actually digging in. I believe that occasional needs to drive over a lawn discourages many people from getting skid-steers.






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 09-04-2002, 15:12 Post: 41998
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I have used skid steer loaders quite a bit and in most soils, they do not get stuck easily. But, when the soil is not solid and is easily displaced (deep mud or loose sandy soil) they will dig in to the frame. When they "skid" they displace dirt sideways.






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