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 02-06-2004, 09:22 Post: 76132
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 Purchase of Compact tractor

My employer (Mercer Sanitary District) asked me to find out about compact tractors and what size would be good for us. We would use it to bush hog a 10 acre field 1 time a year. Would use it to drag a 9 ft disc about 30 min. per day for about 3 weeks, currently using a Allis WD-45. Would use it move snow and it would replace a truck with an 81/2' snow plow. We are in Northern Wisconsin and we get way too much snow. I would use it to clean the snow from 90 fire hydrants. And maybe a little backfilling of excavated trenches. 8' deep trenches. General uses. I was thinking of a angle snow plow quick tach but a dealer said a snow box is what I need? I need to clear the snow off of two parking lots and half the time I'm wishing the snow plow was another foot wider. Any suggestions would help me out.






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 02-06-2004, 13:45 Post: 76150
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From what you post; I would recommend a John Deere 4710 equipped with Curtis Cab. It will handle all of the attachment you specify with great aplumb. Where are you located??? I can put you in touch with the John Deere Regional Government Sales Manager who can sell your municipality the equipment you want at the Government Sales pricing schedule. Is this going to be a sealed bid or direct special purchase?






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 02-06-2004, 14:25 Post: 76161
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 Purchase of Compact tractor

The JD tractor referred to above is a good one. If you want a NH (message posted on NH board) then the TC45D would be what you would want. This tractor will produce 45 HP and will be overkill on some jobs, but will be fully utilized on some of the others that you mentioned. I specify the D model because I am guessing that you would probably want a variable speed hydrostatic transmission rather than a gear transmission.

I expect that you will also need a front end loader, perhaps a box scraper and certainly a snow blower attachment.






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 02-07-2004, 05:44 Post: 76220
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I wouldn't get rid of the plow truck until some time/distance stuff is figured. Tractors don't go very fast from one place to another and for most snows a truck goes faster even when it's plowing.
I'd check liability issues before thinking about blowers. I've heard of them used commercially but they do crunch up things in the auger and throw rocks out of the chute.

Lots of parking lots are cleared with blades but most are tall plow blades that'll carry a bunch of snow on the blade. Snow still comes off the blade ends and then takes more passes to clean it up; or it has to be wind rowed, loaded and transported. Extra long passes cleaning things up could take a lot of time if limited by a tractor's speed. A snow box might simplify that problem if it could drag a lot of snow around. I haven't seen a snow box but I imagine they're like a big lightweight box scraper. I have heard of scrapers used in parking lots to pull snow out from between parked vehicles--might work for fire hydrants too. A scraper wouldn't hold much snow thought but one could be used for back-filling trenches.






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 02-11-2004, 07:06 Post: 76612
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Thanks, so far we have looked at the NH 40HP with hydro static, The JD 4510, and the Kubota L4630. All with loaders, detach buckets, pallet forks, snow pushers. I like the Jodale Perry cab instead of the Curtis.






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 02-11-2004, 18:22 Post: 76673
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I live in lower Michigan and do snow plowing---keep the plow truck. A tractor will slip sideways when plowing (not to mention safety, warmth, speed, etc.) . I have NH 33D that I use for my excavating biz--so I'm compact tractor fan (the tractor alone cost me $13,500 without a cab). I have used backhoes (tractors in this case) to plow snow and they are great for plowing straight ahead but not around stuff.

Sounds like you may want to go with a skidloader instead. I have the LS180 New Holland with 2-speeds--it is quick--about 13MPH. Tipping load rated at 5,500 lbs. You can get trip-edge plows for dirt or snow (BOSS makes one for trucks and loaders). I have $32,000 into the 180 but you can get a smaller 170 for $22,000. You can order a heated all-weather cab conversion for about$1800.

For filling trenches there is an auger attachment that forces the spoils back into the trench as you ride along side.






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