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 05-11-1999, 00:00 Post: 3676
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 How much tractor is enough?

I've been looking at purchasing a compact tractor for several months. I have looked at Deere, Kubota, and the NH Boomers. All of them seem OK, but I am leaning towards the Boomer. Just seems like a little nicer set up. Regardless, the question is how big should I go? I have a 3 acre house lot with what will be ~1.5 acres of lawn and the balance thin woods which need mowing a few times a year. I have lots of landscaping to do. I have a 200' stone driveway to maintain and plow. eventually I will pave it. I also have ~20 acres of woods that I would like to cut trails through. In addition to this, my sister lives close and has 2 acers of mowing, and light loader work that could be done there. The kubota and deeere dealers said the B1700 or 4100 would be fine. The NH dealer suggested TC25D. Please Help....






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 05-11-1999, 00:00 Post: 3710
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Mike, I, like you have about the same requirements. I also am leaning towards the Boomer, but I just can't afford new and used Boomers seem non existant. I think anything in the 20 to 30 HP range will do what you are looking to do. I have used my neighbors B8200 with a loader and backhoe/blade. It does everthing I have needed it to do. Plowing really deep snow ( over a foot) was a little dicey but it got the job done. Wouldn't want to buy two boomers and send one my way, would you?






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 05-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 3740
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JK> Plowing really deep snow ( over a foot) was a little dicey but it got the job done.Those of us in MN and other northern areas are shaking our heads..... Wink yeah right A foot is a light snowfall. Smile Thanks for the chuckle. Smile--->Paul






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 05-13-1999, 00:00 Post: 3771
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Well, if you think one's description of a foot of snow as being heavy is funny, then try about 3-4 inches!! That's usually about the most we ever get down here *when* it does decide to snow. And when we do get that much, the whole place goes berserk trying to drive in it. Everybody runs their cars off the road!! And then they shut the schools down! Yeah, yeah.... I know we Southerners don't know how to drive in the snow. Keith






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 05-13-1999, 00:00 Post: 3777




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 How much tractor is enough?

My solution. Buy the most horsepower I can afford, that I can still manuever. And that's the important thing. Make sure that you can do what you want to with the tractor you want. If youhave a golf course lawn, big, wide, open, then a 60 or 72 inch deck and 30HP tractor are called forbut they will tend to make more of an impression on the grass. If you have 2 acres like me with lots of trees to manuever around and under, then a 4100 with a 54 or 60 deck might be better. The horsepowerrequirements are not that important. For what you are talking about, your mowerdeck will be your power hog, so 20HP for 60 inch or 25 for 72 will be fine. For loader work though,weight and traction are important. Bigger equals heavier equals more traction. Bigger also means more awkward,one of the reasons I prefer the 855/955 over the 4200/4300s. The bigger overall size on the newer modelsmeans less manueverable in between the trees. Think about trailering as well. An 855 with mower and loader onapproaches 3000 lbs, which with trailer puts you close to 4000 lbs to pull. You need a rear wheel drive vehicleand electric brakes to safely pull it. Depends how close your sister lives. At 8mph, it takes less time to loadtrailer and unload than it does to drive over for anything more than a mile or so.Lots to think about. Just be sure to buy big enough, or you'll be like me, and moving up every 3 years. Should havebought big enough 3 times ago!Big G






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 05-13-1999, 00:00 Post: 3784
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I suppose I should let you in on a little 'northern' secret - it's a _lot_ easier to drive in & on snow when the temp is 10 degrees, than when the temp is 28 degrees. Cold snow & ice is not nearly as slippery as stuff around freezing. That slush junk with freezing rain you get is just miserable. But out here on the farm 4 foot drifts are the norm.--->Paul






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 05-21-1999, 00:00 Post: 4175
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All you guys bragging about your snow ought to spend some time in the Buffalo NY area. A foot of snow means that leaving for work is 15 more minutes figured in driving time. This past winter it snowed every day for 10 days about a foot each day. Got to a point that we had no place to put it so a payloader with a tbhree yard bucket was used twice. Love to get a foot or so ,I'll use my little cub cadet garden tractor instead of my JD 870. A little history, in 1977 during the blizzard I got over twelve feet of snow in my driveway. The blizzard of 1985 was easy by comparison, only 6-7 feet.






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