Please help with tractor size question.: Size Tractor Needed  -- General Tractor Discussion Forum and Review Please help with tractor size question.: Size Tractor Needed -- General Tractor Discussion Forum

  parts   |   manuals   |   discussion   |   photos   |   podcast   |   reviews   |   specs   |   dealers   |   classifieds   |   contact   |   faq   |   myProfile   |   home          Login Now | Sign Up


FAQ:   What is a tractor?

Forum Index
New As Posted | Active Subjects



www.emerichsales.com - New & Used Equipment
          View Tractors For Sale!


www.partsbynet.com - Lawn and Garden Equipment Parts


Bernardsville Landscape Lighting
Click to Post a New Message!

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Size Tractor Needed Forum

Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>
Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo
 02-06-2004, 07:37 Post: 76108
SwampFox



Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 12

7
Filter by User
 Please help with tractor size question.

I have approximately three acres. 1/3 the property is landscaped, 1/3 is lightly wooded brush, and 1/3 a wooded slope across a small banked stream. I have approximately 5000 sq ft of driveway/asphalt. Currently I contract out the lawn mowing/trim work, but the landscape guys won't deal with the brush.
I would like a tractor that can help with general landscaping, cut the brush, and most importantly snow removal. Would sub-compact like a BX or 2210 be able to run a brush hog, or should I look consider something along the lines of a 4110 or 4115?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-06-2004, 08:47 Post: 76123
kubotaguy



Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Shepherdstown, WV
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 360
 Please help with tractor size question.

It sounds like you would be a good candidate for a BX series tractor. I'm not sure how big of a bush hog you could go with on a BX series but I believe the biggest problem of getting a large bush hog is weight on the BX as they have plenty of power for their size. I was tempted to go with a BX series so I could get a backhoe but it was a little too small for most of my chores. I think if you went any bigger it would be too large for your lot. A little BX with the loader and backhoe would be great for landscape projects.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-06-2004, 09:10 Post: 76128
44trxfun



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: western NY
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 110
 Please help with tractor size question.

I have a MF GC2300, which is pretty comparable to the BX2200/2230. MF now makes the GC2310, which includes the backhoe. I have not brush hogged with mine, mainly because my mid-mount mower has handled anything I've put in front of it. Depending on what specificially you landscaping consists of, be aware you don't have a heck of a lot of clearance with the 2210/2230/2300 tractors.

I've got a couple other "Doh!" findings with mine that might be of interest to you. There is no position control on 3PH implements, other than you manually setting the position by eye every time you lower an implement. Implements in this size class tend to be a little light, thus subject to floating, which has been a little frustrating for clearing snow with the backblade, for example. I'm under 6 feet tall and the 3PH lever comes in right under my right knee when I'm seated on the tractor. When I'm running the treddle peddle and trying to keep an eye on / adjust implement height, that gets a little annoying. Finally, the fuel fill opening on the GC2300 is pretty small. Minor but aggravating when jockying around 5-gal fuel containers. These are things I didn't think to pay too close attention to BEFORE I bought.

Complaints aside, it's a great little tractor. Does a great job mowing and it's been a lifesaver this winter for blowing snow. The front-mount blowers are expensive, but they work great!

Most importantly, regardless of what kind of tractor you buy, find a dealer who is fair and reliable and with whom you feel comfortable. They're NOT all the same. Good luck!






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-07-2004, 05:22 Post: 76219
TomG

TP Contributor

Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Upper Ottawa Valley
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5406
 Please help with tractor size question.

I think I'd concentrate on keeping the tractor busy. They are pretty expensive things to be just sitting around. Generally 'one size fits all' doesn't work for tractors. There'll always be jobs too big or too small for any single tractor.

One way of thinking about it is to pick the main work (could be finish mowing) and find a tractor that's best for that work. Then think about what else needs doing and push the tractor size a bit one way or the other to accommodate the most jobs. However, keep in mind that there will always be small engines and contractors in the mix. I just want to keep the tractor doing most of my work.

For example, I got my 24 hp tractor for trenching and material handling and landscaping. It works fine but it's too big for finish mowing on two 1-acre lawns and I'd have to drive or transport it 10 miles between properties. I keep an old beater of a riding mower going for finish mowing while the tractor sits out the work. The riding mover is faster because the tractor would take a lot of time to maneuver and would leave a lot of trimming.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-07-2004, 08:14 Post: 76233
yooperpete



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Northern Michigan
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1413
 Please help with tractor size question.

I agree with TomG. You have to decide what the machine is going to do the most. I have allot of trees, etc. to mow around so I use riding mowers. For a work tractor you may want to go bigger like in the 30HP range. With a larger tractor you can lift and push more. The brush hogging takes PTO power depending on sapling sizes, etc. On the otherhand, you may be able to rent a bigger unit from your local dealer for the occasional brush hogging job.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-07-2004, 13:14 Post: 76258
SwampFox



Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 12

7
Filter by User
 Please help with tractor size question.

I stopped by the local JD dealer today. I drove both a 2210 and a 4110. The dealer said both would likely suit my needs, but he thought the 4110 would be better in the woods and for the bush. The 4110 had a really good feel to it, but the 2210 was also nice. I think the 2210 would be the better lawn mower, but the 4110 would be better in rough. I priced both. The 4110 came in at $14200 for tractor and FEL. The 2210 came in at $11500 for the same. The 4110 seems to be the better value.
I plan to look at the Kub next week.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-07-2004, 15:31 Post: 76275
Art White



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Waterville New York
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 6834

2
Filter by User
 Please help with tractor size question.

I have a customer with a BX22 Kubota and he loves it. He mows about 5 acres and the rest is woods with a stream that is about 10' across which he crosses regularly except during the spring thaw or during heavy rain periods as the stream can get up to about three foot deep. The advantages of the larger tractor frames is little as you are still going to have to use a 60" deck so the BX would be the best for trimming with it's stocky wheel base. You do need to take your own measurements for ground clearance as some go off the absolut lowest point and some go from a higher point that is the full width. For the difference in the price you could maybe get the backhoe.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-08-2004, 10:29 Post: 76334
SwampFox



Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: PA
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 12

7
Filter by User
 Please help with tractor size question.

This may seem crazy, but dealing with the finish mowing is less important than the landscaping or clearing the brush. My landscaping has matured, and now needs to be 'thinned'. Several small to mid sized trees and bushes are now too close. I'd like to both remove or move a number of them. I'd also like to make trails through the brush to the small creek/stream, and plant wild flower along the way. There are also a few of dead trees that need to be pulled out. I am also very tired of dealing with the snow. I have a snowblower, but it is useless with wet snow and slush. So being able to push a plow is top priority.

A BX sized machine with a backhoe would be about $5K less than a 4110 sized machine. The BX sized machine would cleary be ideal if I did not have the brush and wooded area. Yet, the 4110 is hardly a huge machine, and could clearly do the lawn if needed. Removing the FEL is amazing simple with the JD.
Having said that I don't want to waste money. The 2210 is out because of the backhoe issue. I plan to look at KUB this week.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-09-2004, 21:56 Post: 76472
gauthier



Join Date: Jun 1999
Location:
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 148
 Please help with tractor size question.

I got a jinma,[chinese tractor],sold by northern tools,its 25 h.p., bigger then a subcompact,[its no lawn mower],4wd,will handle a 5 ft brush hog or 5 ft tiller no problem. You can get them with front end loader,backhoe,or anything else you want,comes from northern with a 6 months parts AND labor warrenty,you can buy additional warrenty cheap. Cost was about 8,ooo dollars,put together,tested,ready to rumble. Richard






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 02-09-2004, 22:23 Post: 76477
Chief



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Southwest MiddleTennessee
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 4278
 Please help with tractor size question.

In my opinion I think the salesman was pretty much on the mark with the 4110, the 4115 if your budget can accomodate it and you like the big gun of the small frame line. If you plan on doing rotary cutting and other landscaping tasks I think you will be much better served with one of these two.

Some of the task you mention such as pulling some old trees will be better suited to a heavier tractor with some heavier duty features. You could make do with a 2210 but I am not so sure you would be entirely happy with it in some uses. You can still do some very nice lawn cutting work with the 4110 or 4115 AND do most other tasks the are suited to a tractor larger than a lawn tractor.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo


Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Size Tractor Needed Forum

Thread 76108 Filter by Poster:
44trxfun 1 | Art White 2 | brokenarrow 1 | Chief 1 | DRankin 3 | gauthier 1 | JDF415 1 | kubotaguy 1 | SwampFox 7 | TomG 1 | yooperpete 1 |




Most Viewed

+ How big a tractor to farm 20 acres?
+ What is needed to bushhog 6 acres?
+ Small Acreage - New Holland TC24D or Kubota BX23?
+ Rotary cutter hp
+ tractor hours???
+ What size tractor do I need, Help!
+ JD 790 vs Kubota L2500
+ Best compact landscaping rig
+ Please help! 60acres to bushhog
+ What Size Tractor For Harvesting Firewood

Most Discussion

+ Gear or Hydrostatic
+ Recommended tractor size and t
+ What to get? JD445, JD4100 or
+ JD 4100 v. BX series
+ Please help! 60acres to bushh
+ Notes on compact tractor tract
+ Kubota-or-John-Deere
+ Compact 101. How big is too b
+ JD4400 or Boomer TC35D
+ Need help comparing new Compac

Newest Topics

+ Demand for under 100 hp tractors
+ New to farming
+ Buy Tractor to maintain under 2 acres
+ Comparing Two Tractors
+ UTILITY TRACTORS
+ New Holland VS Kubota VS Massey
+ need info
+ help for a novice
+ What is needed to bushhog 6 acres?
+ B7500 hitch size question













Turbochargers for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Cab Glass for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Alternators for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Radiators for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Driveline Components for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Starter Motors for Tractors and Industrial Machines