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 06-08-2000, 08:23 Post: 17025
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I am looking at some used tractors and need to know if I should only look at units with ag tires. I have 5 acres to mow (I will probably plant tall fescue) - but I am not trying to produce golfcoarse quality turf. I also need to plow snow, grade a 200' gravel driveway, and on occasion pull a 2-bottom plow and small disk (once a year for a garden). Can I pull the plow with turf tires? If not, would adding chains make it work? My current top choice is a kubota L275, 4WD, turf tires. Thanks,brian






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 06-08-2000, 10:52 Post: 17026
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We're also on the verge of buying a new/used tractor to cover 5 acres(mainly mowing, some snow plowing.) Currently own a John Deere which was bought new in 1986 and s in need of a new engine, and looking at the Kubota Deisels. Anyone have a recommendation as far as John Deere vs Kubota?
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 06-08-2000, 17:48 Post: 17038
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Why naturally, I'd have a recommendation as far as whether to buy a Kubota or a John Deere. Buy the Kubota, because that's what I have. Seriously, I think you should look at Kubota, John Deere, and New Holland. They're all good tractors. My personal preference is certainly Kubota, but I can see good reasons for some other folks to prefer one of the others. Find the one that "feels" best to you and that's what you'll be happiest with.






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 06-08-2000, 17:56 Post: 17039
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Hi Brian, I am not sure how much help this will be but I recently pulled a relatively large disc and then a drag in wet hilly ground with my JD4100. It has turf tires. I have not pulled a plow with it but suspect I could. The turf tires did just fine until I got into areas where the ground was so wet that the pattern on the tread filled up with mud. I realize that working ground when it is that wet is not a good idea but we were pressed for time and were putting in feed plots at the hunting camp. I also pulled a 2 row corn planter without any problems.






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 06-09-2000, 01:54 Post: 17057
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I think that R-4's are the best overall all purpose tire. I have them and so far there is enough traction to plow and do tough jobs with, but I also haven't experienced any turf damage. The down side to R-4's is they do give a stiffer ride. But if the tractor you're looking at comes with turfs, I think you could use it to plow with in 4wd. If you ever did have any traction problems, then using wheel weights and chains would probably make a big difference. The only real negative thing I've heard about turf tires is that they don't work well in brushy, forested or rocky conditions due to soft sidewalls being vulnerable to puncture.






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 06-09-2000, 07:06 Post: 17059
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Maybe somebody else has direct experience using turfs for plowing. I did have some traction difficulty with turfs. I was pulling a 6' box scraper with the scarifiers down to the first notch on turf. Had to do a few things to reduce the pull required. The traction was OK after I got down to soil.

I suspect a plow used at an effective depth would require at least as much pull as a box scraper with minimum scarifiers, so there could be traction problems, especially if trying to plow on turf. However, any traction problems probably are manageable if the job is a small garden plot once a year. Various things can be done to reduce the pull required and to increase traction.

I hear that turfs are better than R1's on ice. Chains on either are an option. My turfs without chains worked fine for loader and snowblower work on frozen gravel. However, I think there would have been a traction problem for serious plowing. I think I'll go with industrials when I need tires--especially since I decided to stick with riding mowers for the lawns. Seems like a good compromise. Suppose I'll have to get a kidney belt for road travel. They do ride rough I hear.






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 06-09-2000, 08:33 Post: 17063
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I've had a JD 755 with turfs & a 1-14 plow. It was all it wanted at times, all ways had the loader on for weight & manual draft control,it worked for small area's, If the ground is loose on top it won't get enough traction. I don't know what kind of tractor your useing. A 755 is 20hp and about 1900LBS w/o loader,it had plenty of power for this task-R4s make a BIG difference. My 2 cents






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 06-09-2000, 11:28 Post: 17068
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like Bird, I would recommend a Kubota but only because that's what I spend most of my time sitting on. I have no problems with the other colors (I have a JD 820 and a MF 270 at the farm). It's like a suit, try it on and if it fits , but it but don't underestimate the impact the dealer can have. Mine convinced me to get R4's instead of turfs when he found out what I was going to be doing with it and I have never regretted it. I'm convinced that I would have never been able to mow my hilly pasture without them and they have never done any damage to speak of to the lawn. They are stiffer and rougher riding though and I probably go a little slower because of that but I've not had the puncture problems I'd occasionally get with turfs either. It's a trade off.






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 06-20-2000, 10:10 Post: 17338
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Many thanks for your inputs and suggestions. We went with Kubota, and so far, just Love it! My 8 year old son,of course, thinks it's his... Smile
Thanks again
Julie






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 06-20-2000, 22:07 Post: 17351
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Julie, why was your 1986 JD in need of a new engine? Seems kinda soon or was it used in a business?






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