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2006-02-04          124055


i just bought 16 acres of woods and heavy brush.i have four horses and want to clear 8 acres for them. i want a tractor that will clear the brush for pasture,haul manure,gravel,dirt,and then maintain the acreage.will this 4115 do the job?the one i'm looking at buying comes with a loader(410 or 210 i forget,but told it has a 850lb. rating, and i think it was 52inches long,).i test drove it and found the tractor and loader very easy to malipulate thanks

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2006-02-04          124059


For clearing and general field work even mowing it would be better to have a little larger frame tractor. I don't take the 955 in the field much. I would recommend at least 25 hp PTO and something with a little weight. You do not want to have the field mower weight as much as the tractor.

Eric ....

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2006-02-04          124063


With the understanding that I might be a bit biased (I have a 4115) I will venture into this fray.

I think you must divide the the question into two parts:
1) clearing the land and,

2) maintaining the land.

I am with Eric all the way on the size issue when it comes to land clearing but when that is done it is important that you are left with something you can live with.

So the question is..... does the 4115 have what you need to maintain the land? I know it will do the hauling and digging chores if you are not running a farm operation or harvesting your own hay.

So how often will you need to re-clear the land? If your land requires brush hogging every other month then you had better size the machine to do that.

In some instances it makes more financial sense to buy the maintenance level tractor and then rent a big machine for a weekend or two to beat the place into submission.

If you can make the logistics work, the 4115 will provide you with an ultra-reliable and very useful machine. ....

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2006-02-04          124065


I would STRONGLY second Marks advice. I would also STRONGLY recommend the 4115 for some other very compelling reasons over and above reliability. I am helping a friend build a horse barn and his New Holland TC 40 will fit in the barn but is very cramped at manuvering around to spread stone fill without hitting the support poles. The 4115 is a real nice size machine to turn around in small spaces and the hydro drive makes it much more user friendly as compared to a clutch or reverser. If you need to do some heavy brush and small tree clearing, rent a big enough tractor or pay someone to do this or you could buy an older used tractor in the 40 to 65 hp class to do the work and sell it when you are sure you are done with the heavy stuff. ....

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2006-02-04          124069


thanks guys, you've comfirmed my thoughts plus given me the answer.i'm also buying a bush hog with it.i think it will help with both purposes.we just built our barn as well,so manuvering is very important and for the big or thick stuff i will do what i can and then make another decision. this being my first tractor, i don't want to be under or over sized.i like this site already.the deal i'm getting is a 2003 jd4115 with loader and woods teeth.it has 200hrs.r4 tires. good to very good condition. it will be serviced and hydrolic fuild changed. and he giving me a block weight with it. for 11,575.after my research, it sounds like a good deal.charlie ....

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2006-02-04          124073


I have a JD 4115, FEL, 46 BH, 48 Tiller, 6' Frontier rear scaper blade and plenty of chains.
I live in the mountains and have a talent for growing some of the Hardest and largest rocks around. For years my ole JD 400 and 60" MMM tried like Hell to beat them down to size with not much luck.
I bought my 4115 a year ago and I must say I am impressed with what that critter has done. 860 pounds? hmmmmm I have moved rocks that I could not get off the ground, I have dug at least 20 stumps anywhere from 6 inches in diameter to 30 inches and I have buried boulders as big as my Pick up. My yard is now flat and not an obstacle as it was before. This last fall I went and cut my firewood and used the BH to life the tree and hold it while I sectioned it and then I used the FEL to scoop up the logs and dump them in my trailer. I have leveled a bank, repaired a road and last winter maintained the snow in my 300 foot driveway and sometimes the 1/4 mile access road. Other than being a little tipsy when the FEL is loaded and only the backblade on this tractor was made to work and with over 200 hours on it, it looks like the day I bought it, except for the 46 BH, it has met many a rock and the FEL is bent and beat but I bought it to work and work it has. Enough power for me, holes have been deep enough, oh Yeah! I also put in a Gray Water system and dug a 100' trench for the pipe and the dug the drain field. I am real impressed i thought I may had gone too small, Hell No John Deere labeled it wrong. ....

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