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Oliver
Join Date: Sep 2003
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2009-01-30          159937


I have a 4 year old B7510 with a 4' brush hog and 5' finish mower. Most of the time it is great; there are times, however, when I wish it was bigger (moving dirt, brush hogging and mowing tall grass at a faster speed would be nice -- but is not 100% necessary). Looking on the Kubota website I see up to 42 months of 0% financing. What do people think of the idea of selling my 7510 and brush hog, hoping to get $11,000, and then buying a new L2800 and 5' brush hog (keeping the finish mower I have). I would then be more comfortable rigging up the plow (from an earlier thread) since the machine would be so much more substantial.

I lose the mid PTO, but have never used it and have no plans to buy an implement that needs it. I gain position control on the 3PH, which I do use often. All this for roughly $200/month (sound better to say that than $8000!).

What do people think -- are my numbers even close (sell 7510, 220 hours, for $11,000, buy new L2800 for about $19,000)?

I don't have money to waste and am trying to think long term -- 10 or 20 years from now will I be happier with the bigger or smaller tractor???

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hardwood
Join Date: Dec 2002
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2009-01-30          159942


Oliver; I don't keep up too well on tractor values so I can't offer much there.
As in a lot of our habbits or hobbies, sometimes want over rides need. It sounds like it isn't a need situation in that you are getting the job done as is, but in the end you will have tyo make the payments, so it has to be a decision you are comfortable with.
Lots of ideas are being thrown around by our new administration on the sour economy, but nothing has happend on mainstreet small town Iowa yet to get me to venture too far from the security of just sitting still for now. Economic stimulis also means that revenue needs to flow to keep people employed, but I'm just a bit cold footed yet. ....

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2009-01-30          159945


Oliver, you probably could look on ebay and get some rough idea of current pricing. Based upon what you said, I would get buying price locked down and then sell before I bought.

But, the L tractor is heavier and bigger. Will that cause you any harm? Will that weight be an issue where you are using finishing mower or will the larger frame be any clearance issue? Is the 5 foot mower wide enough to cover it width or will you need to move to a 6 foot? How much time will you save with the larger more hp tractor? Then what else would you be able to do with the L tractor you are not able to with the current tractor?

Also, since you are financing part of it, it will have to be insured and if current tractor is not there is that cost and do you have property taxes on tractors and if so how much will that vary.

If you will be holding 10 or 11,000 cash don't miss used tractors and packages yourself. If you find a rigg for say $3,000 less then new and end up paying 8% on now $5,000 that would still be less than 0 on $8,000.

No idea there but landscapers and contractors who used small equipment are putting a good many on the market here. ....

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2009-01-30          159947


My observation is that the actual costs are approximately 150% of what you think they will be at the start.

People always tell you, "oh heck yea you will be able to do it for cheap" or "you can pick widgets up for a couple of bucks at a local store". In the current economy I would be surprised if our tractors are keeping their value to the extent we think they are. While someone in the perfect situation may be able to get x for his tractor, you might only get 0.7x. ....

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