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HAWK88
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6 Space Coast, FL moving to a South Carolina Hillside
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2010-02-05          168394


Hello;

New Guy here,I'm looking at a Tractor to possibly commit (learned that term from my wife?) to tomorrow, just stumbled upon this Great Site!

Just closed on 13+ Acres of heavily wooded South Carolina Hillside. I need to be able to push down small trash trees (Black Locust, Hedge Apple, Slash Pines, etc.) to accommodate the young Hardwoods, want to push them & Dead Fall into Gullies, Push a bit of Dirt around, Fence 13+ acres, and generally annoy the Contractors putting in my Road and 2 Story Modular.

A fellow V8 Cycle Nut (it's an Illness) discovered I just purchased a bit of hilly wooded land, and was looking for a Tractor. The last Dirt I pushed was with an M-88 Tank Retriever 1ST Tour in Nam A couple Lifetimes ago.

Here is the rig he recommended, owned by yet another V8 Cycle Nut (it's an Epidemic!): L4400 Kubota 4 WD

2006 - 280 Hours 45 HP, Bush Hog Brand Front Loader w Quick Connect, Root Ripper, 5' Box Blade, Shaver Fence Post Packer (supposedly will set 8' 6" Posts down to 4'), Rear Remotes for Post Packer.

Hope $15K isn't too much?



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kthompson
Join Date: Oct 2005
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2010-02-06          168420


First hope you enjoy South Carolina. Second thank you for your service.

I don't have a front end loader (FEL) but do know you can damage them in pushing the unmoveable object. Sure others will chime on that.

The dirt in SC hill country can very from red clay to sand. That will make a big difference of course along with the size of the trees you will be wanting to take out. Reading the specis of trees think you are in the clay hills near Georgia. If you are wanting to just clear them so the hardwoods will grow cutting them off and leaving stumps in ground might be a good option for more than one reason. You don't want to be sitting on the roots of the tree you are trying to push. So length of rig does come into play.

As to Kubota brand, by blood still has red tint to it but the red has been contimanted by blue so it is mostly orange now. Matter of fact a very good color for SC. You should find the Kubota has good dealer support probably the best of any brand in SC.

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2010-02-06          168424


KThompson,
Thank you! My Kids speak German well thanks to the way I was treated returning from both Nam tours, it sure was different returning from Desert Storm. I retired after that,
More to follow, lunch was just set on the table and I. Got "the look"
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2010-02-06          168427


Kenny's right about pushing down stuff---you will tear the loader up in an hour. Instead use a rotary cutter (RC) to cut down the stuff down to the ground. I can cut up to 3" with my 33hp New Holland---though I don't like to. I do a fair amount of small land clearing using the RC first then a big bobcat with forks/bucket to dig out roots (some big as small cars) and then bury them.

And that 5' scraper I doubt came or was used with that machine. It is way too narrow for the track width. It should have at least a 6' possibly an 8'. I run 6' wide implements on my blue which is a bit smaller than your machine. (Exception is the 5' RC) ....

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2010-02-06          168429


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Originally Posted by earthwrks | view 168427
Kenny's right about pushing down stuff---you will tear the loader up in an hour. Instead use a rotary cutter (RC) to cut down the stuff down to the ground. I can cut up to 3" with my 33hp New Holland---though I don't like to. I do a fair amount of small land clearing using the RC first then a big bobcat with forks/bucket to dig out roots (some big as small cars) and then bury them.And that 5' scraper I doubt came or was used with that machine. It is way too narrow for the track width. It should have at least a 6' possibly an 8'. I run 6' wide implements on my blue which is a bit smaller than your machine. (Exception is the 5' RC)
Thanks earthworks;

I am buying the L 4400, I looked at/demo'd her today. She has a Bush Hog brand M300 Front Lift assembly. It's Modified with a Skid Steer Quick Attach mechanism to easily drop the Bucket, and Pick Up/Latch the Gnarly looking Root Fork Assembly that comes with her. She also has the Rear Hydraulic Quick Couplers/Lever which drives a Post Pounder that comes with her as well. I suspect the Root Fork and Post Pounder will get polished 1st.

I'll just have to deal with the too Narrow Box Blade for awhile, I have 13+ Hilly Acreage to Fench 1st. Being totally new to all this, I suspect that will keep me occupied for a long time.

I'll post photos when I better figure out the technique, this board software is totally new to me also. I Moderate one of the V8 Bike Riders Forums, so will have to unlearn those photo-posting techniques.

I will later post a "Want To Buy" in the Classifieds for a Kubota Brand Frame Mount Backhoe.

Thanks again

Jack

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