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 05-17-2006, 18:09 Post: 129492
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I am in the market for a tractor. I will be tending to 20 acres for cattle and hay. I am currently looking at a JD5103. I don't need anything fancy. I just want something that is trouble free and will be for years to come. I would like some opinions on this tractor and other makes of tractors of equal size and features. Thanks






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 05-17-2006, 20:46 Post: 129495
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what work do you expect to use this tractor for. Plowing,Mowing, moving dirt etc. what do you want to use it for.






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 05-17-2006, 22:25 Post: 129496
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Will you use the tractor to move hay bales? How heavy are the bales you need to move?






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 05-17-2006, 22:54 Post: 129497
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I will be bushhogging and moving round bales as well as disking up dove fields and food plots.






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 05-17-2006, 23:43 Post: 129500
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Round bales vary from 500-2500 lbs or so which is quite a range. Most tractors can lift 500 lbs but it would take a bigger one to lift 2500 lbs. Do you know how much the ones you move weigh dry?






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 05-18-2006, 09:28 Post: 129509
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I think Ken brings up an important point. If the round bales are full sized bales; the 5103 may be struggling to move them. This can be pretty hard on equipment and a real pain if it is wet and muddy. For larger bales, you might take a look at the Deere 6403 or the Kioti DK 65. Especially if you are going to be running a round baler.






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 05-18-2006, 09:35 Post: 129511
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Big brush hogs and big bales, more than almost anything else, dictate the size of the tractor.

You can buy a hydraulic bale hauling trailer that will give you some fudge factor but there is nothing you can do with a big brush hog except buy a big tractor that fits it.






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 05-18-2006, 15:32 Post: 129521
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With a 50HP tractor, I'd think you could pull a 3 bottom plow or 12 ft wide disk (get rear remote hydraulics to lift disk with wheels). The website says it has a Cat 2/1 three point hitch with 3,000+ lb. lift at 24". Don't know what a cat. 2/1 hitch is, possibly with 26" spacing instead of 32" - could be light duty!! Please note that the further you are away from the 3 point hitch the less you can lift. [Something like 1,500 lb. at 48"] A rear bale spear may lift the round bales or you may use a trailer type spear like DRankin has suggested. You will want the rear hydraulics to operate this as well. Don't know if it is standard equipment. I would think you could operate an 84"-96" brush hog. Again, I'd suggest having a lifting wheel at the rear for support and using the rear hydraulics.

Assuming someone else is doing the baling.

Depending upon on how fast you want to do each task, you could go with a smaller or larger tractor. I think you are about in the correct range.






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 05-18-2006, 20:29 Post: 129534
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The bales I would be moving would weigh in the 1000-1200lb range.






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When wet those bales will weigh quite a bit more. The 512 loader on the 5103 might handle them dry but you'd be better off moving them with the 3-point. That's safer anyway. The 5103 is a 2WD machine which is not ideal for loader operations. When the bucket is full the rear driving wheels will tend to lift and lose traction. With proper ballast on flat land it will probably be OK.






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