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 12-17-2005, 00:04 Post: 121208
mbarr12009
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 model vs model question

Hello Members. I just found your site tonight and am glad that I have. Now I can read up on topics and get questions answered as a new person into the utility tractor interest. I have a question for those of you who would not mind giving me your two cents worth. My wife and I are considering purchasing a small parcel of land to build a new house on (approx. 15 to 20 acres). I am looking into also purchasing a used John Deere to help with some of the landscaping, driveway prep, maintaining the lawn (with a 10-15 ft. reel mower) and also for snow removal during our winters here in Indiana. A friend mine has a 2440 in great shape w/ a loader which I like. I also like the 2030 model. I think that they would have all the power I would need for my tasks. I have rescently found a couple of 2555's in our local magazines but they are nearly twice the price. My question is which of the models seem to be the better of the three? By this I mean which model seems to be the most reliable and easier to find other attachments. If you could give me any advice on things I should look for or look to stay away from that would be appreciated. I hope you all have a good holiday season. Thank you for your time in reading my post.

Michael






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 12-17-2005, 12:08 Post: 121218
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The models you are looking at are all very similar although age is the biggest difference. The 2030 is around 30 years old and 60 HP. The 2440 can be from 22-28 years old and the 2550 is around 17- 22 years old. They are all built under the same basic design and have been very reliable. Almost any attachment for one of these would fit the other two. There were some variables in transmission and clutch options. If you are doing primarily loader work, a reverser is preferable, but may be hard to find. For mowing, a hi-lo shift would be nice for more speed selections. The two options cannot be gotten on the same tractor. The later 2440's(tiger stripe decals) and the 2550 is available with synchronized transmissions. There are also small and large hydraulic pump options on all models. If the tractor has been reasonably maintained, I don't think you would go wrong on any of these. One last thing, the 2030 was available as a gas or diesel. The others are strictly diesel. You might shy away from gas models. A lot more maintenance is required to keep them running well.






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 12-17-2005, 20:21 Post: 121235
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I have a JD 4310 32hp. I use it for the same purposes you say. It is a hydro, no shifting. I say once you go hydro you'll never go back to manual. For landscaping around the house in tight places it's nice, especially for a beginner like me, one hand on the steering the other on the loader control and the feet do the forward, reverse and stopping. I don't know what you're paying for a 60hp, but my 32hp gets my half mile drive maintenance done no problem.






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 12-18-2005, 03:28 Post: 121241
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Thank you to you gentlemen for your input. I appreciate your time and sharing your knowledge. I am looking at the 2030,2440, and 2555 models for the following reasons: 1) I want to know that I will have the power to do what ever things I think might come up in construction of a home and its grounds 2)I want to know that I am getting something solid and dependable that is made in America and will stand up to the test of time the way things were made in the past, with pride and quality components. I do not want to get into something where quality would have been sacrificed for whatever reason. 3)My father owns several attachments that could be used on any of those tractors.
With 20 acers there is also a chance that some family members will be riding on a private course to do some testing and research for the enduro racing and the tractor would be used to maintain that course. I want something that would be easy to use, maintain, and have the power to do a variety of tasks. I want to use it to mow the large yard by pulling a 10 - 15 ft reel mower similar to what is used on golf courses.
I like the diesel model because it is a much more efficient power source. They seem to be really strong and reliable. I like the fact that they have tremendous tourqe also.
A question that I have on your response is how do the power reverser and hi-low options work. Also I have noticed that some tractors have dual hydrolics while others have single. Is this a major benifit to have dual hydrolics on a tractor? A question I have on front loaders is rather simple: what are the different types of loaders? I have seen 145's and 245's. What do the numerical model numbering mean and what are the various types that I should consider?
Once again, thank you for you help in my trying to educate myself to make the correct decision to purchase the tractor that I know without doubt will be the correct decision that I will be more than happy with for many many years to come.

Michael






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 12-18-2005, 03:38 Post: 121242
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I rescently went to an auction where a 2020 and a 2030 were sold. A friend who knows more than I do about Deere's went also and said that they were both in very good mechanical shape. The 2020 was gas, had 4000 hrs, and the metal work has quite a few dings in it and the seat was totally destroyed. It was sold at the auction for $5900.00. The 2030 had only a couple dings in the metal work, it had 3800 hours, dual hydrolics, was diesel powered, and had the original manual and purchase paperwork along with all the service records. It sold at the auction for $6500. The seat on this tractor was in terible shape but I think it could have been reconditioned if someone were interested in keeping it original. I have no idea where those prices are high, low or simply fair. I would be interested in knowing what kind of price I should consider paying for one of the tractors I am interested in (2030,2440,2550,2555) with a front loader. If someone could give me a range of what would be a an acceptable range to consider that would be appreciated. Thank you for your time and knowledge in this matter.

Michael






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 12-18-2005, 04:50 Post: 121244
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Seats are cheap a new restoration complete Deere seat for those is less than $250.

The full sized ag tractors are the way to go if you have the room to use them. The tractors you are describing will get around in small spots but not as well as a compact.

You will also get out with less than $10K even with some restoration. You will have a lot more tractor also. Those tractors are all selling used for almost as much or more than when new. I think any of the old letter tractor are selling for more than when new and in some cases 2 to 3 times higher. The parts demand drives some of the pricing.

The older JD's and Farmalls do not appear to have any let up in price. At auctions they are going very high compared to a few years ago. The demand is high and it seems likely they will go higher. Bottom line if you can find one of those tractors in decent shape you will not get hurt later if you decide to get rid of it.

The models you are looking at vary in years but the 20-50 series goes to the early to mid 60's and they are all highly prized even the gassers.

My old Farmall M sold new for around $800, I paid $1400 4 yrs ago and have been offered $2600 cash money. It is the tractor of choice when I have heavy work to do.

I would really like a old JD "G". They are outragous at auctions or where ever you can find them.

It is going to be hard to tell you how the pricing is going to be. It depends on your area and who is intrested in what you are looking at and the time of year.

All of the tractors you describe I THINK are 2wd and will be a little light for any type of serious loader work. The hydraulics are usually for the remotes and power steering plus other uses. Dual is 2 pumps.






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 12-18-2005, 06:58 Post: 121246
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One thing I failed to mention is the 2550 and 2555 are available in mfwd. This is definitely desireable if you plan to do a lot of loader work, although any of these can handle a loader well with two wheel drive if ballasted properly. The loaders that fit these tractors are 145, 146, 175, 240, 245, and a 48 will fit also if the right mounting frames are used. If you do get a MFWD model, the 175, 240 and 245 are the only ones to have enough clearance for the larger front wheels. Dual hydraulics means two sets of outlets on the rear for attachments. Depending on what kind of attachments you might get, that can be very desirable. A second outlet can be added, but that is a pricey add-on for these now, since they aren't current models, a kit is no longer furnished through Deere. Used parts may be available or a simpler valve can be bought and plumbed in. I see lots of these mounted on the fender. It doesn't look as neat, but is much easier on the wallet. If you get an aftermarket valve, be sure to get a closed center valve since these Ag tractors all have closed center systems.






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 12-19-2005, 11:59 Post: 121336
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I went from a 2wd old Oliver to a MFWD equiped JD 4310 utility. There is a huge difference with the MFWD. Clearing snow, loader work is vastly improved due to having drive traction with the front wheels. It's definitely something to consider in your purchase.






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