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 02-20-2006, 11:01 Post: 124826
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 first tractor for small acreage

Are their primers available for first-time tractor buyers whose learning-curve is starting from zero--something that lays out the considerations for chosing a small tractor and provides a check list for things to check when buying used.

We just bought what's left of an old homestead and are in the process of putting it back into small acreage production. Its about five acres, square, flat with sandy soil. We plan to raise berries, vegies, etc. No livestock is one the list presently.

For attachments, we will need a mower, tiller, blade and loader.

Price range is negotiable, but I am hoping to keep things in the $10-20k range.

I am leaning toward a used John Deere but there are so many models,horse powers levels, transmissions, etc that it boggles a newby's mind.

As an additional factor, we have early teen kids who I would like to eventually put on the tractor, so safety and easy operation are an issue.

I have visited the JD and Kubota dealership, poured over their literature, searched the web for resources, and am pidgeon-holing everyone I know who seems to know something about tractors.

As part of this, I thought I would put this out on Tractorpoint and ask for advice from folks with more wisdom and experience. Thanks.






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 02-20-2006, 11:09 Post: 124828
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I would say that the John Deere 2210 would be a perfect tractor for you.
Go to the John Deere website and read the specs and look it over. It will take all of the attachements that you are referring to.






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 02-20-2006, 11:21 Post: 124829
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If you are considering used. Keep an eye out for a well taken care of John Deere 855. Usually if you can buy them from the owner directly, the chances of working a package deal for the implements is much better.






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 02-20-2006, 11:54 Post: 124832
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I was in the same boat about two years ago when I started looking at the myriad of makes and models. I choose Deere based on my visit to the area Deere, Massey, New Holland, Kubota stores. Over about a two month period, I test drove as many different brands and models as I could. I found the 2210 fit my needs and future needs for expansion. I think what made the biggest impact in my decision was the dealer. How he seemed to actually care about getting me the right equipment. This web site also steered me that direction with some of the same information I am sharing with you. Best of luck in what ever you decide.






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 02-20-2006, 12:14 Post: 124833
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The hard part is there is no black or white right answer to your question. It sounds like you will be using the tractor for some good work. So I'd try to keep the hours down a bit on what you do buy. Test drive several tractors. Asking to do that should help you figure out what dealer is better than others. If they won't help, then forget them as you'll probably get cruddy after-sales service too.

Finally, if after 1 or 2 seasons you realize it's not exactly what you need, then you learned and can put that knowledge to the next machine. I learned a ton from my first tractor. But I wouldn't have bought that first tractor had I been a member of the board.

There are some good used equipment out there like the JD 900 series (955, etc) that have plenty of power for what you are looking to do. Maybe find someone in teh area or a bit further away that does the same work and see what they have learned.






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 02-20-2006, 13:33 Post: 124839
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Ditto on the 2210. I just liked the feel of the Deere over the Kabota. Ive had it for about 1 1/2 yrs to date and use it pretty much year round. I am now looking to add the tiller. Especially w/ the deere (not sure about other brands) if it turns out the tractor is too much tractor for what you need or not enough, the resale on it should be pretty good. Especially if you can find a good used one.






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 02-20-2006, 14:23 Post: 124843
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Thanks to all for the good words and advice. It appears that the consensus is that a 20 HP (give or take) tractor should be adequate for mowing and cultivating 5 acres. This helps because I have heard two schools of thought on HP--the other one is to buy more than you need and shoot for 30-50 horse, which seems excessive for a little 5 acre mini farm.

One other question--do folks recommend the JD EHydro tranmission as opposed to going for more of a utility tractor with a power reverser. The downside which I have heard about the EHydros is that they require electronics behind the dashboard which can cause problems in wet weather. Case and point--a local equipment rental store bought a new 4320 and found that it wouldn't start after it was hosed down. After experienting with selective washings, the store owner found that the dashboard was the place which was vulernable to the water. Thanks. Jim






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 02-20-2006, 14:43 Post: 124845
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Jim,

You have gotten alot of advice from guys with subcompacts, and they all seem pretty happy. I have a B7610 Kubota a significantly larger tractor than a sub in the "compact" category. The B7610 is more like a tractor between a Deere 4110 and 4115 in size, and I can tell you that there is no reason to have a smaller tractor on my 5 acres than this.

Sounds like you will be farming the whole 5 acres, if that's the case I would probably go for a tractor bigger than the B7610 like the larger B7800 or even bigger. You will enjoy the better ground clearance of the Compact size tractor over the sub. Also if you will be plowing you will appreciate the weight and superior traction of a larger tire tractor mght even want an L .

When talking tractor size advice, one TP member said "if you can turn it around on your property than it is not too big!"

To some extent this is actually good advice as long as your pocket and storage space can accomodate that.

For multi user operation make sure you get a hyrdo trans.






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 02-20-2006, 14:49 Post: 124846
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Alot of the Deere tractors have side by side forward reverse pedals. Just my opinion but when I am backing up I like the toe heal hyrdo pedals on Kubota and NH much better as when I am going backwards I am twisted in the seat and it would be awkward to try to hit the reverse pedal up front. The other danger I think is the possibility of hitting the wrong Forward /Reverse pedal when they are side by side. A misstake like that can be costly! Make sure you try both and get the one you like, it is a matter of personal preference.






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 02-20-2006, 15:47 Post: 124855
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I would look at about 25 hp PTO as a lot of the older farm equipment was design around the Ford 8N, Ferguson TO-20, Oliver Super 55, size range. One option would be the CK-25 Kioti. I have a light JD 955 and would not be looking for one to do farm work.






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