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 12-22-2006, 11:01 Post: 138278
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 Life expectancy of compact tractor

I heard a statement on an RFD TV program the other day. During the JD Tractor hour the host said that the life expectancy of a compacy tractor is 1200 hours. That seems very wrong. What does everyone think? What kind of hours do you all have on your machines?






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 12-22-2006, 11:16 Post: 138279
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I think what they meant was, based on the average CUT users useage, the "typical" CUT will have a life expectancy of 1,200 hours.

Bear in mind, there are lots of Ford, MF, Massey's and such that are 50+ years old and only have that sort of hours on them too.

If you figure there's a lot of "chore" machines around that only get 30 hours a year on them, it would take 40 years to rack up 1,200 hours. If the owner bought it new at 40 years of age, he would be 80 years old before it hit that mark.

In my case, using them commercially though, 1,200 hours is one good season, never mind a full year even.

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 12-22-2006, 13:43 Post: 138282
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A good diesel engine in a semi is warantied for 1M miles. At 50 mph average that is 20,000 hrs. Naturally they idle for long periods when loading etc. so? Many large farm tractor are in the 10,000 hr mark. I look at it as 2000 hrs before you begin to have any major repairs. This is similar to 100,000 miles on a car. The Cummins in the Dodge pickup have been warantied that long. Many other auto manufactures are increasing to 100K including GM.
Naturally not starting an engine periodically and allowing the moisture built up in the oils to be removed and the oil to wipe the interior of the cylinders etc. can lower the lfe expectancy. Sort of like filling up on turkey, goodies and plum pudding and then laying on the couch will lower yours.
Merry Christmas anyways.






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 12-22-2006, 14:55 Post: 138284
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I'd guess a show host who doesn't have a BS detector. If you look at typical the service intervals, you'd only replace hydraulic fluid 2 or three times in the lifetime of the tractor...






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 12-22-2006, 15:04 Post: 138285
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I recently found out that the EPA is actually involved in saying what the "useful life" is of a diesel engine. You might be interested in reading http://www.dieselnet.com/standards/us/offroad.html. The engine life paragraphs are near the end

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 12-22-2006, 15:20 Post: 138286
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Greg;
Just because they state the useful life as 3000 hrs this does not mean that they are lowering the life expectancy. If you note the recall testing period is 2250 hrs. This means it must meet the emission standards after this many hrs. To do this the manufactures must have tight machining and materials standards. They can have little wear between zero and 2250 hours.
Look what has happened to the life auto engines as emission have been increased.






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 12-22-2006, 15:45 Post: 138287
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Oh, I understand that completely. I'm sure that the EPA involvement limited to establishing a legal benchmark: to give some teeth to their edicts that the mandated emission levels are not exceed for that many hours. I merely submitted the reference as evidence to counter the initial 1200 hour claim for CUTs

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 12-22-2006, 17:36 Post: 138288
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I personally know of a sod farm with a pair of 40'ish hp Kubotas that were bought new for the sole purpose of tending to the turf fields.

For about 8 months of every year they run nearly non-stop in daylight hours.

Last I spoke to the owner they each had far in excess of 10,000 hours each and were still going strong. He, like I do, changes the oil, etc., religiously and follows suggested maintenance guidlines. He figures he'll keep them going till they won't go any longer, at that point his grand-children can then replace them. Smile

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 12-22-2006, 18:17 Post: 138290
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One of my "H" Farmalls was my Dad's. It was last overhauled by him in 1954 and was used on almost a daily basis till 5 years ago, it takes a bit of oil but still starts and runs fine. Like Murf said I know of many farm tractors in the 30 year old category with 10- 15 K hours that are still working daily on the original engines. any tractor, pickup, car, whatever can be destroyed at a tender age by abuse or neglect. It all boils down to care and maitenence. I expect my 4310 to live on long after I'm gone. Frank.






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 12-22-2006, 19:09 Post: 138291
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I have 3100 hrs on my yr 2000 JD 4700. I have replaced some things outside of the engine- starter, front axel seals and such but nothing as far as the engine is concerned. I would hope I can get at least 10,000 hrs. before any majore problems, cause (It's a Yanmar).

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