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 03-02-2002, 14:15 Post: 36004
WNoitge
2002-03-02 14:15:46
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 4100 vs 4200

I'm in the market to buy one of these tractors and could use some advice on which one would be better suited for what I want to do. I have a 5.5 acre flat piece of land. I'll be doing the following things: snow removel w/bucket, clearing brush and trees, mowing, leveling off ground, and moving boulders. I know the 4200 has 26hp and the 4100 20hp. Which of these 2 do you think I should buy?






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 03-02-2002, 14:21 Post: 36005
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Which one should you buy? The one you like best. Hard to say since you don't say how big those trees and boulders are. Clearing trees is usually slow and tedious at best with ANY compact tractor, but generally speaking (not true in EVERY case, of course), the smaller tractor can do the same things as the larger one; just have to take smaller bites and more time.






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 03-02-2002, 15:49 Post: 36006
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I have a 4200 and it does have a larger frame and is more versatile with implements, etc. Of course, I wish I had a 4300. ;o) Good luck with your decision.






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 03-02-2002, 16:58 Post: 36008
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If you can afford it go with the larger tractor. Bigger is Better! Or is that a myth?






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 03-02-2002, 23:17 Post: 36017
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2002-03-02 00:00:00
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I also have a 4200 with FEL and 3pt backhoe.
Rear blade and box scraper, post hole digger.
Have been going hard at five heavily wooded acres for just about a year. This set up will do you just fine. Stick with a tractor that you can add a backhoe in the future. You wont know how you EVER lived without one. I dont think the 4100 can take one, thats why I got the 4200.
I have logged out some pretty large trees and built a pond with the 4200, I even cut up a bunch of maple that is drying to be used for making furniture when I get done playing in the yard.
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 03-03-2002, 22:31 Post: 36042
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 4100 vs 4200

Some things to consider. The new 4115 and 4210 have both listed increases in HP. There is a huge weight difference, the 4100 is 1565 lbs and the 4200 is 1100 lbs heavier, and last, although the 4200-4210 can do more work, the 4100 series has a much better reliability record. The 4200 has had some major mechanical service bulletins while the 4100 has had none, other than some minor stuff like having the wrong size filter housing installed. As far as the backhoe, it would be nice to have, but it costs almost as much as the tractor, and rumor has it that Deere is designing something for the 4100 series to stay competitive with the orange tractor. For me, it is better to rent a back hoe locally at $250 a day for the rare times I will need it than to lay out $7500 to purchase one.






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 03-04-2002, 10:49 Post: 36058
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I also have the 4100 (FEL, rear blade, mid-mower) to maintain 3.5 acres. I love the tractor, and it will do everything I have asked of it, including digging large holes about 1-2 feet deep and about 20 feet across for flower beds. While I would not want the 4200 because of its relative size, if you are going to maintain 5.5 acres do a bunch of clearing, I think the 4200 would be the better purchase. This is particuarly true if you will have a need for a backhoe.






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 03-05-2002, 15:53 Post: 36116
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One thing you did not mention is if you will be mowing the 5.5 acres and if you will be crossing a septic field. If so, you should check that the 4200 is not too heavy as to damage your septic field. I was told by my John Deere dealer as well as my septic ssyetem guy that you should keep the upper limit for repeated crossing of the septic field to about 2000 pounds.

I have a 4100 and its a great tractor. I maintain about 9 acres of pasture and two acres of lawn with it as well as plowing a half mile paved road in winter. None of the tasks I have given it have presented a problem.






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