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 03-29-2003, 07:52 Post: 52119
john.wolfe
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im in the market for a tractor,im thinking jd,kubota possibly kioti? i have a 5' very heavy duty bush hog and will be doing a bunch of fel work and also some mowing. how much power do i need and what models should i look at? was thinking a jd 790 cus of price vs 4210 but havent looked at other brands yet.any help would be appreciated!!






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 03-30-2003, 13:27 Post: 52190
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I just purchased a tc 30 but wont receive it until Wednesday- I hope to be able to give an opinion after use.
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 03-30-2003, 14:45 Post: 52193
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thanks boatman,im very interested!! i hope to be making a purchase soon and all comments are welcome!






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 03-31-2003, 05:40 Post: 52225
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John: A basic idea in tractor selection is that small and large tractors do about the same work but small ones take longer for power work but may be faster when a lot of maneuvering is required. Of course there are particular tasks that will stop either a large or a small one cold.

When starting to look for a tractor, there is a rule of thumb that relates tractor size to the size of typical rural properties and that can simplify the looking task a bit. Of course, I forget what the rule is but if you say how much property you have somebody will likely comment.

Myself, I have a 24 pto hp tractor for two properties each about 3-acres. It is a little large for finish mowing and I use a riding mower. However, the size is about right for the other work and it's a good compromise for me. Generally, the 'one size fits all' idea doesn't work that well for tractors and some compromise is required. I figure it's a good compromise if the tractor does 80 or 90-percent of what needs doing and the bigger stuff is contracted out and the smaller stuff done by my flock of small engine tools.






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 03-31-2003, 07:10 Post: 52237
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hi tom,thanks for the input. ill give some more info and hopefully ill be able to eliminate some of the choices. i have 63 acres about 3/4 is wetlands and 4/5 wooded. i have a 9n but it just isnt up to the task of bushhogging with my 5' hogger.its underpowered and very old with no loader.i just dont want to put money into it,id rather step up in size and ability. other work will include a gravel driveway about 400 plus feet in length and some deer food plots, dragging some good size trees,BIG stones,and probably some diggging trenches,then your normal mowing work and landscaping. this is just for myself not commercial.i hope thats enough info,again all comments are welcome!!






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 03-31-2003, 18:39 Post: 52289
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Get as big a tractor as you can afford. It sounds like you have enough property to justify a larger tractor.(jd 4510-4710, n.h. tc40-tc45, kubota 3830-4830?). I started small and ended up with a tc45d and love it, I do a lot of similar
work that you described. There are a lot of good deals on
used tractors also, just make sure you test some before you buy. I have had great luck with all of my compacts.






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 03-31-2003, 18:50 Post: 52291
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i just looked at a ford 1910 with 770a loader.its pretty good size but im not sure what the power rating is for it.didnt get a chance to talk to owner so im not sure what year either.






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 04-01-2003, 07:26 Post: 52330
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1910's are around 27 or 28 pto hp and were built in the mid-80's. NH provides parts and service support for the 10-series Ford compacts.

If it has one shifter on the steering column and the range shifter on the TX top cover, then it has the optional 12 x 4 synchromesh TX which is very desirable if much loader work is anticipated. 4wd also is a desirable option for loader work. I think creeper kits for these tractors are still available from NH but mid-pto is mysterious. It's a little hazy if a mid-pto has ever been available for these tractors although there is a fuse slot for it.






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 04-01-2003, 19:40 Post: 52410
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tom ,it had two shifters on the floor,cant say ive seen one like it before,but then i havent been around tractors very much either.is 27 pto hp good enough to cut down thick brush? and if so how big of a diameter stems is it capable of cuttting with out slowing the blades down to a crawl? thanks.john






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 04-01-2003, 20:37 Post: 52413
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John,

The 790 will do what you are wanting but it would be at it's limits in medium to heavy stuff. I would recommend the JD 990 for your application. For the money, the JD 990 is a best buy as far as most tractors go. If you are wanting hydrostatic drive, a 45,46,4710 is what I would suggest. The 4410 can run an MX5 but that may not be as big and heavy as you are specifying. 4610 is a good bet for the money in that department. Good luck!

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