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 09-25-2003, 14:32 Post: 64845
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I am going to be building a house in the spring on 8 acres of rolling meadows in Western Massachusetts. There will be a gravel driveway about 400 feet long with a few turns and some hills, but nothing to steep. I'm looking to buy a CUT to help with the landscaping that comes with new construction as well as finish mowing when everything is done, snow removal, and brush hogging. I'm looking for suggestions on size, MMM vs. 3 point hitch, and plowing vs. snowblowing. I don't have unlimited funds, but realize I am making a long-term investment and want to be sure that whatever I buy will suit my needs. Also, my wife is into horses so I am sure that I will be putting up fences; posthole digger will be needed as well. Any thoughts would be appreciated.






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 09-25-2003, 14:49 Post: 64847
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My opinion is that if you're brush hogging an area of any size you'd want a 5-foot brush hog and that will need 24-25 pto hp. In the JD line that means the 4310 or larger I think. Something in the 30-32 engine hp range should do most everything you want.

MMM vs. RFM? I don't finish mow so I'll leave that to others.






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 09-25-2003, 14:56 Post: 64848
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I like the idea of the mid-size frame, and don't want to be undepowered, but wonder about finish mowing/driving on lawn. At the school I work at we use a Kubota L3130 with a 72" MMM to mow 10 acres of athletic fields and lawn. It's great, but when its wet there are lots of places we can't go. On the flip side, if I am going to plow snow rather than blow it, it seems a small frame tractor might not meet my needs.






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 09-25-2003, 15:03 Post: 64849
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I was thinking something in the 18 - 24 hp range which in green is 4010 to 4115 range until you threw in the post hole digger. I agree with Ken on a bit larger in this case, the 4310 is a great tractor for the money spent. This puts you in more like the 28 to 35 hp range. The 4210 to 4410 in the green color model range or the L3430 Kubota or TC35 New Holland. You may be able to find a post hole digger for the smaller range tractors but it may not be big enough to do what you want. I would suggest you compare and demo as many color tractors as you can in these model/size ranges and see what you settles in your mind. I am sure you will have more questions then but this would be a good start.






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 09-25-2003, 15:24 Post: 64850
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I agree, 30-40 hp tractor,FEL. I finish with a 3pt ,72 inch rear discharge with my jd 790 however jd only recomends a 4ft brush hog for my machine. After this last winter !!!! I am getting rid of my 1984 4x4 f-350 8ft fisher speedcast plow for a 59 inch JD front mounted SNOWBLOWER. RAN OUT OF PUSH !!!
LIVE IN CENTRAL N.Y.






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 09-25-2003, 16:23 Post: 64855
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I missed the unlimited funds part the first time around. The John Deere 790 and 990 are VERY nice tractors for the dollar spent provided you are not wanting hydrostatic drive trans. and on the 990 you cannot get the mid mounted pto as well as some of the bells and whistles. Again, the best advice I could give you would be to go and check these tractors out and demo them, reguardless of color. Kioti makes a nice tractor in this catagory as well. Vince seems to have the most experience with them here as far as I know. I am sure he will post his experiences when he sees this post.






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 09-25-2003, 19:47 Post: 64866
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i to do not have the unlimited budget most likely because of my horses. i would also suggest the jd 790 w/ a 419 loader. purchased mine last month and all i can say is what a machine. paid 13900 for it all w/ 3 year O % financing. i have bush hogged finished mowed and post holed with it so far and it performed better than i expected. i have 10 acres
w/ 9 horses so i use the bucket all the time what a joy it is to have. see my old tractor was a 1957 ford 600 and although i love it this has reduced my work load by at least 60%. i would as suggest a blower , but back to the money thing they are so expensive. i have always used a bucket and the rear blade together with good success. joe






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 09-25-2003, 22:10 Post: 64874
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As far a snow removal is concerned, I've done it both ways...blade and blower. I'll take a blower any day over a blade. Here in Alaska I'd run out of places to push the snow after the first few snowfalls plus it took twice as long to do a good job than the blower. The blower spits it 40' back into the woods and that's that.

I currently do my 200' drive with 100' of parking/ramp with my JD2210 with a 47" front blower. I did it with a Craftsman garden tractor with a 42" blower before the 2210. It also did a fine job, even on the 8% grade that I have.






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 09-25-2003, 22:25 Post: 64875
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Looks like everyone agrees on the 30 HP size area.
For your landscaping needs I also recommend a front end loader.
4 wheel drive comes in handy.
As far as tractor brand there are a lot of good tractor brands out there.Don't get stuck on one brand,test drive several makes and models in your area and see what fits.






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 09-25-2003, 22:29 Post: 64878
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"I finish with a 3pt ,72 inch rear discharge with my jd 790 however jd only recomends a 4ft brush hog for my machine."

They recommend the LX-4 or LX5 rotary cutters so you can use the 5 foot. I personnaly have the 790 w/ the LX5 and think any smaller would be a waste and look kinda funny as well. I am also sure it will run the 6 foot LX6 on most stuff.

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nasty stuff was fear of nuking the cutter,the LX5 will be toast long before the tractor runs out of power.






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