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 10-21-2007, 07:52 Post: 147187
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OK, first the misson(s) we need to consider:

1800 foot long gravel driveway, Downhill one way Smile, need to scrape or rake throughout the year, as the water tears it up pretty regularly. I currently plow the snow with a full sized pickup. Creating/Maintaining a swale along the driveway. Bushhogging. Post holes, grading, clearing trails in the woods. I plan to finish mow with my current rider for now.

I have narrowed my choices down to the B7800 and the L2800, both with loaders and Loaded R4s.

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L2800: No mid PTO and I may want to put a deck or snowblower on at some point. I'm not sure if a rear hyd. option is offered...gotta talk to the dealer. Bottom of the L series Line, about 900 lbs. heavier. Cruise control could be neat.

B7800: A little smaller, quarter inching valve seems to have bad reviews. With the tires loaded, it should be stable enough on the hills. If I someday use it for finish mowing it won't be to big, or too heavy, to get around the property without tearing it up.
Trailering may be a point to consider as well.

Which machine would be the best all around choice? $15,825 for the L2800 and $15,385 for the B7800, out the door quotes.

Thanks in advance!

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 10-23-2007, 00:43 Post: 147230
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Jmacca,

I believe either tractor will suit you just fine, but I also believe that you'll regret not having the mid-mount PTO shaft, should you opt for a tractor without one.

Your driveway is quite long. Unless you were planning on getting rid of the pickup and plow, you might want to stick with that combination.

Use the tractor only on those days when you receive exceptionally heavy amounts of snowfall. The reason I make this suggestion is only because your pickup keeps you out of the weather, and unless you plan on getting a cab for your tractor, your pickup offers much better comfort (as well as heat) when clearing the driveway.

No matter which tractor you end up with, I'm confident that you've picked a couple of winners. Either tractor will do just fine for what you have in mind.

Let us know what you come home with, will ya?

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 10-23-2007, 07:39 Post: 147235
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Thanks Joel,

The B3030 has some nice features and has now come into the mix. I like the single pedal and the hydraulic PTOs.

I just don't want to regret not getting the next size up a few years down the road as a result of fretting over the mid PTO. My guess is a gently used zero turn would take care of the lawn if I had to go that route as well.

I'm a couple of days away from making a final decision and have turned in the financing paperwork to the dealer. I never thought it would be this hard...oh well, there could be worse things to decide on. Smile

Thanks again!

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 10-23-2007, 08:37 Post: 147236
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imacca, please don't discount the versatility of a 3-point mower. Some people might need the MMM, but the 3pt finish mower (FM) has its advantages too. Even on the B7800, my dad got the 3pt FM over the MMM and has been happy with it. On my L2800, the 3pt FM works wonderfully and is off and on in just a couple of minutes.

As for the cruise control on the L2800, it is of the mechanical type, and kind of the same deal as the throttle locks on motorcycles...if you use it, give yourself plenty of time to remember to disengage it when the tractor keeps going and you're wanting to stop...you could end up in a fence or something.

I opted for the L2800 for its size, and my dad chose the B7800 for the same reason. It all depends on your needs.






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 10-23-2007, 11:57 Post: 147244
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Mobilus,

Nice to see you here again.

I have a question for you. Does Kubota offer a drive-over mid-mount mower deck? If not, the mid-mount mower can be a real pain to install, unless on a finished concrete floor.....with lots of room to work.

I suggested that Jmacca get the B7800 with the mid-mount PTO shaft, mostly so that he could install a front mounted snowblower at some point in the future --- provided, of course, that he was planning on getting rid of the truck plow.

With 1800 feet of driveway to clear, a front-mounted snowblower would be the way to go for Jmacca. His driveway is long enough to justify the cost, because looking over his shoulder for the length of time required to clear such a long drive, would be a real pain in the backside......I mean, NECK.

I agree with you on the quality of the finish a person can get with the rear mounted finish mower. They do work very well.



Jmacca,

Purchasing a tractor is not an easy chore. Unless you plan on purchasing several tractors, there will always be trade-offs to consider.

It's best to make a list, with the larger tractor on one side, and the smaller tractor on the other. Under each tractor, list its advantages over the other. The tractor that ends up with the longest list, in order of importance, usually wins the battle.....but not always.

Smaller tractors are better for mowing, but will lift a load only high enough to dump over the side of a pickup. Larger tractors have the advantage of being able to lift a load high enough to empty the bucket into a dump truck. For some people, this, alone, is enough to make up their minds.

The B3030 is a very nice machine. If your tractor will be used primarily as a mower, this might be a better choice for you.

Take your time making this decision. It's far more difficult to select a tractor, than to pick out a new car.

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 10-23-2007, 15:23 Post: 147251
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Hey Joel, I had to go out to Phoenix AZ to move my father-in-law. Sold his place to move into an apartment that has nursing assistance if he needs it. Parkinsons. I was very glad to get home.

I totally get off track with that snow blowing stuff. It has been 7 years since I left Alaska to come to Texas, and I forget so easily the work involved in moving that stuff. If I had only had a tractor and blower up there, I could have made some serious off-duty cash.

And yes, Kubota has drive-over MMMs.






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 10-23-2007, 22:02 Post: 147268
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Thanks All!

It looks like the B series will fit my requirements. I'm convinced that the extra money is worth going up to the B3030. It's only money, right? I'm going to live with this tractor for a long time to come and would like to be comfortable in the process.

I'll keep everyone up to date and of course post the pictures!

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 10-24-2007, 08:51 Post: 147286
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John,

If you don't mind me asking.......

What's the difference in price between the B7800 and the B3030?

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 10-24-2007, 10:37 Post: 147293
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Joel,

It's about a $1,500.00 difference between the two...

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 10-25-2007, 21:50 Post: 147376
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Well, the deed is done. Should have the B3030 delivered early next week. I'll update with pics and thoughts when I can.

Thanks for all the help!

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