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 01-29-2005, 09:54 Post: 105166
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This will be my first tractor purchase & part of me prescribes to the notion that you can never buy too big a tractor but... What size (model) should I look at for 5 acres wooded. I will be clearing a lot of trees initially and then bush hog cutting and maybe a finish mower so loader will be a real perk. I obviously would prefer not to spend an arm or leg and used is ok with me. (BX2300, B7500, L3710?)






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 01-29-2005, 10:45 Post: 105172
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More than most implements, a brush hog dictates the size of the tractor.

If you can live with a 48 inch brush cutter and the time it would require to cut brush in 4 foot swaths, then most anything with 20 engine horsepower will do the job.

If you want to devote less time to cutting then you will have to increase in size and horsepower, and money.






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 01-29-2005, 13:51 Post: 105179
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An L3710 sounds awfully big for 5 acres. I bought a used L3010 for 15 acres and I consider it to be sized just fine for my needs. I run a 60 in Bush Hog and a 72 in finish mower and both run beautifully. Even so, I have kept a small JD riding lawnmower with cart both to mow in tight places and get in amongst the trees to cut up deadfalls.

If you can pick up a used tractor via the web you can do what I did and go to www.ytmag.com and check out the classifieds for transportation. Truckers who haul tractors advertise there. I had two competitive offers to haul my tractor and implements at $1 per loaded mile. I went with Jason the Tractor Man from Harrisburg, PA and the tractor was delivered in perfect shape.






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The sun-CUTS are nice, but I think you would be diappointed for what you want to do. I would think a larger B-series, 7800, or 2710/2910, or the L2600/3000. If yiou are going to buy new, you may want to wait and look at the new B3030. You are going to want 20hp at the pto to run a 60 inch brush hog. Any of the models listed above will do it fine, along with having the weight and capacity to do good loader work.






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