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 10-03-2005, 21:30 Post: 117324
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Hello, (same message on JD forum)
I am trying to decide between a deere and a kubota. I know both brands are fine and I own a small Kubota B7200 HST and am amazed what can be done with a small tractor. I will be keeping that and investing in a new larger tractor for:
mowing/conditioning about 30 acres of horse pasture.
heavy mowing/brush hogging about 60 acres of hay fields.
building horse jumps/digging ditches and water hazards.
quite a bit of loader work/gravel and stone and pulling and lifting heavy logs.
Pulling hay wagons and possibly, some day, haying.
other regular farm type stuff and snow removal.

Primary function is mowing/conditioning/brush hogging. I would like a 7 foot or larger mowing implement and have been told to get anything from a 35 hp tractor to a 50+ hp. I want plenty of power to do the job while going up the sloping parts of my fields.

I have looked at the jd 4520 and 4720 and Kubota 5030, m5000 and l4800.

Does it make sense to look at tractors in this range or am I thinking too big? I am sort of overloaded with information and am having a hard time deciding what to consider as important factors. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Barton in Vermont






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 10-03-2005, 22:34 Post: 117327
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I suspect a hydrostatic 3830(4+) would be plenty to do
what you want. I do all of that with my 3430 and have
no problems. I do add weight to the back when using the
FEL.
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 10-04-2005, 06:37 Post: 117333
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If you plan on baling hay some day with this tractor, you need to be at 40 PTO horsepower minimum to run a decent baler. The L4330 or L4630 Grand 30 Series, or the L4400 Standard Series tractors would give you the PTO horsepower you would need for baling. I wouldn't think you would want to go any less than that.






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All of the tasks you described can be done with an L-series machine. However, if you want a rotary cutter over 7' wide, I'd go straight to the M-series. The larger L's such as the L4630 or L5030 have enough PTO HP to get the job done, but you might like the extra size and mass of an M4900 or an M5700. If you need extra manuverability or just like the smaller chassis, go with a large L. If you're more comfortable with a bigger heavier tractor go with a small M. If you like the M-series but want to limit cost go with the MX5000. It's a budget model comparable in size to the L5030. As far as color goes I'm partial to Orange, but most people here will tell you to shop for the best dealer as much as the right machine.






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Thank you all for your suggestions. I agree that the dealer really makes the difference. I also don't mind going a little bigger for the power to choose whatever implement I might want. With all the 0% financing available it seems like a no-brainer. Should have made a decision in about two weeks and will let you all know what we decide on.

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