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 10-17-2005, 12:55 Post: 118029
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Hello. I am trying to determine the right tractor for my needs. I have 10 acres in Grant, FL. All flat, gets wet. There are 7 acres of heavy pasture that needs bush-hog work -- 2 acres of finish mowing work. Plus a small animal farm in need of a front loader, and pulling (wagons, etc.) work.

Any ideas wchich tractor I should be considering to meet these needs ?

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 10-17-2005, 13:36 Post: 118035
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I'm trying to make the same decision; I have a 5 acre farm with some pasture, woods and a lawn; I'm thinking of a B7800 - it has good power, clearance, can pull 60 bails on a trailer without a problem; I just don't feel that BX-series tractors can handle heavy pasture work. Besides, a B7800 (which is a legitimate tractor) with comparable attachments is only $4 grand more than the BX2230 tractor which is just a step above a riding mower. If someone knows any better, please post your reply.






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 10-17-2005, 13:50 Post: 118036
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Denis, your on the right track. you may also want to look into the JD 790.






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 10-17-2005, 15:38 Post: 118040
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I think you want the PTO hp in around 25-30 if you are doing any amount of field mowing. This places it in line with the capabilities of the old Fords, Oliver Super 55 and MF's.
The lower price/less feature tractors in this area would be the B7800 as mentioned, the Deere 790, Kioti LK3054, MF 1433 and the New Holland TC30. These are the top 5 sellers in the US.
For the finish mowing and loader work I would recommend a hydrostatic drive. Some of the above models like the TC30, 1433 and B7800. There are other tractors in the lines with more features such as the NH TC33, MF 1433V and the Kioti CK30. Naturally they are higher dollar. You also need to consider which dealer is closer and which is the best. You many get the tractor cheap and then pay through the nose for the additional equipment and parts.






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 10-17-2005, 15:53 Post: 118046
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Thanks. I had considered the JD 2305. How does this compare?

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 10-17-2005, 16:10 Post: 118047
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No, you can only run a 4 ft Bush Hog with that. It will take you all week to mow the field. For example I have 8 acres to mow and a 7ft unit it takes 4-5 hrs. With a 4 footer it takes more than double about 12-15 hrs. Depending on how fast your grass grows, to keep the pasture in shape, you will be 10 hours on the tractor every 2nd or 3rd week end. I went down this route with my 755. Enough power to mow the lawn and nothing else. 25 hp PTO and up.






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 10-17-2005, 16:28 Post: 118048
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I do not know the models you are talking about but I have a B 2710 (27 hp) Kubota. I would want more power if I had to bush hog heavy wet grass over acres. I would also want smoother ride. I use a 52 inch rough mower on mine and it does well but in heavy grass it would be slow. Also use 72 inch finishing mower. All it needs in thick zoysia. A breeze in thinner grass. I also use 52 inch z turn mower (same brand as finishing mower) and cut our 2 acre yard in about 60% of the time. Both have trimming left but less with z turn by far. You also mentioned it gets wet, my B 2710 has problem with not a lot of clearance with 3 point hitch if it is bogging while using rough cut mower. Yes, it has caused me to walk.






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 10-17-2005, 19:30 Post: 118059
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Kthompson, how do you like the zoysia grass? Much of my grass is always dead brown on my southern facing back yard. I am thinking about zoysia but have doubts since no one else seems to have it around here. It dies earlier than other grass but stays green all summer? Plus how fast does it multiply after putting the plugs in? Do you really have to put these plugs in 1 foot apart? How long does it take to spread?






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The B2710 is 20 hp PTO. You can only use a light duty 5 ft rotary cutter on that unit. The extra 5 hp means a lot. My 955 tractor is 27 PTO and I can handle a six foot in heavy grass.

ncrunch I tried to plant zoysia in the centipee and the centipee chocked it out. I thought the Zoysia would be more draught resistant and provide a better looking lawn. No luck.
The centipee is nice as it really requires very little mowing. It spreads so flat that the seed heads only stick up about 6 inches. Like Zoysia it goes dormant and allow the other weeds to get a head start in the spring.






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 10-18-2005, 07:37 Post: 118081
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Thanks for your help. How does JD790 compare with Kubota B7800 with respect to their reliablity? One reason I'm considering a Kubota is that I dumped around $1500 in repair cost over 3 years on a JD L120 mower - I could have bought a brand new mower for that money and avoided a lot of aggravation. I know I'm comparing apples and oranges when talking about L120 and JD790, but this experience kind of poisoned my opinion about JD.






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