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 11-26-2005, 16:52 Post: 119860
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I've never driven a tractor, but I've be reading various forums and I'm beginging to get the gist of what they're about.

I have 30 acres of moderately rolling ground. 10 are wooded and 20 acres were clear cut, and stumps pulled about 10 years ago. Since then, the vegetation has wasted no time. My wife and I have tried to manage the place with a pair of Stihl WeedWhackers, but good as those machines are, that's pretty silly.

We need to do some brush hogging, some sappling uprooting, and some knocking down of trees ten years old. And maybe some hauling of materials. A tractor is what we need.

We've looked around a bit. For reference, we found that the Kubota L frame too large for us, and the small wheels on the BX seriers won't cut it on our ground. So, we've been planning to make the rounds shopping for something just a bit smaller.

Now I hear there's a Kubota B 7100 ST for sale locally, at $2000. It's not exactly what I'd like, but it's close, and it costs less than I was planning to spend. That would leave me some cash to work with. Before I plunk my money down, though, I have a few questions:

Assuming it's in good running order, can we hope to find implements and parts to keep it going for a few years?

I haven't seen the tractor yet. Aside from petoleum products oozing from the thing, what other points should I watch?

What can I hope for in the way of PTO outputs and hydraulics?

Even at the price, are there any severe limitations to this machine that might make it wise to pass by?

Judging by photos, the B7100 is a bit larger than what I wanted. Is there some other machine I should have a look at.

Thanks in advance for any and all advice or opinions offered.
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 11-26-2005, 17:09 Post: 119861
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Why do you think the L-series is too big? It seems to me something that size be about right.






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I agree with Ken.
With the amount of property and intended uses you list, I would be looking at 30 to 40 HP machines.
The B 7100 is way to small in my opinion..






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 11-26-2005, 17:56 Post: 119867
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I started with the notion that I didn't want anthing larger than necessary. If price and size run together, that would best suit my means. It didn't take long to rule out the lawn tractor types, though I'll admit that I was impressed when I watched local fire company clear a field for a fiddle contest with their personal equipment. For a while after that I thought I could do much of what I needed with one of the larger Simplicity LTs, but even my favortite was little more than a very competent mower. No way to add implements.

When I started looking and the current Kubotas to get a sense of what we might use, I was impressed by their tiny FELs and back hoes, but realised I needed larger wheels for our terrain. At out local dealer, the next step up was the L-frame series, but it just seemed too large -I want a high degree of maneuverability.

The other thing is that, because of the cost of implements, I've decided to restrict what I plan to do with a tractor. That in mind, I think I can do with a fairly small one. My wife will want to play too, and she added her weight to that decision.

That's about it. It practically a gut thing. If my first tractor doesn't hurt us too much financially, we should be able to upgrade when we see the need. Finance will always be a major restriction, though.

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 11-26-2005, 18:02 Post: 119868
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At 13 pto hp and 16 hp gross, the B7100 is not going to run much of a rotary cutter. The weight of the B7100 is around a 1040 lbs. or there abouts. You may be able to get by with a light duty 4 ft. rotary cutter. The 3 pt. hitch and hydraulics should be able to handle the weight but you may require some front counter weight depending upon the weight of the cutter. It may be more advantagious to pay someone to brush hog it for you and then just maintain the area with a finish mower. I do did this with a couple of 40 to 50 acre hay fields. Once the area have been brush cut, you can walk it and pick up the rocks or any other debry and then be safe with an RFM or MMM. The MMM will give you the best cut but is bit of a pain to remove and install on some machines. Just wanted to throw out a few ideas to consider. Let us know what you decide on. Something along the lines of a Deere 790, Kubota L245 and up, or Kioti in a similar hp range would do well as far as used equipment.






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 11-26-2005, 18:10 Post: 119869
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I expect much of my routine to be is keeping our entrance road in order, and mowing along it and the state road. I'll maintain and widen paths around the place, and probably create a lawn by gradually widening what's there now. I imagine any trees I want to remove will have to be done more by finesse than by horsepower - mostly for lack of horsepower.

I also think I'd have to make a considerably larger financial commitment to go to the next size. Given your comment, though, I'll stop by the dealer again and stand next to that L-series, just to recalibrate my sense of size.

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 11-26-2005, 18:25 Post: 119870
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I take it RFM is Rotary Finish Mower, but I haven't been able to figure out MMM. Is there a place to learn about the various attachments and what they do?
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I considered having someone come in with a brush hog, but I think I'd waste a lot of time worrying about the details. The field is pretty lovely for wildlife as it stands, I'd like to keep some of that in tact. In a sense, this is all exploratory. Nibble here, nibble there.

I'm looking up the machines you mentioned. Can't wait to see the price, though. I did follow a few JD 600 series machines on eBay. They looked interesting, in fact, I'm not sure how different they are from the Kubota L-series. Not a tiny machine.

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MMM is Mid Mount Mower (belly mower)






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I use a 35 HP tractor ( similar in size to the L-series Kubota) on my 15 acres and find it sized just right for my needs/uses.
I use it to clear/maintain around 9 acres of field and mow around 6 acres of lawn. Perfect size for my 15 acres.






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>> MMM is Mid Mount Mower (belly mower)

I was pretty sure it wanted to be Belly Mower, I just couldn't find the way to make it happen. Heck, I only had 2 M's to account for.

What is this 35hp amchine that's similar to the L-series Kubota? I may as well see whatelse is out there.

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