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 03-01-2006, 12:47 Post: 125359
Gloria
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

I'm buying 40 acres of unimproved land and haven't needed more than my Polaris Ranger for all the dragging, hauling and dumping on my place.

I'll need to do some grading, discing of firebreaks, lifting manure and hay, and I'm sure a lot of other things. The terrain is rolling hills. I really need some advice on which tractor to buy. I don't have a lot of money, but want to get the right tractor so I can do the work I need to do with it.
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 03-01-2006, 13:06 Post: 125360
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Is the hay in round bale form or large or small square? How much manure? Will the tractor also have to go into a barn?






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 03-01-2006, 13:09 Post: 125361
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

I would look through some of the other posts. The first thing you want to do is establish what your need parameters are.
You need something more than 35 hp and some weight. If you want to lift and carry round bales you need some weight as the bales are at least 1200 lb and some are closer to 2000.
If you are placing this on a front end loader (FEL) then you need a safety margin to lift and move safely.
If for example this is a daily task most have a 50-65 hp tractor.






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 03-01-2006, 13:17 Post: 125362
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

100-120# bales, not the big round bales.

Grading will be minimal, I'll hire someone with heavy equip to do the majority of the grading, but I'm always moving gravel around and smoothing for good footing.






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 03-01-2006, 14:31 Post: 125366
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

Do you need to be new or can you live with used?
I would look at least 25 hp PTO. There are some good choices out there. Economy models such as the NH TC-30 can get you tractor and loader around 15K in 4X.
What type of terrain is the place? Do you need 4X on the CUT?






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 03-01-2006, 14:42 Post: 125367
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Manure will be piled, and I'll have to either dump it in a spreader or scoop to load into truck, etc.

Used is good if I can find a decent tractor. Lower cost is definitely better for me.

Tractor will be stored in a barn with a 14' opening.

Any particular brands/years? Sounds like 35-40hp with 25hp PTO. Given where I live, it's a long drive to any dealers. Would be good to have an idea of brands/models that would be realistic. Unfortunately no one around who can advise on it all. My Dad had a tractor for his almond orchard for years but was really handy and would do all his maintenance and repair himself. It's not something I can expect to do. So REALLY old not a good plan.






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 03-01-2006, 18:58 Post: 125376
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

On the long drive to the dealer think about asking him for delivery, service. Maybe he can meet you half way. See what they can do. Seeing how it is a long drive go to all the dealers get what you can. As far as what is the best tractor the guys on this post will provide you with the best information on that. I have a Farm Pro 2425 with FEL and I do not beleive it will suit your purpose. Farm Pro has larger tractors, service is so so, you will need a Front end loader check out their web site google farm pro. They will deliver, and will most likley be the cheapest. They had very few bells and whistles as of 2 years ago things like hydrstatic, etc. Check out their web site. I bought mine from a dealer new and a dealer is the way to go but will cost a few $s more. Good Luck.






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 03-01-2006, 20:54 Post: 125380
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 Need advice on which tractor to buy

Just a few ideas from a few brands:

John Deere: 990 4WD, 5105

New Holland: TC30, TC40

Kubota:7800, M4800, M49000

Kioti: DK45, DK40, DK35

Used models

International 424, 444, 464, 484, 586

John Deere 2520, 1070, 1050

Ford 3910, 4110, 4000 Series, 1920


What you sound like you are looking for is a limited duty small farm tractor. You want a very basic and RELIABLE machine that can ready hand a wide variety of tasks. I strongly recommend that you stay away from the models with a lot of electrical goodies/bells and whistles. Over the long term, they will not hold up. Suggest you go with 4WD and a FEL.






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 03-02-2006, 03:18 Post: 125388
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If you want to do ANY discing you will need at least 40hp. To do that job properly you need a minimum speed. You can't just gear down and run a small tractor through the soil at a very slow pace.






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I look at the economy side of the Kubota L-series. Probably an L3400 or L4400 or similar older model. They are inexpensive, reliable, no frills tractors and should be capable of handling the work you described. If you are concerned about price, don't even bother looking at the Grand-L's or the M-series, and the B-series is simply too small.






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