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 08-08-2006, 03:23 Post: 133081
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Hi,

I just spent hours reading the board, and got lots of great advice that I thank everyone here for. It did raise an issue that I hadn't thought of as well.

I have 7.5 acres of land, with 1.5 acres grass or so. The land is very hilly. I had the opportunity to use an L while clearing some land, and a tractor immediately went onto my must have list. I was trying to decide between a BX24 and the B7800, but the posts I've read seem to make it clear that the B series would be better in the woods.

The question is, does the 1/4 turn on the 7800 vs the hydraulic and positional stuff for the pto on the 3030 matter? I'd rather pay the approximately 2k less for the 7800, but not if I'm going to be kicking myself regularly on the pto - the rest of the 3030 stuff doesn't seem that useful to me.

Thanks for any help.

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 08-08-2006, 07:05 Post: 133086
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used to own B7800 - nothing but fond memories. 1/4in valve does take some getting used to, but not a big deal at all. If I did have the extra 2K to spend, I'd go ahead and grab 3030 for all the extra conveniences. Hopefully you'll have this tractor for many years and over time 2K will seem like a worthwile investment on an upgraded model. but I like I said, I absolutely loved the 7800. Those 30hp are Clydesdales, not welsh ponies.






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 08-08-2006, 19:54 Post: 133117
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Charles, I was trying to comprehend your concern over the controls like the PTO and I don't understand them.






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 08-08-2006, 20:06 Post: 133119
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Art, I think his question regards the quarter inching valve vs. position control for the three-point hitch.






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 08-08-2006, 20:51 Post: 133120
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Sorry for the lack of clarity - yes, that describes my issue clearly - does the position control and other PTO stuff on the 3030 justify the higher price?

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 08-10-2006, 07:21 Post: 133147
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I would think that the answer would take more knowledge of your chores that you propose to use the tractor for. The mid PTO shaft could be added at anytime you might want to use it on the B7800. The hitch would depend on the amount of three point hitch equipment would be changed for the extendable links and the pin adjustments. The position control is not accurate for grading any more and actually probably less accurate then the quarter inching valve as with position control the settings are not the same if letting down vs coming up to desired height. Depending on your choice maybe a L-2800 hydro might work and you would have the size machine you might like. Often going too large does limit where and what you can do just like buying to small. Small just means more time to do the job and diesels like to be run!






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 08-10-2006, 10:59 Post: 133154
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Thank you very much for your help Art - not just in this case, I've read a lot of what you posted going back years, and its been really useful for me.

I'm afraid I'm not sophisticated enough in the tractor world to know whether the position control is better for me - it just seemed like the 3030 had a generally nicer system for the pto? Much as I'd love an L, I think a big B is probably best since mowing will play a big role - is this right? I also would use it for grading a long dirt/gravel road, with a box blade I'm assuming.

I'm definitely planning on the FEL and the mid PTO 72" deck, so it seems like hydrostatic would make my life much easier.

Other things I'd like to throw on the PTO, mostly eventually as the budget is going to be pretty slammed by the tractor purchase in the first place, are Bush Hog, chipper/shredder, stump grinder, rototiller, some sort of trencher, and I'd love a backhoe though the price makes it hard to justify.

Also, I have a very hilly lot if that matters. Would it be possible/useful to put on Dual rear tires for stability? I was thinking the r4s, but read some stuff about them being worse on hills than turf, which didn't make a lot of sense to me.

Thanks again for your advice.

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 08-10-2006, 11:17 Post: 133156
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The difference in the PTO is not to much of a factor for a hydro although the 3030's is like the big farm tractors. As far as duals that would be tough as it for sure would make them wider then the deck. The industrial tires are like a half way point in aggressive tread for soggy conditions but they are what they say industrial! They are built for carring heavy loads with strong sidewalls so the ride tends to be rougher then the turf or ag tires. Depending on what you are mowing with now most all machines are created equal as far as operating on slopes and it can be hairy to say the least on some grades although some have no problem with what might scare someone else. The best with operating on slopes is to keep everything low below the center of the tractor. The 72" deck is a ground engaging deck and does a great job and should be an assit to you,carring the loader low if on would also help. Good Luck!






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Would the pto controls make running things off the pto easier? And does the 3030 have a noticeably longer frame, so it can carry more in the FEL?

I think I'll go for Duals if possible. Rather have some cut issues than a rolling tractor. I'll get weighted tires as well, and also carry the FEL low and a brush hog on the PTO - figure that combination will get the center of gravity way down, and I don't think the weight issues will be a big deal - I don't mow wet turf.

What do you think of the chipper etc on a B? Is there a weight limit to PTO attachments, or just a HP limit?






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I doubt if Kubota make duals for these machines. Maybe some third part manufacturer makes a kit. As far as a chipper goes, what is it that you want to chip? A 3-point chipper on one of these small machines is limited in capacity compared to a full size chipper.






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