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 11-19-2002, 12:38 Post: 45172
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I currently live on a 1 acre waterfront lot and also own 12 wooded acres about 10miles away. I've never owned a tractor so I don't know what I really need. I would initially use the tractor to install about 100' of riprap and then maintain a 1/2mile dirt/gravel road; maybe even get a backhoe way down the road. I talked to the local rep and he said the B7500 could do all of this but it would just take longer than the B2710/2910. I don't mean to offend any B7500 owners but I feel as if the B7500 is just an oversized lawn mower. I also read a recent post where the 3pt hitch on the B7500 is not really a class I but a class 0. I would appreciate any advice because the B2710/2910 would be a stretch financially. If I did go with the bigger tractor I think I would probably get the B2910 over the 2710. Any comments with that would help too.

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 11-19-2002, 13:16 Post: 45174
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Yes what you intend to do could be a bit much for the sub-compact tractors. It would probably do the job but would take a bit longer. Also you will probably want a 60" plus box blade for the gravel drive maintenance. Do you have a Kioti dealer in your area ? If so you might want to check them out. Good tractors for thousands less.

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 11-19-2002, 18:50 Post: 45186
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I think the post you read concerning the Cat. 0 hitch was about the BX series and even then, that information is not strictly correct. I was just looking at a B7500 today and it has a regulation Cat. 1 hitch.
If you take a hard look at the stats, the differences between a 7500 and a 2710 comes down to this: 6 horsepower, 6 inches of wheelbase and 400 lbs in base weight. Everything else, in my view, is too close to call, including its ability to run a backhoe. Both have nearly identical wheels and tires and Kubota rates both for the same size box scrapers and grader blades. I think the measurable performance between the two probably comes down to single digit percentage points.
Only you can decide if that if enough to justify spending several thousand bucks extra to achieve.






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 11-19-2002, 18:54 Post: 45187
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BTW, what the heck is riprap?






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 11-19-2002, 19:11 Post: 45189
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 7500 or 2710 2910

My option has always been to find a good used tractor rather than new. I bought my current tractor 2 year ago for 2K less than the current used list with loader (3K). Most of the tractors will last more hours than home uses will put on in a life time. If you can wrench a little you can fix most things on a tractor.
You also will need some method of carrying the tractor to the wood lot, you can drive it but it may take near an hour either way.






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 11-20-2002, 05:38 Post: 45200
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I also have two places about 10-miles apart but less land but I started with a backhoe and snow removal work. I started by fitting the tractor to the depth of trenching I needed to do. There are a bunch of issues in the archives about matching hoes to tractors. If a hoe is in the future, I'd figure the depths and reaches needed and make sure the tractor can mount a hoe needed for the work. A hoe is about the most expensive implement most people ever buy and it's good to know that the tractor is adequate for a hoe that can do the work.

The 24 pto hp 3,000 lbs. Tractor/loader I got takes a 6' hoe and that barely gets me by. It also takes a moderate 5' snow blower that almost covers the turf tire tracks. However, the drives are wider than 10' and it takes me three passes to do them. I could get by with 12' of cleared drives but the tractor wouldn't manage a 6' blower. I'd probably want a bigger tractor if the drives were longer.

The tractor does pull a 6' box blade for gravel drive maintenance and shallow excavations. On my drives, 6' slopes on the crowns puts about the right width on top so I can cut and maintain the crowns with single passes either side. A 5' blade would mean I'd have no offset from the tires for shallow ditching and I'd have to cure a 'saw-tooth' when maintaining the crowns. I'd have to have a separate blade with offset.

A bigger tractor than you're looking at works better for me. However, there is a downside. I don't really want to haul that much weight plus implements with my 1/2-ton and there are no back-roads to our camp. I had to learn to be, if not happy, then sort of relaxed, driving narrow gravel shoulders and bridges without shoulders on a highway with heavy transport traffic. The bigger tractor also is really too big for finish mowing around our trees etc. so I kept the riding mower. I did go used to get the tractor size and budget that worked of us. However, always figure on about a thousand to cure somebody else's problems.






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 11-20-2002, 15:38 Post: 45223
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Mark, riprap is stone that is used to prevent erosion. The size that I will be using will range from the size of a softball to as big as a football. That's why I don't want to get too small of a FEL. Foghorn






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 11-20-2002, 15:49 Post: 45225
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You might consider, as I am, the new Kubota B7800. It's equipped with 30 h.p. in four cylinders. On paper, that's better than the 2710 and 2910 and cheaper. I don't know why Kubota offers so many similar choices, but this looks like a good compromise. Check it out at Carver: http://www.carverequipment.com/b2710_b7800_b2910_order_form.htm






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 11-21-2002, 07:59 Post: 45251
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You would appreciate the three range transmission for doing your excavation work. The middle range is about the best there is for that type of work. Low range is to slow with lots of power and high range is great to get from one place to the other, but mid-range is the best for digging and moving the material for any distance.






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 11-22-2002, 21:47 Post: 45294
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I'm building a house and bought a 2710 for backfill, moving material around, digging trenches etc. I bought a used Woods 7500 (half price) and purchased all the pump kit parts separately. Works great for me and I wouldn't do it any different.






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