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 07-27-2009, 12:42 Post: 164396
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Looking at buying a used TC34DA with Super Steer, rotary tiller, and 72" rear mount finish mower. Have a few questions:
-)Haven't seen any questions on the forum concerning this model tractor. Is that a bad sign?
-)Looking at adding a 3pt rough cut mower. Will this machine handle a 72" without undue stress or wear? Dealer says in handles the 72" finish mower OK.
-)Is a Boomer the way to go? Have read about a lot of electronic issues. Any other common problems to expect?

Please answer any or all questions as you see fit. Great forum. Glad you guy's are out there providing advice.






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 07-27-2009, 13:02 Post: 164399
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Does it have or has it ever had a loader mounted on it?

What do you plan on cutting with the 72" rough cut mower? I expect it would do OK under many circumstances but if you plan to cut 1-2" thick woody material or 6 foot dense brush you'd probably be pushing it.






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 07-27-2009, 13:10 Post: 164400
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It does have a loader with 60" bucket.

What I have for rough cutting at this time would probably be less that 1" trees saplings and some light brush. Mostly tall grass and weeds.






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 07-27-2009, 13:26 Post: 164401
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I do not know about that specific model, but it seems that a small percentage of the mid-frame TC series have been known to break in half when operating with a heavy load in the bucket and a heavy load on the rear. A lot of owners have never experienced that problem but it would scare me off.

Here's a link to a recent thread on this topic for a TC33 model.






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 08-04-2009, 16:24 Post: 164641
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Thanks for the link to the other thread. Interesting reading.

I did find out that the Clutch Housing part number for the TC34 and current 35's is different from the old TC 31-33 series.

Also noticed that the newer "LA" loader attachment is much better braced to the tractor than the old 7308 loaders.

Don't know if the above means anything or not, but I do appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of the issue.






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 08-04-2009, 17:29 Post: 164642
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Not sure what the answer to this is but I'd be curious to know if there is a different max load rating for the old and new loaders.






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 08-04-2009, 19:30 Post: 164645
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With enough abuse anything can be broken, but it does seem they had more than their share.
There are lots of good used green and orange tractors for sale too. Don't be afraid to shop around.






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 08-04-2009, 23:54 Post: 164655
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I have 2002 TC33D. I use a 5' RC and can cut down and mulch-in-place 4" caliper trees with ease (I also have a hydraulic top link which allows me to get the rear of the RC off the ground about 4' for much better attack angle). I regularly cut 6-8' weeds and saplings in 2nd range, and sometimes in 3rd. Rarely does it slow even in 3rd.

From what I understand, your machine would be the next size up from mine. I hear from the engine back it's not a a Japanese-made machine but English. That said it's a different machine than the trouble-frought TC33's and down. (It's sort of like having a '70's Jeep or AMC or British car--it goes with the territory it will have electrical problems)

The ones like yours I'm aware of love their machines and have not had any issues with them. That siad, these are not made like dedicated backoe/loaders--the loader buckets like all their distant cousins are not up to the task since they bend--and stay bent--easily.

Personally, for my needs the TC33D is the perfect size and combination of weight and power.






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 08-06-2009, 18:58 Post: 164723
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Stumbled accross a 2006 JD 3520 at a very competitive price. Has 300C loader and 72" 7-Iron MMM. Will take a look at it this weekend and find out if it is for real.

I've heard the 7 Iron mower is good, but unsure if the MMM is the way to go. I don't plan to cut the front lawn with it, but would probably use it around the yard and out buildings where I don't have sprinklers.

Anybody have an idea of the ground clearance with the mower fully raised. Wondering if it will be a hindrance for FEL work if it is left attached.






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I'm not sure about JD's but I know a TC33D I test drove and my neighbor's both only had about 5-6" of clearance raised if memory serves. The one I test drove got in the way so badly that as the owner encouraged me to dig into the pile the deck was loaded with dirt from dragging so low---not good because the ebarings and belts were covered with dirt. Not only that, but it's rare or should I say depending on what you're moving that you'll be able to make a perfect flat surface when you approach a pile. And when you dump it you'll have uneven ground too to drive over. The advantage of a NH with SupserSteer is it makes it easier to remove and install the mower since the front axle pretty much moves out of the way.






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