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 10-12-2007, 08:55 Post: 146845
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I've been following as many threads as possible on TP for several months to help figure out what CUT to buy and am now thoroughly confused. I thought I'd narrowed it down to Mahindra and Montana but I've noticed "Montana Dealers" diappearing from the Montana web site (called one yesterday in Mcgehee, AR and they said they'd moved the Montana's to a lot in a nearby town and would be selling out for cost). I also read a very positive report last week on Kioti, but hadn't kept them on the short list due to the negative reports on dealer support from Korea.

I'm looking for a 30-40 hp 4wd hst CUT w/loader, bush hog, disc, yard rake and ph digger (possibly trencher) to prepare/maintain 2.5 - 4 acres (building pads, driveways, drain trenches, ug utilities, etc).

After reading all the comments, I'm still a little unsure.

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 10-12-2007, 09:28 Post: 146847
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Lakehouse; I've been to Toledo Bend, nice place. If you are basicly unfamilliar with tractors, I'd sure advise staying with the big three major brands, Ford/New Holland, Kubota, or Deere. They by far have the best dealer networks, with parts and service available most anywhere. Down the road when you decide to sell or trade your tracor you will be much happier with the resale value and the ease of selling one of the majors. The lesser known brands will dissapoint you on every topic I've covered. Frank.






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 10-12-2007, 09:52 Post: 146848
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Who the heck is Montana?






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 10-12-2007, 10:12 Post: 146849
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Thanks Frank. I figured as much, just didn't want to spend a fortune. If you had your pick, which of the big 3 and why?

JP

Ann, this is their website http://www.montanatractors.com/ I believe they're part of LG in Korea.

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 10-12-2007, 11:09 Post: 146852
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Lakehouse,

Have you considered a used tractor? The reason I'm asking, is that with only three acres to maintain, you'll never wear out a tractor. Buying a new tractor isn't entirely necessary.

The housing market is currently in the dumps. Many people are finding it necessary to refinance their homes at higher interest rates, and they simply can't afford to keep all the goodies they've purchased over the past few years. You could easily find a used tractor, with less than 100 hours on it, and at the same time save a few thousand dollars, which could be put toward a few implements.

It's amazing how many used tractors are currently for sale, in almost new condition.......and the owners are desperate to get rid of them.

Just a suggestion.

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 10-12-2007, 11:25 Post: 146854
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Thanks Joel, I'm not averse to a good used tractor, but as Frank Q'd, I don't know enough about them to ensure I won't buy someone else's problems. Where is the best place to find used equipment?

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 10-12-2007, 11:46 Post: 146855
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Lakehouse,

There are a few places that I like to visit when looking for used equipment items, including tractors.

Tractorhouse.com is by far the best place to shop for this stuff. You'll be able to find many similar tractors and then compare prices.

Proxibid is an auction site. It's amazing how many small tractors come up for sale at auction.......and the prices are definitely in the buyer's favor. You can save thousands at auction......and I'm not kidding. Some are all but new. 100 hours is nothing for a tractor......although I suggest you stay away from anything that was previously owned by a rental company. You don't want anything that abused even once......and every rental piece surely has been.

Craigslist is a popular place. Thousands of people list their tractors for sale at Craigslist. You can also sort by region, or even city. If you can find a used tractor near you, it will allow you to test drive it, as well as see the thing up close and in person, before buying.

There are a few dealers in Texas who routinely offer tractor packages at auction on ebay. If not for the extremely long trip, I would have purchased one of those package deals. Being that you live in Texas, I'd try searching ebay. Be sure to check the seller's feedback ratings before making a bid. Most of them are good.....but stay away from those who have negative feedback.

You can also try the classified ads in your local newspaper, or even right here on this board. Click on "Classifieds" at the top of this page.

My favorite place is proxibid. There's an auction today, in West Virginia, that I would love to attend. Tractor and nearly every implement imaginable.

See the link below.

Have a great day.

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 10-12-2007, 12:04 Post: 146856
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Thanks Joel...now it looks like I've got some more homework to do.

Thanks again to all of you. I'll keep looking until I "get my mind right".

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 10-12-2007, 13:16 Post: 146863
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Lakehouse; My choice would be Deere hands down. Why? A great dealer here with service that is second to none. There are just as many great Kubota and Ford/New Holland dealers as there are Deere, and all three will have some less desireable dealerships. Look over their dealerships, is the place clean and neat, do they have an up to date display of their equipment, do the sales people give you a comfortable feeling of trying their best to fit your needs and budget? Ask for references from them for firms that buy lots of equipment from them, like landscape people, lawn and snow service people. If they are happy, you likely will be too. If you are thinking used I sure would avoid an auction if you are not familiar with tractors. As has been mentioned here I've saw good tractors sell well under the money, but I've also saw poor tractors with a coverup paint job bring twice what they were worth. As in new go to a dealer of one of the big three for a used unit. If the tractor is near new and low hour you will likely get a limited warranty with it. Enjoy your day. Frank.






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 10-12-2007, 13:22 Post: 146864
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Thanks Frank. I've asked a Deere dealer near Houston to give me a quote on a package and will probably visit him next week. He also has used eqipment. Just a start.

Have a good weekend.

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