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 10-09-2006, 20:46 Post: 135815
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I am looking to buy a compact tractor.I have looked at Yanmar, Janima, Nortrac, Mahindra as well as the Green Blue and Orange. I have 6.5 acres that I bush hog and a 300 ft drive way to maintain. I want to build a fence and use it for digging holes. I would like to get one with a FEL. I will also use it for bush hogging yards for a realestate company, so it will make a little money.
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 10-09-2006, 21:23 Post: 135816
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Lot's to think about here. There's lots of issues if you want to mow for others, including liability, wear and tear, and towing requirements. Many conclude it's not worth it. Brand wise I think Nortrac is Jinma. They will likely be the cheapest and have the most maintenance and repair needs. If you can't make the repairs yourself they likely wouldn't be a good fit. Yanmar labeled machines are generally 'gray' market, so parts and repairs are harder to come by. JD is often Yanmar but with JD modifications and green service and parts networks. Kubota makes their own. Any of the major brands should give you good service and often the dealer is more important than the brand.






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 10-09-2006, 22:14 Post: 135818
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When you use the brush hog off your property, how will you get to the job site?

If you venture too far above the 25 HP range you are going to need a really heavy truck and trailer.






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 10-10-2006, 11:50 Post: 135834
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THHConst,

Well my guess in reading your name you have a construction company so probably have truck and trailer covered. If not DR brings up a good point.

I would think you need four wheel drive and would want a Hydrotrans for your FEL use.

You will find many here who like and are very pleased with the color brands and for reasons. I would do as KW suggested and visit with the dealerships. A good salesperson will help you pick tractor to fit your needs and the equipment. If they can not do that, next dealership. Listen to the way they talk to their customers, do the customers like the dealership or is there tension between them.

If you are going to be "bush hogging" I would start with what you will be cutting and work backwards.

If you are new to bush hogging, it can be very dangerous. It will amaze you how far a piece of wood (any debris) can fly and the damage it can do.






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 10-10-2006, 16:46 Post: 135840
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Rankin, you don't think a decent 1/2 ton will pull something like my 33hp New Holland? It weighs about 3000lb. --plus the trailer and bushhog (I have always had diesel 3/4 tons so I'm just curious.) Personaly I think my size machine is the perfect size and hp---oh boy I can see green and orange eyes rolling now.






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 10-10-2006, 17:45 Post: 135841
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EW I pulled my 750JD with trailer and loader without a problem, but it is about 1000 lb lighter. I had the trailer towing package on an F150. I moved it down from KY without a problem. I think it would do it but would not want to make a habbit of it. Ie the odd tow a dozen of times a year yes, but everyday like you do no way.






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 10-10-2006, 17:47 Post: 135843
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Earth, Maybe........ But not your tractor, brush hog, wheel ballast and an FEL.

That would probably weigh over 5000 pounds and max out a 7000 GVW trailer.






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 10-10-2006, 20:17 Post: 135845
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Y'all can qiut arguing about the truck and trailer. That is not what the question is about. I have a 3/4 ton truck with a diesel engine and a trailer that can carry plenty. Trust me I have put them both to the test many times.HAHA!!
So back to the tractor question, Please.






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What about Mahindra. The price is less than the Green, Blue, and Orange.?






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 10-10-2006, 21:15 Post: 135848
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Mahindras are okay, but I've noticed metal parts rust very easily and some plastic parts fade or break down quickly in sunlight. My buddy has one a brand new one and from a distance they look ok until you get right up on it and the quality fades.

Montana makes a nice one too as does Kioti.

I do commercial brushhogging and grading with my blue hydrostat and for me and my needs it's the ticket (however I have not driven anything else since my bro-in-law gets a Ford employee discount).

I'd stay away from Nortracs. I knew a dealer and once in a while I'd look at them (laughing at them more accurately).
They look like the hoods were formed by a guy with a hammer and a big rock. The paint was bad. And LOUD! Man they sounded like tractors from 50 years ago.

And to be totally honest, if you're in business, image is everything. I wouldn't be caught dead on one. It was bad enough when I used to show up at a customer's house with a restored 1947 Fordson and get jeered at. If you can afford a Nortrac, take the money and use it as down payment on something respectable.

But I'm jis' sayin'.






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