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 09-30-2008, 22:41 Post: 156952
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I am looking for a dependable tractor for our property. General use bushhogging about 5 acres, moving horse manure, gravel drive grading etc. Never owned a tractor. I think 28 to 35 hp. $4,000.00 to $7,000.00. 4wd would be great but I'm sure it drives up the price. Any advice would be great. Smile


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 10-01-2008, 01:22 Post: 156953
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Packmuleb,

I looked at a large number of tractors, over a period of many years, hoping to find something that would handle my five acres, for about the same money you're looking to spend. I never had any luck finding what I was looking for in that price range.

You probably won't find what you need for at these prices. More than likely, you'll end up spending somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 for a decent used tractor with a loader and mower deck.

Shop the used market. There are many nearly new tractors for sale right now, and at bargain prices. I'd be looking for something like a Kubota B2400, or the B7610. For a little more money, you could get yourself a Kubota B7800.

Here's one that I think would suit you well, and the price isn't too far out of your range. See the link below.

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 10-01-2008, 08:12 Post: 156954
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My advice is to get advice. From a local tractor dealer. Here's why.

1. Subtle differences can be important. For instance, a car tire is just a tire but a tractor tire can be for traction on a construction site or for mowing a fine lawn. Take our advice, but also that of someone who knows your situation.

2. The work is done by the attachments and it's better to get them all as a package and with assurance that they're suitable for the tractor and the work at hand.

3. All machinery needs maintenance and servicing, and you will need instruction and tryouts. Owners rarely drive their tractor to the mechanic; either you fix it yourself, the tractor guy comes to your place, or they trailer it back to the dealer.

4. You'll need supplies: fuel, fluids, filters, parts, etc., and except for coolant and tire air, you'll need a place to get them (or in the case of fuel and fluids, information), and there's nothing like a well-stocked, nearby, cooperative dealer.

5. In a way tractors are easier to service than cars (e.g., components are more accessible) but in another way (for instance, their 50-year design life) they need more maintenance. It's important to get the documentation: at least the owners manual and perhaps a service manual, and a dealer is more likely than other sources to supply these.






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 10-01-2008, 09:31 Post: 156958
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I think the first thing you need to know is how much manure you will be moving and how you expect the tractor to move it. If you have a lot or want to use a Front End Loader (FEL) for that the price and options are different than if you have one horse and will load by hand into a trailer. If you will be expecting to run inside of a horse barn with FEL smaller tractor would be good just for controls and seeing. Before you buy any used tractor or for that matter new with some labels out there, find out about PARTS. A $20 part you can not find stopping a $10,000 machine is not fun but happens.

I totally agree with what has already been posted. kt






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 10-01-2008, 09:45 Post: 156959
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If you need a loader you'll want 4WD. When the bucket is full the tractor tends to pivot forward around the front axle, unloading weight from the rear tires. When that happens the rear tires get far less traction and you may not be able to back away from the pile. In cases like that you need the front wheels driving backwards.






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 10-01-2008, 10:57 Post: 156965
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Let me add this. The upper range of the HP you're thinking of is about twice what you'd need. And you'd like something with a FEL and 4WD for as little as $4k. On a new tractor, just the added cost of those features would be about $4k.






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 10-01-2008, 13:58 Post: 156976
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Lots of good advice here but I'll add my two cents worth along with it. Visit local dealerships that handle the big three in the compact world, Deere, Kubota, or Ford/New Holland. Don't get hung up on a particular brand, all three will have trade ins that will have been thru their shop and the later models may come with some short term warranty. If our economy is really as bad as the gloom and doomers tell us it is a good local dealer is going to be more than glad to have you as a happy customer. Frank.






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If I may add to Hardwood's thoughts, do check more than one dealership of each brand. I bought a used tractor a few years back it was amazing how much the used pricing varied in an hours drive. kt






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 10-01-2008, 21:39 Post: 156990
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thank you all. I figured I would have some homework to do. I don't have the funds for new tractor so I will just keep looking. Seems to me there are a lot of different options a particular model tractor may have, different transmissions, gearing etc. Any more imput would be appreciated. Especially what attachments I may want to start with for

Bushhogging 5-6 acres.

scooping manure in isleway of barn from 3-4 horses.

grading gravel drive 300 ft.

backhoe attachment???


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 10-01-2008, 22:54 Post: 156993
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Mower can be rear-attach or mid-(belly-)mount. Many pros and cons for each. Depends on how rough and level the acreage is.

That many horses can be mucked out with a shovel and wheelbarrow or, if there's access, with a tractor's rear blade (in which case you might want to get wings made and bolted on one or both ends of the blade to keep the manure from spilling out).

Grading can be done with the same blade.

Given your budget and experience I'd forget a hoe.






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