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 10-18-2001, 23:29 Post: 32524
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I need advise on tractor size. I have 70 acres in south, middle Tennessee,alot of logging roads,some steep,some not. About 30 acres of pasture are kept cut with a 5ft heavy duty bushog, currently on a Massey Ferguson Ind30. It's unsafe and too bulky for my needs. I'm thinking toward something in the compact line like I've read on this site, but i don't see much response from people with the same needs as mine. I do not do my own hay, however, I do purchase 4ft round bails and stack them in the barn. I'm not sure of their weight. I also go in the creek to keep bridge tiles clear and move gravel. I had a 51 8N which I was totally comfortable with but it didn't have a loader or 4 wheel drive. I am sure that I want 4wd. I'm hoping to be in the 13 to 15 thousand range. I hope no-ones laughing. Can anyone help. I have looked at the TC33,2910, and 790. Thanks, Fred






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 10-19-2001, 06:50 Post: 32528
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I would recommend a L-4300 Kubota with a loader. They have plenty of power and would replace every thing you mentioned and then some. The L-3000 would do fine to, and is a little less money. You definitly would want a gear drive for your work that you mentioned snd four wheel drive would be a major plus.






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 10-19-2001, 21:44 Post: 32548
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Hi Fred

I just purchased a used, 2000 mdl. JD790, 350 hours,4WD,FEL,ROPS,3 pt hitch tow bar and a new king kutter 5' woods mower for 12000. The 790 has performed wonderfully. I only have 10 acres which is mostly woods. I can get into tight places even with the FEL and the 4WD has proved a life saver in my swamps. I dont know how much a 4' roll weighs so cannot advise if the FEL will pick them up for stacking.The fuel consumption has been very low and I would say to stick with a diesel, just in case you thought differently.The 790 has good ground clearence for you stream,but I dont know how water tight the gear case and bearings are or where the vents are located. Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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 10-20-2001, 08:17 Post: 32554
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John, I never even thought about the rear end or how it's sealed, thanks. Our creek is more wet whather than anything else. It's only about a foot deep normally, but I don't know how deep I'd go if I ever dug the tires down in the gravel. I stopped on the way to work to get a Kubota4300 brosure, but I have'nt got back into town to take a look at it yet. Do youhave to constantly shift the JD when your sing the FEL or do you have shuttle shift. I'm not real sure I want to shift constantly, but then again, I'm always having trouble with my forward gear popping out on my MF30, and it's a shuttle shift. I really liked how the hand controls on the NHTC33. Don't you wish you could take a little of each brand and put it all together. I'm going to keep looking and reading and I'll keep you all filled in.






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 10-20-2001, 19:17 Post: 32562
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My recommendation would be the TC35 or TC40. A friend had the equivalent in Kentucky hills with 2 will drive. We pulled my 4x4 JD750 our once or twice with it. (the 750 was with turf tires).
The TC35 and TC40 have a very stable feel on slopes. I think they must have a low center of gravity.
I looked at one here in AL this year with 4x4 and I think it was around 18K new with FEL. You may be in the range in a 2 wheel drive.
With the loader it would be nice to have the 4x4 but not completely necessary. My neighbour lift bales all winter with a 2 wheel drive International. With the weight of a bale 500lb + it would be difficult to stack with most of the smaller tractors. I certainly would not with a 790 aka 750.
I would fill the tires to give you a little more stability and added weight in the rear.
The JD 790 does not have sealed wet brakes and it is a problem in a wet environment.
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I could get you in touch with my NH dealer here if your dealer does not want to dicker. He also handles Kubota and Case. I am ~ 3 hour south west.
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 10-20-2001, 20:52 Post: 32566
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try new holland again they just came out with a 30 hp 4x4 tc30 with loader and hydro under 15000.00 retail and of course the gear drive is less






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 10-21-2001, 20:22 Post: 32584
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Hi Fred
I hope your information search is very productive. I have learned alot from questions that have been posted on the board and realize most of the answers come from experence. I think my shifting is of the regular type ( push clutch-shift gear)and have no problems, as thats all I have ever used. An automatic (HA-HA) would be nice.I did not understand your question on shifting and using the FEL. I may have to accelerate when digging ,but only when I want to push harder than the throttle setting. Tell me what you find out from the "brosure" you have on the kub.4300. To answer your question,"I sure wish I could pick the great options on each model/make and have it built"






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