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 04-08-2002, 13:06 Post: 37178
Joe Radon
2002-04-08 13:06:22
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 What tractor for oranges

I have just moved to my new house on 15 acres. Have never owned a tractor and am looking for advise. 10 acres are orange grove. I wish to mow the rows, fertilize, spray and pull out trees as needed. 5 acres are open, about 1 acre is sodded or seeded and I will maintain it with a MTD riding mower. The other 4 acres needs to be leveled and bush-hogged. I would like a front loader, bush hog and boxblade. I probably will buy new and plan to keep the tractor for life.I appreciate any inputs.






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 04-08-2002, 16:42 Post: 37190
green jeans
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 What tractor for oranges

Joe,
You came to the right place for advice, I will expect there to be 10 replies in about 24 hrs so be prepared to read.

Your first conceren should be the size of your barn door. If there is no barn or you are planning on remodeling you can forget this statement.

the second concern is time. How much time do you have to do the work.

the third conmcern is money. get as abig as you can afford (as long as it fits in the barn)

Point to ponder:

You can do lots of small work with a big tractor, and if the work gets too small, it probably isn't that hard to do by hand. But a smalll tractor will only pull what it can. You can slow down, but traction is the key.

when in doubt, get the big one. I might suggest a John Deere 4500/4510 and a 460 loader. This size is compact yet powerfull.

Now...lets here it from all the blue and orange fans...The floor is yours.






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 04-09-2002, 11:10 Post: 37213
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Thanks greenjeans. I also forgot to ask for backhoe advise






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 04-09-2002, 12:52 Post: 37215
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Also consider mowing under the orange trees in the max size tractor calculation. If you are on near flat ground (sounds like it), and you can live with yourself avoiding the safety requirements, you might consider a folding ROPS, to prevent snaring branches when tight under trees. Just a thought.

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 04-10-2002, 10:40 Post: 37247
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yes , think about your time, and if u have plenty of time to work on the tractor or take it back to the dealer when it breaks down, then by all means consider the green ones, but if u would rather just turn the key and start working, then orange is the way to go...J/K greenjeans!!!
actually, if u are gonna buy new, than any of the big 3 should last u forever...main consideration is size and ease of use...folding ROPS is a definate if u are going around lots of trees, prob a belley mower for only 5 acres, HST transmission for ease of use and letting wife/kids drive it while u do something else, unless u just want a really big tractor, something along the B7500 size w/ FEL should just about do u...B7500/FEL/MMM/5'Boxblade/ 16'Trailer can be had in dallas area for bout $12,500...






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 04-11-2002, 22:43 Post: 37312
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have you considered the embarrassment of not being able to find your tractor when parked out in the grove if you bought a Kubota?






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 04-12-2002, 10:43 Post: 37334
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Good reply Jim. However, it would be harder to find the green tractor since there are more green leaves than orange oranges on the tree. Maybe the blue one would be better.






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 04-12-2002, 17:35 Post: 37350
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Ah, but....
Green owners wouldn't even think of leaving their babies out in the grove. in fact mine has occupied half of the garage all winter, while my car sat forelorn in the drivway.
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 04-13-2002, 06:38 Post: 37371
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Guess I'm coming into this thread pretty late, but I had a thought. I might be good to start with the work and time it takes and then work backward to the tractor.

I've started thinking in terms of trying to get implement widths that divide evenly into the widths of what I'm working. In terms of tractors and oranges, I'd say that a good approach might be to think of how wide a swath needs to be mowed between the rows. For example, if 12' needed to be mowed, then a 6' mower would be good because the mowing could be done in two passes along each row. A narrower mower would take three passes, which would waste time, and a wider mower may need a bigger tractor.

Of course trying to mow without any overlap between passes would require precision steering and also take a bunch of time. Maybe an example of 11'6" swaths would be better.

It might be easier to figure out the best implement widths for the work and then look for a tractor within the recommended power ranges for the implements.






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ORANGE

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