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 09-02-2002, 10:54 Post: 41920
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 Cheap Tractor for 5 acr horse pastures

I currently have a 12 hp Sears lawn tractor that just bit the dust (finally). I now need to find a new tractor for my 5 acres, all cleared, horse pasture.

The old lawn tractor was grossly underpowered for my property. I was considering a cheap grey tractor (Yanmar, Iseki) instead of buying a top of the line Sears lawn tractor.

Besides cutting, I would also like to grate my dirt road.

I only have $3-4k max to spend, which limits my tractor selection. I just want to make sure I buy the right tractor for the job.

Also, I'm an old lawn tractor tech; I have small engine and tractor repair experience.

Any suggestions?






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 09-02-2002, 16:38 Post: 41935
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 Cheap Tractor for 5 acr horse pastures

I have not seen much in that price range. When I was looking at grey market machines seems like they were in the $6000-$8000 range. And some of them did not have a modern three point hitch. Your price range might get you a 25-30 year old compact with 14 horses and a lot of hours on the clock.
Check out some of the new small Kubotas and Deeres. Right now a 0 down, $10,000 loan with kubota credit will cost under $200 a month. Good luck. Mark






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 09-02-2002, 17:16 Post: 41936
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Dirty - Not sure if you are looking for new or used, but by Mark's reply and your price range, looks like you will be shopping in the used grey market. I currently have a 1979 15HP (13HP at PTO) Bolens Iseki 2-cyl G152 Diesel for sale. Bolens imported these tractors starting in 1978 from Iseki in Japan. Unsure of the hours as the 2-cyl models didn't have an hour meter. Tractor is complete with operational 3-point hitch, starts right up and runs good. Sheet metal is straight with some minor surface rust is the expected places for a tractor of this age. Comes with front PTO and 48" belly mower as options. Asking $2500 firm. I'm located in Mid Hudson Valley (Eastern) NY State. I also have access to original hydraulic lift kit, plow/grader blade and 42" single stage snowthrower for an additional cost. Contact me by e-mail (jmperlik@yahoo.com) for more info.






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 04-12-2003, 05:51 Post: 53019
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 Cheap Tractor for 5 acr horse pastures

Dirty, good luck with your shopping. I was in your shoes two years ago and decided to get a "cheap" Cubby heavy lawn tractor. My 4 acre horse pasture seldom received the full treatment because all the wheels were too small to navigate the holes in the dirt. Not to mention the sore bottom after an hour of cutting. This year I bit the bullet and got a 70's era Yanmar 1510 under 20hp diesel with a front end loader and 5 fot brush cutter on the back. The whole deal cost me about 5800 but I think it will do the job. I haven't really put it to the test yet since it's kind of sloppy here in central Pennsylvania yet.






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 04-12-2003, 15:21 Post: 53033
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 Cheap Tractor for 5 acr horse pastures

dirty; Me thinks an old Farmall H or similiar old farm tractor with a pull behind 6' Rotary cutter would do ya.

For your drive, Since you mentioned your repair ability, You could build a big drag behind plow/scrapper a couple of runners/skids and a cutter blade between them Bolted in with angle iron with several holes to adjust depth of cut...End of drive a couple of small skids to manually raise up out of cut.

Of course you might just find a old tractor with a 2 or 3 point hitch.

Bet you could get out of the whole deal for less than 2500 and some time.

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 04-14-2003, 11:00 Post: 53119
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In that price range I'd look for an older ag-utility tractor of around 30-40 horse or so.






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 05-22-2003, 07:39 Post: 55330
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I bought a Yanmar 1700 (20 h.p.) new 4' bush hog, new 4' box blade, and a new tandem axle trailir for $4,400. I LOVE it! I'll never own anything else!






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 05-22-2003, 08:15 Post: 55335
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 Cheap Tractor for 5 acr horse pastures

As stated before look at the 60's and 70's vintage utility tractors in the 30-40 hp range. I recently bought a 40 hp PTO IH 2444/444 with a factory heavy duty loader with seperate front mounted pump(fast and powerful), adjustable rear counterweight, loaded rear tires, 3 remotes, diff lock, cat 1 3 point, 3 of the tires are new,position and draft control, foot throttle. bare tractor weight 3800 lbs, as equipped 6,600 lbs or more. This tractor is in great shape with only 2000 hrs on it. The price was 4K. The 44's and similiar run around 3 k or so without the loader. The MF 135 is also a good choice.
Good luck.






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 05-22-2003, 09:18 Post: 55344
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old ford 8 and 9n's can be picked up everyware for about that price .and most seem to come with cutters on them.






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 05-23-2003, 05:43 Post: 55398
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A neighbour is selling his '51 Case Model S for 3,200$CDN. It is located about 3 hours west of Ottawa, Canada.

A picture is on the link below. Use the e-mail link if interested and I pass contact info along to the owner. I would check parts availability in your area first though.






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