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 03-18-2003, 08:39 Post: 51390
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Hi, first post, great board. I have gotten permission from the mrs. to get a tractor, but dont know what size would be right for me. My uses would be on 4 acres, 1 clear and 3 wooded. Landscaping, underground septic work, foundation for a workshop, cutting paths, moving mulch and firewood. I've looked at the jd790 but have been reading about the jd4110 and 4210. I would like the FEL and a backhoe. What is everyones recomendations?

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 03-18-2003, 09:06 Post: 51392
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The backhoe requirement takes the 41xx out of the running. Nice tractor, but not designed with a backhoe in mind.






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 03-18-2003, 10:25 Post: 51399
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is the 4210 ok or would i have to go up to a 43xx. also what about the 790 and 990?






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 03-18-2003, 10:42 Post: 51400
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I do believe all the other Deere's will handle, and have, factory engineered backhoes available. If you are going to do it right and safely, a backhoe should be designed for the particular model and should have a sub-frame.






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 03-21-2003, 17:43 Post: 51577
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Do not sell the Korean offerings short. Mahindra,and Century/Branson have vbery good tractors to choose from.






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 04-11-2003, 14:09 Post: 52993
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As a 790 owner for two years and a previous multi tractor owner I'm biased for the 790. Much of your same kind of work with a lot of woods work on hills. Get at least 30hpdiesel,4wd with R4s and try to find the older 70 loader (more max pickup). The new loader is good if you're going to be changing to blade often. If you are going to do a lot of back and forth (moving dirt) get a tractor with hydostatic not manual gear - I don't have but prefer manual gear. Best idea - rent one or two and work with it all day or two- it's the best inventment you can make to make the right decision for yourself on gearing, deck,hp etc.






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 04-11-2003, 15:17 Post: 53003
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For a little different thought a BX Kubota would handle your property size fine!






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 06-19-2003, 20:12 Post: 58029
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Are you planning to do commerical backhoe work? If not you might consider just renting a backhoe to do what you need.
It sure is a lot of money to spend for 1 or two holes,and digging a footing.From the chores you listed it looks like you only have a day or so's work for a backhoe.
I think a 25 to 30 horse tractor w/FEL and bush hog and a box blade would do most anything you would like. I think you can buy several nice implements for the price of a backhoe.






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 06-22-2003, 06:36 Post: 58112
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I have a 6' 3ph hoe and 3,000 lbs. of tractor/loader with 24 pto hoe to go with it. The 3ph hoe kept costs within reason but there are a bunch or threads that discuss the risks of 3ph hoes. It did the trenching work I needed to do in a hurry when I couldn't get a contractor. I like the size of the tractor even is it is a bit over-sized for some of my on-going work.

For the hoe idea, it is good to start with the building and health codes to get how deep you'd have to trench and how wide holes you'd have to dig. Code requirements are going to exceed the capacity of many small hoes. From the codes and the amount of time you're willing to spend, you get the size hoe needed, and you get the size tractor from the size of hoe. Also keep in mind that septic systems take big holes and usually experienced operators to dig them to code.

I like my tractor just fine and I keep it busy enough to suit me. However, if I didn't initially size the tractor to the trenching job I might have kept it busier mowing the lawns with the tractor rather than a riding mower as I do. As mentioned contracting out some bigger one-time projects may point toward a less expensive tractor that's also more useful throughout the decades of expected ownership.







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 06-22-2003, 07:04 Post: 58115
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ScottB "What Tom said" Unless you are into sweat get the BH that mounts to the tractor when you buy it. The newer JD's mount much easier than the older models

I needed a backhoe like I needed another butt. BUT when I needed to dig something small it was either wait for a contractors convienence and pay extra trucking for a couple of hours work or get out the round point, pick and beg the two boys to come over for a free meal for some digging. Feeding them I might better pay the contractor. OR I could dig it in several hours myself...

Hard to tell you what size you will need. Its kinda like shopping for a woman... what ever your're told will not be right.

Go out and try them, Just like a date, get what you like the best. All have good points and bad points.

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