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 06-24-2003, 16:40 Post: 58225
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I have been reading here for sometime and have finally joined so I can post pix of the property I am maintaining.

I am using a Garden Tractor now 42 inch deck and a 42 inch snowblower with a small auger that can only handle 4 inch or so at once.

The photos show my finish lawn which is about 2.5 acres of grass out of 5 acres rest woods. The front yard pix is the most slope which you can see I mow side hill with the GT.

The drive is real big at the garages and the whole thing is about 1000 feet long with some sections flat with one section of about 8% - 10% grade.

I want to be able to run a core aerator, something like a thing called the aeravator that I saw that combines core areation with a thatching/slicing feature that puts grooves in the sod perfect for seeding.

What tractor should I get??? I don't have a limited budget, I just want to get something I will be happy with.






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 06-24-2003, 16:57 Post: 58227
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 What size is right for Mowing and Snow

JD has the 790 and NH has the TC30 which are designed to be less expensive but very capable tractors. They are priced around the $11K range to get people in the door.

Quite often a person will decide that they like the fancier tractors in the line, but the 790 and TC30 would do well for you. You could probably get by will a bit less.






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 06-24-2003, 21:37 Post: 58237
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Nice piece of property Chuck. You need to go shopping and find something that fits your budget and needs. Most compacts will fill your need more than likely. Drive some and see what your comfortable with. I finish mow 4 acres, plow 600' of driveway, and brush hog a 10 acre pine tree field with a Kubota B7500. It works fine for my needs. Others may think it's a bit small. I have no complaints. Good luck.






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 06-24-2003, 21:53 Post: 58238
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What price range were you thinking about?






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 06-25-2003, 06:49 Post: 58251
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I would like to spend less than $16,000 for a new machine with mower and loader.

I think I need a front blower for the paved drive in the pix. Since I am a newbie I thought if I dragged a back blade on the paved drive in the pix I would rip up the edges of my finished lawn in the process. In general I have been happy with the blower on the garden tractor, I just don't like the fact that I cannot handle depths above 4" in one pass, and I have problems with wet snow. I used to use the front blade on my Garden Tractor on a smaller piece of flat property but it loses traction on the grades on my current drive. The dealers never seem to push the blower but just say use the loader and the blade, what do you guys think?

I also want a machine with a flat operators deck, when I rented a Kubota B21 last year it made going backwards a breeze compared to using a machine with a big hump in the middle like my Garden Tractor.

Would a B7500 handle going across the slope of my picture number 3? My local Kubota dealer said that I would be able to take the B7500 anywhere the Garden tractor could go! True or False?






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 06-25-2003, 12:15 Post: 58273
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Maybe you should just upgrade to one of the bigger John Deere Garden Tractors that has a differential lock and two wheel drive. But it may be that with the grades an such you may slip in the winter.

When you get 4wd the machines work much better. I would recommend that you get Turf tires for your application.






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 06-25-2003, 16:26 Post: 58296
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There is a big difference in a 4wd compact tractor and a Garden tractor, both in price and capability.

I too prefer a front blower to a blade, of course it depends on how much snow you get.

I would stay with the lighter tractors like the B7500 ot the deere 4100, too much weight is bad for turf.






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 06-26-2003, 06:18 Post: 58339
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Chuckles, what is the matter with a BX Kubota, low profile, has all the attachments of the bigger tractors and close if not equal to the manuverability of the lawn mower. I don't see a need for a bigger tractor here unless it is for a bigger blower.






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 07-02-2003, 21:30 Post: 58738
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I think the small BX Kubota would work. I've been mowing 4+ acres for 8 years with a Cub Cadet 1862. I have a front blower for snow, my drive is shorter, but the blower works fine for snow up to 8". I keep weights on the wheels all year, chains for the winter. The small frame Kubota would do the job better than my Cub, but a large tractor is not needed.






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 07-02-2003, 21:40 Post: 58739
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Thanks for the feedback,

My garden tractor has 23" rear tires on it, the BX has 26" tires, I am convinced that I need a tractor at least twice as big as I have now. The only reason I would even remotely consider the BX is if the B7500 or comparable Deere cannot manage going across the steepist slope in my pix. If it can manage the slope I'd rather have the bigger tires and ground clearance and traction that come with the B7500.

I also expect to go into the woods in the pix and drag out dead logs and maintain a trail tru the 5 acres I have.






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