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 12-06-2003, 04:45 Post: 70392
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I'm starting to research the purchase of a compact for the spring of '04. I know this may sound crazy but as I start to look at the various dealers I am finding that alot of the tractors feel "uncomfortable" to sit on due to my height (6'6"Wink yeah right. With this being said I can only imagine what it would feel like working on one all day long!

I determined that I am probably going to need something in the 25 to 30 HP range. I guess one of my big issues is with some of the hydrostatics the pedal is so close to the seat and with the controls for the loader almost touching my kneecap there is very little room to move my leg.

Is there any models out there that may offer a little more room??? Typically how about the seat adjustment being modified to move further back??

A couple of models that may show some promise is the NH TC29D, lots of driver comforts and the Mahindra 2810HST (it was interesting in that it had 2 different pedals for forward and backward).

Also what about cruise control (the NH had it)??? This would eliminate the need to hold foot on pedal in an un-natural position. (I've got 5 acres of fields to mow with very little obstacles) Are there many more compacts in the industry offering this feature???

Any comments would be appreciated.

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 12-06-2003, 05:18 Post: 70395
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Morning John You should be able to move the seat back some. My 4400 JD will move back a couple more inches if I needed to. Of course when BH on the seats fight each other.

Tilt steering I would think is a must 4 U the JD's have that I'm 6'1" and find myself reaching when it's all streached out. Telescope would also be a very nice feature for taller people.

I agree on the hydro pedal placements. I've looked at them and shake my head. JD has brakes on the wrong side, to much retraining 4 me. But I know lottsa people that use left foot on brake so it probably works for them.

JD has cruise and all the stuff to work for you. Me I put it in the gear I mow in set the throttle and have cruise with my gear tractor.

The seat switch is un hooked so if I wanna stand up and scratch my self I can, If I need to get off to see what is making a racket with pto running I can.

The new JD's have a new funny bend in the bucket control lever that is suspose to help with the knee problem when you are watching equipment to the right rear.

Spend some time and shop around






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 12-06-2003, 06:41 Post: 70404
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I think you're are starting exactly the right place. Far as I'm concerned the major brands and some of the grays all make fine machines or at least make them right when there are problems. The prices aren't much different (particularly when any differences are spread over decades of expected ownership).

What that leaves is that the two most important decisions when buying a tractor are how comfortable it is and how you get along with the dealer. A good dealer will ask the right questions and do a good job of matching needs to budget and come up with solutions for most needs. However, they can't do much about how their products sit for an individual, so how it feels is a good place to start. Dealers may have a few solutions for comfort problems such as after-market seats, so I'd ask if I really liked a tractor otherwise. Lack of comfort and awkwardness also can equal safety problems so I wouldn't ignore them.






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 12-06-2003, 10:36 Post: 70415
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Each model is different and sometimes surprising.

I am 6'-4" and almost-too-much-for-one-scale and the roomiest tractor I have sat on is a Kubota BX. The ride on rough terrain left something to be desired, but only the cup holder was in the wrong place for me.






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John, I am 6'2" and find that I have PLENTY of room on my 4410. The tilt steering wheel and bucket control lever add to the ergonomics as Harvey stated. The seat offers several positions backwards and forwards. The operators station is a flat vibration isolated platform which would almost allow room for a small person but I would NEVER allow that. Stupidly dangerous. The John Deere 4310 would offer exactly what you are looking for in the hp range and features you want. It is one of the most popular models in the in 4000 Ten Series line up. Best advice I can give you is to shop around and try/demo as many color models as interest you and see what suits you best. Personally I prefer tht ergonomics and features offer in the Deere 4000 Ten Series tractors such as ehydro, criuse control, motion match, and load match. The separate pedals I find easier to work with. I am not too excited about the electric pto but I have adjusted to it and have had no problems with it. Good luck on your tractor quest!






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 12-08-2003, 00:04 Post: 70509
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John, the Kubota B series has pretty good for room as I stand far shorter then you at 6'1" but you might want to look at the B 2910 for the tilt and great seat or go a little larger for the L-3130.






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 12-08-2003, 06:34 Post: 70515
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Something else to consider. If you plan on a canopy, look at head room. I am about 6'5" and have an older JD950 (27 pto hp). I have very little head clearance to the canopy. If I am not careful, going over bumpy area I sometimes bounce up and bump my head on the canopy frame. I have turned down the tension on my suspension seat to set a little lower.






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 12-09-2003, 21:33 Post: 70693
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Although not yet a tractor owner, but currently a tractor shopper,Who is just over 6'. I have sat in all the big three and different models and as mentioned in another thread. You may want to look at renting a CUT to do some of the work you need. I have rented a JD 4110 for a day to do some FEL and Field clearing work. And after about 4 hours in the set I was never really uncomfortable.
Of all the ones I sat in in the last week and half, The NH 29D was for me the most comfortable. The seat had a widerange of adjustments along with seat tension. I am not a big fan of the boomerang style pedal controls on some of the tractor styles. But here again it comes down to personnal preference.






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 12-10-2003, 18:41 Post: 70759
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Probably about 20% at a minimum of the tractors we sell have some modification done to bring the tractor a little closer to what the new owner wants. This is not unusual and we have changed seats run special hydraulics to name a few.






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Hey Art, that configurable deck idea is looking better and better Laughing out loud






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