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 04-29-2004, 08:05 Post: 84685
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My wife and I just bought a home with 11.08 acres. Approximately 4.5 acres is kept as a yard, 1 acre is wooded, and the reaminder is pasture. The yard I want to keep maintained well and I do have objects such as rocks and, firewood, and snow (occasionally)I'll need to mow. I decided that I want a set up so I can have a 60" rear mount mower and a loader. I've been looking at (on manufacturers' web sites) new compact tractors but I still can't determine what size I need. I hate dealing with salepeople and fear being told I need more than I do.






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 04-29-2004, 08:43 Post: 84688
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I don't know of any CUT to mow (?) rocks firewood and snow.
Seriously, could you post more info about your conditions, like hills, wet/dry soils, is yard just to be mowed or is it 'golf green', how much woods and FEL use versus mowing, etc.
Did you mean move snow etc?
The threads on this forum have a lot of info you might use to get an idea of what to lok for...
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 04-29-2004, 09:08 Post: 84690
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The yard is mostly flat with a slight taper in the back. The grass is grass. I'm currently mowing a small section around the house with my 22" push mower. The previous owners were using a 36" deck troy-bilt riding mower and they said it took them 7 hours to mow just the 4.5 acres of yard. A friend came down with his 35HP JD and a 60" finishing mower and did it in two hours. His tractor was to big to fit into all my tight areas and I know I can't afford what he paid for his new. I plan on using the loader for moving rock, firewood, and snow.






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 04-29-2004, 09:26 Post: 84691
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What a perfect environment for a Deere 4115 and a 72" Mid Mount Mower.

You might could knock out the mowing in 90 minutes. And it will certainly handle every other task on your list.

If a 72 inch mower is too wide to fit between your trees, you should look at a Kubota BX 2230, a Deere 2210 or MF 2230. All have ample HP, entry level pricing and can be had with 54-60 inch mowing decks.







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 04-29-2004, 09:37 Post: 84694
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I second Mark's suggestion. If you are wanting to keep the price down and hydrostatic transmission drive is not a priority; the John Deere 790 is a VERY good choice for what you are thinking of. Very reliable and durable tractors.






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 04-29-2004, 10:19 Post: 84704
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Chief, does the 790 handle the moist hills ok with R4's?






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 04-29-2004, 10:28 Post: 84706
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I own a John Deere 4410 with R4's and cannot speak directly as to how they perform on the 790 but I can tell you traction wise they do well. The down side of the R4's is that the wheels do not allow for width adjustment of any consquence. The R1 ag wheels do. In any case, reguardless of tire type; the tractor can only tolerate a given amount of slope and I am not one to test the limits. ;o) I cut of extremely steep slopes but I cut perpendicular to the slope and ALWAYS cut steep slopes in 4WD to maximize traction AND braking if required.

The above having been said; for the most part, in answer to your question, the 790 should do as well as any tractor on most hills. Just follow a few straight forward safety rules and have the tractor set up properly which is the case with any machine.






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There was a post earlier that was discussing the stability and they mentioned that the FEL threw the center gravity off... I wonder if I have to worry about not having enough weight in front and pulling the nose up...

Suitcase weights? FEL? Or am I worrying too much for a 35 degree angle? with a 72" finish 3pt mower..

Thanks for your thoughts... I should edit my equipment list.... I am very close to finally getting [my] 790...






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Check with your dealer & operator's manuals about ballast recommendations but in my opinion; I think a FEL would pretty much balance out a 72" RFM. I have the 430 FEL and 72" MMM. The FEL in this configuration makes the tractor nose heavy, ESPECIALLY on slopes going nose down slope. I have slide a few times because of loss of rear tire traction. I eleviated this to a large degree by removing the FEL bucket when mowing. You will just have to experiement to see what configuration will work best for you and your circumstances. For the most part; I think you will be fine with the 419 FEL and 72" RFM. I would also suggest having the rear tires fluid filled. If your dealer is on the ball; they will insist upon it or rear wheel weights.






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 04-29-2004, 12:44 Post: 84722
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It sounds like the B7510 or B7800 could also be good choices for what you want to accomplish.

Second discussion today about mowing slopes and the safety hazards and considerations involved. Nobody has mentioned any effect of the lubrication consequences. I have wondered if operating on slopes in any way effects the availability of oil to the oil pump, or am I off base here? Any comments would be appreciated.






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