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 01-12-2004, 13:05 Post: 73788
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

Since hinde-sight is 20-20, knowing what you know know about your purchases;

What compact tractor in the 30 hp range would you buy for the following senerio?
1) finish mowing 2 acres
2) snow removal on an 800' long gravel driveway
3) medium loader useage and driveway maintenance
4) general misc utility odds and ends...
occasional post hole auger rental
occasioanl backhoe rental
5) help with collecting fire wood

Any brand, make, model or attachements would be appreciated.






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 01-12-2004, 15:07 Post: 73793
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

I am perfectly happy with the setup that I got which is a Kubota B-7800 with loaded R-4's, 60" MMM, LA402 FEL, 60" Befco Boxscraper and 72" Woods landscape rake.
I use the rake to maintain gravel drive in spring and summer. The boxscraper is jack of all trade tool plus is doubles as a counter weight when using FEL.
To answer the questions:
1. I would definitely go with a mid mount mower because two acres is not enough for a 3ph finish mower in my opinion.
2. Depends on how much snow you get. We normally only get between 24 & 36" of snow a year, but every couple of years we get one big 30" snow at one time. I can't justify the cost of a blower for those small amounts. I currently just use FEL on my 200' gravel drive and it doesn't take long at all.
3. The LA402 is speced at 880 pounds which I have found to be adequate for most chores. It is 54" wide bucket.
4. The only downside to the 7800 is no rear hydraulics standard but the cost reflects that as well. I decided I didn't need the rear hydraulics.
5. I've use my 7800 to load my pickup with wood and I was loading it in about 6 inches of snow with no problem.
It's tough to beat the 7800 for the price and performance.
Good luck






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 01-12-2004, 15:58 Post: 73798
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

perfectly happy with a Kubota 7500 HST.
LDR,54" 3pth blower, Looking for a 60" MMM
by spring.
Cab is on the list.






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 01-12-2004, 16:52 Post: 73804
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

I did tons of research before purchasing my JD 4310 and the only misstep I made was getting R4 tires. The R4s were unbelievably poor in our clay soil, wet OR dry, so I worked a deal with the dealer to swap 'em for R1s and these work much better.

We have dueling needs, hard work in the woods now and an eventual need to mow. I bought the bigger machine for the heavier work and figure I'll buy a separate riding mower when that time comes. A cheap rider won't cost much more than a MMM and we'll only have a half acre or so to mow anyway.






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 01-12-2004, 17:51 Post: 73810
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

For the little amount of work that you would be putting it through I would suggest that you get the cheapest tractor that you could (used Japanese or new Chinese). For the grass, pick up an inexpensive finishing mower of the type sold by TSC and others. For the driveway pick up a scraper blade same source. Might even be able to get the last 2 items used. Have fun.






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 01-12-2004, 18:35 Post: 73815
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

your senario is also mine:building a new house on 5 acres/ 2 1/2 grass/drainage/driveway maint.(630 ft)/3 acres wooded
I settled with a
john deere 790 4wd,r-4's ,7series hoe,419 fel,72 inch boxscraper,72 sitrex rear discharge finishing mower has fullfilled every job well and for the finishing touches a front mounted ERSKINE snow blower this fall.






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 01-13-2004, 03:07 Post: 73838
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

If you have lots of money and quality and service is high priority go with a JD 4110 hydro but if your budget is limited i'd pick a Jinma 224 with turfs. The Jinma 224 will take more maintence but will take a beating and you don't really mind abusing it cause it was less money.






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 01-13-2004, 03:24 Post: 73840
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

Factory cab, heat, a/c, cd deck... All JD Green but if they do not make one in 6-8 years I'm making a trip to Sangerfield for a Orange one.






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 01-17-2004, 18:06 Post: 74319
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

I don't think you can just rent tne back hoe that goes on a tractor,[maybe,but don't think so],the post hole digger don't cost all that much,so you may just buy it.If you plan on mowing your yard with it,you probably want a mid mount and a smaller tractor,four wheel drive if you plan on moving snow,just a blade will be all you need along with the fel that you said you wanted,nothing works to good on gravel without moving gravel,snowblowers,I'm not sure,but dont think they work to good on gravel either,, you will also need a lot of money. Richard






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 01-17-2004, 18:21 Post: 74320
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 What would you pick if you had to do it again

I am as pleased and satisfied with my 4410 as the day I brought it home. Perhaps the only thing I would have done differently would have been to buy an MX5 or Land Pride RCR2660 rotary cutter with the package of stuff I bought with the tractor. It has been an EXCELLENT machine and a pleasure to operate. Lot of "tractor therapy" thinkin' time on my green machine! ;o)






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