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Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by ColoradoTJ, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. Sep 27, 2017 at 12:44 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    As we look around these neighborhoods, finding a home to fit our needs, one thing has been very obvious to us...everyone has tractors of some sort.

    Roads need repaired a lot, mowing duties on 2-5 acres of not so flat land can be fun, snow removal to main roads (which can be considerable distance) where the typical garden tractor just doesn't get the job done, or at least doesn't last long.

    So I am looking for what experiences you all have with certain brands.

    What I know so far:
    John Deere, Kubota, Massey Ferguson are pretty decent tractors.

    Here has what I have seen mostly around here.

    https://cosprings.craigslist.org/grd/d/2008-massey-ferguson-5455/6295760708.html
    https://cosprings.craigslist.org/grq/d/used-kubota-l2800dt-4x4-front/6315094060.html
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2017 at 1:34 AM
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    What you trying to do chris?
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2017 at 1:59 AM
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    Bobcat doesn't make tractors.....
     
  4. Sep 27, 2017 at 1:59 AM
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  5. Sep 27, 2017 at 2:27 AM
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    I wouldn't rule out Mahindra or New Holland either. Dealer support is one of the biggest concerns they all break and if the closest dealer is 4 hours away you're not going to be happy.

    Plus whatever size you think you need, go bigger an overworked machine isn't good.
     
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  6. Sep 27, 2017 at 3:49 AM
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    My dad bought a Mahindra about 5 years ago. That tractor has been his favorite child since then lol. But in all honesty in those 5 years he's hardly had any problems with it. Only a couple minor things like grease zerks not taking grease.

    Like what @Festerw says. Buying a piece of equipment from somewhere a couple hours drive is a bitch. Luckily we have a Mahindra dealer 5 minutes down the road. I think that was a huge selling point for my dad
     
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  7. Sep 27, 2017 at 4:50 AM
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    I have heard great things about Mahindra as well as Kubota. My friend who does hardscapes has a compact Kubota with front end loader. It is going on 10 years old and has had zero maintenance issues, outside of regular service and fluid changes. He also meticulously maintains his equipment and it gets washed every time it's used.

    From personal experience, we have 5 different Deeres at work. They are all 5065 and 5085. They all get abused and misused. They go long periods between services, usually just getting their oil topped off and air filters changed regularly. We run them in deep, loose, sand. They get run in the salt air and sometimes in the salt water. These tractors have no issues that aren't expected or a product of the abuse they go through. We keep all the electronics, harnesses, and wires coated in marine-grade anti-corrosive sprays. We keep them sprayed down with salt-x to slow the corrosion. Deere dealers are common place and usually not to far away.

    If I was going to buy a compact tractor for my property tomorrow it would be a Deere or Kubota.
     
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  8. Sep 27, 2017 at 5:33 AM
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    Kubota would be my first choice, that is for sure. We run them at work and have had zero issues, and our (5) have 3200+ hours on them. Great machines if you take care of them.

    Some good advice, keep the stories and experiences coming.
     
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  9. Sep 27, 2017 at 5:53 AM
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    We have a 10 acre lot that's NOT flat. We bought a 25hp Kubota thinking that was going to be enough to fit our needs. We are wrong. It's under-power and not capable of doing what I need it to do. Since it's fall/winter we can't do much anyways with the incoming weather. We'll be upgrading to a 50+hp next spring. For 2-5 acres of flat land a 25hp tractor will suffice, maybe. Like others have said accessibility to service and parts will play a huge role in what brand you buy.
     
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  10. Sep 27, 2017 at 5:57 AM
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    I grew up on a small farm in Maine so we used tractors all the time for snow removal and of course chores. My personal favorite was a John Deere 1050 with a bucket which was a 40 hp diesel midsized tractor that fit in the garage for maintenance and was small enough to get around trees that where trimmed. It was large enough to run a bush hog and haul hay wagons and so on. A 4wd tractor is a must for snow removal. Look at snowblower attatchments for the 3pt hitch. Kobota and John Deere are my first two picks. But ultimately I would go with a dealer that's close to your house has a good reputation and has a tractor that fits your needs.
     
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  11. Sep 27, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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    That is what I'm looking for. I planned on going with the L-Series Kubota, so power is 33-62 hp. Personally, in my life, I have never thought to myself "I wish I had less HP/TQ", so that is a concern for me as well.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    I have all the major brands right in town, so that is a big plus for us.

    On a tractor, with bucket attachment, I'm trying to stay in the weight limits of my equipment hauler, so under 11000 lbs.
     
  13. Sep 27, 2017 at 6:12 AM
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    "It's better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it" -unknown

    Prepare to spend money on implements/attachments; tiller, mower, box blade, etc. Never buy new. In a few days of usage it will look like a used one anyways. Plus, these thing were made to take a beating. If it's worn take a angle grinder to it and it'll be as good as new or just replace it. If you have a lot of blackberry bushes like me dont get a brush hog/rotary mower, get a flail mower as that will mulch everything.
     
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  14. Sep 27, 2017 at 6:15 AM
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    I have noticed a huge market in used attachments, for damn good prices. Good suggestion and advice. Thanks.
     
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    A cab is a huge plus if you're doing snow removal, factory installed is a lot nicer than aftermarket.
     
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    Is say Kubota, with absolute minimum 30hp.
    Rear mounted 3 pt mower, not a belly mower.
    Front bucket that isn't oversized, and make or buy some fork attachments for it for moving pallets and what not.
    Not sure if you'd ever need a backhoe attachment, but from my experience and knowledge, you'd be better off getting a mini excavator with plow blade if you will be doing that kinda stuff often. But they are fine for occasional use
     
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    That is for sure. Snow removal is a seasonal issue for me. Most of the time it will be used for road repairs jobs.
     
  18. Sep 27, 2017 at 6:32 AM
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    I'm a big fan of Kubota myself. They're built heavy duty and reliable, have a nice seat and cost less than the comparable JD. They're also pretty simple to drive and operate.
     
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    Bonus points for factory cab is that most usually have heat and A/C. Seems frivolous but when it's 95 degrees it's pretty nice lol.
     
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    I only have an acre of land, but you guys are really making me want to buy a tractor. Also making me really wish the wife and I had bought the 35 acre horse farm we were looking at last year. It was a killer deal, but we couldn't commit to the amount of work it was going to be to get it back into shape. I drive by it every day on the way to work, and kick myself in the ass for not buying it.
     
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    Buy a Big Bud.....your neighbors would be impressed :thumbsup::rofl:

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    Hardly used is good imo.
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    These 2 work great for the driveway, here. Can't just have 1 in the winter in case it breaks. This pair wouldn't be worth the price of a new truck, but they are invaluable to us.
    The little atc saves them a fair bit of running.

    The green 1020 is a '69 & the 350 crawler is a '76. Hopefully that fuels your thoughts. Good luck!
     
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    Hey Chris, I have a Mahindra 22. Sometimes I feel it's a little under powered but I manage fine and don't want to store /pay for a larger tractor. It's a couple years old and the only problems I've had are the tach and fuel gauge aren't working and a bolt fell out of one of the backhoe controls.

    I found a rats nest on top of the engine (now I keep cotton balls with peppermint oil under the hood) which coincides with the tach/ fuel gauge failure though I haven't been able to find a chewed wire or blown fuse. The bolt replacement for the backhoe is simple, I just haven't done it yet.

    Like @Pudge said, forks would be really useful at time. For road work you'll want a box scraper, my neighbor and I share one we got on CL for $400. I use the backhoe A LOT and my hands and shovels are thankful.

    The tractor sees more work than I had imagined. I dug out our private road last winter after a slide which more than paid my road association dues for the year. I also helped a neighbor prep an area for his water tanks and prepped an area for our new mailbox location. For about 16k it's turned out to be a great investment.
     
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    I think the first question is what horsepower range are you looking at? It appears you want to tinker with a compact size. I run a lot of different tractors for work. I think the smallest horsepower ive ran is around 60, which is probably going to be a lot larger than you need. However, Kubota would be my first choice. Great working mans tractor with large dealer support. Deere is just flat out pricey. That green paint isn't cheap. A great thing about compact tractors is that their loader hookups share a lot of skid steer attachments. So buckets, forks, snow blowers etc are easily accessible. I wouldn't even mesas with mahindra, yanmar, LS or Kioti... but that is just me.
     
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    Tractors are only good for one thing. Chicken.

     
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    This is what I'm looking at for a minimum.

    https://m.kubota.com/Product/Index/223/model
     
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    My parents bought a brand new John Deere 3320 (33 horse) back in 2006. Been an awesome tractor with nothing going wrong with it. It has 930 hours. Anything bigger would just be too much for everyday home use. I actually have it at my house for a 5 day weekend right now.
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    Ran over a yellow jacket nest first thing this morning. FML!
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    Good joke. They bigger the better. I think he needs a cabbed 5100E.

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