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Old 03-08-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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The land is fairly flat and not bumpy and pretty much cleared. We won't have a pristine lawn, basically whatever grows.

We get plenty of snow - somewhere around 150" a year. Driveway is not too long, about 125 ft.

Not sure if a loader would plow very well? Something like this? 2013 Kubota BX1870 Tractors | Heartland Kubota, LLC SHERIDAN, WY
Even with a small tractor with a 4' mower - I'd use a brush hog for something more like a pasture than a lawn - you can do 1.5 acres in 90 minutes or less.

You can clear snow with the loader, but a straight blade on the back works much better and only costs $350 CountyLine® Grader Blade, 6 ft. W - Tractor Supply Co.. I've used both the loader and blade on my 21 hp B7510 Kubota to clear almost 1/4 mile of gravel driveway, the blade is better - a blower would be best but we don't get anywhere near enough snow to justify it.
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:09 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I see a lot of people buying tractors that are way too small. I suspect they are shopping by price and the little toys that aren't big enough to do any work are relatively cheap.

A real tractor that will do real work is an expensive item, even when bought used. But the toy tractor is just a waste of money because it can't get the work done.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Even with a small tractor with a 4' mower - I'd use a brush hog for something more like a pasture than a lawn - you can do 1.5 acres in 90 minutes or less.

You can clear snow with the loader, but a straight blade on the back works much better and only costs $350 CountyLine® Grader Blade, 6 ft. W - Tractor Supply Co.. I've used both the loader and blade on my 21 hp B7510 Kubota to clear almost 1/4 mile of gravel driveway, the blade is better - a blower would be best but we don't get anywhere near enough snow to justify it.
thanks. I guess it would be somewhere in between lawn and pasture. Maybe lawn that we don't cut that short or very often, I'm not quite sure yet. It's nothing we water or treat or anything for sure.

These plows look a little puny. I wonder if I'd be better off with a small truck with a plow and a cheaper lawn tractor for cutting. Of the 2 tasks I'd say snowplowing is the more important, time consuming and challenging.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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thanks. I guess it would be somewhere in between lawn and pasture. Maybe lawn that we don't cut that short or very often, I'm not quite sure yet. It's nothing we water or treat or anything for sure.

These plows look a little puny. I wonder if I'd be better off with a small truck with a plow and a cheaper lawn tractor for cutting. Of the 2 tasks I'd say snowplowing is the more important, time consuming and challenging.
In my region, any land that is ignored will have tree saplings coming up.

Even to keep a jeep trail 'open' means that every 2 or 3 years you need to run a bush-hog through it. It may look like mowing, but honestly it is to knock down the tree saplings.

I do not have a bush-hog. My tractor is too small to run one. However I do have a disc-harrow, by disc-harrowing my trails, with a simply drag behind that. I do not need to bush-hog.

I would suspect that your 1.5 acre meadow, after being ignored for a couple years will likely have 200 small tree saplings in it.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:32 PM
 
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Hire it out. In my area for $65/ hour I can hire a local semi-retired farmer to mow my 10 acre pasture, move my manure pile, spread gravel, spray, etc. I hire out maybe 20-25 hours a year....well worth it, I don't need to do upkeep and maintenance on the tractor, or the labor. WAY cheaper.
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Old 04-15-2015, 02:10 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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I can't help myself, in answer to the OP's question, buying too many...........



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Old 04-15-2015, 02:11 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Sorry, carry on now
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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The land is fairly flat and not bumpy and pretty much cleared. We won't have a pristine lawn, basically whatever grows.

We get plenty of snow - somewhere around 150" a year. Driveway is not too long, about 125 ft.

Not sure if a loader would plow very well? Something like this? 2013 Kubota BX1870 Tractors | Heartland Kubota, LLC SHERIDAN, WY
I think that would be a good fit for what you're describing. A Kub BX is a lot more tractor (even at only 18hp) than many "lawn mowers" that claim 20+HP but are so lightly built that you can pick them up with one hand. And too big a tractor can be as awkward as too small. I have ~1/2 mile of driveway and my Kub L3240 handles it and many other tasks. But it (with a flail mower) is too big and clumsy to mow with, especially around the house and many trees-just added a "garden tractor" to the stable. With only 125 ft of driveway and modest acreage, that BX should be nice.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:15 PM
 
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Sometimes smaller is better

We have a creek thru my small lot..........most of the lots are small,,,,,,,,,and a guy was working clearing the brush on the other side of the creek where my property meets the neighbors

The guy had a new small Kubota ( front wheel assist ) tractor with a small loader with a small bucket.

He said everyone laughed when he bought such a small tractor but he is so busy he turns jobs down.
He can get in smaller lots and places where the guys laughing could not.
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Old 06-17-2015, 11:30 PM
 
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10 years now and the BX is a real trouper... still gets into places where my bigger backhoe never could.

Also picked up a Kubota L3800 that is working out well.

Having owned Kubota, Deere, CAT... I can say they are all good.
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