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Old 02-23-2009, 12:05 PM
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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Originally Posted by Giesela View Post
Is there no way to retrofit an older tractor with ROPS?

Glad to see someone report on the Massey Ferguson -

I bought the smallest JD snowblower and traded it in for a similar Honda which I liked much better. I wish Honda made a small tractor. JD may be as good as its rep, but I had a regional rep in my Guard unit that was fast tracking in the company and he was a total snake. I know its not reasonable but that makes me not want to support his paycheck.
ANYTHING can be made,but a "platform" tractor is much easier to do this on.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:40 PM
Location: Oregon
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We had to decide between a tractor or skid steer, and for our purposes, I am so glad we chose the skid steer. We got a Bobcat S185, and it has been great. We have some land that is a little too steep for a tractor, and the size of the Bobcat is perfect for maneuvering around the trees, etc. We are not using it for farming though, mainly road maintenance and clearing. You would be amazed at the other things it has came in handy for!
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:08 PM
Location: Northern Maine
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There are no utility tractors under 50 HP made in the USA. I went with a Kubota 3000DT and I love it. It is all gears, no hydrostatic drive. Hydrostatic is great and convenient if you don't load the tractor down with tasks such as plowing furrows, bush hogging or snow blowing. It is VERY expensive to repair hydrostatic drives.

Here's another hint: Get a back hoe with a PTO driven pump so that oil is not shared with your tractor system.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:29 PM
Location: Forests of Maine
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Front-mounter PTO snow-blowers are great!

I use mine a lot.

The backhoe is also great
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:10 AM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Originally Posted by Submariner View Post
I would only wish that I could have found a track-crawler that had pontoons, with a loader and backhoe, to fit within my budget.

But I couldn't so this is it.
like this?
(all prices below are USED... well used...)
Really depends on work / terrain. I have 15% grade over about 1/2 the farm, and 20 - 40% on the rest. Crawler is a must, tho I use my tractors (~$10k ) quite a bit (dangerously).

I do LOVE my Case Crawler Loader w/ 4:1. ($7,000) Also couldn't find a Hoe for it at the time, but I do use the 'Scarifier' (5 tooth Ripper) LOTS, the 4:1 bucket can pull the stubbornest fence post with ease, and can also grab and move an 80' tall tree trunk lying in my path. (which I would have a hard time even tugging around with my tractors)

Also have a 12,000# Track hoe ($10k) and 11,000# rubber tracked Skidsteer w/ 9 attachments. ($30k) The stump grinder attachment ($8k) is the moneymaker. I can do about 100 stumps / day 20" Dia and below in rough / steep terrain.

Truth is, my least expensive toy (Crawler Loader) is by far the best for my needs, and is REALLY cheap to fuel, but CERTAINLY not cheap to operate ($part / hr). I have used it for MANY yrs. I rigged up the 'ultimate' weedwacker by mounting a Brush-hog to the Loader. I can clear ~ 1 acre / hr of brambles and small trees, even if STEEP. The 4:1 is REALLY nice for landscape grading and leveling. You can open the bucket a tad, and use it for 'Metered' grading (like an Earth Scraper). I also have a jib pole so I can set trusses on Barns!

For tractors... as always... there is NO SUBSTITUTE for weight. Low power is preferable to light weight. LOW gears are necessary too.

All my stuff is light enough for me to load up and tug around on my 3 axle trailer (22,000 GVWR). I am building a flatbed truck w/ hoist (22' flatbed 3 axle) so I can get into TIGHT places in Mtns. It is done except the detachable set of ramps and a 40k winch. I was REALLY quite cheap (<$3000) and is an ex trash compactor truck so LOTS of spare hydraulics. (I would love to make a 'tub grinder' for chipping brush).
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:21 PM
Location: Monterey County California
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What I would recommend is drive around or talk to your friends and see what brands everyone uses because then you can get the same brand and trust me when you have a problem and you eventually will someone somewhere will have had that problem before and can walk you through fixing it. Or if not that they can give you the number to the guy who can fix it even if it's not the dealer. In my area it's a 19 year old kid who repairs most of the small tractors around here. He's a go cart racer and learned this just growing up on a farm and having to learn to work on these things.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:36 AM
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i owned JD 3038E for about 6 months now.it is 37.1 hp. my initial plan was to use it to thinning forest land. the dealer remind it is not for that kind of use, i went a head and bough it anyway. i have seen my neighbor use his 25 hp tractor to pull out 30 feet tall tree, i though 37 hp should be able to do it also. this is my first tractor, i learn that it is not the tractor, the person that operate is the key. i am enjoy using to grade gravel drive way, move the down trees and create pathway in the wood land.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:52 AM
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Hard to compare horsepower with older farm tractors vs newer tractors.

Older farm tractors were designed for pulling and thus an older 30 HP farm tractor would easily out pull the newer 40+ HP tractors of today.

( the John Deere B and Farmall H would be examples of older tractors I mentioned )
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:11 PM
Location: Commonwealth Of Virginia
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Not really a small tractor, I purchased a Kubota BX2360 mainly for mowing, and while its been excellent for that (7 acres), I wish now I had gotten a compact model instead of the sub compact, better ground clearance, Kubota 2920 model would be the model I had in mind.

Only drawback to that, is it would be harder getting in some places mowing with the larger tractor.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:28 PM
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Just put 300 hours on my little Kubota BX... still find I use it the most.

Also have a Deere 110 TLB that has a powerful hoe...

After 17 years I sold my CAT D3 dozer... found I was only using it about 6 hours annually... I already miss it because nothing like a few hours on a Dozer to rejuvenate the soul!
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