Tractor differences

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I second you on the reasons to have a cab, and you didn't mention clean air to breathe when spraying roundup. Plus, that cab could save your life in a rollover or falling tree. As far as not being able to hear, depending on what equipment I'm using I sometimes pop the back hatch to keep closer tabs on it.
     
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    This is an interesting bit of advice, I like it - a bit different but I'll consider it.

    As for what am I doing that I need a tractor that large, our terrain is extremely rugged. I have used a 39hp tractor for years, and it is a great machine but it needs to be in low gear and still can bog down climbing some of our hills. Not to mention, a guy better be darn good with the bucket and have spun out, weighted tires when cutting down some of our pipelines or that sucker will roll - the front end is just light.

    I also own a BX2320 and that is a great little tractor and has an impressive set of hydraulics. I use that around the yard/home and it makes many projects very easy. So I totally understand your point on the smaller tractors, assuming one has a fair assessment of the land/goals.

    My end goal is to be able to have a drill, planter, or both. Due to the terrain, planting as much as I am able on 250 acres of wooded property (with hopes to buy more in my life), and the lack of depreciation on tractors, I would rather buy more HP, than regret it later.

    Not sure if that is a fair justification but with my experience on this farm and just knowing what I can get into - I don't see myself ever wishing I went smaller, assuming - I can afford exactly what I am looking to purchase.

    I will look at all brands but seems service and accessibility thereof, is what most folks deem extremely important. Thank you for the input!!
     
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  3. OkieKubota

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    I know it is all opinion on what is “best” but the literal things I listed are what made my choice for me. I Brushhog commercially and most all of the properties I work on may have never been brushhogged in the past which means I am brushhogging between and under tress that have never been trimmed so a lot of my time is spent holding a limb up so I can slide under it...I would either lose the work by declining or I just do it. Believe it or not we have a bunch of folks that Brushhog over this way for a living and I get work from those guys for 2 reasons...I can do things they can’t with the cab tractor and I go places they can’t with the cab...I could do it with plastic fenders and hood but I would be replacing all of that stuff every summer because I really don’t like my stuff looking all torn up. If I was just working on my farm I would take my chainsaw in the off season and make everything clear enough for a cab and all would be great but I don’t have the luxury of that so if the OP has open areas and isn’t going to have to use his equipment like a bulldozer then any big tractor will do with the right dealer service nearby. Get R1 tires if it doesn’t matter on what the ground looks like afterword...I use R4 only because I sometimes actually have to literally Brushhog yards in tow that they let get away from them...
     
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    buckhunter10 Well-Known Member

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    Good feedback, thank you buddy!
     
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    Like dogghr, I think a cab is worth the trouble. I just take the time to make sure I don’t tear anything up if I can help it. It sure makes mowing nicer in 90*+ heat !
     
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    Ya, I am heavily leaning towards a Cab as well. We have a lot of wooded trails but 99% of the farm I can access my fields from the road, through a gate. I may need to cut down a few limbs but overall, shouldn't be too big of a deal.
     
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    You will notice a difference between a cab and no cab when you run over a hornets nest........
     
  8. buckhunter10

    buckhunter10 Well-Known Member

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    HAHA that is what my tractor salesman said!! HAHA I felt that statement!
     
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  9. dogghr

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    Well Buck10, rumor has it you have a pup in the cooker and saving time to babysit and keep the Significant happy is important. Last wk I mowed for 5 hours , hopped out of cab clean as if I’d just had my shower and met the Redhead for dinner. Sure makes it nice if you can afford it!!!


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    Jush hope the air cond don’t go out when it’s 95 outside. :eek:
     
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    yes sir!!!
     
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    The windows open. And I’m so cool I make hot turn cold!!


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    Setting the wheels all the way out to the widest width possible is a good idea if you have lots of hills. This can make a big difference between a rollover or not a rollover, and, if getting a new tractor, most dealers will do this for free. A friend from West Virginia rolled his tractor and the tractor rolled multiple times until it reached the bottom of the hill. The only thing that saved his life was jumping off the uphill side.
     
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    yep. Current dealer said they always load tire, and space them at widest setting. Said once you go wider, it gets a bit hairy after that - with the additional spacers. Anyhow the 39hp has deff been a great tractor, bigger might just be even a bit better!
     
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    I have 3" spacers on my smaller JD 3520 tractor, it was just too narrow and unstable for me before.
     
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    Thank you!

    That is interesting! I am going to have to look into that again and see why my tractor guy was somewhat scared to go too much wider.
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    On bigger ag tractor you probably won't need to go wider than the widest factory setting. On a compact is where wheel spacers are used the most. (and atv's)
     
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