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..request for Tractor information/reviews..
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:11:56 PM »
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there's a possibility that we'll be buying a piece of property (just shy of 12 acres) that is heavily wooded - the intention will be to clear about an 1-2 acres upon which we'd build a residence, an equipment shop and a center aisle - 4 stall Horse barn

then we're thinking about brush clearing another 5 acres, or so, to be used as pasture - the heavy clearing would be done by professionals but I'm thinking about a medium duty tractor with 1) a loader bucket  2) a box scraper/grader blade  3)  a post hole digger  4)  a back hoe (with which to lay water lines, maintain a dirt driveway until paved and set fence posts)

friends and neighbors have John Deere and Mahindra tractors - which they like

I'm thinking something in the 50hp range - what say you - any experience here ?
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Re: ..request for Tractor information/reviews..
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2018, 03:38:00 PM »
I don't have a tractor like you're asking for but my brother in law does, and swears by his Kuboto.
You can get all those options but not necessarily have all mounted at the same time. (or get 2 tractors)
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2018, 03:55:58 PM »
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 :th_thicon_lol:     yeah, I'll be doing just 1 job at a time
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2018, 08:09:20 AM »
When we bought our land (10ac) I got a slightly used (50hrs) Kubota,
it has been fantastic and done everything I have asked of it.
Its very rough out where our property is (Bandera area)

We have maybe 3+/- acres we actually mow, we have left the rest pretty much pristine.
We bought a sub-compact with a 48" mower deck and I picked up a king cutter rear blade at tractor supply for road maintenance.
I rented a trencher at Home Depot for a day to lay the water pipes - never have needed it again.

I have sometimes thought I should have gone with a bigger tractor and maybe got a tow behind cutter,
but then we left so many trees up, a bigger tractor would never fit under them - we have very little open area.
The smaller one works for us, but we don't have livestock.

TLDR: another vote for Kubota.

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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 08:34:26 AM »
Well I am in same boat.

Just bought 10.5 out past Sequin.
Plan to rent one a couple times before diving in.
My plan is slightly different I dont plan to move to it for a few yrs.

I am currently just working on cutting and clearing brush I AM NOT mowing over my trees.
Too many 200 or so yr old huge oaks and Very little CEDAR.

Mainly mesquite and oaks with a few fur trees and an acre or so native plum tree grove. Native meaning they are well established not sure how they really started.

Anyway I have heard 4-6 hp per acre as far as size.

I want a 4whl drive model
Bucket
Shredder
Blade
As my attachments.
I will need but rent a PH attachment as well as a trencher.

JD or Kubota is what I looking at.
Used deals seem to be close to new money and Id prefer new if the cost is a few K more money.


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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2018, 10:03:10 AM »
Just an FYI on the shredding.....

Someone who owned our land before us did some shredding,
nothing really grows in those areas due to the ground being covered with cedar mulch. 2-3" thick.
- and it's way too much for me to do anything with.

When we cleared for the house, we piled it up and burned it.

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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2018, 11:24:10 AM »
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good replies, much appreciated - the "renting" thing sounds like a good deal for trenching (vs buying a back hoe) - would need to own a post hole digger tho (an attachment, not a gas powered 1 or 2 man unit)

still investigating - my neighbor with the Deere offered to let me drive his and give me some "what'supwiddose" instruction - he gets a lot of use outta his and he's done a little work for me
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2018, 01:00:37 PM »
I’ve dug post holes with a PTO driven auger mounted on the back of a tractor, a two man gas auger and a manual post hole digger. 

If you are digging more than a dozen holes, use the PTO driven auger. Your body will thank you.

(Particularly if you’re accidentally digging through a buried electric cable you didn’t know was there.  :scream3:  :scream3:  :scream3: )
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2018, 01:06:46 PM »
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I've dug post holes by hand - refuse to do that anymore - and will not use a hand held/hang on gas powered one

haven't researched but think rental places do rent tractor PTO units - if we get this property there will be LOTS of posts to set
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2018, 05:50:46 AM »
Just an FYI on the shredding.....

Someone who owned our land before us did some shredding,
nothing really grows in those areas due to the ground being covered with cedar mulch. 2-3" thick.
- and it's way too much for me to do anything with.

When we cleared for the house, we piled it up and burned it.
I used the term shredder however not referring to shredding brush I meant shred the 3ft tall wild grass and weeds.

I will clear and burn the brush.

The cleaned up section in this picture was done with a STIHL WEED EATER BY HAND.
 

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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2018, 06:37:05 AM »
My parents have 5 acres they bought in 2002 and the house was finished in 2003.  Dad bought a JD 3-series.  It's old enough now that the options and features are different but for the relative size, look here ---->  https://www.deere.com/en/tractors/utility-tractors/3-family-compact-utility-tractors/.

It's probably one level too small for your needs but it has been pretty trouble free.  He has the front end loader (the nicer of the two) and various plows.  He pulls a finish mower (not a shredder) behind is for the pasture portion of the yard.  It does not have a belly mower.  He uses a rider for the Burmudagrass up close to the house.

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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2018, 07:03:03 AM »
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this would make a good crowd dispersal vehicle at libtard anti-Trump rallies (check out the vids)

https://www.936mulchin.com/videos.html
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Re: ..request for Tractor information/reviews..
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2018, 07:20:24 AM »
Tango, Don't waste money on a tractor. Get a skid steer!
A skid steer will run circles around any small-medium size tractor, and you can get all kinds of attachments for them. You can rent most of the attachments, and everything is QD nowadays.

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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2018, 07:41:21 AM »
Just an FYI on the shredding.....

Someone who owned our land before us did some shredding,
nothing really grows in those areas due to the ground being covered with cedar mulch. 2-3" thick.
- and it's way too much for me to do anything with.

When we cleared for the house, we piled it up and burned it.
I used the term shredder however not referring to shredding brush I meant shred the 3ft tall wild grass and weeds.

I will clear and burn the brush.

The cleaned up section in this picture was done with a STIHL WEED EATER BY HAND.
Gotcha.  By hand is a lotta work.

I cut down all the tall ranch grass using the mower attachment on the Kubota.

I made 2 passes, first was with the deck raised to maximum, second was at 3-4" which where I maintain it now.


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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2018, 07:47:17 AM »
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stopped by the local Mahindra dealership today - looking at a 38hp (which I think is enough for me), hst, front bucket, box blade, post hole digger/auger, rotary mower, 20' trailer = $26.9

will check Kubota and JD in the next few days
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« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2018, 04:05:00 AM »
What part of the country are you in?

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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2018, 06:23:33 AM »
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Conroe, north of houston
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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2018, 07:17:45 AM »
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stopped by the local Mahindra dealership today - looking at a 38hp (which I think is enough for me), hst, front bucket, box blade, post hole digger/auger, rotary mower, 20' trailer = $26.9

will check Kubota and JD in the next few days
Tractors not be cheap.
But that will do a lot of work for you.

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2018, 01:15:25 PM »
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spent the morning (besides pickin-up Horse poop) at the Kubota and JD dealerships - I'm thinkin' I would prefer one of those 2 over the Mahindra (tho more $s)

JD is offering 0% financing for 5 yrs if that's the way I'd decide to go
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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2018, 04:20:03 PM »
Ive been eyeballing local CL adds not ready to buy atm myself but Ive seen some package  deals on CL that for the $$ difference make the lack of warranty look not so bad.
 
IF your diligent and take your time you can fond deals.



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