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Old 09-09-2010, 12:59 PM   #46
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We are moving to an acreage and are looking for a good yard tractor. Basically, we need to be able to move snow (lots of it) and mow grass. We will also need to be able to level out a few rough spots of lumpy dirt and knock down some alfalfa when it gets a little long (no need to bale it though). We might use a tiller maybe twice a year. So far we have looked at the following:

John Deer 2305 - 27 hp diesel tractor with front end loader and 52" mower deck.

Massey Ferguson 1500 - 28 gas? hp with front end loader and 52" mower deck.

Does anyone have any experience with either of these two models? Likes, dislikes? Advice?
Don't know allot about your two choices but I needed one for some land I need to clear and a few other chores around the place so I started this thread.

I am pretty happy with the Kubota I ended up with and have found I use it a lot. I have also made a few attachments for it.

This detachable rake I built for it is great for clean up and burning.

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Old 09-14-2010, 05:24 PM   #47
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Buy a Kubota and you will not regret it. I have owned four of them,still have two and never had a problem.(knock on wood)
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:42 AM   #48
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Kioti makes a nice tractor, I've had this for a few years with
zero problems. It was about 5K cheaper than the big name
brands when I bought it.
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:59 AM   #49
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My neighbor has one of those big tractors like that with a loader on the front. He only has an acre of land, so it is amusing to watch how he uses it for the most trivial jobs-I guess to justify its purchase to his wife.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:05 PM   #50
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Kinda like my buddies that deer hunt together. They all have tricked out Rangers and Mules with all the latest gadgetry. They hunt together and usually only can take one to the lease when they go.

I only have 4.5 acres and am amazed at the jobs I can find for mine. Tree pushing, burning and dirt work make up the majority of it. Made a detachable 5' jib for the bucket. I've lifted all kinds of things with it.

Needed to work on my lawn mower so I used it to lift it onto the welding table.

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Old 09-16-2010, 04:27 PM   #51
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While I can't add much to the snow removal discussion, I can to the mowing. I have four acres of property with three being horse pastures. I mow between three and five times a year for weed control. For the first ten years I mowed with a Minneapolis Moline tractor, very similar to the old Ford 8n's and 9n's. I had to add an external over-running clutch to it because without it (and sometimes with it) there is no control over the movement of the tractor with the clutch pushed in as there is a tremendous amount of energy stored in the heavy mass of spinning blades under the mower deck. Also when mowing heavy vegetation and I needed to change direction from forward to reverse, as soon as I pushed in the clutch, the mower would no longer be supplied PTO power.

Eventually I got smart and donated the Moline to the AG department of the local highschool and bought a modern diesel 4wd compact tractor with FEL. I have NEVER looked back wishing I had that old tractor back. Now using the same Bush Hog I can do the job in half the time, while feeling a whole lot safer. And once you have an FEL, you get real good at finding uses for it, from drainage ditches, carrying hay, pulling posts, lifting trusses.....

Back ten years ago my research led me to a Kioti LK3504 as the best bang for the buck. I don't regret that purchase a bit as it has performed flawlessly since.
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:55 PM   #52
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My family is in a similar boat, we bought 16 acres of nice flat land in VA and my step Mother will be farming 12-14 of them, what would be some good options?
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:41 AM   #53
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My neighbor has one of those big tractors like that with a loader on the front. He only has an acre of land, so it is amusing to watch how he uses it for the most trivial jobs-I guess to justify its purchase to his wife.
That is exactly what I am trying to do. I want something like that but probaly only have a few days worth of work for it. Although I could build a wicked motocross track with one of those.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:45 PM   #54
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My family is in a similar boat, we bought 16 acres of nice flat land in VA and my step Mother will be farming 12-14 of them, what would be some good options?
What does she want to do with those 12-14 acres?

Would be different requirements depending on if she plans on doing U-Pick produce or a bunch of hay.

Don't know what they do out in VA.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:54 PM   #55
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It depends upon your local area. But don't over look the old Fords. This one came with the wife and her folks. They can be real work horses. This one has over 12,000 hours. Yes that is 12,000 hours. Never been rebuilt still starts first twist of the key.

I don't get out to the farm very often, but when I do, you'll find me on the tractor doing somehting around the farm. OBTW, the farm is 100 acres.

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Old 09-21-2010, 10:32 AM   #56
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What does she want to do with those 12-14 acres?

Would be different requirements depending on if she plans on doing U-Pick produce or a bunch of hay.

Don't know what they do out in VA.

Right now it is just hay and the neighbor pays them to bale it and use it for his cattle. But when the build on the land and move in I am pretty sure it will be mostly produce like a garden on steroids along with a couple acres of apples.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:11 AM   #57
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I just bought this one.



I'll pick it up tomorrow and haul it to the farm. It has a finish mower, but no brush hog. I'll have to buy one later.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:16 AM   #58
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My neighbor has one of those big tractors like that with a loader on the front. He only has an acre of land, so it is amusing to watch how he uses it for the most trivial jobs-I guess to justify its purchase to his wife.

Hmm. Maybe he has some sort of physical ailment. Maybe he has a limitation that you are unaware of. I find it amusing that you find it amusing that someone else has a tool you think he doesn't need.

I used to have a Kubota B series 23HP diesel with FEL and 5' blade for my 5 acres. But I paid for it by doing snow removal for about 25 of my neighbors for 2 winters. Price was $50 for a short driveway, $100 for a long one, or $1000 for a season pass. I out-priced all the other snow removers in the area and I lived close enough to just drive over [everyone had 5-10 acres) and we all live 1/4 - 1/2 mile from the paved road. My wife was flabbergasted how easy it was to pay for the $13K "toy". But I heard from people all the time: "Why do you need a tractor for 5 acres. That's stupid". I just gave up explaining. It is so nice to have a FEL and I did find 5000 things to use it for besides snow removal. When we sold the property a few years ago and moved to the burbs I sold that tractor for almost what I paid for it because the prices had risen. I still smile over how much fun it was to do routine tasks with a diesel powered tool.

We have a small cabin in the mountains with a small acreage. I am now 55 and clearly see why someone would like a small tractor with FEL to help out. Work becomes fun and the remaining time can be used for more fun stuff like riding. Someday soon I may be that neighbor with the tractor and you can laugh at me too.

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Hmm. Maybe he has some sort of physical ailment. Maybe he has a limitation that you are unaware of. I find it amusing that you find it amusing that someone else has a tool you think he doesn't need.

I used to have a Kubota B series 23HP diesel with FEL and 5' blade for my 5 acres. But I paid for it by doing snow removal for about 25 of my neighbors for 2 winters. Price was $50 for a short driveway, $100 for a long one, or $1000 for a season pass. I out-priced all the other snow removers in the area and I lived close enough to just drive over [everyone had 5-10 acres) and we all live 1/4 - 1/2 mile from the paved road. My wife was flabbergasted how easy it was to pay for the $13K "toy". But I heard from people all the time: "Why do you need a tractor for 5 acres. That's stupid". I just gave up explaining. It is so nice to have a FEL and I did find 5000 things to use it for besides snow removal. When we sold the property a few years ago and moved to the burbs I sold that tractor for almost what I paid for it because the prices had risen. I still smile over how much fun it was to do routine tasks with a diesel powered tool.

We have a small cabin in the mountains with a small acreage. I am now 55 and clearly see why someone would like a small tractor with FEL to help out. Work becomes fun and the remaining time can be used for more fun stuff like riding. Someday soon I may be that neighbor with the tractor and you can laugh at me too.

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Everyone has their own idea of what someone else needs or not I guess.

I have a Kubota BX2200 with a loader, 52 inch mower, 50 inch blower, PHD and 60" rear blade. I don't even have an acre, but my driveway is stupid and if I didn't have it I would not have the Kubota. That said, I have the largest lot on the street and I have accomplished so much around my house using my favorite cordless tool that is isn't funny. Do I NEED it, no. Does it lighten my work load, help my beat up old body, cut my working times down to free up more time to do other things, can I afford it, Yes to all and I am glad that I have it.

I'm sure to some on my street it is over kill. You know what? They seem to like my Kubota enough when I head up the street and clear their driveway in no time afte a big storm......for free.
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