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Everywhere I turn, the Europeans are doing it better...

Many of you have used (or at least seen) the superior BCS and Grillo two-wheeled tractors (tillers, sickle bar mowers, etc)

The four-wheeled version of a compact, versatile, indestructible tractor is known in Europe as an Alpine tractor (Antonio Carraro is popular make).

If it's useful in Swiss/Austrian/Italian/German/French Alps, how many homesteaders could make good use of it?

OK, Sepp has operated similar.

http://www.goodwinconcepts.com/antoniocarrarotractorsforthefarm.shtml

Anyone have one of these in US?
 
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Looks like a very practical machine.
The tire sizes/configuration would make it less likely to roll over on sloped land, and as an added bonus, should cause less compaction of soil. If I could afford one of those, I'd be in the field all day.

 
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I like it, especially from versatility in use and size. Is there a US rep? How much concern do you have with acquiring a foreign job when it comes to repair and maintenance issues... will you be able to work on or find a repair shop familiar with its ins & outs? Didn't see a backhoe attachment. Lots of Hugel runs to dig... will consider such an animal but all options for tractors are on the table. Still trying to determine HP needs on the farm.
 
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That link is the rep. Pricing here.
 
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