R Scott wrote:There was one on ebay a couple years ago that was like new (seriously, under 40 hours on the engine). I think it went for 30K. Would make a great drive yourself to the job permie machine running on veggie oil. But they are not that good of a digging machine and a front heavy beast driving down the road (can't go much faster than a new tractor). But it would be FUN.
Tom Connolly wrote:Tools are cool and the bigger they are, and more complicated and useful the better One question that I have....after reading dozens - if not hundreds - of posts on this forum, how many people have enough land to warrant such a large machine? enough flat land? The impression that I get after reading posts here, is that most people - if they are thinking about some kind of mechanical assistance for their land - are trying decide between a two wheel tractor and a 4 wheel garden type tractor. AFAIK, any tractor can be modified for any series of accessories by simply having someone weld the appropriately sized mounting plate to the trailer and possibly changing the pto or hydraulic connectors - assuming that the tractor has enough power.
One more thought - "inoperable" may have to do with the ability to register one of these to use it on public roads. My guess is that they do not have appropriate smog and safety equipment, so you may not be able to register one to use it on the road. More than likely, you can still register it as a farm vehicle and use it, but you need to check that out first.
Tom Connolly wrote:Yes, that is way cool! The right size...the only way to make it better is to lower the price and make it a diesel, so that we can pour bean oil into it, or perhaps convert the gasser to use alcohol. While I don't ever hope to have to grow/raise EVERYTHING I eat and use (though I hope to be able to be self sustaining at a minimum level) because that would rule out a lot of variety in food, my ultimate vision of living off the grid is to be able to power my own vehicles with "homemade" fuel. That is why I have begun looking raising a couple of acres of some product that can be converted to fuel, and at tractors that can facilitate this. There is not only the issue of the size of the tractor on the field, but also the size required to store it, transport it, etc. Still, even though it may fit into the bed of a pickup, I would not want to be the one to have to get it into the bed! One question: with tracks like this has, will this vehicle be able to "tread lightly" on a piece of agricultural land? I have seen some small garden type tractors with rubber tracks instead of steal. I am sure that they are not as durable but what about the effect on the land? In all fairness, the garden tractors that I saw probably only weighed 500 pounds, instead of the 700 that this hefty little helper weights.