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David Nash
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I have 5 acres on a hill, the bottom is flat, the middle is terraced off for a double-wide and yard, and the top is flat, but the majority is hillside, there is a driveway in need of serious rework (not crowned or ditched and needs grading every rain) and a grown over log road that rins from top to bottom.

I have a spring fed pond that has been ignored for decades and has turned into a almost complete silted over marsh.

I want to build earth sheltered greenhouses and terraces into the hillside for planting.

I currently own a 1960 era john deer backhoe that costs me every time I start it as it won't stay running.

I am looking into a subcompact/compact tractor with a loader and backhoe

Hor the budget I am looking at either a TYM or a LS brand.

I am having a hard time comparing and can't mind prices anywhere.

Does anyone have any thoughts or revelations?
 
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I believe these are on the lower end of the price scale, and is understandable why you would consider them. To be honest with you, I have not heard of TYM Tractors and not good things about LS Tractors.

My biggest concern would be parts availability. Tractors live forever and are a great return on investment. I am not even sure there is a way to calculate it as at the end of their depreciation span they are worth more used then they were new due to the inflation rate. I had the same concerns about parts when I bough my Kubota in 1999, BUT Kubota has risen in popularity and so I deduced (correctly) that parts would be available years from 1999 when I bought it. It has, and 16 years later I bought some parts after trouble free hard labor.

Myself...and don't you hate it when you give a list of two things to comment about and the replies are based on anything but...I would look into Kubota or maybe even Kioti. I don't own the latter, but I have heard they are bullet proof. Both have excellent parts availability.

Another option is the Massey Ferguson. They make a small sub-compact tractor that is around $17,000 and is absolutely stout. If I was to buy a tractor today, it would be the Massey Ferguson sub-compact...hands down.

The last I knew however, Kubota had 0 percent down and great other financing options should you require that.

Maybe others on here can give testimonials on how tough and great the tractors you list are, but I have been in farming all my life. I knew Belerus Tractors were often bragged about until a neighbor snapped his rear end casting and found out they do not make new castings for it as parts. His 7 month old tractor, costing a "mere $7000", was one of his most expensive tractors ever. 
 
David Nash
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Thanks Travis.  My buddy has a kubota and swears by it.  But he also said he looked hard at the new holland brand first, and when I went to the NH dealer (I have a NH and bota dealer in my town) and compared the kubota bx25 with the workmaster I liked the NH better - then I found that LS makes the NH tractors and the LS is the same tractor at 25% discount under their own brand.

I understand the parts issue as my current backhoe is so old I can't get parts and it causes me constant headache, but cost is a huge issue.
 
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@David N,   Don't know what side of Tennessee you are on, but you probably have already scoured places like this?>> http://www.memphistractors.com/

I can imagine there would be many such tractor distributors in and around Tennessee.

Like Travis mentioned, if you are on a budget, I would much rather go with used equipment from a reliable company with a good stream of parts.  You may wish to call or visit the website of Hoye Tractor [ https://www.hoyetractor.com/ ] if you end up looking at a grey-market Yanmar, as they could tell you which models have the best parts stream.  We have a grey-market Yanmar F15D that I love for it's reliability and maneuvering....only drawback is that I would not recommend it for hillsides.  These seem perfect for their intended purpose in cultivating rice paddies, but would probably be roll-prone on a hillside.  Still, you would need to see the model in front of you to see if the wheel spacing would be acceptable for your purpose.  Our Kubota is great as well, .... better wheel spacing for the few inclines we have and more power along with the usual reliability.  As Travis noted, I'm still making 0 percent interest payments on it but will soon be done after 5 years.....shop around in cases there is a dealer-specific incentive of this type as well.  Good luck!
 
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