Travis Johnson wrote:NEVER buy a tractor without a front end loader. It is what gets the majority of the work done.
R Ranson wrote:If the bucket load is heavy, we put a cement weight on the three point hitch. Someone made it with an old 3point attachment, half a 25 gallon bucket, and cement. It makes the tractor much safer if doing heavy work up high on uneven ground - not that we do much of that.
R Jay wrote:
Tractors that are both 1992? That would make them both 25 years old. So how much do you know about engines, transmissions, electrical or hydraulic systems?
In other words. how good of a mechanic are you.....or do you know what the rates are for repair?.....and can you afford the cost and downtime? A tractor with a
blown tranny is just a lawn ornament until it is fixed.
If you have no problems doing your own "wrenching", then get a used tractor with a front end loader. Just make sure that both the capabilities of the front end loader
and the three-point hitch are sufficient for any application that you may wish to use.
Travis Johnson wrote:.... What other investment do you make that physically rusts where you actually MAKE money? And of course that is not even factoring in the value of the work it performed.
It is pretty hard to beat a tractor in my opinion.
David Miller wrote:My two cents. I just bought a used year 200 John Deere 4700 with a front end loader and backhoe. I've had it for two days and put 10 hours on it. I cannot tell you how much I have gotten done in two days. This is the best thing to happen to my farm yet! I've slaved for a year and a half trying to clean up and start up my farm on hand labor and I warrant to say that in the last two days, I got just about as much done, without nearly as much backache. That being said, I'm in hock to the bank for the next 5 years.