Andy Moffatt wrote:trackhoe
Travis Johnson wrote:
Which leads me to John Deere. I have John Deere's and I love John Deere's, but I do not recommend buying them. Why? They have two major flaws. They are WAY over-engineered. Kubota and the like are simple, and thus easy to work on myself. John Deere are not. Period. Drop the mic. Over. The drop down spider gears of the 4 wheel drive are hydraulically pressed in with many seals and will cost $900 to rebuild. I rebuilt mine on my Kubota for $250; no press needed. This kind of leads to the second issue. Parts for John Deere are extremely expensive. I mean way out of proportion expensive. A shim, a piece of flat steel with 2 holes drilled in it was $90!! I was like, no way, and made it myself. They build good stuff don't get me wrong, but they overly build tractors and their parts are expensive.
Justin Quay wrote:Hi everyone,
I am looking for information on the tractor features I should look for when I purchase ours for the farm. We are going to be ally cropping about 5 acres and I want to get a tractor that will beat serve my purposes. I will be building swales, clearing underbrush, light logging, pulling a 3 tine subsoiler (keyline plow) and moving materials like mulch, compost, stone and fire wood. I would like to be able to tow a 1/4 ton trailer also.
I would like a tractor capable of using both a front end loader and a small backhoe in addition to three point PTO implements.
What horsepower, brands, models and other specs should I look at. Our soil is sandy and the land is flat.
Thanks for the help.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:...consider how a tractor can be abused by a previous owner, I don't want his abused machine for the price he thinks it is worth.
David Rogers wrote:Ford 8N in trade for labor, but engine had to be rebuilt ---$4500.