20 January 2011

As we pass through...

...the most inhospitable part of winter... a not-so-young man's fancy turns to thoughts of tractors... more specifically the 60hp'ish, diesel-powered, loader equipped variant that can authoritatively swing a 3ph backhoe.

Thoughts, suggestions... personal experiences?


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

maybe just buy a backhoe?

Neo Conservative said...

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that's actually something i've been thinking about.

talked to a guy who has both and he was suggesting that a tractor... with all the three-point hitch attachments available... snow blade, landscaping box, backhoe, cement mixer, woodsplitter, etc... is way more versatile.

probably more bang for the buck with a tractor.

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Anonymous said...

Get the tractor...snow blade, pto for boring holes / stump removal / wood splitter / grading...etc etc.
And...you get to drive the thing and sing Murray Mclauchlins Farmers Song anytime you want with little to no ribbing!

Anonymous said...

What ever, get a 4W drive. You will get stuck. Law of nature, with a bucket and 4WD you can get out. The MF shown used to be MH. F came up with the three point hitch in the 50's. Very good system, I think he was a Scot or a Brit. As with the tree and the chain saw, find some one to teach you the correct way go about doing things.
Ivan
a farmers sonpith

farmerboy said...

Before you purchase any tractor take a bit of time to ask about the cost of replacement parts and maintenance items like filters. I have heard some farmers say not so nice things about certain brands. For all the use of a backhoe one might be better off to rent such or a bobcat, if you plan on using it only occasionaly. An awful lot of weight on the back of a tractor for using infrequently.

Neo Conservative said...

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appreciate the feedback. a farmer friend also suggested not compromising on diesel & 4wd.

apparently diesels are sometimes hard cold-starters... but much more durable.

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Anonymous said...

Tractors (if taken care of) do not (like cars) lose value as they age. A good old tractor usually costs as much or more today than it did new. I have a ford 1210 diesel 4wd with bucket and other attachments. It only has 20 some hp. with 13 at the pto but it does a lot of work that wouldn't get done as fast or as easily by hand or with a mule. My only regret is no power steering.

Anonymous said...

An old saying is that a 4wd will get you stuck where a 2wd wouldn't reach.

MONSTER said...

Kuboto 4 wheel drive. I have a B180 (grey market) with low hours, new front end loader,new tires, three point hitch, drawbar and rototiller picked up at auction for $5000.00.This puppy in low/low will pull with the best of the higher priced units. Though I do have fond memories of John Deere and Masey Ferguson.

MONSTER said...

Hey Neo...to fire up a diesel when it`s cold tarp it in, pour the heat to it,(use a Herman Nelson) and small amounts of ether as required. I have sparked up many a chunk of iron at -40.0c using this method.

Neo Conservative said...

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i've heard nothing but good things about kubota from folks around here.

so much so that people mostly wanna hold on to them.

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