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Old 07-05-2015, 10:08 PM
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What size tractor?

Need real world advice on what size tractor to buy. I recently bought a cabin with some land and need a tractor to brush hog with and put in a few small food plots. Also would like to maintain some ATV trails as well though in the woods.

What size compact tractor would be big enough to use a 4ft or 5ft brush hog, a 5 or 6ft finish mower and a single bottom plow and tiller. Anything too big would be too large to fit on the ATV trails.

Would like to stick with a John Deere or New Holland. Would like a used tractor but something built in the last 10 years or so. Was thinking about a JD 4200 or 4300 but don't know anyone who has used them in the real world.

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Old 07-06-2015, 12:50 AM
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We had a 2004 JD 4010 HST with a 20 hp diesel/14 hp PTO and hydro trans. It was nimble and ran a 5' shredder with ease. We didn't have a bucket on it.
I have an old Kubota 12hp with a 14 hp PTO now. It has a bucket, runs a 5' shredder well, and pulls a single row plow just fine.

I will say this: if you plan on doing anything but long straight lines, then get a hydro. More expensive, but worth the money. Our john deere was a great tractor. If you're on any kind of a budget, I'd suggest looking at another brand so you get get more bang for your buck instead of paying more for green paint and stickers.
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:55 AM
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I have a John Deere, 4400 & 4600, HST I like the 4300/4400, size for trails and working in tighter areas. I have a 72 inch bushhog, backhoe and loader.
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:13 AM
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I wouldn't want a tractor any smaller than my, 4400. It weighs 3000lb I had a 955 John Deere weighing 2000 lbs. They were close in horsepower 32/35 hp at the engine. But the 4400 was MUCH more capable. I also had a 850 JD. ONLY 22 hp, weighing 2400 lbs the heft made up for the horsepower.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:31 PM
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Thanks for the advice. Saw a 4310 online today Im going to go look at but it has turf tires. Has anyone used turf tires to plow or used them in soft dirt. How do they work? Would like the R4's but dont want to miss out on a good deal over what type of tires they have.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:20 AM
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I ordered my 4400 with turf tires. They work fine for my purposes. Back when I sold my friend the 955 he took the turf tires off and got some R4's. But that little tractor didn't weigh anything. Maybe the R4's grip dirt better. My 4600 has R4's. They are a tougher tire. Probably more puncture resistant for bushhog work. I've barely used my 4600. I should sell it...
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:21 AM
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What kind of deal is on the 4310
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:08 AM
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Don't get turf tire's for use on snow or loose soil, they'll just spin. They work great on fairway's but that's it.
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:25 PM
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Don't get turf tire's for use on snow or loose soil, they'll just spin. They work great on fairway's but that's it.
I've used mine with a box scraper and pulverizer and clearing snow from parking lots. It worked fine. The turf tires have more ground contact than r4's. And I would rather finish grade with the smoother tire. If the tractor is light weight, you can add a ballast to the tires.
Most tractors are four wheel drive. Don't buy one without it.
My first tractor was a new 1980 JD 850 two wheel drive.. They didn't have it in 4x4 that year. I put water and antifreeze in the tires for plowing snow and grading soil.
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Old 07-07-2015, 06:53 PM
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The 4310 is 13,500 with a loader, finish mower and box grader. I'm going to try and see if I can get it without the box grader for less than 12k.
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