Is it time for a tractor?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by tslandscaping, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. tslandscaping

    tslandscaping LawnSite Member
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    I have had a small landscaping business for several years and lately I have been becoming more and more serious about purchasing a tractor.

    I have been spending $200-$400 a week on labor costs that could be, for the most part, replaced with the purchase of a tractor. I also frequently rent equipment to do tasks that a tractor could do.

    I will be using for many things:

    1. Moving material (stone, mulch, plants, dirt etc.)

    2. Digging out patio and retaining wall footings.

    3. Drainage lines.

    I have decided that I definitely want to get a bucket in the front and a backhoe.

    My other problem is money, I know that I could save up enough cash to purchase the tractor in about a year but I do not want to miss out on all of the money that I could make in a year with that tractor.

    So here are my questions:

    1. Is a small subcompact tractor the best tool for me? I have been looking at the Massey Ferguson GC2610.

    1. Is it silly to buy a tractor new? (I am leaning towards new because of the 0% financing.)

    2. What would be a sufficient amount of horsepower for the tasks I have in mind?

    3. I do not have a trailer that can haul a tractor. I am however looking in to buying a large 6 or 7 ton dump trailer with loading ramps. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
     

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