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Is this enough tractor for what I need?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by mcgruff, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. mcgruff

    mcgruff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    Hi All,
    I have been an avid reader of lawnsite for sometime and have learned alot. This is my first post. I currently acquired 125 acres to be used as a hunting/summer home. There is about 8 acres of field, the rest is wooded and a little hilly in places. I would be using the tractor mainly to cut grass, plow snow, maybe removing some stumps and digging trenches for a home foundation and water line etc. Also the bucket to haul firewood and for dragging cut logs out of the timber. I am currently looking at a JD 3520 since there is a JD dealer about 15 min away. Would this be enough tractor for what I need or is it overkill or should I go bigger? Any help would be grealty appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    for 8 acres that doesnt sound bad. if ur gonna get a six foot brush hog that ought to do the job.
     
  3. AceFinish

    AceFinish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    That sounds about right I would not go any smaller if you want to pull logs and do digging with it. I might go a little bigger if you plan on using it for excavation for right now. But for sure no smaller than that.
     
  4. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    Like the other guys have said that sounds like a good size. Bigger or smaller would be OK too, it's just a matter of how fast you want to get work done. The smaller machines can get it done, they just take longer, but if you have no specific need for a small machine, get the biggest one you can afford.
     
  5. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    The bigger tractors are much more stable on hills.
    Get 4 wheel drive and I prefer Hydstatic drive.
    The 4000 series would probally be a better long term purchase.
    The 4120/4320 looks like a really balance of size and power plus you get into a 4 cyl engine.
    I prefer the bigger tractor .
     
  6. mcgruff

    mcgruff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    ok guys, thanks for the replies, when the time comes, I will let you all know what i decided to go with....thanks again
     
  7. CTS

    CTS LawnSite Member
    from Bath NC
    Messages: 16

    JD3520 would be a good choice. If you go with this size, get 4wd, I purchased the same tractor over a year ago and I am completely happy with it. You are able to run 5' or 6' implements with no problem. I would not go any smaller as earlier post replied.
     
  8. mcgruff

    mcgruff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    hey guys,
    I still have not got a tractor for my new farm yet.
    A few things popped up i had to take care of first.
    anyways, thanks for the replies so far.
    While I do not believe there is such thing as overkill when it comes to what size to buy, I do be believe in overkill when it comes to purchase price. I decided to go with kubota. now my question, based on what i plan to do with it, would a L5740 with 59 hp and 50 pto be to much tractor for what I need?
    thanks for all the replies so far.
     
  9. lamarbur

    lamarbur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    I have the Kubota L 48 TLB and when ever I get to replace it, and if the present situation stays the same,, my replacement will be a 5740, only with a cab,.. The L48 is a commercial backhoe (3 hydro pumps), I haven't really been using it as designed for two years now... Just plowing snow and hog mowing our fields.. With that size property, I certainly wouldn't go any smaller than the 5740
     
  10. mcgruff

    mcgruff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 114

    a cab.... I have been debating on getting one , i think that i will regret not having one when I use it in the winter. I think I will get a cab also. :)
     

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