Give me Tractor Advice

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  1. gordonquixote

    gordonquixote Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Looking at two Kubotas. (Similar deal with John Deere)

    3301 with front end loader and light duty 5' rotary cutter (bush hog). Includes $850 valve to allow for operation of a grapple/root rake on front. Quick disconnect loader.

    3901 same as above with medium duty rotary cutter.

    Both are hydrostatic 4-wheel drive and have several thousand in rebates.

    3301 $14,800
    3901 $17,100 (6 more hp than the 3301)

    Quick disconnect loader $5,450
    Med duty cutter $1,850 (cuts 2" diameter stuff)
    Light duty cutter $1,250 (cuts 1.5" diameter stuff)

    3301 package $22,971
    3901 package $25,939

    3301 0% for 84 months with 20% down is $249.71 per month (tax, insurance, etc)

    3901 0% for 84 months with 20% down is $281.65 per month, all in.

    I would use it to mow a 1.12 acre parcel that our building is on, use it for general 'shop' duties, and occasionally cut about 5 acres of grass and some light scrub at my mom's property.

    Am I crazy buying a tractor or should I chill out and just buy a nice zero turn mower?

    Random Internet picture of same rig:
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    David79Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Why not buy an older used one?

    I use a '79 39hp 230 Massey Ferguson to mow 13 acres, maintain my drive, etc.

    I use a old John Deere 5' cutter.

    Works great and they are a fraction of the price of a new one.

    Around the house and my shop I use a riding mower. It's easier to get closer with the riding mower.

    For your needs I'd go used.
     
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    As long as you realize that they've inflated the price of the tractor so that you get 7 years interest free...

    That's WAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY to much tractor for cutting 1.12 acres.

    Even for 5 acres, that's a LOT of tractor.

    I hope you have a lot of projects that require the other implements if you are trying to justify the purchase.
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    ^Agreed.

    How far away is your Mom's property? (Do you have to haul it there?)

    Can you write off depreciation as a business expense?
     
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    Chevrolaine Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Buy the tractor, you'll never regret it. Shoulda been the first thing I bought when we moved to the farm.
    I'm sure your business could find d a use for it also.
     
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    I use a 1988 John Deere 318 for an acre. Noooooo problem with a 50" cut. You picked a heck of a machine for your needs. If you can afford it do it!
     
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    That pic. of the Kubota looks close to mine. I have the L2900 model. It's very handy to use. I have a 7' scraper blade which does a great job in smoothing out any gravel / dirt road, in a hurry. Although I never used it ( because I don't have one) it has a hook up in the middle for a belly mower. I think that would be better than a brush hog. It does seem like a lot of money to mow grass. I bought my used and it's still in great shape. You might want to look into that, they are out there. I can say one thing, they hold their value.
     
  8. BLUE72CAMARO

    BLUE72CAMARO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    So here's the questions I have Gordo.

    What transmission shuttle or hydro?

    Lift capacity of loader for both?

    What kind of finish are you looking for when mowing? Bush hog rotaries will not give you a lawn mower quality cut.

    Other uses with your business possible?

    I have a ford 1920 tractor that I use quite a bit around my place 8.5 acres. I don't do much mowing with it but I use the snot out of the loader. Mine is a shuttle shift which is nice compared to my dads 1710 with a typ. Manual transmission I would much prefer a hydro for doing loader work and mowing. I do not like hydros for ground engaging equipment though like disk, chisel plow, or planter.
     
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    I have had a couple similar Kubotas over the years. I had one with the belly mower and it was a pain in the ass. Current one has a rotary mower out behind and I mow several acres with it. Does it in have the time the belly mower did. You will love the Kubota and it will have decent resale.
     
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    I'd buy the 3901, it has the PTO horsepower to run more implements. I bought an L3400 new in 2010. I use it for all kinds of things around my place. I would suggest you make sure it has the skid steer quick attach loader and get a set of forks. The forks are so handy I can't even explain how many things I've used them for. I also have a box scraper that I find useful for dirt, driveway work etc.

    If you are cutting actual lawn I would get a rear discharge finish mower. I have one and it cuts the lawn really nice and is easy to take on and off the three point. I have brush hog as well but I use that for trails and clearing actual brush.
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