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#3269203 - 06/16/13 09:02 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: NBF7240]
BigAl
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I have a 34HP Kubota. It's great for doing food plots and also for cutting my lot at home. I've got the front bucket and multiple attachments. I recommend the HST version.
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#3269471 - 06/17/13 10:29 AM Re: Tractor question [Re: NBF7240]
tellico4x4
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I've got a L3400 4WD that was bought 5 years ago specifically for food plot use and I wouldn't take anything for my "orange mule". It pulls a 6' disk & bush hog in our rough terrain with no problem. I bought it as a good friend in Texas had bought one the year before to clear a 80 acre tract of scrub that he had bought. Another friend of mine from Florida bought one last year after spending a day on mine at camp. His wife had inherited 80 acres of swap that hadn't been farmed in 50 years. No-one that sees the transformation that he has done (including a 5 acre bean plot) believes that he did it all with that little tractor.

One of our guys in BHC had a 50+hp 2WD Massey and that he replaced with a L3800 last year.

The ONLY time that I thought my L3400 wasn't enough tractor was last year pulling 8,000 lb fertlizer in a spreader and trying to make a turn on a hillside plot. All that weight behind me jacknifed the rig, and was pushing me towards the edge of a hollow...was a very high pucker factor experience getting everything stopped & straightened out.

Another good thing about this tractor, is that I can easily load & pull it on one of my 16'trailers.


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#3269534 - 06/17/13 11:52 AM Re: Tractor question [Re: tellico4x4]
Boll Weevil
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 Originally Posted By: tellico4x4
All that weight behind me jacknifed the rig, and was pushing me towards the edge of a hollow.

Scary...and something we don't always think about! I've seen it time and again; sometimes the "going" ain't the hard part it's the "stopping."

I had the same type experience but on a much smaller scale: ATV pulling a load of big chunk rock on a 10ft trailer to repair a creek crossing. It's real sandy in there and as I started downhill toward the creek, gravity took over. In a flash it became the load of rock driving the ATV vs. other way around.

Fortunately it was a short (though very high anxiety) slide down to the creek. Once everything came to a stop I recall saying to myself, "Well I guess this as good a place as any to unload this rock."

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#3269703 - 06/17/13 03:27 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: tellico4x4]
muddyboots
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Registered: 11/06/02
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Loc: savannah, tn., usa

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 Originally Posted By: tellico4x4
I've got a L3400 4WD that was bought 5 years ago specifically for food plot use and I wouldn't take anything for my "orange mule". It pulls a 6' disk & bush hog in our rough terrain with no problem. I bought it as a good friend in Texas had bought one the year before to clear a 80 acre tract of scrub that he had bought. Another friend of mine from Florida bought one last year after spending a day on mine at camp. His wife had inherited 80 acres of swap that hadn't been farmed in 50 years. No-one that sees the transformation that he has done (including a 5 acre bean plot) believes that he did it all with that little tractor.

One of our guys in BHC had a 50+hp 2WD Massey and that he replaced with a L3800 last year.

The ONLY time that I thought my L3400 wasn't enough tractor was last year pulling 8,000 lb fertlizer in a spreader and trying to make a turn on a hillside plot. All that weight behind me jacknifed the rig, and was pushing me towards the edge of a hollow...was a very high pucker factor experience getting everything stopped & straightened out.

Another good thing about this tractor, is that I can easily load & pull it on one of my 16'trailers.


Thats what i was looking for thanks!
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#3270308 - 06/18/13 11:52 AM Re: Tractor question [Re: muddyboots]
huntingfool
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I just bought a Kubota MX5100 4x4 HST with a FEL and 6ft bush hog. LOVE IT!!!
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#3270692 - 06/18/13 08:37 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: huntingfool]
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I have a Kubota grand L3130 that I use at my house (5 acres). I run a 6' finish mower, 5' disc, and 5' bushhog. Borrowed a 7' box blade and it did fine but looking for a 5' or 6' one to grade my driveway. I bought the base model transmission (DST I think) and love it. Just clutch it and shift gears if needed. You dont have to stop. The glide shift was about $1000 more if I remember correctly and the only difference is once you're moving you don't have to clutch it to switch gears. The hydrostat (HST) is nice but I was warned to stay away from it because of the cost to repair if it messes up and don't regret it one bit. I do wish I had bought the 4-wheel drive version.
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#3271061 - 06/19/13 10:30 AM Re: Tractor question [Re: Gravey]
woodchuckc
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Registered: 02/09/05
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I only have experience with hydrostat transmissions on Kubotas, but I don't think you have to worry about the hydrostat transmissions - they are plenty stout, and make life so much easier when using a FEL, grading or mowing (I have a bunch of trees and flower beds scattered around the yard so I have to do a lot of cutting around things). I've never had a minute's trouble out of mine other than replacing one hose (I have / had a Grand L5010, Grand L3010, B7800, BX2200, and G2160 with hydrostats, over 5000 combined hours). If all you are doing is bushhogging and plowing, you can save some money with a gear or glideshift transmission and you won't miss it. Before I got my L5010, I had a M4900 with a gear transmission and it was fine for bushhogging and plowing, but it was a pain using the FEL!
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#3271289 - 06/19/13 03:03 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: tellico4x4]
BigAl
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Registered: 07/31/01
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Loc: Fayette County, TN US

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 Originally Posted By: tellico4x4
I've got a L3400 4WD that was bought 5 years ago specifically for food plot use and I wouldn't take anything for my "orange mule". It pulls a 6' disk & bush hog in our rough terrain with no problem. I bought it as a good friend in Texas had bought one the year before to clear a 80 acre tract of scrub that he had bought. Another friend of mine from Florida bought one last year after spending a day on mine at camp. His wife had inherited 80 acres of swap that hadn't been farmed in 50 years. No-one that sees the transformation that he has done (including a 5 acre bean plot) believes that he did it all with that little tractor.

Another good thing about this tractor, is that I can easily load & pull it on one of my 16'trailers.

Same tractor I have. Mine is an '04 HST model. I don't have a trailer and borrow one when I want to move mine. For some reason the 16' seems a little short with a bush hog attached, 18' works better.
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#3271425 - 06/19/13 07:52 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: woodchuckc]
Gravey
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Loc: Rutherford / Wilson County Lin...

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 Originally Posted By: woodchuckc
I only have experience with hydrostat transmissions on Kubotas, but I don't think you have to worry about the hydrostat transmissions - they are plenty stout, and make life so much easier when using a FEL, grading or mowing (I have a bunch of trees and flower beds scattered around the yard so I have to do a lot of cutting around things). I've never had a minute's trouble out of mine other than replacing one hose (I have / had a Grand L5010, Grand L3010, B7800, BX2200, and G2160 with hydrostats, over 5000 combined hours). If all you are doing is bushhogging and plowing, you can save some money with a gear or glideshift transmission and you won't miss it. Before I got my L5010, I had a M4900 with a gear transmission and it was fine for bushhogging and plowing, but it was a pain using the FEL!

Good to know on the hydrostat transmission. May reconsider if I ever buy another one. Bought mine new in 2005 and have 490 hours so she's got a long way to go at least the way I have it planned.
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#3271984 - 06/20/13 01:30 PM Re: Tractor question [Re: Gravey]
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I had no experience with tractors until I was kinda forced to take advantage of a deal on a Mahindra 6530 4x4 65hp with a 10ft bush hog. My family's property in MS was getting out of hand because no one was caring for it. So I decided to step up (although I'm 5 hours away) and get it under control. So far I think its freakin awesome! I've been cutting, bush hogging, and clearing a few areas on the farm. We put in 3 food plots (a dove field and 2 fields of mixed food for deer) about 2 weeks ago. I also got an IH 480 disk which is HUGE! My Mahindra cruised around like nothing was behind it.

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