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#424627 - 10/01/07 10:11 AM opinion on compact tractor needed ....
RidgeRunner
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I know this has probably been covered but I couldn't find it in a search. I'm thinking of buying a 20 to 30 hp tractor with a loader and back hoe attachment.What brand would you fellas recommend? and what price range am I looking at?

thanks for your help.

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#424650 - 10/01/07 10:25 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: RidgeRunner]
tellico4x4
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We bought a 34HP 4WD Kubota this year and love it! Got the tractor, front end loader, bush hog, rotory tiller, whirly bird, landscaping box, and cultipacker for a little less than $20K (already had a disk). Have put approx. 70 hours on it so far at the camp, and now have the best foodplots that we have ever had.

Bought all new stuff, and only plan on using this for the deer camp. With proper maintenance, my grandkids can use this one day to plant my food plots for me! My only regret, is that we should have bit the bullet and done this years ago.
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#424677 - 10/01/07 10:36 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: tellico4x4]
RidgeRunner
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tellico4x4
thats not a bad price...where did you buy it.

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#424735 - 10/01/07 11:00 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: RidgeRunner]
TAS
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I am not biased as I do not own a Kubota. I have Fords/Case/IH. My next tractor will be a Kubota as I have seen/used and talked to neighbors that have them. I would go with the biggest that you can afford and you will be happy you did later on.
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#424773 - 10/01/07 11:23 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: TAS]
tellico4x4
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#424823 - 10/01/07 11:45 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: tellico4x4]
RidgeRunner
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Everyone I've talked to that owns a Kubota loves them. Tag equipment in chattanooga quoted me $21,500.00 for a L3400 with loader and backhoe.
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#425180 - 10/01/07 03:21 PM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: RidgeRunner]
deerchaser007
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Kubota all the way for us. We have the L2800 4x4 with a front end loader. LOVE IT.....
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#425237 - 10/01/07 03:53 PM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: RidgeRunner]
woodchuckc
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I now have 3 Kubotas, ranging from a little BX2200 that I use mostly for cutting my yard up to a 50 HP L5030 that I use for bush hogging, plowing and discing, and heavy loader work. The 5030 is a little big for doing stuff around the house, so I picked up a gently used B7800 (30HP) with a loader a couple of weeks ago. I have been really impressed with the B7800 in the time that I have had it - this weekend I tilled my 1/2 acre garden with the 5' tiller I got with it, and it pulled it like it wasn't even there. I do use my big Kubota for plowing and discing my food plots, but I would not hesitate to recommend using a 5' or 6' disc with the B7800 (it just will take a little longer). Because the B7800 has a quarter inching valve instead of a true position control on the 3-point hitch, I think it would be a little bit of a challenge to use with a plow but I guess it could be done. I never have used a backhoe with a tractor so I can't comment on that. My brother-in-law has a Case backhoe that I borrow when I need one.

I am partial to Kubotas since I have gotten such good service out of them over the years, but truth be told you will probably not have any real problems with any of the newer compact tractors from the major manufacturers. Find the tractor you are most comfortable sitting on and using, and the dealer that you are most comfortable dealing with.

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#425778 - 10/01/07 08:31 PM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: woodchuckc]
RidgeRunner
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woodchuckc

thanks for the good info.

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#426355 - 10/02/07 08:38 AM Re: opinion on compact tractor needed .... [Re: RidgeRunner]
BigAl
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Anything anyone can recommend in different price range? 20K is way outside of my budget.
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