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Old 04-25-2011, 04:32 PM
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Hi all. New here to the forums.
We are buying 20 acres of land in northern Idaho and are looking for a good tractor for the property. Looking for something to till, mow, and plow snow.
Our property will be divided into the following.... 2 acre garden area, 4 acres of forage (alfalfa, oats), and acreage for blackbelly sheep (about 15 sheep) and chickens. Possibly will add on at some point with a diary cow.
Thanks for any input and opinions.
Old 04-25-2011, 04:41 PM
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really most tractors will do it you dont need an assload of power to do little things a old ford 3600 will work for you just fine
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I agree with John - it depends on soil structure and how much time you have to work it (tilling). Here I need all of the 72 PTO HP my tractor has at times in this clay soil. Good luck!
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Interested in this thread because my story is nearly identical. Currently drooling over a Mahindra 5010, basically 49 hp 4x4 and they are brand new for $16,000 or less. But, that's still alot of money. Tempted to buy me an old 40 hp $2,500 Ford 8N but being nearly 60 years old I'm afraid it will break down alot and I have no idea how to work on tractors and am not real keen on the idea of a crash course.
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Interested in this thread because my story is nearly identical. Currently drooling over a Mahindra 5010, basically 49 hp 4x4 and they are brand new for $16,000 or less. But, that's still alot of money. Tempted to buy me an old 40 hp $2,500 Ford 8N but being nearly 60 years old I'm afraid it will break down alot and I have no idea how to work on tractors and am not real keen on the idea of a crash course.
it is a nice tractor but was made to replace a horse with limited range on empliments an safety. It is I believe 28 hp an unless you fill the tires with fluid it has limited traction, my spins down easy in sand. It easy to work on an you can get info and some parts still . But I like the kabouta line , my cousin has a nice one an the list of empliments is long.
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I asked the same ? a cpl months ago.. Hope this helps

http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...d.php?t=141927
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before buying any equipment I would first say go to the agricultural extension office and have them do a soil annalysis they will then be able to tell you what will and wont grow well on your land and then you can look at the items you would need to plant that and how much hp those implements require

we have an old ford 3600 was made between 1975-81 and while I want to sandblast it and restore it to factory newness its a reliable tractor thats served us well the last 12 years we have had it

all tools will need maintanence at some point in time if your budget allows for a $$$$ tractor go for it but I think you prol wont be needing anything to terribly big for doing a few acres

most attachments your prol ever going to need are a box scrape a disc harrow small plow log splitter and maby a seed drill

when we want fertilizer we ask our neighbors to spread some in the field and we pay 50 for the whole field
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I always recommend diesel engine and four wheel drive. Shop the dealerships close by to find the best service department and warranty. Ask your neighbors what they use and like, who they don't like. Kubota and John Deere are the only dealers in our town. Kubotas are real popular with their financing and sell lots of tractors 25-70 hp. Massey and New Holland are losing dealers in East Texas. I've never heard an unhappy owner of a Mahindra. A couple of my customers bought 75 and 95 hp Case IH from a neighboring town and love them.

I have 32 acres and use a 46 hp Zetor, a 10' cutter, a 6' tiller, 6' box blade, 6' disc harrow. Thank the Lord I don't need a snow plow! Congrats on your new home!
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depends on money you have. a kubota is real good for the more expensive brands.

yanmar now owned by club cadet is great for cheap jap tractors. i wouldnt think you need much more than 40hp or so for 20 acres. a 30hp kubota/deer/cat would be pretty great.

also if you get a bigger name higher pressure rating tractor it might be hard to get hoses built in the middle of knowwhere. 5000lb code 61/62 fittings can be harder to get. alot of deers come with flatface oring fittings(lots of manufactors are goin to this)

maybe find out local repair shops to see what parts are available in your area, it could mean lots of down time or not much down time
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pretty fond of our kubota
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I have 150 acres of forest, lots of clay soil, ruts and stumps.

My biggest need was for a tractor that could handle a backhoe.

I shopped every dealership. Mahindra, IH, JD, Cat, Bobcat, Kubota, NH,...

I ended up with a Massey-Ferguson 2410. It is like a cross between a lawn tractor and a 'real' tractor.

Diesel, 4WD, front loader, backhoe, disc-harrow, and now a front-mounted PTO snow-thrower. It was the cheapest machine I could find, and with 0 down and 0% financing the monthly payment is low.

It does all I need it to do.

I can clear forest land and dig up stumps. I dig trenches [last summer I laid 300' of sewage line and built a leech field]. I can harrow land for planting [or landscaping]. This week I am getting horse manure from a neighbor, dumping it in my truck for spreading at home, all with that tractor. I can plow the road and throw snow 40foot into the forest.

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I have a 1968 Massey-Ferguson 135, bought new, and just plugs and points and oil changes in all of these years, except a new set of tires last year. I love it.
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For a small place its hard to beat one of the old Fords, the aforementioned 3600 or a N-series, or an old Farm-all. Both can be had in good working condition for $2-3,000, usually with accessories and both will work harder than you will and for longer.

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Hi all. New here to the forums.
We are buying 20 acres of land in northern Idaho and are looking for a good tractor for the property. Looking for something to till, mow, and plow snow.
Our property will be divided into the following.... 2 acre garden area, 4 acres of forage (alfalfa, oats), and acreage for blackbelly sheep (about 15 sheep) and chickens. Possibly will add on at some point with a diary cow.
Thanks for any input and opinions.
We farm in Romania. We suggest a Ford 3600 because they can do everything and not complain, but new, try a Kubota with all the toys. And then buy a good sturdy pony for good back up when there's no fuel left and fun for the kids. Built in fertilizer too! For the dairy cow, remember they can't be kept all on their lonesome, need a friend even if only a donkey. You might consider goats if you are unfamiliar with dairy cattle, as a cow would involve an horrendously steep learning curve. Also, do as much as you can using permaculture techniques and as many self-seeding plants as possible.
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I bought a JD 4wheel drive diesel about 10 years ago and it has preformed flawlessly.
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I have 30 acres and a 1972 Massey Ferguson 165 diesel. I love it, never had a bit of trouble out of it and it seems like it has unlimited power. It is a big tractor for 30 acres, but you can put small attachments on a big tractor, you can't put big attachments on a small tractor.
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My old man gets by on his 17 acres with an old diesel Massey Ferguson 135. It's in about a million bits right now, 'cos he had a problem with the engine. While it's apart, he's also putting a new clutch in it (seems the last person to fix the clutch stuffed it and the PTO didn't work right afterwards), but it does everything he needs it to do.
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I bought a 28 HP Chinese Jinma tractor a year ago. 4x4, diesel, everything a tractor needs. It had a loader on it when I bought it and only 17 hours. Got it for $7500. The best part is, is that it's not made by a POS USA union. Therefore it's a lot cheaper. It works fine.

Jinma has been making tractors for a half century.

http://www.jinma.co.nz/
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We suggest a Ford 3600 because they can do everything and not complain
I'm starting to think this is what I should do. I'm looking at two of them right now, a normal diesel, and a gas one with a new loader. Not sure which is best for my use. I've heard the old diesels suck in the winter, and with me thinking of starting a horse boarding service I wonder if gas and a loader is the way to go. Either one should be 42 hp at the pto which is enough to push a 6' bush hog.
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