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Old 03-17-2013, 10:12 AM
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alright everyone - looking to upgrade the utility tractor that i have been using for years. It is an 89 massey ferguson 1045 about 35ish engine HP 30ish PTO. 4wd with a loader. it works great, but the engine manufacturer is out of business (i wish it had a perkins) and some parts are hard to find. Looking to get something slightly bigger 4wd with a loader. looking for 45-55 PTO HP. I know tractors are like the ford/chevy/dodge debate, but i don't have a favorite tractor brand, NH, Case, MF, JD, Kubota. new or used doesn't matter Only thing i won't do is hydrostatic.

locally i have found two MF on craigslist a 05 263 and an 10 2615 (this is about as small as i would like 42 PTO HP). any one have pros/cons or either or on any others.

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:22 AM
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my buddy has a New Holland 45hp and he loves it he said had a Kubota of the same size and he didn't like it said the sheet metal rattled to much and it was annoying and he also had a John Deere but said parts were to expensive and it was hard to work on so idk to each his own I guess
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:02 PM
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thinking utility sized tractor. got some quotes. skid steer compatible FEL, 4x4, gear trans, one set of remotes (unless 2 are standard)

NH Workmaster 55 $27100
JD 5055E $28750
Kioti DK55 $25750
Gotta check on the MF 2615 and the Mahindra 5530

I have crossed Kubota off the list they seem small and really light for the tractor. Their utility tractor weighs less than 300lbs more than our MF1045. and physically isn't any bigger. too small.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:56 PM
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test driving the tractors didn't go as smoothl as i would have hoped. went to the first dealer, has Kioti and New Holland. Tried to start one tractor nothing sounds like a dead battery, salesman and i went inside to talk to the mechanic and tell them about dead, fine out a little about the tractor and then head outside to the second tractor. guess what another dead freaking battery. not looking good for them. left at this point to keep my other appointment. the went to the massey dealer. one tractor started, guess what the other dead battery, while i demoed the first one and talked to the salesman they got the second one running. the 1648 was quiet very nice extendable rear links, remotes, etc. only problem was the operator station was small for my frame and the foot throttle was in an awkward place probably would have fit frank perfectly. the 2615 was much louder and simpler, not quite as nice fit and finish, it was also more comfortable to me. next week i have 3 more to drive

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:42 PM
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Check out the yanmar 3200 series have heard nothing but good things about that series in general
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:57 AM
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I liked the Deeres. I ran 870s at school with the Yanmar diesel. Good power. They were easy to work on, but rarely broke down in the first place. Parts were a bit on the high side, but you get what you pay for. Little smaller than what you need, but I'd imagine their bigger siblings would be similar.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:55 PM
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Anything new on yer tractor shopping? Likely to be in the market for one myself as we just moved to our new farm... 117 acres that's steep WV hillside. Not sure if I want something just barely big enough @ 25-30 pto hp for brush hogging and light farm work 90% of the time or plenty big enough @ 40-45 pto hp for draggin a square bailer around the hill once a year.

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Old 05-11-2013, 03:26 PM
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nope sorry to say that after the last demo day work has picked up to the point i am working 7 days a week and falling behind. hope this week is the last bus week and then next week i can finish the stuff i didn't get to this week and then i have some time to finish shopping
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:21 AM
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Keep us posted... If I could just buy one... like the kubota mx4700/mx5100... but will keep dreaming.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:35 AM
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At my parent's house, we have a CubCadet 30HP 3cyl. Too little for 50 acres, and it was just kinda cheap. Kept having starting problems mainly. Other than that, it's been good for what I tried to make it do. Hydraulics were too much for it's lack of weight.

At work for moving RVs around, we have a JD 7305. 3cyl turbo which makes a difference. Has more power than it has front end weight. I enjoy it but haven't driven anything else than those two.
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