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What size tractor do I need?
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Andy T    Posted 11-30-2003 at 08:59:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am trying to clear a badly overgrown field. It sounds like I need a tractor, a treegetter, and a brush hog attachment. Can anyone tell me what size tractor I should get for general purpose farming, primarily mowing, brush clearing etc?

(I have bought a farm and don't know much about it)

Ron/PA    Posted 11-30-2003 at 11:23:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since you say this is your first farm and you're a bit green, follow the sage advice below, and hire it done. First of all, ripping out trees when you don't know what you're doing can be a man killer! One wrong pull and all of a sudden the tractor is sitting on you, instead of vice-versa. Secondly clearing land is one of the easiest ways to destroy a farm tractor.
As to what to buy? Make sure it's big enough, don't go crazy, you don't need 100 HP to hobby farm. A mid size tractor that has a bit too much HP is better than a tad too small machine.
When you buy, I'd make sure it has 3 point hitch, live hydraulics, and a live pto drive.
Other than that, just go on out and find one in the color that you like, and one that fits. After you pick something out, make sure there's parts and service available locally.
Good luck
Keep us posted

Dennis    Posted 11-30-2003 at 10:38:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with DC, Have the land cleared and then buy a tractor you can use on an everday basis. It will be worth the money spent.

I bought more HP than I needed, but when I will need it it's there.

Larger older tractors are cheaper. 70+ hp are cheaper than 30 hp for the most part. Try to get one with Hi/LO range transmission. Make sure it has a three point hitch so you can use all the modern equipment.

Good luck.

deadcarp    Posted 11-30-2003 at 09:42:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
My new neighbor once asked me what was the cheapest way to plow his driveway - i told him the cheapest way was to go home and pick up the telephone. the price of plowing never exceeds $300/year and no $300 machine on earth will let you watch the plowing out the window. and come spring, your pickup still has a front-end and your boots are dry. :)

Regarding your choice of tractors, just get one you like. you'll notice that most guys hire dozers for clearing, then use their trusty tractor for field work. for much the same reasons. why destroy a perfectly good field machine by tearing its guts apart arguing with some stump that a dozer would use for traction?

andyt    Posted 11-30-2003 at 11:58:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks boys. Your advice will be headed.

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