Thanks for the update, glad you didn't get burned on it. I think it wise to never buy without seeing it in person unless you have a person you trust to look at it for you or buying from a trusted source. Nothing wrong with an N if that will serve your needs. I've had them for the last 22 yrs and still working for me on our small place.
Something with a loader will probably set you back $5K and above. Even might find a mechanic's special for less. Just don't get an N with a loader, despite what some here say (and they probably will if the "N_loader_faithful" read this). I've been looking at them for the last year or so on Tractor House in the over 40 hp category. But, I've decided that a compact/sub compact with loader and a finish mower will serve me better (have 41 llamas to clean up manure in the barn, wife insists on everyday cleanup!). We already have a 9N and an 8N for heavier work like bush hog type mower, rear blade and pulling a 125 bu. manure spreader, so saving my pennies to get something that's under $15K in a much newer model. Local dealer has gotten big in Mahindras and was making good deals, last fall at least. I'm starting to see more posted on C List as we get closer to spring too. Good luck with the hunt!
Re: First Tractor Purchase - 8N - UPDATE!!!! in reply to Fuddy Duddy, 02-14-2014 12:05:12
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Well Kubota calls their B series tractors compacts and the biggest thing in that lineup is a B3200 that checks in at 2400 unballasted pounds, 32 HP diesel, and sits on 16" rubber.
The L series is the next size range up and they call them utility tractors - 30-50 HP on 24 inch rubber.
I came really close to buying a 30HP L2800 about 3 years ago. Would have come in a biscuit over 4000 pounds with quick detach loader and filled tires. All the tractor I could ever need and delivered to my door for a paltry 18K. I'm sure I could have negotiated a bit off that "sticker price" but in the end decided it was a luxury I didn't really need. In other words TOOH said no. But now that I gave her a very nice almost new BMW for Xmas my negotiating position is a whole lot stronger and I've been looking at the Grand L :roll: TOH
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