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Re: Fuel for your tractors... Gas, LP, or Diesel?

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I have 1 LP Cockshutt 30, a diesel DB990 and several gas tractors from a JD 40 crawler to a Case 811B. For light work like raking the gas is fine and it's good in cold weather. But I dread filling the tank for mowing or brush hogging. A nice little 35 hp diesel would be a lot cheaper. The LP is also good for raking and such, and I do a lot of raking. For tillage work or round baling the diesel wins every time. Too bad 'cuz I adore that big Case. I suppose the answer is to find an affordable Case 830.

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03-06-2013 01:05:55

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 Re: Fuel for your tractors... Gas, LP, or Diesel? in reply to Bret4207, 03-05-2013 04:33:47  
The little Massey 35 with the 3 cyl Perkins diesel is one tough critter and like Ford's little diesels sips fuel. The Perkins torque curve peaks at 1000 rpm. Think about that a minute. Idle is 600-800 range and with a curve that low, anything you hook to it will get the tugging of it's life. I got distracted once and ran into a fence post between the engine cowl and front wheel. Thank goodness I got the clutch pushed in fast enough, but the little Perkie was digging 2 trenches and not looking back.


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