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Tractor Talk Discussion Forum

Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC

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Jon Hunter

08-23-2003 07:13:15
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Does anyone have anything positive or negative to say about these tractors. I have been looking at used Kubotas and Deere's, then came across a Farmtrac 300 DTC new for the same price. The model I am looking at is the manual shuttle shift model with a woods quickattach loader. It will be used as I build a new house on 44 acres I just purchased. Mainly moving logs (log home), landscaping, and very light excavation. Lastly, as I am in western NY, any comments on cold weather use would be great too. If you could, please reply directly to email, as I don't get online often. Thank you very much for any information that you can provide

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Wes Fitzpatrick III

08-02-2006 11:54:28
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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
I grew up on a farm in Mississippi where we and our neighbors used Ford, MF, JD and IH tractors. Several of my friends own and love their Kubotas. I really never formed a particular liking for one tractor over another - any running tractor sure beat the alternatives when the work had to be done.

I no longer live on the family farm but in the past few years I purchased and have been improving an adjoining 7 acre plot - which is now mostly planted in pines. This year I decided to begin looking at tractors again - including Kubota, JD, and others - new and used.

I ended up buying a new Farmtrac 360 DTC (39 hp) 4WD tractor and front end loader (FEL) 3 months back - for several reasons:

1. The Farmtrac dealer is local (Mike's Tractors - Brookhaven, MS - see his web site www.mikestractors.com). 2. I have known the Farmtrac dealer and his family many years. His honesty is well known in the area. He used to teach AG at the local high school. His teaching term included many tractor overhauls "by-the-book".
3. I test drove the Farmtracs (several times) and really liked the many features of the 360 DTC.
4. The Farmtrac dealer's shop is clean and organized. The workers (including his son) are friendly and extremely helpful with all of my requests.
5. Farmtrac offered 48-month zero-percent financing. My credit rating allowed me to secure the loan with no money down. (Why use my money with 0% financing?) Kubota and JD offered nothing close to this deal at the time I was looking.

I now have close to 50 hours on the tractor - and have been very impressed with its many features. I usually keep it in 2WD to mainly see when 4WD is needed - which truly is amazing when needed. The FEL has been amazing too - I have used it to clear some of the undeveloped parts of the land removing trees and undergrowth up to two-inches diameter with ease. It easily makes debris piles for burning. I work around larger trees and cut them later with the chain saw. With 3 ranges and 4-speed shift there are 12 forward and 12 reverse speeds. It is easy to find the exact speed for a particular application. Shuttle shift forward and reverse is a really neat and convenient design.

Other equipment that I have purchased includes box blade, landscaping rake, 6-ft finish mower and Tuff-Top (in matching blue).

It may still be a little early to say this - but I would presently highly recommend the Farmtrac shuttle-shift 4WD tractor to anyone. For a small tractor it has proven to be quite a machine compared with any of the tractors I have ever used.

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Dave Malcolm

10-22-2003 19:08:11
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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
Jon

I'm with you - I just saw a LandTrac 300 DTC for the first time and was impressed. I drove it around the lot and it turned great, the front end loader seemed to respond well and it was easy to shift and move around. It had all the bells and whistles of the high end John Deere of like size and was much less expensive. And.. it appeared to be of extremely good quality. I'd sure like to talk to someone who is intimately familiar with the little tractor. At this point the only draw-back I can see is the potential for poor resale value since its an "Off-Brand" tractor. But...if its a good machine, then who cares.
Dave

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Don Anderson

11-06-2003 19:22:07
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 Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Dave Malcolm, 10-22-2003 19:08:11  
I purchased a DTC 300 1 June 03 and I can find no faults with it. I used the front loader to dig dirt and it works great. i also use it to pull a five foot finishing mower with no problems. I like the short turning radius when pulling the finishing mower. I also use it to pull a five foot brush hog which it handles with ease. I also have been running turf tires on it but have ordered the ag tires to increase traction. The DTC300 also handles the five foot tiller. The DTC300 is a great tractor for the urban farmer use. The price and features is what sold me on this unit. I had an International 434 (40HP) tracor with front loader before getting this new DTC300. I have put 65 hours on the unit with no regrets about buying it.

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Dave Malcolm

11-07-2003 05:01:05
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 Re: Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Don Anderson, 11-06-2003 19:22:07  
Don

Thanks for the review of your new tractor. Glad to hear you're happy with the 300DTC. Since I posted my message I've been in contact with the LongAgri marketing folks. They've provide me with the comparison figures for the JD4310. The 300DTC either equals or exceeds all specs except those pertaining to some of the Front End Loader performance stats. The stats say that the FEL on the 300DTC is not as quick/fast in operation as the JD's; i.e., 5 seconds to raise and lower the FEL vs. 2 seconds for the JD. Probably not much of an issue but would appreciate your thoughts. The loader on the 300DTC is however stronger as I recall. The 300DTC comes standard with a bunch of options which would cost thousands extra for the JD which is already priced above the LandTrac.
Thanks Again for your review.
Dave

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don Anderson

11-07-2003 05:30:26
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Dave Malcolm, 11-07-2003 05:01:05  
The speed of the FEL is plenty fast enough for me. I think the spped listed is not reality because my FEL is faster. I have the 5140 model i think. I looked at the green nad yellow before i purchased the DTC300 and the green and yellow folks are so proud of their colors that I could not afford it. I purchased the DTC 300 for $14,900 including the FEL and turf tires. MAYBE their is a rebate available now that would make the price even less. I heard that farmtrac and landtrac merged recently and the DTC line is going to be farmtrac in the future. I have no confirmation on this merger.

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Dave Malcolm

11-08-2003 03:47:28
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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to don Anderson, 11-07-2003 05:30:26  
I suspected as much - when I drove the 300DTC the FEL seemed just fine. I've been quoted a cash price of about the same thing but with Ag tires. You got yourself a great deal. Havn't heard about the rebate but I'll look into it this weekend. Yes, the marketing guys I talked to told me that the LandTrac name was going to be replaced with FarmTrac - to be an all inclusive line. The thing I like about the LandTrac is that it's made in Korea by the LG company - very well respected. It's a quality tractor. I've been convinced - that's the tractor I'm going to buy.
Dave

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Rod F.

08-23-2003 21:03:31
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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
Can't say much about farmtrac specifically, but the 35, 45, and 60 appear to be the old ford thousand series, perhaps with some changes. That design has certainly been well proven. They also seem to be sourcing components from Europe, so they should be good to go, assuming the workmanship is up to snuff on the assembly end. The prices seem to be good. Only real drawback, for a loader is the 8x2 transmission, with 2 reverse....too fast and too slow. Otherwise, it's bulletproof. All i've seen is pics, but the ft70, with the 12x12 seems to be rather thin through the mid section. Might be a risk for breakage, especially with a loader. Can't say anything about the 300 dtc. I can't find any info on it. Just look them over carefully, but I think the 35, 45, and 60 are probably OK.

Rod

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Robert in W. Mi

08-23-2003 20:20:39
199.170.117.22



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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
Jon, I've driven one around some, maybe put an hour on it is all. Seemed like a nice little tractor. The two things i didn't like about it was it didn't turn very short, and the Mitsubishi engine is a bit "buzzy"!! I'm sure it's a rweliable engine, as it's used in other applications, but it could be smoother at pto speeds. Sorry i couldn't be of more help, Robert



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David

08-23-2003 19:01:20
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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
I worked at a LONG-AGRIBUISNESS dealer for 2 years. Landtrac is the top of their line tractors.The 300 dtc is a good tractor that is imported from the company LG and has some quality features that others dont have. But in my honest openion I would go with a used Kubota of John Deere any day.A good used Deere 950 and loader will do you a good job and hold it resell and trade in value if you want to up grade later on
David

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Tim Scher

08-23-2003 15:23:58
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 Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jon Hunter, 08-23-2003 07:13:15  
I am in the same boat - I have looked at Kubota and I like them but they are pricy. I have heard that JD is not nearly as good as they used to be (more of an assembly line production now). I have not heard of the brand you speak of but had the same questions for all brands high qulity / low price. I was lookign at Northern Tractors / Nortrac until I found out they were made in China. What is your opinion of the makers of the trackers?

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Jonathan Hunter

08-25-2003 04:52:02
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 Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Tim Scher, 08-23-2003 15:23:58  
Funny you should ask - I was just at a tool show this weekend and got to look at the Farmpro (Nortrac, Jinma, etc) tractors. I now know what people mean when they say "rough castings". The tractors I looked at were not of good quality at all. I asked if I could hear it run. The first machine just sat there and cranked. The second started up, but sounded horrible for the first few minutes. Personally, I would stay away. Just my 2 cents.

Jon

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Ben in KY

08-25-2003 06:26:15
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 Re: Re: Re: Landtrac/Farmtrac 300 DTC in reply to Jonathan Hunter, 08-25-2003 04:52:02  
The Korean built compact tractors seem ok, about like Kubota,Deere, and NH. Some of them are Branson, Kioti, Century, and some Mahindra's.



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