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Is WD45 for me?

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07-20-2002 22:40:40

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I know little about tractors, but need help with 2 acres of WI jungle. Want to use tractor to brush mow and for general landscaping. I've found a WD45 w/trip loader, rear PTO(not installed but included)and no 3pt for $1600. Is this a good deal? Is it difficult to install the PTO? What all would I need to mount a rotary mower? Can you dig with a trip loader(May make a pond)? Is this a good tractor for what I want to do?

Thanks much for any help,

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07-22-2002 22:52:37

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 Re: Is WD45 for me? in reply to sschulze, 07-20-2002 22:40:40  
The WD45 is a good tractor for your needs, and yes, you can dig with a trip bucket loader if you set the latch right- so the bucket angles down when reset. Is it practical for digging a pond? Probably not- since you have to consider the groundwater level, and may be better off hiring the job done by a backhoe or dragline. The price of the tractor sounds appropriate. Installing the pto is simple- one bolt on the shaft and two that hold the rear bearing on the operator's platform. Suggest getting the OPERATOR manual (about $10) and read up on lube, maintenance, operation, etc. Great tractors- hey, we used to farm several hundred acres with them!

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07-21-2002 10:22:26

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 Re: Is WD45 for me? in reply to sschulze, 07-20-2002 22:40:40  
the 45 is a great tractor,easy to repair and parts are not too bad. the loader can be very handy but not for digging, besides leave the pond construction to someone who knows what he's doing. my 45 does all the farm work for me on 95 acres.

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Jim in Michigan

07-21-2002 06:24:21

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 Re: Is WD45 for me? in reply to sschulze, 07-20-2002 22:40:40  
I have a WD45 with a trip bucket, it digs pretty good, just not really deep, I angeled the front of the bucket downward and I am anle to dig about 12-18 inches deep.I use it for ditches. As for the PTO, some had them some didnt, its not too hard to install. It will pull a brush hog easily you can get a 3 pt conversion to go in place of the snap coupler set up as well. I say if its what you can afford then go for it. I am very happy with my wd45 and 1600 is a reasonable price if it runs and has decent tires.....Jim

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07-21-2002 05:22:20

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 Re: Is WD45 for me? in reply to sschulze, 07-20-2002 22:40:40  
I agree with CJ. I tried digging a pond with a loader with a hydraulic bucket.I finally bought a older bachhoe and then resold it. Then you have a heavy duty loader besides the rear backhoe. I also have a WD45 with no 3 point, but my bushog is on wheels, so that didn't matter about the three point. WD45's are a excellent tractor. My 2cents. Harold

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07-20-2002 23:04:24

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 Re: Is WD45 for me? in reply to sschulze, 07-20-2002 22:40:40  
As much as I like A-C I'm afraid I have to shy you away from this one. A WD-45 is a heck of a tractor but for what you are talking about doing it would not be your best choice. Trip bucket loaders are no good at digging dirt.You need a loader with down pressure on the loader and the bucket for digging dirt. Not sure what would be involved with the PTO. I have never seen a WD 45 without one. It would handle a tow behind bushhog no problem but without three point hitch you are somewhat limited on implements. For what you are undertaking I recommend something a bit more modern in desgin. I use a 160 Allis for work like you describe and think the world of it. You want a tractor with three point and power steering at a minimum. Good luck!

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