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Re: 861/3600/2600

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David Donaldson

04-16-2003 13:03:35

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Dean, I have a 10 acre place with 8 horses. I also have a 1957 861 with a front end loader. I use my tractor for light bush hogging, scrapping snow and hauling round bales out. We do not have a manure spreader, besides our horses live outside.

I have been very pleased with my tractor, it was in less than great shape (understatement) when I bought it. Between the helpful folks on this site and a couple of instructional videos, I have been able to get all of my work done. Getting parts has not been a problem. Overall I would rate the (well OK, my) 861 as a reliable machine. Enough power for every task that I have put it to, although I did have to get used to bush hogging the taller grass a little slower than the MF255D that I used to have. If you have a front end loader, get get power steering.

Cannot comment on the 3600/2600.

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04-16-2003 19:15:51

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 Re: Re: 861/3600/2600 in reply to David Donaldson, 04-16-2003 13:03:35  
price seems high, I,m in mo. rural area...bought 861 for $3,250 with 963 hog, sold hog at auction for $420. My tractor has great tin and thinking serious about painting. I agree with Jim.UT keep fil on your side

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04-16-2003 18:44:18

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 Re: Re: 861/3600/2600 in reply to David Donaldson, 04-16-2003 13:03:35  
The 2600 and 3600 are pricey, too. With that said I am a firm believer in getting the newest machine you can afford. That would be correlated to how much you like repairing them. May folks here enjoy working on old tractors, more power to them. For me, I work 40+ hours a week at a day job and farm 800 acres in my "spare" time. Any time I spend fixing my stuff is time away frommy family or one of the jobs.

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Don M

04-17-2003 05:43:49

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 Re: Re: Re: 861/3600/2600 in reply to kydavid, 04-16-2003 18:44:18  
We have a small horse farm, 28 acres 5-6 horses live in with individual runs and pastures. We have an 850 with loader and back hoe FIL gave us plus 641 w/5'bush hog and pulverizer for mowing and grooming arena. We also have assistance of local dairy farmer with big spreader and other assorted equipment. I bought the 641 for $3200 a couple of years back and have been restoring it little by little. Mechanically both are easy to work on and seem indestructable. The 861 should be more than enough for your farm but try to beat them down on price unless it is show room ready. Don

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