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Thinking about an LS tractor?

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gwstang

09-17-2014 19:42:44




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I have a '52 8N for general bush hogging and such but I am really needing a front end loader type tractor. The G3033 4 wheel drive/shuttle shift looks like a good tractor for what I need. I have a little over 71 acres and most of it was devastated by the 2011 F4 tornado. I've cleaned some of it up but the back half is still a big mess of twisted trees and some is hard to get too. I just don't trust the 8N on some of the hills and the small creek on the back side of of the property. The tier 4 stuff does scare me a bit but some said it wasn't a problem for them. That darn 8N goes so fast in reverse using the box blade. It feels like about 30 mph. :shock: I also have a difficult time turning my neck to look in reverse, as I have a titanium plate in the neck from said tornado. I do like all the features on the LS model for an attractive price point. I believe they have a Mitsubishi 3 cylinder diesel. Anyone have any experience or maybe a neighbor with one for advise on these? That type engine hold up well? Thanks, Gary.

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Bill VA

09-18-2014 21:13:31




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
LS is probably an ok tractor. The only problem I have with them and a few other second tier brands is the dealers in my neck of the woods seem to be lacking a long term business, no real mechanics and not enough time selling the tractors to have troubleshooting experience or spare parts on the shelf, and then they drop the tractor line and go back to selling old used tractors/implements and carports.

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W_B

09-18-2014 18:18:44




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
Looked at LS at a dealer near us, carried Montana brand before that. Interesting that he had an LS and Montana in his recent consignment auction, both he had sold new. Had the same engine in them and the green Montana had a big sticker on the side that said built by LS in Korea. The LSs I looked at seemed to be pretty well built. My small Mahindra looks nearly identical to the small LS. Mine was built by TYM with a Daedong engine in Korea. Understand the small New Holland is an LS built model. I have no fear of the Koreans, they build some pretty good machinery... looked at a Hyundai or a Kia lately? Pretty nice automobiles.

If you want something nice and a good value check out Mahindra. They are flying out of the local dealership.
This post was edited by W_B at 18:19:58 09/18/14.

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welding man

09-18-2014 09:34:54




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
There is an L S sitting in my shop right now that I ordered transmission parts for on June 16th. I finally got them On Sept 12th. Had to came from Korea on a slow boat. You get what you pay for. I would look for something a little easier to get parts for myself, but it's your money.



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LAA

09-18-2014 06:46:53




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
There is a regional distributor for LS tractors near where I live, the man who owns the place told me that the LS is built by the same people in the same factory that build many New Holland models, he moves a lot of tractors through there so someone is buying them.



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jm.

09-18-2014 05:32:40




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
Parts support for anything more than a fuel cap has been awful in these parts. Tear up something like a radiator or larger part and have to wait for months.



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mkirsch

09-18-2014 05:31:20




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
"Company gets bought out," you can say that for pretty much ANY company these days. It wouldn't surprise me if tomorrow on the news, they said Deere got bought out.

If you worry about a company getting bought out you may as well go back to a shovel and wheelbarrow.



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Hobo,NC

09-18-2014 05:11:52




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
A Root Grapple will get'er done the fun you will have will be priceless.. They also make a Brush Grapple Link

There lots of pix at tractorby.net google it and put grapple in the search box... Anythingattatcments also has a video...

I look hard for a used bota like I wanted they were all sky high so I went new 0% interest for 5 years and I can wright it off as a business expense... Best I can figgure it will save me $1088.00 a year in income taxes I get to ride a nice tractor that holds its resale value...

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wilson ind

09-18-2014 06:44:15




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to Hobo,NC, 09-18-2014 05:11:52  
Guess I am not up on tractor models as I though. Is a bota a knock off of a kubota made in one of the third world countries? Also no ides what an LS is. Simular to the new brand LG in appliances? Help me out guys.An old guy trying to keep up to date.



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ih_bug

09-18-2014 12:26:30




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to wilson ind, 09-18-2014 06:44:15  
LG is the parent company to LS



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gwstang

09-18-2014 18:06:11




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to ih_bug, 09-18-2014 12:26:30  
Wow, lots to think about on this. Thanks to everyone that replied. I'll look around some more, but still like the LS brand. :?



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Dean

09-18-2014 07:04:41




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to wilson ind, 09-18-2014 06:44:15  
"[B]ota" is simply shorthand for Kubota.

Dean



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Tx Jim

09-18-2014 06:53:38




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to wilson ind, 09-18-2014 06:44:15  

wilson ind said: (quoted from post at 09:44:15 09/18/14) Also no ides what an
LS is. Simular to the new brand LG in
appliances? Help me out guys.An old guy trying to
keep up to date.


Here's the 1st thing that show's up under LS tractors on Google.

Link
This post was edited by Tx Jim at 06:54:41 09/18/14.

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jocco

09-18-2014 05:06:21




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
Personly I do not like them. Next as JD Seller somewhat said Look at Long Farmtrac Belerus Montana etc. Company gets bought out or goes bankrupt and there you have it!!!!



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Jason S.

09-18-2014 04:26:12




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to Alberta Bill, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
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My local Massey dealer also sells LS. I've seen two come back and both of those repairs were the owners fault and the parts they had to order were there in a couple of days. With that being said if they are sitting side by side with a Massey, the Massey is a better built tractor but a lot more money. They seem to be a pretty good value. As long as you don't try to do more than what the tractor is rated to do I don't think you would have any problems.

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dzc3

09-18-2014 04:14:05




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
Check out a Branson it has better reviews & price than Kubota



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cooter143

09-17-2014 20:52:01




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
I think you could probably get a better deal finding a used Kubota or NH. I was leaning hard towards LS but the closer I looked at them the less I liked them. I think you're taking a little bit of a risk and in the long run the savings up front might not pay off. I have a TC-45 that I've worked pretty hard and never had a problem with it. I found it used with under 250hrs.



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blue water massey

09-17-2014 20:44:21




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
We have a ls u5020c 4x4.
Over 800 hrs on it now.
shuttle shift give me 16 forward and 16 reverse gears about 16 mph top speed.
47 hp mitisbiti 4 cly deisel.
Runs at 2400 rpm for 540 pto speed tops out at around 2800.
Which I think is to high for a deisel but its holding up well.
Guy I know has a Montana tractor 2009 model with over 4000 hrs on it now and he beats the tar out it daily and never maintains it. Its the same tractor as ours just a differnt brand name which is way I bought this one. Always starts even at minus 35 last winter
Sips fuel
Tore out the 4 wheel drive front hub this spring. My fault doing things its not meant to do (don't ask me what).
Dealer got every part shipped in the next day
I called him at 1 pm he had parts by 8 am the next morning and thats up here in Canada
Parts came from U.S.A.
I use the loader on this tractor at least 3 times a week and as it takes about 4 hrs avg to blow out the drive in the winter the cab is nice and warm and has great visablity
Would I by another one one word reply YES
But I've heard horror stories on the tier 4 motors and thats on all makes not just LS tractors.
I would recomend looking to see if you can find a 2013 model pre tier 4 if you can.
You can't find a tractor thats comparable for the price of the LS. A comparable Kubota new would have been another $15,000
And LS makes tractors for other companys as well McCormick being one of them. Heard that New Holland and John deere as well but I personally don't know.
Good luck on your search let us know what you buy.

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JD Seller

09-17-2014 20:00:57




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 Re: Thinking about an LS tractor? in reply to gwstang, 09-17-2014 19:42:44  
I would be careful of the LS tractor company. There has been some controversy with them. They have sold under several different brands in North America. Farmtrac being one of them, Montana too and New Holland. There was trouble several years ago with the Montana line. The problems are with the distributing not the actual machine. So I am not sure of how they will be for the long haul.

Like I said the actual tractor is pretty good for this type of tractor. The company just kind of spooks me.

I know a fellow that has one and he has had a terrible time getting parts for it. He currently has had a hydraulic pump out for two years and LS has it back ordered. I do not know the exact details but he used some of my hydraulic gauges when he was finding out what was wrong.

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