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buying a tractor

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05-16-2018 12:43:12

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Hello everyone,
i had posted a year ago about buying a tractor and things got busy and never got a chance. So, my wife and i bought 15 acres last spring in southwest Michigan to become self sufficient and be in a quiet area. we did most the work last year by hand and though we do like the growing we don't like the weeding. so what are looking for i something that can till the clay soil for prep and to keep the weeds at bay. I have looked all over and there are just so many options. i have looked at the ford 2000 and looked into it more and they said the clutch starts getting tricky with the tiller. we went to a local tractor guy that said that a kudoba b7500 might do the trick but want to see what you folks had in mind about those option and maybe other options that would work. also we would like to keep it under 8k if possible and also looking for something that would handle a front loader any advise would be great. p.s. we are growing veggies like tomatos, zucchini, squash, pumpkins, beans, onions and peppers. thanks look forward to everyones advise!

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05-16-2018 20:13:31

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
A gas D17 allis Chalmers series 4 would work well for you. Wide front, decent brakes, excellent hydraulic system. The 3 point is heavy enough to do just what you want. The power director clutch runs in oil and you can slip it all day long so you can slow your ground speed down while maintaining your engine rpm's to power your tiller. FYI They made 4 different series of the D17. You would want the later one(series 4) with the 3point hitch.

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05-16-2018 18:51:11

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
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You will need the $3500 for a tiller.

Just out of curiosity, what town are you near?

My first 40 years of growth was in Southwest MI (Coloma).

Not much clay ground though.

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05-17-2018 04:37:35

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to DoubleO7, 05-16-2018 18:51:11  
Im in berrien springs.

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05-16-2018 18:32:18

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
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Be there with the money when they open in the AM.

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05-16-2018 17:05:27

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
Thanks. I have read only good reviews on it. The place down the street is a Kubota dealer and the have a used one for $4500 The engine was rebuilt. What would you say about that?

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05-16-2018 15:01:15

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
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$8,000 exactly what i sold mine for with the FEL and belly mower included, and did replace the seat for more comfortable one.

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05-16-2018 14:44:22

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
The B 7500 offered a lot of tractor for a reasonable price. I sold a lot of them and they gave good service. All the small KUBOTAS have fine radiator screens and one has to pay attention to keeping them clean. I would think you could find a decent one with loader for you $8,000, maybe less. They are a budget tractor and did not offer things like lift out lift links and better seats but nothing that you can not do without.

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Grandpa's Fords

05-16-2018 13:28:42

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 Re: buying a tractor in reply to ewebb, 05-16-2018 12:43:12  
I had a B7500HSD sold it about 3 years ago bought it new in 99. I've had sellers remorse ever since. 5' mower cut very well a little low on power in heavy grass but easy to mow with. FEL didn't disappoint. Had rear tires loaded and fronts with chains year round. Have a lot of steep and side hill mowing, chains kept front end from sliding and rarely spun a tire. I only sold it to get a larger tractor, wished I could have kept it. I had impliments' back blade 7', box blade 5',stone rake 7' and brush hog 5', post hole auger which were all to big but handled them pretty well.

No real issues other than normal wear, tear and routine maintenance. Had a hard time keeping it cool when mowing it would fill the fine screen in the grill quickly, changed that out for coarser one and had to keep the radiator blown out good.

It had 1400 hrs on it when it was sold and gave no indication of weakening. The current owner loves it and won't sell it back to me. :cry: :cry:

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