Tractor selection advice needed
Posted October 10, 2010 - 09:50 AM
I'm not thrilled about the new plastic "toy", as I see them lawn and garden tractors out there to buy in the stores so I would rather turn to some older iron as a replacement. I'm looking at a JD because the older ones are unarguably good units. I would like the option of a front loader at some point but realize I can't base my decision solely on that because "wants" now sometime never materialze. My delema is which model to hone in on.
I'll look forward to all your collective input. Thanks in advance.
Posted October 10, 2010 - 10:16 AM
Also consider Massey Ferguson, Snapper, Simplicity, Wheel Horse, and IH Cub and Cub Cadets. All these where well built and solid tractors.
There are more out there for sure.
Posted October 10, 2010 - 11:09 AM
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Posted October 10, 2010 - 10:40 PM
If wanting to stay with gasoline, the 318 is a great machine. But if you can afford a step higher, go for a diesel 430....super tractor! To stay a bit smaller, in the 318 size range, but diesel, the 332 is a superb machine also. And this is coming from a "Red" machine guy.
The 430 is a great tractor i have had several of them love the diesel.The 318 is also a good unit and a dime a dozen.But i prefer my bolens
Posted October 11, 2010 - 05:52 AM
What you haven't told us is how much money you have budgeted for this quest. You also need to tell us what you do or would like to do with this tractor. You mentioned caring for 3 acres. If you are mowing a full three acres, then you likely would be unhappy with a FEL. Would you like a snowblower, a tiller, a plow, a lawn vacuum? How about a log splitter? Perhaps not right away but somewhere down the line?
My old tractor did me well mowing my small 3 acre spread but the p220 is getting tired, running on one cylinder,using oil, not charging the battery and leaving a foot wide streak of partially mowed grass. This is not to say the engine won't be kept for a winter rebuild for some other use.
How mechanical are you? The symptoms you describe regarding your current mower can all be remedied with a little work. The P220 is agreat engine. While the parts are a little bit expensive, 2000+ hours on a rebuild is easily attainable with proper care.
When you are buying a used tractor with an undetermined number of hours, you are often buying the same issues you have described regarding your tractor.
All of the suggestions made regarding brands have merit, but does that tractor meet your needs now or in the future.
I have attached an ad for a JD since you seem to be leaning toward Green. This is an example of a low cost JD that will need some attention. After you answer the above questions, I think we will be in a better position to offer advice...Jack http://detroit.craig...1999531864.html
Edited by olcowhand, October 11, 2010 - 09:01 AM.
repaired the quote
Posted October 12, 2010 - 09:14 AM
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