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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 06:06 PM

As some of you may know I have been through a couple tractors over the last several years. Why? Because I can't find everything that I want.

Things I have to have...
1 easy deck removal
2 high deck height when the deck is up
3 a comfortable leg position

Things I want...
1 high ground clearance when the deck is off
2 hydraulics

Things I like....
1 red
2 long hoods
3 headlights


With the rear end going out on the mtd I wonder what I should do with it. I like the dash and deck height/removal. I dislike the gearbox on the deck and seat position.

My dilemma... do I put the rear end and engine that I want in the mtd? I would have to change a lot or do I try to build one from scratch?

I just don't know.
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Posted July 14, 2014 - 06:43 PM

My advice is to go beyond your red/long hood preference and seriously look at other tractors that might offer you what you need. You may even want to consider saving up to go to a sub compact or compact tractor.  Something that meets your needs and that you can keep for 20 years. 


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 06:43 PM

I love the wh engine and rear end setup up but not the tightness of everything on the frame. There's room to turn the engine and use a hydro from a 520 on the mtd frame.

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 06:47 PM

I've looked and owned all brands. Every single one is missing something I want. Our 464 international does everything I need. I just want a gt to mow with yet have the options to pull a plow and push a snow blade. A gt is anal enough for me to get in my shop. Anything bigger and I have to go get something from the machinery barn.

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:24 PM

Two thoughts: 1) building your own is both fun & your get everything you want, eventually.

                       2) one tractor cannot satisfy all of a man's desires.  

 

Recommendations: 1) build one.

                                2) buy three: one for mowing, one for not mowing, and one that is red.


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:36 PM

Get 1 tractor setup for each task that needs doing.

 

1 tractor for grass cutting.

1 tractor for 3 point use.

and so on.


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:38 PM

This is part of the problem. I want one tractor.
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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:40 PM

You say you've "looked and owned all brands".
I would reconsider the Jacobsen/Ford LGT 165 and LGT 195's
And then maybe the large frame Bolens.
I'm about six foot and I just adjusted the seat on my latest 165 too far back.
I took the 42" mower deck off one and put it on the other.
Can't see how anyone could make the job any easier.
I haven't had a large frame Bolens yet. But, I'm working on it!

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:44 PM

Maybe you should consider a self powered tow behind mower deck.
Or perhaps one rigged to be in front of the tractor instead of under it?
I think Wheel Horse did that for the "D" series?

Joe

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:50 PM

My d series had a belly mower. I shouldn't say all but I've had several.

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 11:49 PM

Sounds like the guy who wanted a smooth riding, quite tire with great off road mudding capabilities. Ain't happening.

Have you considered a Cub Cadet super? Pretty much everything you've described.


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 06:45 AM

Finding a super around here in my price range isn't going to happen.

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Posted July 15, 2014 - 04:58 PM

What about a Massey/Snapper 1650/1655/1855?



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Posted July 15, 2014 - 05:07 PM

I love the wh engine and rear end setup up but not the tightness of everything on the frame. There's room to turn the engine and use a hydro from a 520 on the mtd frame.

I'm not sure what you mean by tightness. A WH is more open  to work on then a lot of tractors. not too many shields. WH doesn't lift the mower very much.

 

What tractor have you had that came closest to fulfilling your fantasies? What was it lacking? How about Case/Ingersol?



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Posted July 15, 2014 - 05:22 PM

The Massey 1650 wasn't bad. So far the 990 is the best match for everything I want. If the hydro was working right I'd move the seat and run with it.

Case is one brand I haven't tried or even really been able to find.




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