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#1 jrbublitz1 ONLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:00 PM

Well sort of anyway.

My wife and I bought our first house last summer and I have been keeping an eye out for a lawn tractor in about the 15 to 20 HP range. Our property is just over 1.5 acres total and probably an acre at most that is mowed. The house is on an easement road that is about 1300 ft, half being gravel, the other pavement. Our driveway is 50 ft.

Requirements that I have include:
-mower deck
-rear lift for back blade
-front end loader capable
-rear PTO

What I can see this being used for right now would be lawn mowing, grading the easement and snow blowing. My wife wants to have a garden so a tiller may be wanted at some point. Our neighbor currently plows the driveway and the easement during the winter. I would like to take over our driveway at some point and do the easement if needed.

So my question is what do you guys recommend? I've been looking at older Deeres, Simplicities, Allises, ect. I used to be a mechanic so I'm not afraid to work on stuff.
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:39 PM

   I would look around locally and see what is for sale, I personally have been using an allis b-10 for years and love it, have lots of attachments and there are more available including front end loader tiller grader blade ect.  some of the attachments are really hard to find.  Look around locally and see what is available or common and go from there.

                                         Pete


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:42 PM

1st of all, :welcometogttalk:

You need a "Garden" tractor or a "Sub-Compact" tractor, not a "Lawn" tractor!


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:49 PM

1st of all, :welcometogttalk:

You need a "Garden" tractor or a "Sub-Compact" tractor, not a "Lawn" tractor!

And you need at least three..... :D  :D    :welcome:


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:51 PM

You need a "Garden" tractor or a "Sub-Compact" tractor, not a "Lawn" tractor!

 

I'm not sure a modern garden tractor will do the things he wants either.

If you want new I think you're going to be into at least a sub-compact.


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 07:54 PM

How new/old are you looking for. You can find all sorts of tractors that meet all requirements in a lot of different age groups. I use Ariens S-16H, hydro transmission would be something I would look at vs gear drive especially for snow blowing
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 08:45 PM

Here is an option to think about

you might be able to get a full tractor with a FEL and back blade a lot cheaper, then also get a garden tractor to mow with.

For a full size tractor I am think about the size of  Ford 8n or IH "H" or "M" or something in the size,

For a garden tractor a JD 200 series or 300 series for mowing

 

Check Craigslist in your area and talk to your new neighbor what is available in your area.


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 11:21 PM

Welcome to GTT. As shown above you have alot of options. You also seem to be headed in the right direction with the brands that you named. You are probably best off looking at what quality GT was popular in your area. Keep your eyes on CL and along the road. Checkout our Manuals Section for the info you need. I recommend the Briggs and Stratten Repairmans Manual as a good guide to small engine repair and the tools that you may need. Good Luck, Rick

 

BTW Garden Tractors are heavy duty. Lawn Tractors are much lighter duty.


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 01:42 AM

one is seldom enough

 

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 06:41 AM

Sounds to me like you need two of them . One set up for Mowing and garden duty and another for heavier grading and plowing . It would mean a lot less attachment swapping . Also you will spend a lot more time overall in the seat of the mower so comfort would be considered.  


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 06:51 AM

Don't rule out the Kubota in the compact line.  Very good machines and have about everything available you may need or want.  In this area  good used deck is an inexpensive item to pick up.  Dealers don't want them.  All loader mfg.s make a mount for them so you have a lot of choices to go there.  About any of the Category 1  3 point equipment and be modified to the Category 0 as long as keep in mind the size.  You don't want an 8' blade behind a compact but a blue wrench will take care of that.  Etc. Etc.



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Posted April 03, 2016 - 07:01 AM

Setting a budget for every thing and knowing how old or new of a machine you are willing to tinker with will set nice guidelines.
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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:01 AM

Thanks for the welcomes everyone.

I was hoping to start off with one machine to keep the long haired sheriff happy. But yes, I have though of that also. There are a few loader tractors in the area that can be picked up cheap.

Ones that I have been looking at so far are as old as late '70s to maybe early '90s.

I'm looking to spend at most $2000. Ones I've found so far are usually being sold with a snow blower and mower deck.

Examples of one's in the area are a Deere 318 for $800 and a Simplicity 7790 for $2400. Both come with a deck and snow blower.

What kind of tractor am I going to find a category 1 3pt?

Not partial to gas or diesel.

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 09:25 AM

   Most gt's have their own style hitch on the back, if you are looking for something smaller like a gt you would want to find something with a sleeve hitch to accept most brinly style attachments.  the allis 7790 seems like a good choice you would just need to find the adapter for a sleeve hitch, most of the allis simplicity attachments are all interchangeable thru the years and there are lots of them available, plus they are usually pretty easy to swap back and forth.

   I think the simplicity for $2400 is a bit steep, don't know much about the john deere's never owned one.  the only trouble I can see is finding a FEL (front end loader ) for any gt, they can be hard to find and expensive when you do find them.  Keep looking and find what you like that is the first step.

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 05:54 PM

I'm looking to spend at most $2000.

 

I don't think you're going to have much luck finding a tractor with the 3pt., rear PTO and mower for that money.  Plus it's got to be FEL capable and then when you need one they can be hard to find.

 

You don't say where you are but my guess is mowing is going to be your most immediate need.  You might look for a garden tractor with a good mower and snowblower to cover you for the nearer future.  Then save your pennies and keep your eyes open for a small farm tractor with FEL for your other needs.

 

Not only will this probably be less money overall you spread the expense out.  Plus, you can get a beefy tractor for the street and ground engaging work that is too big to comfortably mow your small area with.


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