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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:23 PM

I keep going back to the new tractor thing. It's stuck in my head. Went to the dealer and looked at the jd 1023e with a loader, and 54" deck. And one without the loader and a rear blade.

Price is 3k difference. Not that huge of a difference considering the cost of the tractor.

How often do you use your loader for home chores? Is it something you get and go wow I can do all kinds of stuff then drop the bucket and forget it. Or do you always find new stuff?

Right off the bat I can think of a dozen things I can use it for. After that I'm a bit out there. Also at the same time it seems pointless to buy one without a loader!

Daniel has intrigued me with the forks as well. My dad has neck and back issues. He could use a set of forks to help him in the garage.

Right now I'm at do I need the loader...60 month zero percent financing and an extra 500 off for using their fiance program. Just need to sign my name on the line..
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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:32 PM

Well, I don't have one, and I find myself wishing I did about once a week! I run three hogs, a horse, a dozen chickens, four dogs, and two sons on 2 1/2 acres, I honestly would use a loader at least once a week, and way more when I'm running a project.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:38 PM

Get the loader. You will always use it for something. I use mine a lot and it’s just a home made one operated by a winch. I can only imagine what I could use a hydraulic loader for.
If you don’t get it now and want to get it in a year or two, which you will, the cost maybe much higher, but I don’t know that for sure. Ask your dealer.

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:47 PM

Several years ago I had a full size tractor with a loader.  Used it for loading and unloading square bales of hay more than anything.  When I quit haying the tractor and loader sat for about a year.  I cleaned my drive out for the first time in 3 seasons and used the White with a back blade.  If your in an are that gets a fair amount of snow, you might justify it.  Otherwise, personally, I would not do it.  But I would not buy a new tractor either.  My old ones do the job I ask just fine.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 07:50 PM

It really depends on your situation. In the winter it doesn't get used an awful lot. After the weather warms in the spring it gets used all the time. I find myself using it a lot more than the larger loader tractor. As a matter of fact the larger tractor spends most of it's time now at my Sons but the small tractor isn't going anywhere. 


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:18 PM

Well, I don't have one, and I find myself wishing I did about once a week! I run three hogs, a horse, a dozen chickens, four dogs, and two sons on 2 1/2 acres, I honestly would use a loader at least once a week, and way more when I'm running a project.

Same here. I got two horses , bunch of chickens and always unloading or loading something heavy


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:30 PM

:ditto: on the loader..  Forget the back blade and buy a box blade sometime..  My loader comes in handy for so many things I can't list them all..  You won't regret it.. 

 

I don't use it all the time but it sure is nice to have when you need it!  


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:44 PM

I use my loader a lot. I still wonder how I made it all this time without. It just makes things easier and has become my go-to tool.

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 08:55 PM

Well Aaron, you already know how I feel.  One thing is for sure.  If you don't have a loader, you sure can't get the benefit from one.  The benefits are many.  Not many negatives in my opinion.  I'll likely never unhook my loader, as I use it way too often.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 09:15 PM

If you buy the loader bundled with the tractor, warranty applies to everything bought at that time.

 

Bought separately, any attachment has a lesser warranty. One or two years, I think.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 09:38 PM

   You don't say if you live on a 1000 acre ranch or in a studio apartment. We have no real background to help us judge the value for you. One consideration could be resale value. I have a Sears 18/6 with front loader and have used it minimum once a week since I brought it home. That said I burn wood and wood pellets for heat. I own and maintain 10 acres. Work at maintaining about 1/3 mile of dirt road with a lot of help from friends and neighbors. I will be 68 in April and what I used to do all day now takes all day to do. For me it may be the deciding factor as to rather a project proceeds or is abandoned. Twenty five years ago I worked setting up floating dry docks, I would lift a 6 foot Oak 12x12 over my shoulder and walk a hundred feet then turn around and go for another. Now I couldn't get one end off the ground. So remember you are not likley to get any younger.   Don   


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 09:40 PM

Not having a loader but wishing I did almost weekly doesn't make me qualified to answer your question.

 

One thing does occur to me though: The loader is pretty tractor specific where back blades are universal.  I'd be inclined to pick up the loader with the tractor and if I decided I needed a back (or box) blade I'd look for a good used one.


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 09:55 PM

It will be used on mine and my dad's properties.

4ish acres total.

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Posted February 13, 2018 - 10:00 PM

I bought a Mahindran EMax 25 about a year and a half ago. I used the loader quite a bit. Have not had a chance to use it in the snow yet. I dont think we have had 12" combined in the last 2 winters. I have 5 acres and use it for mowing . I take mine off when I mow, but it usually goes right back on when I am done. I have done alot of dirt work for drainage and landscaping and built raised garden beds. Eventually I will run out of that kind of work, but I am sure it will still get used a few times a year for tree trimming and hanging deer. I dont think one on a 2wd tractor would do as good of a job on the hard digging. The tool bar I built for the 3ph gets just as much work as the loader does. Here is a link to the post on that... http://gardentractor...ndra +tool +bar


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Posted February 13, 2018 - 10:02 PM

It will be used on mine and my dad's properties.

4ish acres total.

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That's plenty acreage to get a lot of use from a loader.  + 2 shops to use it in/around.


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