I'm curious, has anyone seen any websites that have conducted recent tests/shootouts/comparisons of the current sub compact and compact tractor offerings on the the market? (or at least in the last 5-6 years)
With a lot of thought, I think it's time to retire my Bolen's HT's and our IH Farmall 504. I've been looking at sub compact and compact tractors...we have roughly 15 acres of property that i'd like to brush hog, finish mow, and clear dead growth from. It's all flat land, but I have a bunch of multifloral rose, dead popular trees, and other brush that i'd love to move. Also, my grandfather was notoriously bad about shoving fallen trees and dirt into piles all over the property. Because of this... I literally have mounds of misc. compost across the property that i'd like to knock down and smooth out over time.
I have looked at the following brands locally, and as a benchmark I have used dad's Kubota BX24 and a friend of mine's recently purchased JD 3032e. I had considered buying a new BX so I could utilize Dad's attachments from his BX24 (however the Kubota dealer says the brackets and everything are different?) Since I can't steal, I mean borrow... dad's loader for my own use.. then I've decided to search for something larger in the 4x4 Compact size range. If anyone knows of a website with comparisons, or would like to leave your own opinion on the brands below, please do. Also, if you know of any other brands I should consider, please let me know.
Things it needs - Hydrostatic trans preferred (but would consider other options), loader and either a belly or rear finish mower.
Things I would like to eventually add: Front grapple or forks for brush, tiller, disc and plow.
Things I currently have, and would like to use: Post hole digger, 2 bottom IH plow, 6ft brush hog, 6ft Box blade, 6ft rear blade (these may all be to big except for the post hole digger, as they were used on our Farmall 504)
These are the brands i've looked at locally - new and used. I don't mind buying used, and my goal is to stay around $18,000.00 for a tractor with a loader and mower (I don't mind buying a used finish mower or tractor)
Kubota (B series or L series?)
Massey Ferguson (I have driven a newer 1700 series and liked it)
John Deere (recently had a friend bring over his 2017 3032e to clear some brush and was impressed with it, open to opinions on similar models)
Mahindra (hate to say it... but I can't get past the looks of their compact. The subcompact looks decent though. Any opinions?)
LS (better looking than the Mahindra, decent prices locally)
Rural King (TYM) (Looked decent, but the plastic used for the grills etc. seemed extremely cheap - anyone have experience?)
Edited by nglauer, May 07, 2018 - 01:35 AM.