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Old 07-03-2018, 07:07 AM
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Hello all

What do guys have or recommend a guy should buy?

I have a small lake lot so id be using it to move trees, cut fire wood, move dirt/gravel and plow the driveway.

Buddy has a little John Deere and it works great. But i want to see what else people have and swear by.

And what size they recommend.

Is there any good dealers with used equipment you recommend?
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:11 AM
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Kubota makes great tractors in many different configurations. Check out the bx 25's.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:10 AM
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I think you might be happier with a bobcat.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:18 AM
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Skid steer of some sort will be 1000x better...
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:38 AM
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We have a JD 2520

It really is amazing what it can do for its size!

Really like it for around the yard!


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Old 07-03-2018, 08:41 AM
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X2 on the kubota BX series. Very versitile machine with all the the land pride attachments.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:06 AM
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Developing property: skid steer.

Maintaining property: compact tractor.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:19 AM
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Developing property: skid steer.

Maintaining property: compact tractor.
I agree with this. I have an older Kubota and yes itíll move dirt etc. But itís just allot slower at it. I donít regret having it instead of a skid steer, but the odd time when I do need to do a larger amount of dirt moving work it just takes longer. I needed a tiller which the skid steer couldnít do so thatís what I went with. If you donít plan on useing it for mowing or tilling etc. then a skid steer might serve you better but once your yard if done skid steers are very heavy and will rut and damage the lawn if used on it much.
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:23 AM
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I have got all the major work done by renting a skidsteer.

So now I'm just maintaining.

Skidsteer's tear the dirt and driveway up too much I find.

Kubota and JD are the main options I think. Will be watching Kijiji and popping into the Red Deer dealers to see my options I think.

Anyone know if the dealers drop their prices on their inventory mid winter? Trying to get rid of the previous years stock? I like a deal and got the time to wait.....
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:35 AM
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We are happy with our JD 3203.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:00 AM
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I have never actually checked the specs but suspect the JD is heavier than Kobuta? And weight is generally an advantage as tractors go. I would go with agricultural style tires rather than the hybrid or turf. Ag tires don’t do lawn damage on relatively light tractors but are a big plus for work. Of course a loader/bucket it absolutely essential. Go with power steering regardless of tractor size, you will never regret it.
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:16 AM
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The John Deere will always hold a better resale value than the other brands but usually are pricier, and they will always have parts available no matter the age whereas others don't carry the parts for a while. Nothing more frustrating than not having parts available for a machine that isn't that old.( In my opinion anyway, but I'm cheap and want them to last as long as me). If your planning on having one for many years spend the$ on green, if your not planning to have that long i would look at other brands as well and go with price. Just my thoughts.
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:26 AM
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If you are wanting to go to a tractor I would look at a John Deere, I know Kubota makes a decent tractor but they won't hold the value the Deere will. John Deere has a range of models varying in horsepower and size, there are some more economical ones as well.
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:11 PM
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Had a Kubota 54 hp with loader and MFWD that I bought brand new. Traded it in on a similarly equipped JD. Good move.
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:33 PM
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I looked at Kubota and Ciyote (sp?) and everything available before I bought another John Deere. 0 percent financing, absolutely runs like a top, and like everyone knows yes you pay more, but look in the for sale ads, on kijiji and at auctions. If you want a cheap Kubota go to an auction the prices I have seen are disgustingly cheap. I have been watching a couple try and sell their non JD acreage tractor for 2 years or more, trying to get out of the payments. Will never happen.
If you want reliable, excellent features and excellent resale buy a JD.

My 2032r just clicked over 100 hrs, next August will no longer cost me a penny as the payments will be done, and I bet I can sell it for nearly what I paid for it new. I have a FEL, mm mower, big rototiller and a weight box, which has never been needed.
The 4x4 is just awesome too.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:40 PM
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My 27 year old Kubota 20 HP is still going strong, mower and tilling 5 acres. Be either Kubota or JD when I finally replace it.
Don't suspect the new ones are built as well (plastic instead of metal) and don't come with Bi-Speed turning.
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Old 07-03-2018, 02:43 PM
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I think I'm leaning towards the JD after a bit of research.

New are pricey but ill keep a eye open for a used one I think.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:00 PM
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I bought a JD 955 purhcased brand new 26 years ago and I still use it evreryday.
THe hour clock stopped long ago but I estimate 8000 hours.
It has turf tires, hydrostatic, front wheel assist, and posi trac, 3 PTH, PS
33 HP diesel, mid-mount & rear PTO

Look for a used 955 or the next smaller model 855 ...and have it shipped to you regardless where it is... worth the money & time.
The new John Deeres are toys compared to the older models.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:03 PM
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I bought a JD 955 purhcased brand new 26 years ago and I still use it evreryday.
THe hour clock stopped long ago but I estimate 8000 hours.
It has turf tires, hydrostatic, front wheel assist, and posi trac, 3 PTH, PS
33 HP diesel, mid-mount & rear PTO

Look for a used 955 or the next smaller model 855 ...and have it shipped to you regardless where it is... worth the money & time.
The new John Deeres are toys compared to the older models.
the main reason I got rid of my old JD was to have a live PTO. Clutch driven PTO is a PITA when you are trying to till. Hated it. Stop put in neutral sit stop clutch in back in gear crawls ahead bang bang stop in neutral clutch out- bah!

I still say buy new, its an easy payment instead of lump sum, no interest, warranty, that new tractor smell, nobody else has abused it and hidden the damage.
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:06 PM
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the main reason I got rid of my old JD was to have a live PTO. Clutch driven PTO is a PITA when you are trying to till. Hated it. Stop put in neutral sit stop clutch in back in gear crawls ahead bang bang stop in neutral clutch out- bah!
That is probably how your prostate is starting to sound at your age too Ken....those can be a real PITA as well I've been told.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:03 PM
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I have been looking for a while at used prices most of time the used price is so close to new that there is no advantage to buying used.

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Old 07-03-2018, 07:29 PM
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I have been looking for a while at used prices most of time the used price is so close to new that there is no advantage to buying used.
Yes pretty much unless it comes with a bunch of implements. I couldn't say which tractor is the best buy. I'm not a big fan of jd green but there's lots of it out there so there must be something to it. I just haven't figured out what.

3 pt hitch, loader and fwa would be a prerequisite though.
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Old 07-03-2018, 10:45 PM
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[QUOTE=Norwest Alta;3806707]Yes pretty much unless it comes with a bunch of implements. I couldn't say which tractor is the best buy. I'm not a big fan of jd green but there's lots of it out there so there must be something to it. I just haven't figured out what.

3 pt hitch, loader and fwa would be a prerequisite though.[/

Yeh when I purched my zero turn ride on JD were pushing a 1000 dollars above the cost of husqavarna I went with the husqavarna and have been happy with it. If a person went with another brand other then JD could get a bigger machine for same cost. Lots to consider I guess lol maybe next year for me hopefully
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:14 PM
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i bought mine (massey ferguson) from a guy near nisku.

https://doublellindustries.com/ He is a super small dealer that has only a few tractors for sale at a time. wait and see what pops up over the next few months the stock is always changing.
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Old 07-03-2018, 11:29 PM
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if youre around calgary and looking for a Deere, my BIL is a salesman at the Balzac dealer. He could set you up with what you need.
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:22 AM
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RME (Rocky Mountain Equipment) in Westlock sold me a one size bigger + two more attachments than JD could. Same $.

BX 25 D

Very happy with it & Kubota has a good name
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:45 AM
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Found 2 JD 3032E used with under 500 hrs on them.

Both only have buckets for attachments but are going for around 17K.

I'll go look this weekend and if they are in good shape may offer around 16K and see what happens.

That is a decent price compared to new at around 27-30K....
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:46 AM
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Ford 9 or 8N. Mine is 70 years old still going strong. Payed $2000 about 20 years ago still pulling 6 ft finishing mower. JD marten equip salesman dropped by this spring to sell me new green paint machine. Told him I would buy it if would warranty it for 70 years to still be running.
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:59 AM
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I would have a tuff time trading my kub for a deere. And iam a deere guy when it comes to the bigger tractors.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:46 PM
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Kubota for the smaller stuff. Be aware of the different frame sizes and get what suits you.

LS is supposed to be very good, but limited dealers. FWIW I have two Kubota (tractor and loader). I swear by them, not at them.
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