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Bourbonbowel87
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Purchasing a new tractor. Need help
In the market for a new tractor. I got about 5 acres of grass to mow also a 100yrd gravel driveway that would need to be keep up. My wife also wants a large garden. What do y’all suggest I get and where from. I’m not loyal to any brand. Just want something to last me a long time.
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stickly
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Find out what dealers are nearby to decide. Personally I would go with Kubota if there was a dealership within 30 miles.
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SaDaTayMoses
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this one will last you a long time and you can do all of the above with the right implements.

2015 Kubota 52hp


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Unobtanium
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Kubota is a solid tractor. I bought a Deere 3032e as part of a package deal, have been very happy with it (4+ years and no problems).

I'll pass on some advice I was given (and followed) - whatever brand you buy, get a front end loader.


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cgrand
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What due y’all suggest I get and where from.

used kubota


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tacotiger
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Kubota all the way. 40 hp plenty to use 6 ft implements. Get front end loader.


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jpcajun
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I have 6 acres and a 100yd gravel driveway. Bought at 23hp kubota with front end loaded 5 yrs ago and its perfect for what i need. i manage the driveway and mow the front yard with my mower and bushhog the back with the tractor. Its plenty for what I am doing. Now if i'm doing major work or dirtwork, I would need a bigger tractor


Stexas
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my only thing to add is that if you do decide to get a front end loader, make sure the tractor is also 4 wheel drive. good luck.


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jimbeam
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Get a 30-40hp tractor. Kubota is good in that size. How close a dealer is to you is a big deal.


Bourbonbowel87
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I’m in the Watson area. So between Baton Rouge and Hammond. I was leaning toward the L series Kubota. Is there a dealership y’all like to deal with.


tigerfan019
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JD has a dealership in Baton Rouge and Hammond. Deere has the 3D or 3E series that is a direct comp to the Kubota L series. Both machines have their advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend getting pricing on both as people are surprised that there are a lot of times that Kubota is more expensive than JD.

Are you looking at a hydrostatic or gear driven tractor?


CAT
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I have 6 acres and a 100yd gravel driveway. Bought at 23hp kubota with front end loaded 5 yrs ago and its perfect for what i need. i manage the driveway and mow the front yard with my mower and bushhog the back with the tractor. Its plenty for what I am doing. Now if i'm doing major work or dirtwork, I would need a bigger tractor



We have 7acres and this is my set up. Kubota has been reliable for 10 years doing this plus moving top soil and mulch every Spring.
As good as the Kubota has been I'd have no problem getting a JD, Massey, or even Mahindra. All are good tractors.


Kubotarip
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Parish tractor in Hattiesburg, Kubota


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Bourbonbowel87
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I would like a HST but not opposed to gear driven


Rando
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...dont go hst. Seriously.

I have an 80 year old international. A 35 year old massey ferguson . and a 25 year old Long.

All will be running long after that HST drive has given up.


Stexas
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HST

advantages and disadvantages.

HSTs are loud whiney and simply annoying to listen to if you're not used to them. But they're all I've really worked any amount of time on.

HSTs are a God send if you do much loader work because they're so much quicker to switch between forward and reverse and speed.

Gears are way less complicated long term, but if you're buying new you don't have much to worry about, especially with one of the name brands mentioned, Kubota or Deere.

Gears can produce better torque at low range needed for pulling ground engaging attachments, like a disc, plow, heavy duty blade, etc.


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jpcajun
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Those little tractors are some work horses! I absolutely love mine!


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Bigbee Hills
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dont go hst. Seriously.

I have an 80 year old international. A 35 year old massey ferguson . and a 25 year old Long.

All will be running long after that HST drive has given up.


not trying to be a dick, but i'll likely own and/or operate more equipment in 1 month than you will in half a lifetime.

simply put, your above post is absolute bull shite. you do know lots of heavy machinery have hst, don't you?

op'er, get the hydrostatic transmission if you're a run-of-the-mill home/small property owner needing a compact tractor and front end loader, and never look back. get 4 wd too.

when doing front end loader work and clipping work where lots of backing and going forward is going on, well that scenario makes the hydro tranny irreplaceable.

if you operate a hst properly (e.g., don't rock back and forth on the go-go pedal, don't run in too high of range, which is where you get alot of the whining noises, etc.) and maintain it regularly, it'll last you for many many years.

there's ups and downs to the hst, and i've a few gripes about them, but when it comes down to the nut cutting and i've a gun held to my head regarding compact utility tractor transmission types, give me the hydro all day every day.


Rando
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you do know lots of heavy machinery have hst, don't you?


I'm aware.

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not trying to be a dick, but i'll likely own and/or operate more equipment in 1 month than you will in half a lifetime


Cool. Which one is it? Own or operate? Or is it really both?

Because an old school four speed in a tractor is effectively maintenance free.

The clutches are all original and the gear boxes are serviced once every 10 years or so.

Doing a full service on the Japanese massey this month. All hoses, belt, battery, filters, fluids, come in at under 300 bucks.

The small mahindra with the standard gear box and jap diesel has been equally good.

The hst mahindra and John Deere it replaced... Not so much.


OP.

I do concur on get 4x4 and a front end loader on everything you buy


Bigbee Hills
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Which one is it? Own or operate? Or is it really both?
both. i own and operate both my own and others. welcome to the world of heavy machinery operating.


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