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  1. #11
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    All good replies and info.

    Then realize that your "current" thoughts on what you might use it for, may change when you get it as the Chores seem to come from nowhere!

    There is so much that a tractor can help you with in the managment of land that it is hard to think of all the needs you may have up front. So it is important not to limit yourself in the hp and capability of the tractor you choose.

    Get something that fits your current and potential "Future" needs first. Don't do as I did and wast $$$ on something that "just barely" manages what you want from it at the present... then find you need something more substantial down the road and find that the initial purchase was a colosal waste of time, $$$ and your back!

    A tractor makes MANY jobs significantly easier than anything else.

    If you burn wood, it can haul rounds, skid loggs, (with splitter) split wood... everything but the felling, cutting and stacking. A substantial portion of the back breaking work!

    If you have landscaping plans, it's a HUGE help in ditching, grading, moving material, and in general improving the overall appearance of the land!

    If you are a gardener or have a desire to Brew beer and grow Hops.... It's a great help in garden prep, maint of said garden, and even harvesting!

    If you live in a comunity of others where by you are the one with the only tractor.... you will get ample "Thank you's" for helping others with similar chores and good neighbors are sometimes hard to come by, so having them "Owe" you for help goes a long way in the non tangible asset of "Good Neigbor" quotent.

    So in conclusion... only one thing. Buy as much HP as you can afford in a package that fits your bill for Size Tractor you need (as in 5 acres... doesn't require a 8wheeled behemoth that has 1000hp... but 12 isn't going to cut it either....

  2. #12
    Platinum Member MESSMAKER's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    I've always heard it said "buy one size larger than you think you need". I think that is good advice.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    good info thanks for all the help and future info

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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    i agree with mess maker always try to buy the next size up i was given that advise by my brother in law when i purchesed my B 7800 and now wish i had gone up a size to an L.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    I've never neeed or wanted anything bigger than my BX 23.
    Guess I was one of the few who knew what they were doing and made the correct buying decision>.>
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
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    South of Canton Ohio L .B

  6. #16
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    Having a "real" tractor is much more fun than having a riding mower. Still, there is something to be said for having the right tool for the job. I have 3+ acres of yard, and another 10 acres of woods that I play / work in. In the 22 years that I've been here, I've done everything with a 12.5 hp rider....... well, everything I could, but I did take nice care of the yard. Then I traded that for a Simplicity Legacy thinking that I could do much more with it. Well, the truth is that it is much more comfortable, and stable, and does a better job in deep grass, etc. but it is still a garden tractor. I have the Simplicity still, but tried a BX22 for a few years. I know that I'm going against the grain here, but I found that when the ground was damp, it was too much to be a good rider, and really not enough to be a tractor. I needed clearance in the woods, and wanted implements that were a little heavier, if not larger than the BX really seemed comfortable with. I see that many others here run into the same thing. The other truth is that I generally put almost twice as many hours per year on the Simplicity than I do on my new kubota B2620 though I sure like that beast. So, my advice is to buy something nice for what you are going to do most. You will thank yourself everytime you use it. Then buy a tractor for the tractor work. Lately I've seen quite a few of the smaller B series Kubotas around used, and something like that would serve you well. Have fun with both your shopping, and buying!
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    Super Star Member IslandTractor's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    I was very happy with a 20hp Kioti CK taking care of landscaping, brush clearing and field mowing in addition to other tractor duties on a 5 acre plot. Four foot bush hog and five foot finish mower were appropriate sizes.

    There is a tendency on TBN to "buy more than you need" but consider the downsides of bigger equipment than you need 90% of the time. More expensive initial tractor outlay, bigger implements (more expensive, more difficult to store, more difficult to manuver, more difficult to mount). There is very little a 30 or 35 hp tractor can do that a 20hp tractor cannot do with a bit more time so it's not like there is a threshold you need to pass in order to have an effective tool. There are places a 20hp tractor will fit that a 30 or 35 will be difficult to manuver.

    I personally think the subcompacts (kubota BX, JD 2300? series) are excellent for relatively lawn and well groomed fields but they have pretty low clearance for work in woods. The Kubota B series, JD 2500 series, Kioti CK etc are bigger framed and that is an advantage in fields and woods (often the same HP or less than the SCUTs).

  8. #18
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    Wow I never realized there were so many options and things to consider. This site is awesome . Thanks to everyone

  9. #19
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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    We purchased a house on 3 acres. I bought a J.D. GT245 garden tractor from the previous owner of the home and used it to keep up with the mowing and the front blade to clear the occasional KS snow. Then we bought 12 acres about 25 miles to the South of here. It had about 5 acres that had been used for hay, another acre or so that hadn't been mowed in at least a year, a small pond and the rest in woods. We bought a tandem axel trailer and took the garden tractor there and mowed what had been mowed for hay previously while I researched tractors. We ended up with a kubota B2920 with a FEL and MMM and also kept the garden tractor. We used it to mow the same part and few times, then bought a 5' Bush Hog Squeeler rough cut mower. With it, we were able to mow the part that had not been mowed in at least a year and get into some other brushy areas. I have use the tractor also to haul trees that were pushed down to build the pond and create a burn pile and do other projects. But now that I have the mowed areas in pretty good shape, I use the MMM for mowing as it is easier to control the height and don't use the rough cut mower unless we are clearing an area.

    Back at the house, I mostly mow with the little John Deere. It has turf tires and does not track up the yard. The Kubota is faster, but unless the ground is really dry and hard, it tracks it up due to the R4 industrial tires and heavier weight.

    So with that background, my thought would be the smaller BX size or equivelent would be a better fit unless your property is quite rough or needs significant clearing. You could pay someone to cut it with a brush hog and then keep it up with a MMM. With the popularity of the subcompacts, there seems to be more implements sized to them. Although I would think the B tractor as overkill for my 3 acres, I think it would depend on what you needed to get done with it and how rough the property is.
    Kubota B2920, MMM, FEL, 5' Bush Hog Squeeler Rotary Mower, 5' Bush Hog Box Blade, 5' RBT1560 Land Pride Rear Blade, 55 gal. Boomless Sprayer, KK Utility carrier

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    Default Re: 4 acres what size?

    Quote Originally Posted by LBrown59 View Post
    I've never neeed or wanted anything bigger than my BX 23.
    Guess I was one of the few who knew what they were doing and made the correct buying decision>.>
    Careful, there, L.B. You have three of them.... many would say that is due to poor planning, difficulty in changing implements and a few other things. Best not to toot your own horn in this case.
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