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    Quote Originally Posted by herefromthere View Post
    As for size and weight, I'm willing to give up some capability on the higher end of things for maneuverability.
    The L3200 kubota is really about the same size as the B3300. In fact the B has a slightly longer wheelbase, so I don't think maneuverability would be a problem with either.
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    I keep an eye out for used tractors on Craigslist daily. Seems the kubota B26's are pretty valued by their owners, as the one available currently has a $29k asking price with 130'ish hours. New, the dealer is asking around $35k locally. There was one a while back that seemed super low, like low $20's and another $3500 for a nice trailer. I see lots of the BX23's and -24's, John Deere 2305's, etc. for sale, but I know I don't want those. Other than that, not much interesting out there right now.

    Interesting info on the Kioti CK20 and its hydraulics. Is Bobcat selling Kioti manufactured tractors now? (Think I saw that mentioned somewhere.) If so, then I assume they'd be servicing them at their dealers.

    If I decide to buy a new tractor, how does one determine what is a reasonable price to pay? As far as I know, it's not like with cars where anyone with an internet connection can find dealer invoice, is it? Looking back at some old threads, it looks like MSRP is about 20% above invoice. Some dealers will discount 15-18%, but more often than not it will be discounted 13% with some bargaining. Is this still the case? Also, sounds like they add quite a bit to the price if financing with the nice rates.

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    We have TYM 330 HST, It has 33 HP kubota 1505 engine. We paid about 26000 in 2005 including FEL, bush hog, box blade and PHD, delivered to our house about 30 miles. The tractor has close to 500 hours now and so far I had only one minor issue I fixed in 5 minutes with a part I got from the dealer for free. In retrospect we should have bought at least one step bigger tractor. It does about 90% of what we need with ease but it strains to do the 10% of hard work.
    TYM is made in South Korea.

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    Default Re: 30-ish HP TLB Thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by herefromthere View Post
    If I decide to buy a new tractor, how does one determine what is a reasonable price to pay? As far as I know, it's not like with cars where anyone with an internet connection can find dealer invoice, is it? Looking back at some old threads, it looks like MSRP is about 20% above invoice. Some dealers will discount 15-18%, but more often than not it will be discounted 13% with some bargaining. Is this still the case? Also, sounds like they add quite a bit to the price if financing with the nice rates.
    15% off MSRP is what I try to shoot for when buying a new tractor. Some big volume dealers can go as low as 17% off MSRP if you really drive a hard bargain. Not sure about Deere, but kubota the financed price is the same as the cash price, unless they have other cash rebates in order. When I bought my B3200 there were no cash rebates and 0% financing, so cash price equaled financed price. I was planning to pay cash, but if Kubota wants to lend me free money I'll take it.
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    It sounds like your all over the map and really unsure what is a want vs need.
    Id first try and decide what frame size. Generally there are three, subcompact,medium frame,large frame. The subs would be the bx's or 2305's ck20's etc. The medium would be the deere 3000 series and ck30 etc. kubota and NH bend the rules alittle in this catagorie, they offer lower hp large frame units. The tc-35 is an older NH example, not sure on the Kubota line up numbers.

    So I'd try and figure how much loader lift you need and what other 3 pt implements you need. Almost all can have a BH added so that's shouldn't be a huge issue. Is getting into tight spots with the machine going to frequent? I think identifying the most common type of task you'll do will really make it a simple choice.

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    [QUOTE=herefromthere;2566039]
    Implements I forsee wanting include a box scraper, a small tiller, and something to help with skidding logs. The primary use won't be for that, but I will occasionally want to move logs over distance. Planned upgrades I'd like to start out with include: bolt on bucket cutting edge, 3 weld-on chain hooks on loader bucket, telescoping 3-point arms, ballasted R4 tires, I do have lots of hills, so stability is a big consideration. Re-grading the driveway, changing the pitch, and adding drainage will be ongoing projects. I will occasionally have to move some snow, and will initially do it with the front bucket, but may do something else later.

    QUOTE] I bought a kubota L2900 4WD GST in 1997 with a FEL & backhoe. I used it until this year when I sold it and purchased another Kubota MX5100 4WD HST with FEL. I did not purchase the backhoe with this tractor after having a small one for a number of years. I would not purchase another small backhoe again as they don't have enough reach for my needs and if you ever have any hose problems in the boom it is a nightmarish procedure to change them out. I will simply rent a small trackhoe if I need shovel work. That said, it is purely a personal decision. I like Kubotas better than any other tractor that I have owned or used in the compact/small tractor category. They hold their resale value and are virtually bullet proof. They do have their little quirks, but nothing more than midly irritating. If you get a loader and bucket, these I consider indispensable, opt for the HD roundback bucket if it is an available option. Also a toothbar dramatically enhances the utility of the bucket. I sold my 2900 as I don't need two tractors, not because of any issues with it. It was akin to parting with an old friend. I recouped half of my original investment when I sold it, try that with just about any other brand. I never had any issues with it or the FEL. The backhoe served me well for 12 years before I had any issues with it. I know other users like their brands and have their loyal followers as well. One caveat, know your dealer and stay local if possilbe as service is a big deal. I have a great dealer less than 10 miles from our farm and it is great. Good luck with your search and enjoy the process!

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    A ck20 is not a subcompact. It's a compact. Yes bc sells the same tractor as a ct122. There isnt a SCUT that compares beyond hp.

    The only real difference from kioti to bc is that bc only sells the HST versions. They r equipped with different loaders and sometimes backhoes. Read their respective forums.

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    On 20 acres of hilly land my wife and I started with a 16 hp subcompact and have worked up to a 60 hp turbocharged HST with power steering, loader, and backhoe. It took almost 40 years to get there and we sure learned a lot. It was my wife who finally convinced me to sit down and write out a list with all the things learned from the years of using tractors on our mountain land. We don't farm, but we do a lot of work with dirt and rocks and trees. And then she was the one who convinced me that instead of hour cobbled together fleet of used stuff we should get a newish tractor that did just what we wanted.

    It surprised me that she wanted to go out and look at tractors, but she had made up her mind that the only way to get me to buy something was to do so, and it was sure fun to go tractor shopping with her. With her opinion and observation balancing my lifetime of brand prejudice....and with that list of what we had learned about tractors in hand, we tried to take an unprejudiced look at half a dozen brands.....maybe more.

    Our criteria was that it had to be capable of doing every job on the place from firewood to trees to digging post holes and cleaning out the creek. This meant it had to have a loader, PS, a 3pt hitch, and a backhoe. Everything else was an option. We knew that the backhoe would be important (but didn't realize just how true that would be!) Having had a 3pt backhoe in the past, we were comfortable with 3pt backhoes, but knew that in order to be useful it would need to be a size that fits on a category II 3pt hitch. It turned out that requirement set the size of the tractor all by itself.

    Basically, we had learned that although any small tractor will do the work, each slightly larger tractor cuts the time in half. On any large project the difference can easily be hours versus weeks. All size tractors - and all the brands that I've used - are remarkably reliable. We all like new machines, but experience had taught us that a good used tractor of any brand that will work reasonably hard for an hour without any problem will most likely work about the same for the next decade...probably for several decades.

    I hope your quest is as enjoyable and your new tractor is a useful for your projects as ours turned out to be.
    rScotty
    Pride of place goes to our 2 cylinder John Deer 530. With her QA loader, smooth draft control, telescoping 3 pt arms, pwr steering, clutched PTO, comfortable seat, and remote hydraulics she's as useful today as 50 years ago. There's a Kubota M59 & a JD310SG for TLB work....giving us options on doing heavy jobs.
    We'll not forget Mr. Big & Mrs. Little - 33 & 16 hp Yanmars - now gone, but never forgotten.
    And a line-up of well-used implements that still work better than they look.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    I would rather have a used piece of equipment that fit my requirements than a new one that doesn't measure up. All of them are used once you get them home. I would look around for a used 110tlb or B26 if that is what you want. Both of these are really good machines and are available in good condition in your price range. I have a 110tlb and have been very satisfied with what it will do, very versatile machine. I have used the B26 which is smaller but really liked it's ability for the size, better than Deere's offerings in its weight class.
    I'm extremely open to a used tractor and am always watching for one and will put a request in to the dealers for trade-ins. People tend to be very proud of those two models and price them accordingly, and I think the 110 is a little too large for my spaces here, both storage and around/in my buildings.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gittyup View Post
    Weight is king for backhoe/loader work. You seem to be letting your trailer capacity dictate what size to buy. Could be a mistake where you are left with yet another underwhelming tractor. Now, I understand the trailer delemma. But, what good is a tractor that won't fit your needs?

    Since weight is king, I like the Kioti/BC or Branson tractors for digging. Also, HP won't be as important for your intended tasks. Hydraulics will be. Again, this where the Kiotis/BCs shine. I recommend a DK40. I know these aren't on your list. But, you should give them serious consideration. Also, the 1600 series MFs are real beasts too.... and yes they will exceed your trailer capacity.

    Within your trailer capacity, and giving outstanding digging performance, look at the Kioti CK20 or BC CT120. Nice short wheelbase with outstanding loader, weight, hydraulic specs. These are only 22 hp. But HP isn't the driving factor for many of your chores. You will likely save a good bit of money too.
    How does the lower HP but higher gpm hydraulics translate/compare for overall operation to a higher hp but lower hydraulic flow? There is a CK20 I've seen advertised at a compelling price, so if it has the Wheaties to handle the work, that would be great. Would the kubota B21 be similar? As I've said, the maneuverability is more important that being able to dig quickly and move maximum amount of earth. My driveway is tight/narrow, and I have areas around the house that big machines won't be able to touch, and that would defeat the purpose of having one. I also have lots of rolling terrain, so stability is a huge concern that I may not have addressed before. Is there a way to figure out which one will have lower center of gravity between manufacturers, or is that just going to be anecdotal based on users?

    Quote Originally Posted by GreatWhitehunter View Post
    It sounds like your all over the map and really unsure what is a want vs need.
    Id first try and decide what frame size. Generally there are three, subcompact,medium frame,large frame. The subs would be the bx's or 2305's ck20's etc. The medium would be the deere 3000 series and ck30 etc. Kubota and NH bend the rules alittle in this catagorie, they offer lower hp large frame units. The tc-35 is an older NH example, not sure on the Kubota line up numbers.

    So I'd try and figure how much loader lift you need and what other 3 pt implements you need. Almost all can have a BH added so that's shouldn't be a huge issue. Is getting into tight spots with the machine going to frequent? I think identifying the most common type of task you'll do will really make it a simple choice.

    Matt
    I've tried to be as specific as a non-experienced person can be and do some research before asking questions, so I'm a little puzzled by the "all over the map" comment. If someone can point out where I'm doing that, it would be appreciated, and then I'll try to ask better questions. I am trying to learn as part of this process, and I appreciate the help. Nowhere have I remotely hinted at considering a SCUT in this thread, as I know it wouldn't be adequate based on my experience and what I've read in other threads. I was only joking in my reference to winning the lottery as to a JD 110TLB, as that's larger than I feel I need. I realize no machine is going to be perfect for everything, so I'm hoping that by putting as many considerations out there as possible, I'll be able to have people understand at least where I'm starting from.

    I don't know exactly what I want in loader lift in weight or height, but I do know I'd be quite happy with twice + the weight capacity that the Kubota L3200 has of 1,490# max vs. the JD 2305's 708# max. Since I won't be loading dump trucks, height isn't a consideration unless there is something I'm missing. Since I do have a lot of driveway and will be sharing in some private road maintenance (light,) I'm wondering if the top & tilt feature would be valuable. I assume the alternative is to get off and adjust linkage by hand.

    Later this week, I will try to visit the Bobcat dealer to see what they offer, which I resisted before due to the distance.

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    Default Re: 30-ish HP TLB Thoughts

    Hydraulic flow is what runs your loader and backhoe. So, the more you have, the faster they will work (generallly speaking). Pump capacity and line size dictate this. The tractor HP is simply used to run the pump, and all tractors use pumps matched to their HP.

    Force comes from pressure developed (force= Pressure x Area), and higher HP sometimes means more pressure. Hence greater lift specs for bigger tractors (not the only factor though - cylinder size(area), implement frame, tractor weight, geometries). For loader work, extra HP will also help when pushing into a pile (assuming you don't lose traction first).

    For the backhoe, the implement limits what you can gain to some degree. And you can only use the full force of the backhoe up to the weight of the tractor. At that point you start pushing the tractor around.

    The B21 is a great option, as they are made for industrial use. But, it'll cost ya.

    You should definitely go and try out the CK20. It might be all that you need.

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