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    Default Age Old Question

    So I have that age old question going on - which tractor is the right one for me? I was looking into Bobcat, Deere and kubota because that is pretty much what is around here. I have 100 acres of wooded land. Tractor will be used for food plots, brush cutting, general landscape work mainly. Potentially adding a backhoe - maybe some day. The landscape of the land is flat to slightly rolling with only 1 decent sized hill on it.

    I was thinking of something in the 35-40 HP range but I'm new to the tractor world and would appreciate anyone's input. Open to new and used but trying to keep it under the $25K mark so that might mean used is the option.
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    i can only speak from what i know.but a mx4700 or mx5100 4x4 rops w/loader hst or gear would fitt you.an later on if you want it would handle a backhoe.it would also handle a 6ft shredder an 6ft 3pt notill drill.an either 1 should be in your price range.

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    L4400 / L4600. MX4700 is also fine. New Holland TT55.

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    get the feel of the local dealers ( servicing dealers).. a good dealer is worth more than a few hundred bucks of initial price difference when you need that tractor..e tc.

    soundguy

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    I would add, pay attention to tractor weight. For the tasks you are wanting to tackle you need a tractor in the 4000lb range or higher when equipped with an FEL and loaded rear tires.
    Richard

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    Have you considered a cab? Add quite a bit to the purchase price but are really nice - wish I'd gotten one. For 25k you can either get a good new tractor with a couple implements and no cab or a loaded up used one with all the attachments. I personally like Deere tractors. 3x20 series sounds like it would be good for you.

    Here is a used w/ cab at Tractor House - Low hours and good condition.
    2006 JOHN DEERE 3520 Less than 40 HP For Sale At TractorHouse.com

    New is definitely a safe call but can sometimes find a great used.

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    Just priced a Massey 1648, hydrostatic,4wd, my choice of tires, 48 hp engine 40 pto HP. Came to $23,400 including tax and delivery. A cab is extra and an FEL is $4,500 more. Working in the woods I think I'd want ag tires and no cab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Page View Post
    Just priced a Massey 1648, hydrostatic,4wd, my choice of tires, 48 hp engine 40 pto HP. Came to $23,400 including tax and delivery. A cab is extra and an FEL is $4,500 more. Working in the woods I think I'd want ag tires and no cab.
    if your going tobe working in the woods with ag tires you better not run over a shart rock stick or stob.because youll most likely ruin a tire.in the woods you be better off with R4 tires.but its up to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbull338 View Post
    if your going tobe working in the woods with ag tires you better not run over a shart rock stick or stob.because youll most likely ruin a tire.in the woods you be better off with R4 tires.but its up to you.
    I can attest to that, 11 years in the woods with R-4's and no flats. I went with 10 ply all the way around. It all depends on your usage.
    Working to increase the scope of the small tractor experience, one quick attach at a time.

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    My 2cents, If you know you're going to get a backhoe later, get it now as it will be more expensive later. You can save money by bundling as many attachments as you can in you purchase price.
    2008 JD 5103, FEL, 6' Frontier, 6' HD boxblade, 7' Landscape rake, More impliments to come, Bobcat (clark) 742 SS.

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