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    Silver Member Milo's Avatar
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    Kubota B7500, Polaris Ranger 500

    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    Outstanding! I bet you're going to like the HST too.

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    Super Member flusher's Avatar
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    2008 Mahindra 5525, 1964 MF-135 diesel, 1951 Farmall Super A, 1951 Minneapolis Moline BF, 1945 Oliver 60 Row Crop, 1949 JD B widefront

    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    Congrats on your new stuff--nice to hear an upbeat success story like yours.
    Have fun and watch out for that yellow snow

  3. #23
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    Kubota L3830, Ford Golden Jubilee, AC B, '39 Sears Economy, Polaris Ranger 400

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    Quote Originally Posted by PandDLong
    A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to update my tractor - I had run my JD 850 for about 10 years. My plan was simple, go to my local, convenient and known, JD dealer and trade-in for a current model -- but a little more powerful. Then I found TBN.

    First thing, was the recommendation in many threads to try out all the available brands and different models - so begins the journey!

    At JD, I look at the 3032E (dealer recommended) and the "up-one" 3320, then I head over to kubota and see the L3200/3800 and a Grand L3540. Last option was at Bobcat for the CT235 and CT335. Filled with options and a fistful of brochures, I read a lot of TBN threads and post a few questions. What started as a simple trade for a JD 850 equivalent, gets complex and the extras (money) starts to add up.

    1. For maintaining my gravel driveway, a grader/scraper (never heard of one before) seems to do such a better job than my rear blade - more $$
    2. Looking at snow removal options, I get enamoured with the idea of moving up to a blower from a blade - more $$$
    3. A hydraulic top-link is a new concept to me and many posters say they don't know what they did without it - more $
    4. That will require a rear remote - more $$
    5. Posters mention the incredible utility and frequently newfound uses of pallet forks - more $$
    6. I post asking of the value of a hydraulic chute rotator for that new snow blower and I hear a "yes, if I can" - more $
    7. That will require another rear remote - more $
    8. Seeing all of the the threads on weight and ballast, I decide a ballast box is the way to go for my needs - more $
    9. I post whether the Kubota HST+ is really a plus and get a resounding YES (and reminded that the Grand L is also beefier, more comforts and options, etc) - more $$$

    That adds up to a whole lot of $$$$ for stuff I knew nothing about before this journey started.

    Where did this end? I have just taken delivery of a new Kubota Grand L3540 with a bunch of extras. Reading the frequent requests for pics, one is attached from the day of delivery (and yes, that is early snow on the ground).

    While this bundle cost a lot more than a straight update of my JD 850, if I hadn't found TBN, I would have probably gone for a JD 3320 at my local dealer and just that tractor with no extras would have cost me a few thousand $ more than this entire bundle of goodies. So...

    I should say, THANK YOU TBN members, I got a great tractor and all these extras for less money than if had just stayed "offline" away from TBN

    Now I have to go out and enjoy all this new stuff!
    Excellent choice sir!

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    Super Member CompactTractorFan's Avatar
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    Kubota BX25

    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    Congrats! Looks like you have plenty of toys to keep you busy!
    Kyle - CompactTractorFan

    Kubota BX25 w/R4's (23 hp, 17.7 PTO hp), Loader, Backhoe, 60" Mid Mount Mower, Cyclone Rake Z-10 Lawn Vacuum, CountyLine Carryall, Ferris 48" Walk-Behind Mower, Honda 21" Walk-Behind Mower, Mighty Mac 4" Chipper/Shredder,
    2000 Dodge Intrepid, 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost

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    Grand L 3540 HST-3, R4's

    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    Congrats, that's a beauty, your going to just love the L3540, don't ask me how I know! Lots of nice add ons too, enjoy!
    DevilDog
    He is your Friend, Your Partner, Your Defender, Your Dog. You Are His Life, His Love, His Leader. He Will Be Yours, Faithful And True, To The Last Beat Of His Heart. ...Unknown

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    Elite Member Don87's Avatar
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    Congrats on the new toys, have fun.
    Don

    MF GC2400, FEL, 60in.MMM, 5ft. Cultivator, Single Bottom Plow, Bush Hog RTC48 tiller, MF 2360 front mount snowblower, 5ft backblade. BXpanded Piranha toothbar.

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    It's only money... Very nice set up. Can't see how you could go wrong.
    Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, run 26.2- brag for the rest of your life.

    2011 BX 2360, Rear remotes, 5 ft rear blade, MMM, FEL, sub soiler, 3PH wood spliter, Ratchet Rake, Carryall, Hydraulic top link, 3PH Tiller, 1 row Cultivator

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    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    The right color too!

    Post up some utubes!
    Regards,

    Artisan

    Kubota 2012 BX25 (23H.P. / 17.7pto)
    14' Dump / Carson 12K Tow Trailer w/ movable Winch,
    Canopy, Tunes, Stabilizer Soft Pads, 10"-12"BH Buckets, FEL Grapple, Fasse Valved & Switched,
    Fire Extinguisher, ChainSaw Mount, Protective Surround / Enclosure in the works.

    Stayin' Alive (This click could save a life...)

  9. #29
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    7040 HDC 1153 fel

    Default Re: You guys cost me a lot of money

    man those are some nice toys with your tractor.

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    Geez, I have implement envy. Nice set of toys, er, tools.
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