After some extensive searching of present and future uses I will be looking for something in the 60hp range and focusing on Massey Ferguson. They make a small round baler that only requires 50 at PTO. I'm 42 and 2 back surgeries so small squares are out, and I would want to keep the bale sizes small to somewhat have something small enough to fit in the back of a truck for hobby farms. I have to head back out to the open ocean for a couple months so am not in too much of a rush and fortunately we now have internet so I can watch what will be available when I return and my budget will be quite a bit larger. Right now Fischers has an MF1190 with a FEL that would work. A mitsubishi BD2J dozer is also on the list to start on the MX track and reroute the driveway back to the house.
It's been awhile since I've posted any updates, I ended up getting a brand new John Deere 3038e with a 5ft brush hog. I also ended up getting a brush rake for it. Here's some photo's from the first 2 weeks I got to use it before I had to leave for 4 months. The brush rake worked great for the bigger blackberries and areas i couldn't see, I've found all kinds of stuff hidden with the brush hog; cable, tires, garbage. The property was vacant for the last 15 yrs and there was access on a part of it through a field so the drug addict squatters used it as a dumping ground.
Wow, I'm sure that's slow going, but it's doing a great job. Once you get it cleaned up, it will be much easier to maintain. Nice work, and thanks for the inspiring photos.
If the cutting gets too difficult, you might consider getting something like a Piranha Tooth Bar and cutting those vines and stacking them up and burning them when they dry, and then mowing. It would have the added benefit of uncovering some of the "surprises" with your FEL instead of your cutter.
Another new member from So Central Oregon. Klamath Falls/Chiloquin area. High Desert Region. I have a few hundred acres. My main interest is approx 140 acres of second growth forest land. I'm getting a old Dozer from a neighbor. For roads, fence lines and clearing smaller trees that have cropped up everywhere.
Now I'm looking into tractors for my other needs. The 140 acres might have a hi/low elevation change of a couple of feet. So no really challenging terrain. I mainly want to make this property creature friendly. With significant Compost piles. With my log home and log outbuildings. And pole barns.
At this point, I'm thinking about tracked Skid Steers. With all the attachments available for them, it just seems to be a good fit.
Anyone have a reason not to go skid steer instead of a full size tractor in my situation?
I do not know your age, but skid steers are tough on your body to operate.
Most do not appreciate how much suspension pneumatic tractor tires provide until they spend an hour or two in a skid steer.
The other drawback to skid steers is no three point hitch.
Here are relevant threads from the T-B-N archive:
Then again, being a retired chiropractor, I think I'd rather a little rougher ride on my soft silty ground than twisting my 62/3 yo body around to see what I'm doing behind me. Twisting around in a tractor style seat, also bouncing, or a slightly rougher ride in my soft silty dirt sitting in a bucket style seat? I like seeing what I'm doing in front of me. I also like my bucket style seats.
Maybe something like Xfaxman's Toolcat is a good compromise.