You may want to ask with your dealer about a rental return. JD rents to a business for a short time, like harvest time, then sells the tractor. The tractor is sold as new, with full warrenty, and 0% financing.
I am in the process of buying a JD 5055E with 30hrs on it. My future tractor came with a loader, but here is an example of a similar machine. http://www.tractorhouse.com/listings...x?OHID=7298289, and another http://www.tractorhouse.com/listings...x?OHID=7500857.
I saved a ton of money and got a much bigger/better tractor than I could have afforded, had I bought a non rental.
Good luck, Bill:thumbsup:
From some of the previous posts about 4x4 it seems some of you guys are operating your tractors in awfully slick (non snow) conditions and using your tractors in ways the OP didn't list. Taking a sliding trip down a wet grass hill with no rear traction or brakes and a loader full of whatever makes me think the tractor should be in the shed until it is dry. That isn't sound justification for 4x4. It is a recipe for disaster if new users are convinced that the front end of a 4x4 tractor is going give 100% control in slick hilly conditions. My BIL has a Kubota M5700 4x4 with FEL it has taken more than one of us on one of those trips in DRY conditions on grass. Safety whether wet or dry should always be a concern. To a new user the perception given that 4x4 provides added safety is misguided. A new user needs a bit more respect for wet and slick conditions.
I will agree that 4x4 gives added traction in some situations (like moving snow) but to call it essential for a hobby farmer is a stretch. Many of you certainly believe for your use (like skidding logs and working firewood in the woods) that 4x4 is essential and I am sure justifiably so. And I am equally sure that I am in the minority that believes 4x4 isn't a requirement in South Georgia (the OP's location) any more than it is a requirement in these red clay hills in Stokes County NC. When it is wet, the tractor stays in the barn here. Operating in wet conditions does more damage here than good -4x4 or not.
It is understood that some of you don't have that option and you must work in wet conditions-I say engage the 4x4 and carry on!
"Too bad they didnt have the size i wanted."
A tree farm had rented several tractors, most of the were rather large. The 5055 was the smallest rental in the contract, so I was lucky.
"Safety whether wet or dry should always be a concern. To a new user the perception given that 4x4 provides added safety is misguided. A new user needs a bit more respect for wet and slick conditions."
I will agree that 4WD isn't a must have. I have owned several 2wd machines. However 4WD does give you four wheel braking and added safety as a result. Going down a muddy slope isn't a good idea no matter what your operating. There is safer, and there is safe. I would say that under those conditions 4WD is "safer".
Here's what my "smaller" B21 drug up the hill this past week.
This is part of the slope I was working and believe me, I needed 4WD. See the poison oak in the circle? The whole area I cleaned was just like that crop, only filled in solid. 4WD helps me drive over it going uphill when first knocking it over.