Thank you all. With the information gleaned over several years of postings and reaping the communal knowledge of the TBN Subject Matter Experts, I feel very confident I can make a well-informed decision on a tractor purchase.
I can not, in any way short of theft, get the tractor I want to accomplish all my wife and I would like to accomplish with the family land. So we downsized our plans and we will buy a smaller tractor that will accomplish most of what we want to do: build fence, maintain the fence line, develop a market garden. The big item that will have to wait or be hired out: maintain and reclaim pasture from mesquite.
This is the tractor I am strongly considering. Strongly as in I am filling out a credit ap. The price is dropped to $8500.http://www.tractorhouse.com/listings...1&pcid=2940189
Much appreciation to all on all my posts over the last 5 years.
Not a thing wrong with that tractor, it will do plenty of work, mine is a few horsepower smaller and is great. I will start posting pics of what a small tractor can do with a skilled operator. I think you will be happy with that. Good luck and I hope everything comes together for ya. Let us know if you get it bought. LUTT
Very low hours on that tractor and it should last you a very long time. I have done an awful lot of work with a whole lot less tractor and I am sure it will allow you to get a lot done; good luck on getting it.:thumbsup:
You spent a lot of time researching, got "LOTS" of good advice from TBN'ers, and then made a decision. Can't ask for more then that. Good on ya!