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    Default ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    Here is your typical what size tractor do I need question with as much detail as I can give. First, my typical buying of just about anything is to justify a purchase of bigger, better model, or more capability on a task that will only be done maybe once or twice. The majority of the time those bigger/better (and more $$$) capabilities are not needed. SO I am really trying not to repeat this habit with my purchase of a new (or maybe used) tractor.

    We have a farm and raise rare breed field grazing pigs (KuneKune). The farm is 65 acres, with ~7 acres of pasture. Within the 7acres 2 acres is fenced in and subdivided for the pigs. The remaining 5 acres is pasture. The 7 acres was used for the previous owner痴 horses (carriage and work). All 7 acres is on a gently sloped hill. I also have a large garden that I will use the tractor for ~1/2 acre or so. Recommendations of what implements to use is always welcome

    What I need the tractor for is to brush hog down the 5 acres a few times a year so that it doesn稚 become overgrown. I also need to do some ground work in the 2 acre fenced area. The pigs are grass grazing but still rut up the sod looking for grubs, worms, etc. I want to rotate the pigs out of one area to another then till/disc the rutted up area to give the grass/hay a chance to grow back. The last thing I will be using the tractor for is general stuff like: using the FEL when cleaning the barn, maybe some food plots for deer. I have a pretty big yard but I don稚 think I need a belly mower but I can稚 rule it out yet and there may be future snow removal (I currently use ATV with plow and a big snow blower. I was thinking of a back hoe but can稚 justify it for the 1-2 things I would like to do with it.

    I am pretty certain I don稚 want a sub-compact as I don稚 want to get pigeon holed on what attachments I can use with it. I have 3-4 brands I am seriously looking into. In my mind right now I feel like I could get away with a compact tractor like a (just for reference and discussion at this point) LS J2023 or J2030 or maybe up to a G3033, Kioti something in the CK series (25,27,30), or Mahindra Max 25 or 28 and maybe 3016. These 3 manufactures are of interest to me. Do you think I am in the right range for power and attachment capability? Very interested in your feedback and as always I want to balance $$$ with performance and capabilities.
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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    Chirp Chirp…. Let me rephrase:
    Is a 20-25HP compact tractor big enough to use a 5-6" brush hog a few times a year on 5-6 acres of field?
    Is a 20-25hp compact tractor able to handle a 4-5' tiller.
    Is a tiller the best choice to use to break up turned over sod clumps for re-planting of the area.
    Do most implements fit a compact tractors 3pt hitch (say from Tractor Supply, etc.)

    I apologize for the lengthy initial post.
    McD

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    Welcome to TBN...

    I ran a 5' 3 pt. rotary cutter on a 26HP tractor with no problem. 20-25 HP should run everything you mentioned but for the size of your property I'd go bigger say 30-40HP for not much more money. I recently upgraded from a 2615 HST Mahindra (26HP) to an LS XR3037HC (36.5HP) for use on 2 small 5 acre properties plus side jobs for various uses. Mainly snow plowing in winter. As an Upstater you know what I mean. I guess it boils down to what will fit your budget too. All brands you mention have models that will do the job for you.
    I'm partial to HST tractors but a gear model is less expensive and will get it done. I also just sold my 5' implements because they are too small for my XR which is 66" plus wide and 60" didn't cover my tracks. I'm shopping for some new implements too in the 6'-7' width such as a box blade, rake, post hole digger, Hydraulic thumb. I already have a 7'6" snow pusher blade, 66" loader bucket, QA forks, and just bought a dump trailer which I pick up tomorrow.

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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    If you're going to buy a new tractor, I'd offer the usual advice to size up a little bit. Relative to the overall price, the cost to upgrade to a larger size is minimal.

    65 is a lot of acres. I'd want a 40hp at least. Hydro is great for most applications and most users. I don't think you'll be able to run a 6' cutter on a 20hp compact tractor. I don't think you'll have too much trouble finding implements for 25+ HP machines, no matter which way you go.

    Let us know what you choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    Chirp Chirp? Let me rephrase:
    Is a 20-25HP compact tractor big enough to use a 5-6" brush hog a few times a year on 5-6 acres of field?
    Is a 20-25hp compact tractor able to handle a 4-5' tiller.
    Is a tiller the best choice to use to break up turned over sod clumps for re-planting of the area.
    Do most implements fit a compact tractors 3pt hitch (say from Tractor Supply, etc.)

    I apologize for the lengthy initial post.
    McD
    What is this HP you write of? 20-25 at the engine or the PTO?

    Quickly, if your talking 25 at the PTO the answers are barely, barely, yes, yes.
    "rules of thumb" for cutters and tillers are 5HP/foot at the PTO
    However a NEW tiller is expensive.

    What is the absolute biggest thing you think you might have to carry?
    A large KuneKune? (say 250lbs)
    A half ton of feed?
    A 10' log 24" DBH (about a ton)?

    Make sure you get something that will lift that weight on the end you need to lift it on. If you have to move a ton of feed on a pallet you often can do that on the 3pt. If you have to scoop up a ton of gravel in the FEL that requires about twice the tractor.

    I bought my B7610 (23 engine/18 PTO HP) in 2009 as a "training" tractor, it works fairly well but I also got my M4700 (51/42 HP) last year to do "real" work because in between I and SWMBO acquired several more hundred acres of land that I'm about to put it to use on. If I had planned on sticking with one tractor I would have bought something much bigger than I needed at first.

    From the few chores you mention I think a 35/30HP tractor would be the minimum and a 45/35 pretty much ideal
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all
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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post

    We have a farm and raise rare breed field grazing pigs (KuneKune). The farm is 65 acres, with ~7 acres of pasture. Within the 7acres 2 acres is fenced in and subdivided for the pigs. The remaining 5 acres is pasture.

    I also need to do some ground work in the 2 acre fenced area. The pigs are grass grazing but still rut up the sod looking for grubs, worms, etc. I want to rotate the pigs out of one area to another then till/disc the rutted up area to give the grass/hay a chance to grow back. The last thing I will be using the tractor for is general stuff like: using the FEL when cleaning the barn, maybe some food plots for deer. I have a pretty big yard but I don't think I need a belly mower but I cannot rule it out yet and there may be future snow removal (I currently use ATV with plow and a big snow blower. I was thinking of a back hoe but cannot justify it for the 1-2 things I would like to do with it.
    Most grazing animals, like cattle and horses, compact the subsoil into a brick so that a plow (turning plow or Chisel Plow) or something like a Hay King Pasture Renovator are necessary for a thorough rejuvenation. I do not know about grazing pigs, something new to me. If you rotate the pigs often enough, and I do not know if the would be quarterly, twice per year, or annually, I would think a Disc Harrow with 20" diameter notched blades would serve to prepare your soil for reseeding with pasture grass as well for tilling your garden and scratching in food plots. I believe a roto-tiller would overwork the soil so it would be airless.

    In the pig pasture; do you have long standing water after a heavy rain, or does the soil still drain?

    A Disc Harrow and a Cultipacker are the two "go to" implements for food plots.

    What are you doing with the other 58 acres? Do you have a dumping trailer for the ATV?

    If you get a heavy enough tractor a Bucket Spade or Ratchet Rake "Rip & Dig" can substitute for 65% of what a Backhoe does.

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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    Do most implements fit a compact tractors 3pt hitch? (say from Tractor Supply, etc.)
    Most tractors have a Category 1 Three Point Hitch. TSC sells "yellow" implements for Category 1.

    You may want a tractor with a heavier Category 2 Three Point Hitch for 75 acres.

    Tractor implements of all kinds are readily available via the web, with common carrier truck delivery.

    Our friends Ted and Travis at EverythingAttachments.com (ETA) are an important source:

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    Tractor Attachments And Skid Steer Attachments For Any Tractor Or Skid Steer


    {You do NOT want a tractor with the smaller Category 0 Three Point Hitch. TSC sells "red" implements for Category 0.}

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    TractorData.com - Three-Point Hitch
    Last edited by jeff9366; 04-25-2014 at 02:59 AM.

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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    Thanks for the replys
    To answer your questions:
    The other 58acres are wooda with some roads (logging roads but made by the Amish who lived there before using horses and what ever).

    I was talking of 20-25hp of engine HP which is obviously more than the PTO HP.

    We buy large square bales and moving the around whole instead of breaking them apart would be nice... bales weigh ~ 700lbs.

    I only have a small lawn mower dump cart at this time.

    There are only ~ 10 pigs in the field(s). They dig their snouts just under the sod and flip it over looking for grubs and such and eat the grass on top. The clumps of sod need to be broken apart and smoothed out so I can replant or not. I am afraid that grass will grow in the over turned spot and they will do the same thing and the field will get more and more roughed up. Makes it very hard to just walk in.

    The is no standing water except where I have diverted an artsian sprin down through the field for wallows in the summer. That was why I was thinking of getting a back hoe also. I want to more control the water flow and sort of contain it in a shallow ditch/trench and dig some small shallow wallows. But after that I won't have much use for the back hoe. So I might rent one or try that bucket spade or maybe a potatoe plow. Doesn't need to be deep.

    Going shopping this weeked. Starting with the closest dealer (Kioti) then working out over the next few weeks.

    Any other ideas for shallow trench and making shallow wallows (mini pig pools as my kids call them)?

    Thanks much for you inputs.

    McD

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    Default Re: ANother tractor sizing and capability question

    I would really look into something along the lines of kioti DK40-50, kubota Grand L or mx series, LS R40 series, Mahindra 40-50hp. those are kind of the sweet spot for a small farm tractor. get a cab right off the bat if you can afford it. I wish I would have done that from the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    Thanks for the replys
    To answer your questions:
    The other 58acres are wooda with some roads (logging roads but made by the Amish who lived there before using horses and what ever).
    W/ 58 acres of woods your going to have logs, to make money off them someone will have to move them, as firewood, whole log, or cut lumber.
    Need more HP.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    I was talking of 20-25hp of engine HP which is obviously more than the PTO HP.

    We buy large square bales and moving the around whole instead of breaking them apart would be nice... bales weigh ~ 700lbs.
    You can move them w/ 3PTS on most 20HP + tractors, FELS on 30HP+.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    I only have a small lawn mower dump cart at this time.

    There are only ~ 10 pigs in the field(s). They dig their snouts just under the sod and flip it over looking for grubs and such and eat the grass on top. The clumps of sod need to be broken apart and smoothed out so I can replant or not. I am afraid that grass will grow in the over turned spot and they will do the same thing and the field will get more and more roughed up. Makes it very hard to just walk in.
    Other threads here have recommended clearing land with goats followed by pigs. Then go in and disc. Just discing might be a good option.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    The is no standing water except where I have diverted an artsian sprin down through the field for wallows in the summer. That was why I was thinking of getting a back hoe also. I want to more control the water flow and sort of contain it in a shallow ditch/trench and dig some small shallow wallows. But after that I won't have much use for the back hoe. So I might rent one or try that bucket spade or maybe a potatoe plow. Doesn't need to be deep.
    Probably could do it with a FEL and tooth bar or a dirt scoop


    Quote Originally Posted by Rngr275 View Post
    Going shopping this weeked. Starting with the closest dealer (Kioti) then working out over the next few weeks.

    Any other ideas for shallow trench and making shallow wallows (mini pig pools as my kids call them)?

    Thanks much for you inputs.

    McD
    When you start really moving dirt there is no replacement for displacement.

    The tiller is a great thing. It does what a plow and disc does all at once, but it's expensive.

    Think of scrambling eggs
    If you don't eat eggs you don't worry.
    If you have a few scrambled occasionally you use a fork or whisk.
    If you cook them a lot you get an eggbeater.

    The tiller is the eggbeater.

    Also DO NOT FAIL TO CHECK OUT Barlow's and Messick's.
    Barlow's has a STRONG following on here and even including shipping often can beat local prices.
    Messick's is also great and has (had?) a sweet looking DK45S for $19K.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all
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