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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    39
    Location
    Knox County,Maine USA
    Tractor
    John Deere 4310 HST,4WD

    Default Re: What size tractor do I need?

    JD4310 does it all ....

  2. #12
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    438
    Location
    Adna, WA
    Tractor
    kubota

    Default Re: What size tractor do I need?

    The biggest most powerful that you can comfortably afford.

    If you are cutting in between trees it needs to be small (but do not go too narrow they are not as stable)but do not underpower yourself. Something at the high end of your 20-30 range would be best. look at some of the 30-34 hp ranges, only a few dollars more and you can get a whole lot more tractor sometimes.

    steve


  3. #13
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    173
    Location
    Cumberland county Pennsylvania
    Tractor
    Kubota B7800

    Default Re: What size tractor do I need?

    I do not have a tractor yet so I can not speak from experience….. However I to am looking at brush hogging 10 – 12 acres of trees. Since my trees will be new seedlings I am looking at the orange B3030. It is one of the smallest and lightest tractors in the 30 hp class. This is what was important to me. A light machine will not compact the earth as much around my tree seedlings. If your trees will allow you to go bigger with more weight I would agree with some of the other posts here, the orange L3130 looks like it is an awesome machine.

    I hope you’re still having fun hunting down that perfect tractor [img]/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]

  4. #14
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    727
    Location
    Kentucky
    Tractor
    Mahindra 4110

    Default Re: What size tractor do I need?

    Unless you are running over those saplings compaction will not be a problem.

  5. #15
    Veteran Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Posts
    1,171
    Location
    North of the Fingerlakes - NY
    Tractor
    Ford 4000; Ford 2000(both 3cyl.);JD40; 2004 Kubota L4300; 2006 Kubota B7610; new 2007 Kubota MX5000

    Default Re: What size tractor do I need?

    I've got almost exactly the same amount of land and do much of the same work on it that you have planned, GK. Most of my pine is 25-30 year old white pine. 30 to 40HP would be better and 40 to 50HP wouldn't be too big. I've got an old 50hp Ford 4000 that's been my mainstay until recently. That old gal sorta opened my eyes. What my smaller tractors struggled to do, it did easily. There was always power to spare.

    In December I bought a new 45HP kubota L4300DT with FEL. It's got plenty of power but is quite light compared to the 4000. I've come to think of the L4300 as a 30HP tractor in size/weight but with a 45 HP engine. It remains to be seen how well this combination will work out. My concern at this point is not that I've gone too big, but that maybe I should've gone to a full sized utility tractor like the M4900 or bigger.

    Anyway, for snow removal around the homestead this winter, the L4300's compact size is appreciated. It'll help mowing around the pines next year also. The old Ford 4000 is still on hand if muscle WITH weight is needed.

    Keep in mind that you won't have to push a larger machine as hard to do the same amount of work; so it should last longer. Also you're ready when the occasional job comes along that a smaller machine just won't handle. The range of possibilities is greater with a larger machine (within limits).

    50 acres is a lot. You need something more than a glorified lawn tractor. Seems like someone here told me that a year or so ago when I was considering a TC30 [img]/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].
    Bob

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