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  1. #11
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    NH TC33D

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    Chris:

    I'm curious. What is it that you are doing that you need to make the jump from 24 hp to 60 HP (and 2000+ lbs to over 4000lbs) ? Seems like quite a jump, unless you are changing the tasks you were doing (especially since you seem to be planning on keeping your existing implements).

  2. #12
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    Kubota L4610 HST

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    John:

    Well, I'd guess it comes from two things: The first is the number of tasks that I did with the 1700 that should have been done with someting considerably larger. The work I've done in the woods is case-in-point. On more than a few occassions, I had to beat the 1700 hard to get logs skidded out (chaining them to the draw bar and driving with the front wheels barely touching the ground w/brakes to steer). On at least two occassions, I pulled the tractor with wood wagon with my 4wd pickup because the tractor could not move it up an incline.

    Some of the implements I have are/were too big for the 1700. It had trouble pulling a 2-bottom plow, when mowing with the 5' bush hog, you'd be cruising along at full throttle, hit a thorn tree and silence--the whole thing would stall. It couldn't make the relief clutch on the bush hog give. I also have a winch (I converted it from a dozer winch to 3pt, came with 5/8" cable) that I'm afraid will pull the tractor in half if whatever I'm winching catches on something.

    Trying to move snow with the blower in the winter was sometimes frustrating--it couldn't push the 5' blower into the snow, the wheels would just spin.

    The seoncd thing is that I just want a bigger machine . Some tasks (pulling stuck cars out of the driveway, etc) I don't even bother to try with the 1700 tractor--I know it won't move our cars (2 tons each) when stuck, and the (3 tons empty) truck is even more hopeless. If I want pulling ability right now, I use my Ford 4wd pickup, it will out-pull the tractor on any reasonable terrain 3 to 1.

    -Chris

  3. #13
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    Long/Landtrac360DTC

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    Have you looked at the Long Landtrac's ? I recently purchased a LandTrac360DTC, with backhoe and front end loader for $22,000. I am very pleased with it's performance. The LandTrac's seem to have more standard features than the LongTrac's, also more lift capacity on the 3ph. Just this weekend I used my 360 to move a 56' x 12' mobile home up a slight incline to the level spot I prepared for it with the 360. Put it in Low 1st and it just chugged along. I have over 40 hrs on it and the only problem I have had was a broken hydraulic fitting on the front end loader. This was my fault, I was pushing a fallen tree (about 10 inch trunk diameter) and the trunk slid up off the bucket and snagged the elbow and broke it. Checked at the dealer for a replacement, he was out of that elbow so he offered to drive 20 miles to pick me one up. Called me back an hour later with the part, cost me about $2.

    Ed

  4. #14
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    05 CASE IH D35 W/FEL

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    Do sound like you have serious internal engine problems!

  5. #15
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    Kubota L4610 HST

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    Ed,

    I did indeed take a look. The model the dealer had on hand was a 410DTC. Looks to be a nice machine with alot of bang for the buck. Are you happy with the transmission? If I recall correctly, it has synchronized gears and a shuttle for fwd/reverse...All the reading I've done in the past week or so has piqued my interest in a hydrostatic unit (kubota L4610). My dealer doesn't like (or carry) HST units--he claims the maintenance is high (changing filters all the time) and ruggedness is not there. Do you like the transmission layout? Could you give your impression from your own experience? (mine is limited to non-syncro transmissions, though I could speed shift my 1700 If you can use the HST as agressively as I think I would, I'm really tempted by it (that is, push it forward into a snowbank, immediately reverse straight out, etc. This takes some time with a regular transmission, clutch/shift/clutch/brake/shift/clutch/shift/...)

    He tried to steer me to the LandTracs. The stats on them are impressive, particular if you look at the weight difference between a similar Kubota or Deere--the LandTrac weighs about 1000lbs more (4400lbs). My dealer wanted just under $20k for the 410DTC with an Allied FEL. He claimed the Long loader for it was too large and that the Allied was a better match.

    Here's the specs I grabbed from their web site before they took it off line (they're redoing it):

    LandTrac 410 DTC Specifications

    Engine (top) Mitsubishi Indirect Injection Diesel Engine
    Engine Horsepower 41 HP
    Number of cylinders 4
    Bore and Stroke 3.46" X 3.74"
    Total Displacement 141 cubic inches
    Rate Speed (rpm) 2600
    Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 gallons
    Cold Weather Starting Glow Plugs
    Air Cleaner Dry Type with Replaceable Cartridge
    Power Take Off (top) 540 RPM
    PTO Horsepower 38
    Operation Independent or Manual/ Switch Operated
    PTO Clutch Electro-Hydraulic, Operated by switch on dash Panel
    Shaft Diameter 1 3/8" (Six Spine)
    Hydraulic System (top) Open Center
    Flow gpm/psi 8.8 gpm/ 2400 psi
    Lift Capacity 2976 lbs. @ 24" behind lower hitch pins
    3 pt. Hitch Category II
    Controls Position / Draft / Mixed
    Remote Value (standard) Double Spool/Double Acting -- with two sets of outlets
    Transmission (top) 8 Normal / 8 Creeper Forward -- 8 Normal / 8 Creeper Reverse
    Main Gear Shift Full Synchronized 4 speeds
    Range Selector High - Low
    Creeper Gear Selector located on left of platform
    Shuttle Selector Synchronized, Forward - Reverse
    Forward Speed Range .1 - 12.9 MPH
    Clutch 10.83" Dry Single Disc
    Steering (top) Full Hydrostatic
    Brakes (top) L & R Independent Oil Immersed Disc Brakes
    Parking Brake: Operated off of service brake
    Differential Lock (rear) (top) Foot Actuated - Mechanical
    Electrical System (top)
    Alternator 12V - 50 Amp
    Battery 12V, 600 CCA
    General Specifications (top) Dimensions with Standard Tire
    Turning Radius 114.9" with brake/ 133.9" without brake
    Length 137"
    Width 61.8"
    Height to top of ROPS 93"
    Wheel Base 72.8"
    Tire Sizes (Front/Rear) 8.3 x 20 (6 ply) / 12.4 x 28 (6 ply)
    Weight with ROPS 4440 lbs.
    Options Canopy, Front Weights


    -Chris

  6. #16

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    I've seen farmers around here running Longs and they seem happy with them.

    Here's a suggestion out of the blue. Many people have never heard of a Unimog. Although they've been used as military trucks by foreign countries they were originally designed as universal tractors. Case imported them years ago.

    The footprint of a Unimog is probably less than the Long you're looking at. The Case machines had 20 spd transmissions, three point hitches, hydraulic remotes FRONT and rear, ptos front, mid and rear and a 6 cyl. Mercedes diesel that cranked out 90hp. The reason I mention the Unimog is that they're excellent for plowing snow. Many bought snow blowers for them.


    The Case Unimogs also were shift on the fly 4X4 and locking diffs. The thing is a goat. It'll handle slopes that will roll a tractor. The top road speed is about 45mph. In the lowest gear it will take about 75 minutes to go the length of a football field. I know of one farmer that uses one in his potato operation. He can drive to his fields quickly and still do the tractor stuff.

    Cost wise a used Case diesel Unimog will be thousands less than the Long you're looking at. I've seen them go for $18,000 with the detachable backhoe option. There was also a FEL option. Around here the state bought them and installed boom mowers

  7. #17
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    Long/Landtrac360DTC

    Default Re: Long 680/reliability? suggestions?

    I think the transmission is different between the compact models (360 and lower) and the utility models.
    I have 3 ranges, range shifter located left of seat. 12 foward, 6 reverse. It has a 4 speed shifter to the right of the steering coloumn, foward/reverse to the left. To change direction I just push in the clutch, pull the direction shifter back for reverse, push foward for foward. Very easy to use. I am very pleased with the performance of the tractor so far. The tranny shifts smothly between gears and direction, although the range selecter is unsyncronized, some times you have to ease it into the desired posistion when going to a lower range. I personaly prefer the manual over the HST, although I've never tried it in a large tractor. I have had experience with HST in lawn tractors, and found it jerky, hit a bump and your foot goes up or down and you change speed. Also a pain holding the pedal down when mowing a large area. I once rented a Terrimite T5B mini backhoe with loader and the HST on it was flat out hidieous. It had two ranges depending on how far you pushed the pedal down, and would jump between ranges an jerk and bounce. I also like the ruggedness of a manual transmission. It will give you plenty of warning as it starts to wear. Also it usually doesn't all go out at once, a HST just stops working. The specs are very impressive for the LandTracs, they have a higher lift capicity on the 3ph than any comparable tractor I've seen. At 2976lbs it's even higher than the LongTrac series. I have 42 hours on mine now and have had zero problems other than the hydraulic line I broke. I have a Long 5140 loader on mine, it's size seems to fit the 360 well, although the larger LandTrac at the dealer had a larger loader attached(don't remember the model).

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