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  1. #21
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    Bucks County, PA
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    Kubota 2410

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    I think pasture best describes the property. Does that change my needs, particurally with respect to the mower attachement?

  2. #22
    Super Member
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    JD 8320 MFWD, JD 6415 MFWD, FEL, and cab, John Deere MFWD 4600, John Deere 4020, John Deere 4430, John Deere 455 mower, Deutz, and Gehl 4610 perkins skidsteer

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    Not at all in my opinion. My one friend mows his all the time with that pull behind mower.

  3. #23
    Elite Member
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    Kansas
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    Kubota BX2200, Kubota B2410

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    Look at this ----
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  4. #24
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    Kansas
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    Kubota BX2200, Kubota B2410

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    and this----
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  5. #25
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    Kansas
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    Kubota BX2200, Kubota B2410

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    and another--- I would rather have a tractor but hope these are of interest to you. These are available at Tractor Supply.
    J
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  6. #26
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    South West Pa/Greene county
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    Long/Landtrac360DTC

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    Hello,
    I currently mow about 2 acres of my farm as a lawn. I have a Sears lawn tractor (16hp 42" deck) I use to mow this. Last year I purchased a 44" Swisher trail mower so I could cut my mowing time down. I figured I could pull it behind my ATV while my wife mowed on the lawn tractor. My ATV is a Suziki 250cc 4wd. Very nice ATV (2 or 4 wheel drive, high, low, and superlow range, differential lock, rear hitch on frame rather than rear axle) but it is air cooled. Could not mow fast enough to keep the ATV cool enough. So now I pull the trail mower offset behind the lawn tractor and it cuts my mowing time in half.

    My recomendation's would be as follows:

    1)If you decide to go the ATV route, either get a water cooled ATV, or get the electric colling fan
    option, and a 66" trail mower.

    2)If you can swing the $$$ get the ATV, trailmower, and a lawn tractor, the extra cutting width
    will cut your mow time considerablely. You can use the ATV to plow the driveway and pull the
    trailmower in the steeper rougher areas. The lawn tractor will be more manuverable for the tight
    areas around the house. You could get the ATV, lawn tractor, and trail mower for around the
    same price as the compact tractor.

    Hope this helps,
    Ed

  7. #27
    Elite Member Gatorboy's Avatar
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    Location
    Bel Air, MD
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    Kubota M8950, Bobcat 873 SSL & Kubota ZD-331

    Default Re: Tractor or ATV

    I still think you may want to look into a 48" walk-behind mower. Not only could cut your 3 acres of pasture, you could also maintain your lawn around your home very nicely.

    Here is my son trying out the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.pbase.com/image/241713> sulky attachment</A>.

    With the money savings, you could buy yourself a snow-blower to clear your driveway, and then have two items doing the job that they were intended for, rather than trying to rig an ATV to do those jobs.

    Where are you located? I looked at your profile, which provided NO information.

  8. #28
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    Cambridge, New York
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    JD425 lawn tractor; JD4710 CUT; JD JX75 Walk Behind

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    I use my JD 425 to cut approx. 5-6 acres of open space around our house and barn buildings previously planted with old alfalfa, timothy, clover. This is tough stuff but the 425 handles it well provided I don't let it get too high. I personally would go with garden tractor with 18-20hp and minimum 54" mower deck.

  9. #29
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    Bucks County, PA
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    Kubota 2410

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    Well,
    First, thank you all for your input. I think now I am more confused than I was before. I'm leaning toward a small tractor, because I think it will last forever &amp; I'll find other things to do with is (I need to put in a fence), and let's face it...they're cool. I'm just trying to justify the $$$. Man they are expensive.

    We're moving to upper Bucks County, PA. Not really sure how much snow they get, but I'm thinking a plow on my pickup might be the way to go for the driveway. No sense being cold when I'm plowing snow.

    Well, I'll keep thinking about it. Please, keep the comments/pictures coming. I appreciate everyone's opinions. I guess I could have worse problems. It's great there are so many options.

  10. #30
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    Columbia county NY
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    87 Ingersoll 444, 84 Ingersoll224/'44 GreavlyL/60'sGreavlyL/49 Ford 8N

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    You can do a lot with the right garden tractor. Here is me with my Ingersoll cutting some woods.

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