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  1. #1
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    Branson 3510

    Default First post and I already need help......

    I am thinking of buying a used 3510 Branson. The current owner claims to not know the year nor much other info either. I am guessing early 2000's. Can someone please help me sort through the serial number. CM3l00689. Any help or advise whether it is about the serial number, something to watch out for, or random chatter will be welcome as I admit I know nothing. Thanks.

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    Northern, IL
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    Branson 2400H

    Default Re: First post and I already need help......

    Not sure about the serial number but possibly look at any nameplates or decals on the motor. Most of these give some indication of what year they were made by the meets EPA requirements tag.

    Tractor data says the 3510 was made from 2002 -2005.

    3510i was from 2005 - present
    Artificial Intelligence will never overcome natural stupidity.

    Branson 2400H MMM & FEL

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    Red Bluff, CA
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    Default Re: First post and I already need help......

    It's a little bit of a red flag if the guy claims to know so little about it, unless there is good reason for his lack of knowledge. For example if he inherited it, or bought a piece of property with the tractor on it...he might lack info. But it could also mean he bought it at auction or it could even be stolen. As oldnslo mentioned, you can gain some year range info from the model. And the EPA tag is a great idea. The tractor will be at least as new as the tag. Wheels are dated also, but they can possibly be a year or two older than the tractor.

    Issues with early Branson 3510's were minimal. They went through clutches fairly quickly if an operator was not careful. The clutch would not tolerate excess heat from slipping the clutch. Replacement clutches lasted much longer, but engaged more abruptly, hence they do not generate much heat. Tie rod ends were small and failed early, but there is an upgrade kit for this that solves that issue. The power-steering tanks were plastic and prone to failure in about 5 years. For about $95 you can replace the tank with a metal one. Occasionally a power-steering line will blow, and they are a pain to replace and you can only get them via Branson. There were a few other minor issues early on, but not much. The tractors are basically really solid units and with a little care will get a lot of work done.
    Dave
    Dave's Tractor, Inc.
    Red Bluff, California

  4. #4
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    Branson 3510

    Default Re: First post and I already need help......

    Thanks for the replies. I bought it. I will post pics soon. Much thanks to Dave's for the expert Branson advice.

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    Default Re: First post and I already need help......

    Congrats!
    Dave
    Dave's Tractor, Inc.
    Red Bluff, California

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