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  1. #11
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2001

    Default Re: 3520 vs 3220, turbo or no turbo

    I am looking to get a 3 xxx seriesused with a cab at some point. I hope it fites into the detached garage/shed.
    JD 3520

  2. #12
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Washington State
    Kubota B7800

    Default Re: 3520 vs 3220, turbo or no turbo

    You don't say where you are from. A turbo (among other attributes) really shines as you go up in altitude. I was looking at a 3520 at the National Western Stock Show today (Denver , CO) At least for the moment, I am drooling.

  3. #13
    Gold Member tuolumne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Danby Vermont (soon)

    Default Re: 3520 vs 3220, turbo or no turbo

    Quote Originally Posted by Killer_B
    If you need a turbo, why not look at a 3720?

    Because it's not available with power reverser

    O.P. I have a 3520 and I'm very glad to have the extra HP. We have 24 acres with some steep sections and I can surely hear the turbo doing it's thing under a load. I have driven the machine between our current home and the one we're building, which is 9 miles of very steep roads. With the backhoe and loader snow plow on I had to drop into third gear for some of the hills. That goes really smoothly on the fly with the synchro. I too went around and around between the 3320 and 3520. One reason I went with the 3520 was its smaller displacement. When I'm not under heavy load, this machine is sipping less fuel. My lifetime average (180 hours) is less than .5gallons per hour....a lot less than the manual indicates. About half of those hours were chipper time at full RPM, around 40 hours of backhoe time at around 2300 RPM, and the rest is snowplowing, loader work, etc. at around 1500 RPM. I usually run that low to maintain could steering pressure, and override with the foot throttle as needed. Good luck with your purchase.

  4. #14
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Default Re: 3520 vs 3220, turbo or no turbo

    If you want to do a lot of PTO type work with larger equipment - get the turbo.

    But, that being said....I have a 3320 (with loaded tires) and live at 5,000 feet altitude. The tractor can easily spin all four wheels if I fill up the box blade heavily - turbo won't buy you extra traction. Granted, I don't live in an area with heavy soils or clay - and, that may be different.

    Secondly, the load match feature is in one word - unbelievable. I had a 60-inch rotary cutter on the back of the tractor; and was cutting down large 4-wing salt bushes. I was in the middle of one that was about 5-feet high, 6-feet wide, and had 1-inch and larger branches. I had forgotten that I had put a bail of straw near the bush at one time that I was using as ground cover in seeded areas.

    In the interim time period, the bush grew over the bail hiding it. I hit the straw bail with the cutter while I was in the middle of the bush. The tractor automatically slowed down, diverted power to the PTO - and I cut the bush and shredded the bail simultaneously.

    I'm sure the turbo and a cab would be great...I just don't plan on doing a lot of PTO work beyond doing a bit of rotary cutter work. After two other tractors of the same PTO rating - the JD load match system just blew me away.

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