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  1. #11
    Platinum Member
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    Jul 2007
    John Deere 1026R


    True the skid is the way to go for this yard but at $80k it would be cheaper to hire it out.

  2. #12
    Veteran Member pclausen's Avatar
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    May 2008
    Nelson County, VA
    JD 5085M, Ford 1700, JD GT235, JD LT166

    Default Re: best tractor for mountain property-

    I live in Nelson Co, VA as well, right in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    I had a 4700 with R4 tires that was mostly able to negotiate the hills on my property, except for a few extreme ones.

    I agree that the 4000 series are excellent in this type of terrain. My rear tires were at there most narrow setting the entire time I had it. It did get close a couple of times. Did have fluid in the tires, however.

    James River Equipment does have some used 4000 models. Here's what I see under 20k ish:

    4200 Hydro 4x4 $4,800
    4115 w/410 loader $13,900
    4230 w/400X loader $21,999
    JD 5085M w/ H260 MSL Loader, Frontier AV20G Grapple, Frontier AP13G Pallet Forks, Woods SG100 Stump Grinder, Woods RM990 Finish Mower, Woods RB850 3 Way Hydraulic Blade, Woods LR108-2 Rake, Bush Hog 3209 Cutter, Vermeer 906 Chipper, Valby SGR76 3pt Grapple, Shaver 601H Post Digger, Tufline 8' Disc Harrow, Vicon Vari-Spreader MK-II 400, JD 45 16-3 Bottom Plow
    2002 Silverado Duramax 3500 Crew Cab LT 4x4
    BigTex 22.5K 25' Gooseneck Trailer

  3. #13
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    Apr 2004
    East Coast of Lake Huron
    Deere, several

    Default Re: best tractor for mountain property-

    Something with a roll over protection system, seat belt, power hydraulic wet enclosed brakes, live pro, live hydraulics, differential lock, M4WD, power steering. Something with a low wide chassis and low wide tires. Hydrostatic transmission would not hurt either.If somebody tries promoting the N series Fords etc to you, thank the person for trying to kill you and walk away. Travel slow on slopes. A minor bump or hollow has flipped many machines.

  4. #14
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    Apr 2011

    Default Re: best tractor for mountain property-

    i would get a used jd 5210 mfd.,at least a 5105.they would be so much more useful than a skid steer and would do a lot more work than a 4000 series.

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    Gold Member burnieman's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Trinity County California
    John Deere 955 With 70a Loader and 7 backhoe, John Deere 110 Backhoe


    I have a smaller piece on mountain land than you. I love it. Whatever you get, make sure you get a backhoe on it. I use mine all the time for stumps, cutting elevations and everything in between. Invaluable tool for mountain land

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