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  1. #21
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    I'm not sure how far this is from you but I'd take a serious look at this tractor for the price. It would be the only tractor you'll ever need for anything you'll ever do. I'm not sure of the mechanical condition but if its as good as she looks, I'd buy it tomorrow without thinking about it. I was thinking about making a road trip and selling my 3000.
    http://www.tractorhouse.com/listings...x?OHID=7451711

  2. #22
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    1-5 acres. Garden tractor
    5-15 acres. ~20 hp SCUT
    15-20 acres. 20-30 hp CUT
    20-30 acres. 30-40 hp CUT
    30-50 acres. 40-50 hp UT
    >50 acres. Full sized tractor.
    >150 acres. A monster

  3. #23
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Zinj View Post
    1-5 acres. Garden tractor
    5-15 acres. ~20 hp SCUT
    15-20 acres. 20-30 hp CUT
    20-30 acres. 30-40 hp CUT
    30-50 acres. 40-50 hp UT
    >50 acres. Full sized tractor.
    >150 acres. A monster
    I disagree.
    I only have 2 acres. I'd have to give up my BX? NO!!!!!!
    >150 acres, a monster? Wow, we farmed 255 acres with a Model A JD and 730 Case for a LONG time. I think you could do a full 640 acres w/o going over 150hp fairly easily.

  4. #24
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Never fails ,30 acres , new house but no money for the tractor .

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    2008 Mahindra 5525, 1964 MF-135 diesel, 1951 Farmall Super A, 1951 Minneapolis Moline BF, 1945 Oliver 60 Row Crop, 1949 JD B widefront

    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonner3 View Post

    I've been on Craigslist quite a bit, use TractorData.com frequently and will attend an auction soon. Like when I researched buying the crawler loader I'll spend way too much time combing this and other websites before pulling the trigger and buying a tractor. If you guys wouldn't mind briefly commenting on the following tractors I've spotted on Craigslist I'd appreciate it.

    IH 784
    Long 460
    Ford 5000
    NH 3930, 1999 year, 2900 hrs
    MF 135

    Thanks.

    Phil
    MF135--classic tractor, lots of them around, relatively easy to find parts, gas engine models are easier to work on yourself than the diesel models (especially if the injector pump on the diesel goes out--expensive to repair or replace). The "power steering" on the 135 is actually "power assisted steering" and is not true power steering. So you get a good upper body workout doing field work with the 135. There are several TBN threads going now on restoring 135s that would be a good source of info.

    Ford 5000--don't have hands on experience with this one, but I hear good things about that vintage Ford tractor. It's enough tractor for your needs.

    Long 460--I'd be concerned about parts availability/price.

    Don't know about the others on your list.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Zinj View Post
    1-5 acres. Garden tractor
    5-15 acres. ~20 hp SCUT
    15-20 acres. 20-30 hp CUT
    20-30 acres. 30-40 hp CUT
    30-50 acres. 40-50 hp UT
    >50 acres. Full sized tractor.
    >150 acres. A monster
    Yeah and take all week to mow 10-15 acres with a maximum of 20hp scut. Or do anything

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    Elite Member newbury's Avatar
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Zinj View Post
    1-5 acres. Garden tractor
    5-15 acres. ~20 hp SCUT
    15-20 acres. 20-30 hp CUT
    20-30 acres. 30-40 hp CUT
    30-50 acres. 40-50 hp UT
    >50 acres. Full sized tractor.
    >150 acres. A monster
    Really depends on what your doing. I've got over 400 acres and think my 51 HP kubota will handle what I want to do very well, which is mostly maintaining trails and deer plots, plus the inevitable "around the shop and house" chores.

    More tractors would be better, then I wouldn't have to swap implements so often.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

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    IH 244,JD4300, 2-JD 4040s,JD2020,JD1020,8N Ford,990 David Brown,3JD318s

    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    Take the 1150 and push the posts in the ground with the loader get a bucket full of dirt for more weight.Way better than digging holes or driving posts for cow fence

  9. #29
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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    The tractor that you buy should have a wide front with power steering and a live pto and three point is a plus.You should try operating it before you buy it to see if the controls are located in such a manner that you can operate them without needing to look at them.Hydrostatic trannies are nice for controling ground speed but they cost a small fortune to repair, so I would choose a conventional transmission.Diesel will run alot longer on the same amount of fuel.Don't hesitate buying a tractor bigger than you need.The bigger tractor many times will be just as cheap as the small one and will do the jobs quicker, and they are no harder to operate than the small tractor.Look for oil leaks, missing parts and take someone with you that has experience with motors.Farm auctions are a good place to buy your tractor and equipment and much cheaper than the dealers.When the farmer who own the equipment tells the crowd that its field ready, that is usually the case.

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    Default Re: 30 acre farm. What tractor system do I need?

    From your initial post, where you mention "Price is paramount and the leading concern."
    The FIRST thing to drop from your list of wants is probably the back-hoe.
    As a "Value" proposition it is likely to return the least amount of useful work for the most capital outlay.
    For tasks where a back hoe is "essential" hire in a local builder, that will get you a hoe with more capacity than one you could hang on the back of the sort of sized tractor you would need for "maintenance" tasks once the big jobs are done.

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