Since there was no review and I just went through the buying experience I offer these thoughts for the next potential buyer.
I will start off by stating I was raised on a farm and worked construction equipment for 20 years. I think operating various tractors, dozers, loaders, graders, etc. qualifies my attempt at reviewing this tractor. I mention this not to be pretentious but, in my feeble attempt, to convey that Iím not distracted by shiny paint, I am familiar with tractors, and working hydraulic attachments.
I was looking for a 30 HP tractor (I know the Boomer 30 is rated at 28 HP) to mow, garden, maintain a driveway and landscaping projects at a second home. I have no allegiance to any particular brand and tried to maintain an open mind. I will admit that I did not consider Mahindra because there are no close dealers.
I purchased the Boomer 30 based on my comparison of specifications and cost. I wholeheartedly believe the Case/Farmall 31 is the better tractor Ė hydraulics, lifting capacity, and HP but the Case/Farmall dealers would not or could not move to what I felt was a fair price. Having said that I feel the Boomer 30 is a capable platform.
I purchased the tractor with synchronized shuttle shift, R4 tires, and front end loader. The dealer threw in 4 sixty-pound weights for free. He did not include the bracket but I am capable of fabricating one and I did not think it was worth the $300 the dealer wanted.
In the short week and a half I was able to work the tractor, I graded and reshaped my ditch line, fixed my driveway, mowed almost 2 acres of yard, piled brush, moved a couple of dirt piles, moved some felled trees onto a trailer in order to get them to a sawmill, and other tasks. Although 15 hours is not a lot, the tractor was exercised during this time.
What everyone wants to know Ė I paid in the low $15s for the tractor and FEL. I donít know how much money I left on the table, but I felt the deal was fair and the dealer has a good service reputation. I would have preferred to have a slightly used tractor but I live almost 700 miles from where the tractor is located. I ran across a couple of deals but the logistics of working a deal from a distance just wasnít worth the hassle to me.
With the FEL attached, checking the engine oil is not as easy as it should be. The dipstick is not brightly colored and is located beside some cables. Compounding the oil checking process is the dipstick handle. Itís too short. I plan on adding some length to mine Ė and painting the handle a bright color.
Visibility is good from the seat.
The operator area is as accessible as any other compact tractor. Iím 6í1Ē, an honest 270 plus, and wear a 13 boot. The tractor comes with one step on the left side of the operator but is low enough that I could enter the seat from the right side. I will honestly say that if I had bought the Case/Farmall I would have reworked the loader handle. When I sat in a comfortable position in the seat my leg would press against the loader handle.
Controls are easily reached. I will say the foot throttle is a plastic pedal that I will have to replace; Iím sure, in the future. I found my left foot would slide to the outside of the clutch. Seems to me that the pedal should be turned just a little more toward the operator and the surface would have a more aggressive surface.
I have a habit of riding my hand on the gear selector. While working the loader I would attempt to move the selector lever and realized I needed to move my hand to the loader controls. Maybe itís just me but Iím throwing it out there. The loader controls are a little to the right of the gear selector and in a comfortable location. I will say it beats reaching for the bucket controls especially when working the bucket for long periods.
The dash- with the right lighting you can see numerous indicators. What I was disappointed to learn was that most of these indicators are not an option for the Boomer 30. For instance, there is an indicator for 4X4. When the 4X4 is engaged there is no indication on the dash. By contrast the PTO has an indicator light. One would think that an operator would know when the PTO is running but may forget to take the tractor out of 4X4. Other than wanting some of these indicators to function, the dash is easy to read.
The brake release Ė why in the world is this thing located so low? I admit I donít have a 36 inch waist and things get a little bunched up when I bend over. The brake lever is inside your left leg. After repeated starting and stopping and getting on and off the tractor, it gets a little old to reach down for that lever. Maybe after some more use it will fall down when I push in the brake.
Lights- they are adequate. The rear light is an option but I did not choose it. I will add my own later. What I do not like is you can leave the front lights on and not know it. I did it but turned them off before the battery ran down. At least the battery is at the very front under the hood.
ROPS- folds and stores easily. Returns to the upright position just as easily.
4X4 engages and disengages easily. You can tell the difference when the 4X4 is engaged. You have to be aggressive to find its limits. I worked the tractor in a low area that remains wet. The tractor would spin when I overloaded it but by reducing the load a little it continued to move whatever I was after. The same goes for the box blade work and loader work.
Range selection- you need to be stopped or barely rolling to change ranges.
Gear selection- works smooth for a tractor. I did find myself looking for reverse.
Forward/reverse selector- after getting reacquainted with a forward/reverse selector, I had no issues.
I did not find the shuttle shift cumbersome. There are a couple of tight areas on my place where it would be nice to have had the hydro transmission but if you are undecided give the shuttle a try.
Tires- I was a little concerned about the R4 tires but I wasnít going to use the tractor in a field full time or mow grass so I was sort of stuck with the R4s by default. I did notice that R4s are a little different from one manufacturer to another.
The edges on the Boomer tires are not as sharp as others I have seen. I found them to be easy on the grassy areas (unless you turn real sharp and with a little speed or in 4X4). I got the opportunity to do this on both wet and dry grass.
The loader- Donít buy a tractor without one. Most ďgiveĒ them away with a tractor. Man! What a back saver. How did I get by without it? The mounting and dismounting of the FEL is easy and quick. Just do it on level ground!
The loader will pick up a full load of wet ĺ inch gravel mixed with dirt, easily. I did notice the tractor was a little light on the back end with a loaded bucket. I did have a 5 foot finish mower on the back but it needed a little more weight on the back.
One drawback on the loader is the lower grease fittings at the tractor mount. You cannot grease them when the loader is mounted and locked. I greased them when dismounted. The problem can be easily rectified. I will use a die grinder to massage the opening. Not a big deal but still a pain. All other grease fittings are easily reached.
Fueling- unless you have a means of pumping you will be using a fuel can. The fuel tank is located behind the operator. It is easily accessed but you will be lifting a 5 gallon can at shoulder height.
I found that if you run the tank down below half, you can empty a full 5 gallon can into the tank. I mention this only for information. I was pleased to learn that buy doing this I donít have to worry about overfilling the tank and spilling fuel.
Overall, I am pleased with the tractor. If you are the type of person that has to have the bigger horse you may need to step up to a larger tractor or brand. If you are in the process of buying a tractor, consider what you will be doing with the tractor.
If you are going to garden, will you need a three bottom plow or will a one bottom meet your needs? Do you need to pull a 10 ft cultivator? If you do then you are looking at the wrong tractor. What are you lifting (on both ends of the tractor)? Do you need auxiliary hydraulic lines at the rear of the tractor? Not trying to be mean. Iím trying to stress that the Boomer 30 IS a tractor but it is a small one. It simply doesnít generate enough HP to run a 6ft Harley rake or a baler, at least not effectively.
Well folks, thatís one guyís opinion. I gave the tractor a 4 only because it is new. I would like to see another owner with a hundred hours or more post for comparison. I gave the dealer a 5 because he did exactly what he said he would and I got free delivery 45 miles away.
I also get a free haul for my first service call and 50 hour service (if I choose to let the dealer do it). I must clarify that I get free hauling not free services. I have a truck and trailer capable of hauling the tractor but I donít have to.
I hope my review helps someone going through the buying process. I have attached a picture for reference.