/ 30k tractor budget #31
The Workmaster and deere 5000 series are both comparable to the MF2600 line. They are a true small utility.
The Boomer is more akin to the kubota MX line and the deere 4000 series which are the larger compacts. They are lighter, have smaller front wheels, Usually a HST option.
Foy haying and handling round bales regularly....I think you are on the right track looking at the utilities.
Do note that there are multiple lines of NH Workmasters of differing sizes. The small framed utility versions are the 50/60/70 and the 55/65/75. The 50/60/70 is open station only and with a simple two-range four-speed mechanical reverser transmission. The 55/65/75 uses a different, slightly larger engine and can be had with cabs and a hydraulic reverser. The 50/60/70 is best compared with open station Deere 5E 3 cylinders with the TSS transmission and the 55/65/75 best compared with the Deere 5E 3 cylinders with the PowrReverser transmission.
Yes it is confusing. It took me two years of study and research to unravel the ball of yarn all this is when you first get into it. What's so different about the way tractors are sold from every other type of equipment out there is depending on the options, you can purchase a bigger tractor with more horsepower for less then you can a smaller tractor with less horsepower. So let's unpack this a little bit.
Lets' take the MX5400 for example. They offer a two wheel drive version of that tractor that is around 22K MSRP without a front end loader. However, you can not get an HST, it's only offered with an 8 speed partially synchronized gear drive transmission so they're selling weight and power without efficiency. If you want the HST they make you take MFWD and charge $7K more for it. So they're selling efficiency at a premium because they gave you all the weight and power as standard features.
Now let's take a John Deere 3R series as another example. That is Deere's premium medium size compact tractor line so they offer all those tractors with best in class transmissions, ergonomics, weight and efficiency. So they're selling power at a premium because they gave you all the efficiency, weight and comfort as standard features.
Each manufacturer offers a different set of standard features and premium features within each class of tractor that they sell. It will make it easier to wrap your brain around it if you can make a distinction between what is standard and premium.
Hydrostatic transmissions are noticeably less efficient than gear transmissions. I think you meant to say "features" rather than "efficiency" above.
Interesting. Any chance you would have some pictures of this?
Do note there are other semi-mounted implements that attach differently. A semi-mounted implement simply doesn't carry all of its weight on the 3 point hitch and instead uses a tail wheel. There are a lot of plows in particular which are semi-mount and they use all 3 three-point links but have a tail wheel and a cylinder to raise the rear of the plow.