/ Can't get a Kubota M5-111 so, what now? #11
I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Massey tractors even though I grew up on green equipment. Those old Perkins engines were legendary too!Another suggestion: I have a 2008 Massey Ferguson 7495. It has all the creature comforts a man could want, no exhaust treatment systems, but most importantly, it has a CVT transmission which is the greatest gift ever given to the farm tractor since the PTO. They make smaller versions with CVT transmissions.
I heartily suggest you look at those units, too
A $20K premium for an E series Deere is absurd. I'm waiting on more info from the OP about his round baling needs. I'm not sure ~110 engine hp is enough and I'm not sure the chassis he is considering are robust enough to handle the pallets he is describing.
If the $20K premium got me into one of the German John Deeres, I could see it being a viable consideration.A $20K premium for an E series Deere is absurd. ...
No romance when it comes to finance....lol Number of used, low hour Fendt's on TH this week.I would love to own one but, the price of admission is too steep for me today.
For 100 5x6's a year you can get along. If you needed to do 100 a day you would soon realize you were 25-50 hp short.I'm thinking 90HP on the PTO is plenty. I have run a 135HP and a 150HP John Deere a lot and, while they worked fine, I felt like they were a bit of overkill on the Vermeer baler I ran. Those tractors though saw a lot of field use so hooked up to a disc or huge field cultivator made them a good choice for a "one tractor" scenario even though fuel burn was relatively high for the hayfield.
First off, for my place I base reliability just about above all, I don't trade tractors off every few years, I expect them to run for a long time. I also know farmers all over the country and NH farm tractors seem to have more problems than they should have, as they get older.Why? What is it about New Hollands that causes you to avoid them?