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I Love My Tractor
by H B FAULK
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-05-22Number of Hours: 155
"Tractor is small, but very strong on power with turbo engine. I can't express how nice it is to have the power of the 55 horsepower and I am glad I did not get a lesser machine.
I have the front end loader and it is nice, however the bucket required an extra reinforcing plate be welded to the bottom of the pan to stop flexing of the bucket. It just was not made heavy duty enough for my uses.
I also got the 4 wheel drive which I would not be without even though you do not need it 99% of the time. It's that 1% that makes you glad you got 4 wheel drive; uses like pulling items, skidding firewood trees, extra traction when pushing up dirt in the bucket.
The 55 horsepower really shines when bushhogging in tough, high Bahia grass. For instance, you don't have to go down to a granny gear with the power this tractor has pulling a 6' cutter like you would with a 35 horse. The result, you can finish jobs faster with less fuel and wait longer between pasture cuttings because you have the power to cut down higher grass with ease. You can haul more in the bucket of this tractor also resulting in fewer trips.
The short of it is, the price difference from a 35 to a 55 horse tractor will be something that you will be able to justify on paper in time and fuel savings, not to mention the pure pleasure of operating a machine that is so much more fun to drive. The tractor will handle as well as any 35 horsepower and probable give you a slightly better ride because it weighs a little more. Get the 55 horse model, trust me, you will never regret making this purchase. Don't listen to any crap about any 35 horsepower being able to do the job. Nothing can replace the added benefit of the extra hp in the instances I mentioned. Even if you don't need the extra power a lot of the time, you will be proud to have it when you need it.
Also, my tractor sips fuel. I guess it is because the engine is rarely under a strain to perform most tasks. I have no facts to back it up, but I feel that my fuel consumption is close to that of a 35 horse which would be working harder at higher rpms to perform like tasks. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Listed above.Cons: Listed above.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA ALI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Kent's New Holland
by Kent Clark
Model year: 2004Date Purchased: 2004-04-20Number of Hours: 500
"The only fault I can find with this machine is that it shifts a little stiffly. There was an issue with the PTO clutch about a year after I bought it, because an o-ring in the clutch pack circuit had torn. Turns out it was a common issue,and it was fixed under warranty.
I love to operate this tractor.
It has a long list of factory features:
diff lock; 3 remote cylinder valves on the rear, in addition to the loader remotes; 3 pt hitch draft control, which I have used with mounted plow; Loader is designed in, not added on, and is extremely rugged; 4wd; Grille guard; electronic shuttle shift
Enclosure is home made."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Excellent hydraulics. Nicely integrated bucket joy stick. WELL built loader frame. Very high 3 pt lift range. Loaded with features. Back blade shown in the second picture weighs roughly 1300 lb. Tractor handles it nicely.Cons: Shift is a little stiff. Made adjustment according to book, but didn't seem to help.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS