WHAAAAAT, NO BIG BUD ? ? ? ? LOLOLOLAgreed, better to go a little bit too big than have one that's too small. A lawn tractor would be too small when it comes to the loader/forks is what I'm thinking. The 30-40hp sized models seem to be very common around here with reasonably priced attachments, and that's probably the size I'll end up with it looks like.
I would not go less than 40 hp. A lot of stuff I looked at required 40 hp or so to runHere in Utah the snowfall is usually less than 1ft per storm unless your higher up in the mountains (lands I'm looking at are not) or big lake effect. It's also not as wet/dense of snow as what yall get in the east.
Inclined to agree about Deere. More expensive parts from what other mechanics have mentioned (proprietary) and their fanboys remind me too much of the Dodge fanboys. Seems to be a good product, but with the way they act it just pisses me off haha.
Would something around 30-40hp be too large? Friend of mine has a family member with 2 old International tractors kinda rotting away in his field. One of them has a front end loader and backhoe on it, guessing 1960-70's for the age.
Most brands use the common SAE bellhousings on these correct?
As for budget, realistically cheap haha. Planning on a budget of 10k unless I go back to working in the oilfield again for a few years once I'm done at the university.
I've had good luck with Toro diesels. I have 2 with 72" decks. Older units. 1996 223D and 1999 325D.I bought a used 44” cut zero turn lawnmower when we were building the house. It’s a little small for all the yard I have to cut but it’ll get us by for several more years I hope until we can afford a bigger mower.
Most definitely want a live PTO.About 30 PTO HP is pretty much what you'll be happy with. Get a 6' wide bucket loader with live rear PTO. For rough mowing a 6' 3pt rotary is best but for finish mowing consider getting a Garden tractor with 54" deck rather than spending bucks on a finish mower for the loader. You simply can't go wrong with one of the older JD units but they ARE proud of their parts... But they are always available going all the way back in years past the 1960s. For your area I agree on looking for who is closest. As for the old IH tractors, they also are pretty good on parts but if they've been sitting they might have some big troubles you don't need. As you get closer to zeroing in on something, let us know.
Deals can be had. I paid something like $2400 for my 1975 Ford backhoe. A friend had a replacement engine for a worst case scenario. It was getting coolant in the oil. I pulled the valve cover and there was a pencil lead sized hole in a freeze plug on top of the head. Made a nice little fountain.yea everything has risks to take into consideration. Thought about a backhoe, but the versatility of a tractor wins for my plans. Maybe a skiddy (skid steer), but absolute pain in the ass to work on those in my experience and I'm not a big guy at 165 lbs 5ft 10in haha.
I'm dangerous on a utility/hunting 4 wheeler, never have more than 2 wheels on the ground. Might be the front 2, back 2, left 2, or right 2, but always on 2 wheels hahahahaha. That's one of the things I like about the k5, if it rolls all I gotta do is hold on and try to dodge the stuff flying in the cab haha.
Reminds me of the vehicle rollover simulators, the MRAP and humvee ones
I was thinking Land Tamer with front and rear PTO's and 3 points - Actually what I'd like to have myself. Don't see many for sale. If I found one, I'd sell a tractor and a boat.Well since MrMarty put that, I don't feel like I am saying something too overboard as a lone wolf-
This is your excuse to get a decom hmmwv, mount some accessories, and you now have a great atv!
Love the old backhoe for digging stumps. Beats the heck out of grinding them or trying to burn them out,Well I'm gonna just stay out of this conversation....
I have 3 tractors, lowest HP is 40, highest is 75, all used for my hobby farming, I have 40ac, then theirs the ford backhoe, it's a old thing but it sure will dig a hole and stumps...
I use a 6' 3pt finish mower for the most part and a riding mower for getting close to stuff, wife wanted a push mower for some reason so that is hers, I won't push when I can ride
If I were to give advice it would be get more than you think you will need, the extra always comes in handy...