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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826429
04/01/20 09:33 PM
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Has anyone ever said: My tractor has just too much horsepower! Nahhh, go up a hp size. Who are you buying it for anyhow?

I always had Ford tractors, then Ford-New Holland. Now New Holland. I am probably on my last 2 tractors, they will last the rest of my time. Both have loaders - A 35hp and a 70hp Turbocharged 😎. Wife says the 70 is a babe magnet but too bad because nobody sees it. I like to think it is possible.

I disagree that any brand or tractor will be fine. They can be very different and for different purposes. I would be very cautious buying used because there are way too many guys who should never be permitted near a tractor who run them terribly and the tractor takes a beating, so they trade it in!

Get the largest/heaviest body size in your hp for mass and momentum. Then get the largest hp in the body size - see how that keeps you going up? Load the rears. I have beet juice in the 35hp and windshield washer fluid in the 70. I wanted the extra density to offset the loader. I switched the front wheels left for right and mounted inside out for a bit more width and stability. Rears are not adjustable = 60Ē wide front and rear. On the 70hp I had them adjust front and rears so the outside edges are the same at 80Ē. This gives excellent stability with the rears filled 55%. I need the center of gravity low for mowing a lake dam. The brush hog is 84Ē and i get excellent coverage of the tire tracks.

if you get a loader, be sure it has the skidsteer loader quick attach for other buckets and pallet forks.

Definitely look at 4wd and check out the new R14 hybrid tires. I have industrial tires on the 35hp and they are fine in the summer, good on lawn, good not great in mud, but lousy in snow. I will get a set of chains for the rear. Agricultural tires on the big one.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826490
04/01/20 10:10 PM
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I have a massy 135 great tractor with power steering and live power. Perkins engine and gas 3 cyl

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826492
04/01/20 10:12 PM
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We have sold branson tractors for ten years no complaints except the price keeps going up

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826500
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Originally Posted by beaverpeeler
Anybody have any experience with Bransons? Dealer near me. But I also have JD and New Holland dealers near by.


I have a 24 horse Branson. Pretty happy with it, price for the HP itís hard to beat
, $13,200 brand new from Trailer World, probably the same dealer you are talking about. They make bigger models but I didnít need anything bigger. It pushes over 8 inch trees, root wad and all. I even dug a 30x30 stock pond with the front end loader in about 4 hours. You probably wonít get 0% financing like you will with other brands but the equivalent JD was almost 20k so a little interest and you still come out ahead. My only complaint is that itís a little light and easy to spin out with on gravel when pushing on something. 6 year power train warranty. 2 year B to B and no fancy electronics. The engine is a cummins just not branded by them. Reminds me of the old kubotas in design, easy to maintain, and so simple not much can go wrong. I donít have many hours on it so canít speak to longevity but Iíve not heard many complaints.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826554
04/01/20 11:36 PM
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Man Iíd love to have that old Massey. Any chance youíll be headed up my way over the summer?

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826555
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I definately vote for Kubota, and i used to work for a deere dealership.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826596
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My FIL has a Branson. 4020 I believe. It served him well. He's had a few minor issues with it, but it was operator error. He's going on about 6 years with it now and hasn't broken it in half. He generally treats it like a rented dozer so I think a Branson would hold up well under normal conditions.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826622
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I would choose a brand name dealer that is closest to me. JD, Kubota etc.If all within the same reasonable distance I would shop the best deal including intrest rates.


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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: Hydropillar] #6826647
04/02/20 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Hydropillar
is your 135 gas or diesel?? had a 35 d growing up that thing would run a long day mowing hay and only use 5 gallons

It's a gas, can't you read? Lol.


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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826657
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I have a Kubota L3240. Great tractor.


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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826661
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i just sold a 35 horse kubota cause it was either too big,or not big enough.

was a tippy sun bum--

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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826737
04/02/20 07:58 AM
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Personally, I would steer clear of Branson. Only becaue it does not have a 30 year history with proven results. I expect at least 30 years from a tractor and expect the dealer to still be around. I have Ford and John Deere. Around here you could buy another MF135 for 6-7000. Massey parts should still be around. Have you found a small tractor shop or mechanic around and actually asked them what it would take to fix it?

Things I look for - reliability, proven history value in 20 years,ease of repair, dealer support within 50 miles, common issues, a diesel, no plastic

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: TreedaBlackdog] #6826809
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Originally Posted by TreedaBlackdog
Personally, I would steer clear of Branson. Only becaue it does not have a 30 year history with proven results. I expect at least 30 years from a tractor and expect the dealer to still be around. I have Ford and John Deere. Around here you could buy another MF135 for 6-7000. Massey parts should still be around. Have you found a small tractor shop or mechanic around and actually asked them what it would take to fix it?

Things I look for - reliability, proven history value in 20 years,ease of repair, dealer support within 50 miles, common issues, a diesel, no plastic

The Branson name has only been around for 22 years, but they've been making tractors a lot longer. The parent company still supplies engines to Cummins and tractors to Deere. I've never owned one or even seen one, but they're far from a "new" tractor company. But as with any brand, dealer support is key.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826879
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When I was looking for a tractor I got one that my Ag Mechanic would work on. I even took him with me on the 1.5hr trip to get it so he could look it over first. There are Kabota and other dealers in the area that offer good financing and deals, but he works for John Deere lives literally 2 miles down the road from me. That was a big factor in buying a Deere, because of who I plan on having work on my equipment when/if something needs fixed.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6826967
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I have a brother who has a compact Mahindra and it has broke down twice with major repair issues. So that is one brand I'm definitely steering clear of.

The new Holland dealership is just 7 miles away but it is a fairly new dealership. The sales guy says they have 3 top grade A techs in the service dept.
The Branson dealership is held by a long time outfit called "The Tractor Store". I know the folks there and bought my first tractor from them about 34 years ago; a used International B414. However, whenever I have anything to get worked on these days they are always 6 weeks out because they don't have enough techs.

I haven't looked closely at Kubotas yet, but I loaned a piece of farm equipment to a neighbor with one and his three point hitch didn't have arms long enough to hook up very well with it. And it was a mid-size tractor!

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Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6827106
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I bought a JD 5045E 4x4 with the 513 loader, 6' mower, and a 6' roto-tiller last spring. So far I love it, besides, how many country songs have you ever heard about driving my big orange tractor??

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6827116
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What is the parent company of Branson tractors? I have heard of them......thats about it.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6827119
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I looked them up - Branson tractors is a distributor company. A branded name - not made in a Branson factory. Made in South Korea. I used their website and searched for dealers - 0 found. From Kansas City to Columbia Missouri - distance over 120 miles - I will skip this brand.

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: pcr2] #6827207
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Originally Posted by pcr2

was a tippy sun bum--


Dad has a L3400. I've always thought the same thing about it. Plenty of power but needs to be 3' wider and 4' longer

Re: Tractor shopping... need help [Re: beaverpeeler] #6827331
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Dealer within reasonable distance should be considered. And unless I misunderstand from my John Deere friend, all of the smaller tractors are manufactured in India. He has a smaller 4wd (35-45hp range) diesel, seems to be ok.

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