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Location: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
Re: My Tractor Build
Not necessarily. Horses are hungry and you don't really need that many for loader work. The first engine that you mentioned will "do" the job, but it won't like any kind of slope with the weight of a tractor set up for loader work. It will climb ramps onto a trailer, but it's going to complain.
The big Briggs won't complain about anything, but those extra cubic inches will want to be fed. My 12 hp Massey had adequate power and wasn't all that thirsty. My 20 hp MF1655 thinks I own an oil well in comparison.
The bottom line is big horsepower is for powered implements and hill climbing. GT's in general simply don't have the weight to use more than 10 or 12 hp when working on flat ground with a FEL, and that includes my 2400 lb 1655.
That being said, if you intend to play in the wet ground with any frequency, definitely get the Briggs. I know what Saskatchewan gumbo is like and I assume Manitoba's is similar. I make every effort to keep my tractors out of the mud. I learned my lesson the first spring that I had my 1655, 30 years ago.
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