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Old 02-12-2006, 10:06 AM   post #1 of 24
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Generalized Tractor Types for Land size
__________________________________________________ _______________Land size ................... Recommend Tractor Size
Acres 0-3 ............... Garden Tractor (8 - 24 hp No 3pt Hitch)
Acres 3-12 .............. Sub-Compact Utility Tractor (12-28 hp with 3-pt hitch)
Acres 10-35 ............ Compact Utility Tractor (28-40 hp with 3-pt Hitch Cat 1 or 2)
Acres 30-100 .......... Full size Tractor (35-70 hp with 3 pt Cat 1-3 Hitch)
Acres 100+ ............. Fullsize 50+ hp
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Do y'all agree to this as a general reference?

Of course specific requirements and land uses are not address.
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:28 AM   post #2 of 24
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Wingnut--That seems to be a very detailed, quick reference list...I'm going to print her out and keep it handy..
Thank You, Sir...
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:08 AM   post #3 of 24
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Looks pretty good to me!
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:46 PM   post #4 of 24
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looks like you hit the nail right on the head!!
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I guess I take a little different view of the description than the others. Tractor class should be by physical size and features, not HP and suitability should be by tasks and not acreage.

Would you classify an older 8/9N Ford, MF 35,135, etc as compacts or small full size models? By HP they fall into the CUT class but many of these were the main tractor for family farms in their day.

Up until I bought my Yanmar I used my bil's Kabota, 30-35 HP model to mow my 3 acre's of pasture and with the grass tall enough to cut for hay, this tractor and mower were straining in a lot of area's. I sure would classify this tractor in same class as the small older Ford's, MF, etc. But by the above list this tractor was more tractor than needed for the land size.

I'd classify my Yanmar as a full CUT and it is rate as 24 pto HP. (9 fwd speeds + creep range, shift-on-the-go, PS, 4sp pto, FEL rated for >2k#, 24" rear tires) Same series tractors were available down to 16HP and up to 40HP. By the list my, model would be called a sub-CUT. For a few tasks I've found my tractor to be a little small.

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I thought that LT's were for up to 1.5 acres and a GT is for 1-3 acres?
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:49 PM   post #7 of 24
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Its a very board generalization there is a exception to every rule and to every era, I can't categorize every 2 Fool tractor through todays mass produced JD LT's.
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Old 02-12-2006, 06:39 PM   post #8 of 24
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I believe it depends where you live...
15 acres in the Arizona desert or
Georgia swamp or even in NYC would not have much of a need for a tractor...
Even if you have 15 acres in the country and you have all woods.... What need would most people have for a tractor...
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:39 PM   post #9 of 24
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Well, need for a tractor and having tractors can be different things.........
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I guess I take a little different view of the description than the others. Tractor class should be by physical size and features, not HP and suitability should be by tasks and not acreage.
I agree with Mickey.

Compare maintaining a 100 acre golf course with a 20 acre farm.
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I don't really "NEED" a tractor... I did OK with a 21" walker Snapper and a Snapper 8/26 snowblower...

But I "HAVE A NEED" to have a tractor. So it's a GX335, 42" snowthrower, 4' plow, dethatcher, cart and a plugger... Hence I got fatter by being needy. Sadly I can't justify something with tracks...
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Old 02-12-2006, 08:25 PM   post #12 of 24
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I agree with Mickey.

Compare maintaining a 100 acre golf course with a 20 acre farm.


Which would be easy to generalize the task or tractor? I not comparing the task 100 acre golf course to a 20 acre farm and I am comparing a 20 acre farm to a 100 arce farm.

Tractor don't fall into CUT class by HP, they are classed by weight and dimension.
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I believe a tractor lover should have several tractors, just because. Like it was said everything depends on the usage, just mowing, full fledged farming, wood lot management, or some other combination ?
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:05 PM   post #14 of 24
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The Chart above was Data collected by Texas A&M on new tractors purchases and land size in the last 10 years (92% of the Tractors were bought to work that acres size of land).

The 8% of the Tractors (16,000) purchase fell outside the acres size stated. Tractors can be adapted to Hot Texas Summer to cold Canadain Winter, from the deserts to bogs.

This is generalized data it fall within 92% sure there are geographical area's that every tractor would fall outside 92%. Could we agree on that????

P.S. In this data it was not saying that one tractor was bought for that size of land. example: a person could have 2 arces around the house and bought an lawn tractor, and the other 50 acres they bought a fullsize 60 hp tractor to work it.

The data was "The average size tractor purchased to work this many acres of land in North America"
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Wingnut, are you stirring up trouble again with all that statesticle data?
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