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post #1 of 21 Old 07-29-2019, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

Hi all, I'm in the market for a used small tractor with [at minimum] a loader. With a hoe as well would be great, but I'm finding I'm priced out for a used Kubota BX25 or the like, so I'm having to downsize my wants to something like a BX2200 or a comparable machine. I need some advice on what brands/models I should be keeping an eye for.

I don't need anything fancy, just something I could haul mulch/dirt with mostly. Maybe also hook up a wider finish mower to, so as to cut down my time on my current 50" deck (Craftman tractor). Matter of fact, the more simple the tractor the better, I need this thing as bulletproof as possible.

Preferably 4wd, but at minimum a locking diffy because I got terrain here. I'm hoping to keep it under $7k. Any pointers from you guys would be much appreciated!

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-30-2019, 10:51 PM
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My advice is check tractorhouse.com use the filter to narrow down the tractor you are looking for and do this every couple days. Be patient and you will find one.

Here a very nice 30hp compact. Offer them $7500.

https://www.tractorhouse.com/listing...243/agco-st30x

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Re: Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

Thanks much for reply. I've been on that site, do check it occasionally. I'm hoping to get some pointers on specific tractors. I was looking into older Case 600 series or Ingersoll 6000 series tractors. BTW, would love to get into a MF GC1700 seat to try it out but there are no dealers near me.

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https://rockford.craigslist.org/grd/...931797854.html

https://racine.craigslist.org/grd/d/...946048078.html

https://southbend.craigslist.org/grd...929597309.html

All of these would do what you want.

I'll be surprised if the Kubota is still available at that price.

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Re: Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

Ha Country, guess what I bought? A MF! We upped our budget, got a very gently used GC1710. I mean very gently, barely made it past the first 50 hr service. I've been working that bad boy hard the last few days.

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Got pictures?
How about a movie:


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There you go!
Interesting attachment. I don't think I've ever seen one of them.


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Yeh that ratchet rake is awesome, I did a lot with it these last few days. 300 bux, money well spent.
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Now THAT is an attachment worth having for dealing with underbrush!

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There you go!
Interesting attachment. I don't think I've ever seen one of them.
Ted, watch this video. Here's the link. https://www.ratchetrake.com/video.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=ZpnONRLjn74

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post #12 of 21 Old 08-26-2019, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

I bought their snow edge attachment as well:


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That video wouldn't convince me to buy a snow edge.

First, the angle of the bucket would wear out a steel edge on asphalt and dig holes in gravel. A back blade with a squeegee edge would be a better tool for the snow in the video.

Second, 2" of slushy snow is not worth the gas to clean up unless the temperature is going to drop to below freezing and more snow is forecast.

Third, the asphalt and ground are frozen in my locality and any marks that the steel edge leaves don't last past the spring rains.

Fourth, a service life of only 30 hours means changing the edge outside in the cold at least three times a season. I don't mind driving my tractor in the winter, but working on it is only for emergencies in cold weather.

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Re: Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

Hey it's cool to each his own. Up to know, I've been plowing my blacktop with the craftsman tractor and a snow blade, with huge banks forming after a few snow falls. So, this will work for me just fine.
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Re: Affordable cut/scut with loader recommendations

I'm a snowblower guy myself. Specifically a rear mounted unit. Yeah, you have to turn around to use it, but I'm able to sit almost sideways on the seat. Rear mount snowblowers are cheap, readily available (at least around here), and you won't need to dismount your loader so no need to change back and forth. Your machine will handle a 60" unit, which can easily be had for under $1000 in very good condition. Skip the 48" model. Being a hydro, it's very easy to just slow down when the snow gets deep.

The one pictured is an MK Martin Meteor, older model. It was completely refurbished (less the auger) when I bought it for $1000. Stripped and powdercoated housing and chute, new drive shaft, new bearings, new chain & sprockets, new chute cable, new polyethylene scraper edge. It ran darn near dead silent - no rattle, no creaks, no squeaks, no bearing noise, no metal on cement noise. All I could hear was the the snow being processed through the augers. Super cool sound!

Regrettably I ended up selling it last year when I upgraded my tractor. New tractor was a foot wider than the 60" model I had. Super annoying when the machine is wider than the snowblower! Upgraded to another similar unit 84" wide.
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