Re: JD or Husqvarna
Yes I know a garden tractor is not a real TRACTOR ... If I fine a good deal on somethign bigger I will consider it, esp. a x700 or a SCUT. Thanks for you advice. I still got time till the Spring but I want to start collecting attachments so I need to decide on sleeve hitch or 3 point. So far I am leaning toward a x500 JD, with wheel weights, electric sleeve hitch, chains.
I've been thinking about what I need the tractor for, and I may have misrepresented the size and work. We have 4 acres, but minus the house, the driveway, etc. only 1 acre needs extensive plowing and tilling, the rest is orchard, and garden plots which can be done by hand, I don't even know if I could get in to do some work on them with a tractor. Basically think, hobby farm, organic patches etc. It's not monoculture that's done by machines. However I need to first plow an acre or 2 becuase right now it's just grass that hasn't been touched in years. But after the initial plowing, it shouldn't require that much work. So it's hard for me to see a big tractor on that land, however a SCUT could be nice.
I've seen videos and testimonies of people cultivating with garden tractors. Craftsman, JDs etc. and there are videos of the Brinly Moldboard plow doing just fine against grass, pulled by a garden tractor.
Also the land would not be easy to navigate by a large tractor, due to a small ditch and some other features, I could reshape the layout, in time, but now I want to get started and get it done. There is the Youtube channel Farpoint farms where the guy cultivates his land (6 acres) with garden tractors, and it works. Sure it may not be as effective and efficient as a large tractor, but you have to consider your budget, and convenience, such as, a large tractor requires bigger storage, more fuel, more maintenance etc. And for me, just trying to imagine a tractor working the land that we have I have trouble placing a large machine on that field.
Also, New Brunswick is not Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin, there are way fewer people, fewer farmers, and less equipment to choose from. So it's not as easy to find a good deal on a used tractor. For John Deere we have a couple of dealerships in the area, so that would work.
Thanks for all the responses.
But I am one step closer because it has become clear that Husqvarna is out, though they look so appealing on paper, lock diff, Tuff torque66 , etc.
Last edited by still.try.decide; 08-15-2019 at 11:39 PM.