MTF Junior Poster
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Re: JD or Husqvarna
Now your talking! The 855 is the best one the OP has said he's willing to consider that will not disappoint him, and be able to keep up with any of his planned or anticipated tasks. The condition will determine the price. It will also sell again for what you paid for it years down the road.
Opinions on what I've read so far in this thread...
3-point hitch is far superior to sleeve, there are plenty of used implements out there for the same cost or cheaper than lightweight sleeve-hitch tools. Remember, it's the power and the weight that gets the job done...you need both! Any used 3-point implement can be sold for probably what you pay for it...more if you clean it up and paint it.
There's a reason that 60-yr old tractors are 60 years old...it's because they last and are relatively bulletproof compared to the newer and lighter machines. I can buy a recently restored/freshly repainted Ford 8N with 12-volt updated charging system and new ag tires in my neighborhood for $3500, and it will work all day long and do anything listed in this thread. Don't discount older stuff just because it's old!
If you are sold on new machines, JD & Kubota are the top of the pile, just get one that will do the work. Buy once, Cry once.
JD 4720, 400X FEL, JD MX6 Brush Cutter, 72" JD 7-Iron MM mower, 7ft Farm King disk, 6ft LandPride scraper/pulverizer, 7ft King Kutter II rotary tiller, 7ft King Kutter landscape rake, 6ft Buhler box scraper, 2-row Yetter planter, 3pt quick hitch, 3pt trailer hitch lift, 3pt carryall, Hydraulic top link, Wallenstein BX62 chipper
JD X720, 60" 7-Iron mower, 47" front-mount snowblower. JD Soft Cab 15cu. ft. dump cart