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I had my heart and pocketbook set on a 3032e, then discovered flail mowers. My riding mower just died and a flail mower sounds like exactly what I need: a combination bush hog for my fields and finish mower for the acreage around the house.

Another forum convinced me on a Caroni 59" - but I'm concerned about the HP. The mower spec says recommended for 20-40 hp but it doesn't say PTO or tractor. The 3032e is 25/31.4 and I'm afraid that the tractor won't be enough on hills. The woman who answered the phone at the Caroni dealer asked over her shoulder and said it would be fine - but I don't want to buy a tractor that is too small for my needs (maintaining my 56 acres of Heaven in NC).

What do you all think?
 

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Probably look at a 3520 or a 3720, I have a 3720 which is new to the fleet and OMG the power it has is just amazing. You have a very large property so a 4000 series may offer more bang for the buck, I find them big for what we do, I even find the 3000 series a bit big for many of our projects. I don't own a Flail but I have used one on the 3520 with no problems at all, I am willing to bet even the 2720 would run it no problems, then again I think the 2720 is the same H.P. as the tractor you are looking at.
 

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What makes you think the 3032 won't handle that?
 

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I'm just a bit concerned about the HP figures. $/HP the 3032 seems to be a pretty good deal - but the 3038e looks even better when comparing base price vs HP.

Model Price HP PTO HP Hp/Price PTO HP/Price
3038e 14999 37.1 30 $404.29 $499.97
3032e 13749 31.4 25 $437.87 $549.96
4005 18546 41.5 35 $446.89 $529.89
4105 19559 40.5 32.5 $482.94 $601.82
3005 13358 27.5 23.5 $485.75 $568.43
3320 19379 32.8 25 $590.82 $775.16
 

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I'm just a bit concerned about the HP figures. $/HP the 3032 seems to be a pretty good deal - but the 3038e looks even better when comparing base price vs HP.

Model Price HP PTO HP Hp/Price PTO HP/Price
3038e 14999 37.1 30 $404.29 $499.97
3032e 13749 31.4 25 $437.87 $549.96
4005 18546 41.5 35 $446.89 $529.89
4105 19559 40.5 32.5 $482.94 $601.82
3005 13358 27.5 23.5 $485.75 $568.43
3320 19379 32.8 25 $590.82 $775.16
Take a very close look at the features between the two, take into consideration what you will be doing in the future and in my experience, get them loaded when you order so that down the road you do not have to take it back to have whatever added, that can be expensive.
 

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I had never thought of breaking it down to $/hp. Interesting thought. Keep in mind the 3xxxe tractors come with non-removable loaders.
 

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The biggest problem I have is that this is my first tractor on a new property, so I'm not sure what I'm going to need. My biggest need is bush hogging and finish mowing - so I'm focused on HP because the Caroni flail mower seems to do both. Then its moving dirt, gravel, wood around - which is why I'm getting the loader. After that - I don't know.

I drove to the JD dealer this afternoon. Of course it was closed by the time I got there, but I did get a chance to sit on a 3032e (no 3038e). Both the 3000 and the 4000 series seemed small to me compared to the 5000s and big farming machines, but I had to remind myself that I'm not planting a 100 acres of soybeans or corn.
 

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I was asking bout a flail mower today... I was told not to expect it to cut down anything bigger then 1/2 inch... not sure how true that is but i would hate to buy a flail mower and be let down..

If you buy a 4000 series make sure to load the rear tires if your going to use a loader....
 

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If you do a Google search on the term "Let's talk flail mowers" you'll find a huge discussion on flails. A 1/2 inch sounds kind of puny from what I've read there.
 
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