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Don't know what kind of tractor to get any advice appreciated!!

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Okay so here goes. We just bought 50 acres of land and no one has lived here in 6 years. So needless to say the hey and the weeds are as tall as me. I need to get a tractor or something to mow and pick up all the weeds and all that. I would also rather it be something that has multiple attachments. I really liked the Bobcat Utility Vehicles but from talking to the bobcat dealer I don't think it is the right tool for the job. But the nice thing is all the attachments you can get such as the snow plow, the forklift the bucket and the mower. But from what he said they only last around 1,000 hours of work. So what I am looking for is a tractor that can mow and have a snow plow on it if possible. Money really isn't an object. But I want to make sure I get the right equipment for the job and that it will last. Any suggestions would be much appreciated as I have no experience with tractors. I am Camas, Washington just across the river from Portland, Oregon so we also get a lot of rain.
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Thank you so much for the information everyone. We were thinking about hiring the landscapers to come out with a big field mower the first time. I think the suggestion about having the dealer come out and look and put together a package is a really good idea and will give that a shot.
Whatever you get, don't go too small.

There is a John Deere dealership about a mile west of I-5 at the Donald exit south of Portland. Never dealt with them but know farmers in the area that say they are fair and honest. Be about an hour's drive for you by way of I-205. Don't know if they are still there, or under the same management, but there used to be a couple of good equipment dealers in Battleground just north and east of Vancouver.

There are those that will disagree but all good tractors are not painted green. We've used a lot of JD stuff over the years but other brands have merit as well.

Even with 50 acres in that lush growth area your in it's going to take a lot of mowing to keep things groomed up. If you're planning on putting up any hay or doing other farming I'd suggest talking to guys making a living at it in that area prior to buying equipment.

What we do, about an hour or so up river from you, is a totally different type of farming. Lot of smaller places are too small to farm and too big to mow. They end up as a weed patch and hard to deal with. You might want to consider share cropping or leasing any hay land out and just getting a tractor and equipment for the nicely groomed areas.

Don't know how familiar you are with the area but just up the river at Stevenson is the Skamania Lodge. Great place for nice suppers. We were down there for a couple of days this week.

Actually I don't really know the area that well thank god for gps systems for directions. I just moved here from Reno, Nevada about 3 weeks ago. Spent a month here during the summer visiting my sister and my dad though. I will know the area here soon I am sure. I will have to visit Skamania Lodge very soon and try it thanks again.
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