Advice/Opinions on a Tractor

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by Wurm Slinger, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Wurm Slinger

    Wurm Slinger

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    Wondering if anyone out there has experience with Branson Tractors in the 35-37HP range?
    Pro's/Con's?

    Thanks
     
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  2. bowjack

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    Mine is a 2013 40HP. A little over 200 hours and so far I'm happy with it.
     

  3. hunterrep

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    Aren't these the tractors Cabelas was labeling and selling? If so, a friend has one and loves it.
    I have a Kubota but regardless of the brand, my advice is get a front end loader, HST, and 4WD. I would never consider one without these 3 things. You will be amazed how handy that bucket is.
     
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    Cabelas tractors were TYMs.
     
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    Good advise here. I could (and do) deal without the hydrostat, as long as it’s a shuttle shift, but whatever size you think you need, go one size bigger and you should be happy. Proximity to a dealer for you should be a consideration, it’s not if you need parts, but when and how quickly.
     
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    I have found that you can get a larger Ag tractor, that you may have to shift, with a bucket and other amenities for the money you have to spend extra for hydro stat. Had my JD 5210 for almost 20 years and ZERO problems.
     
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    X2 - Same with my JD-5400. Mine is 20 years old but I've only owned it for 10. 3,900 hours and she keeps right on ticking...
     
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    I know I have said this same thing before on here somewhere, but the JD 5000 series is one of the best overall food plot tractors for the habitat guru!!!
     
  9. nothbound

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    The whole utility tractor thing has never made sense to me. Tractors are to slow for efficient use of a FEL... 4x4 wouldn't be needed with a decent rear tire. I've owned a couple utility tractors just because I found deals I knew I could turn and burn on to make a little cash.

    For food plot work my favorite is a old ford work master jubilee. I've got a lx885 60h.p skid steer for bucket work. A case 530 back hoe for the occasional digging. I've got less than 15k in those 3 tools and can do everything faster than a more expensive utility tractor.

    So why spend more money on a a jack of all trades-master of none? Spend less and get a master of each?
     
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    I love this Cabelas LM35...
    Cabelas are a hybrid of tym..

    For the record I'll never by another tractor without a FEL or 4 wheel drive...Those two features are worth their weight in gold on my farm....Used both more times that I can count in the last 3 yrs.
     

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    I still think Kubota is the best all around but the other tractors will be just fine.
     
  12. christibish

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    I bought a Branson a few year ago at Hodges Farm Equipment in Fenton. Looked at Kubota and JD, but had a hard time dropping the money (never realized how much we actually spent on habitat work!) Picked up the 5220 (55hp) with a cab, tiller and bucket. Have used it to push snow, brush hog, plant my food plots, etc. Nice little tractor, no complaints to far. Busted the antenna off in a thicker area and they were able to get me a replacement within a week. It is a shuttle shift which has it's pros and cons depending on who you ask.
     
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    Would surely consider a look at the Mahindra's only because of the 7 yr warranty if you purchase new.

    Partial to the kubota's only because I own one. Would never consider buying one with out 4 wheel drive, just seems to double it's power and pretty much go through anything, also has to have a front bucket, can use just for about everything, and hydro stat a must for me, surely makes maneuvering a whole lot faster and easier.. seems to hold their value as long as taken care of.
     
  14. Wurm Slinger

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    Having never owned a tractor or really used one for much, what will 37-40 horse do? I would not buy a tractor without a front bucket and honestly, a rear hoe is high on the wish list. What size plow or disc can a person get away with if they have 37-40 horse?
     
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    IMAG0181.jpg I have a 26 hp Kubota and does most everything for me, easy to maneuver through the woods. Like what everybody say's go a little bigger never be dis satisfied.
    Would think with the h.p. your asking would pull a two bottom plow with ease, I run a 5' county line tiller with no issue's.