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Old 03-18-2018, 06:17 PM
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Default Garden tractor with bucket?

I've been wanting to get a small garden type tractor with hydraulic bucket for some time now. I've got a John Deere dealer near me, a New Holland dealer, and also a Kubota dealer all within ten miles. I haven't gone to get any info yet though, waiting until next summer when I can start collecting my pension and then will have the dough to purchase one. Just wondering of the three units, which do you think is the best of the three?
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:45 PM
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You probably can't go wrong with any of those options. I have a small John Deere and I love it! It was the smallest sub-compact utility tractor that JD made when I bought it, and it fits our needs perfectly. There are a few things that it is not big enough to handle, but it fits between trees so I can easily go out to haul logs and firewood. It won't handle round hay bales, and is a little light to plow the snow when it gets real deep, but it works well, and My wife often says: "I wish we had bought this thing years ago."
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Old 03-20-2018, 09:11 PM
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My first advice is to go to the small/compact tractor forums and learn, learn, learn.......

Green Tractor Talk

Kubota forum

My tractor dot net

And others I can't dredge up at the moment.

Depending on your use, moving snow, light field/garden work, lawn mowing the smaller (cheaper) sub compacts will do a lot. And they are a brute for loader work more so than there size would indicate.

Regardless of brand/color, one thing seems true across the board.
Physical tractor size more so than horse power will dictate what implements will work with a given tractor size the best. For instance, sub compact specific implements usually work best with a sub compact frame size tractor.

For the hay field, snow blower, and other implements we use, we opted for a 32hp John Deere. Kind of the bigger end of the compact line, smaller than the "utility" line. Biggest model you can get that still has a mid mount mower deck.

I've bled green all my life. Coincidentally green was the only brand with no interest finance, and the most available in our area.

Good hunting.
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