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Offline NWIAdeerhunter

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« on: April 21, 2016, 08:13:27 AM »
Now that I have my own farm, its time for me to start getting some equipment together for food plots and such, the only thing I'm just not sure about is how big of a tractor I need.  Was wondering what horsepower everyone has for their food plot tractor? At this point I'm not so concerned about cost as just making sure I get the right size. Implement size will come after tractor size is decided.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 09:46:10 AM »
Implement size should come first or at least that's what I would do. You choose the tractor first, then get a certain disc or bush hog and then in a few years you'll want a little bigger this or that and don't have the tractor to pull it. We use them all down here for foodplots, etc. from 38 horse to 110. Best I've seen is somewhere around the middle. We have a 68hp john deere that will do it all without any trouble for those tight spots and can pull anything around 6-8 foot wide.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 10:50:16 AM »
I have a eng 23 hp and 19 pto sub compact and I have a sprayer, a 48" disk, a 1 shank ripper and get a long just fine. it works great for smaller plots and is easy moved on a trailer. My next purchase will be a small 3 pt seeder.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2016, 02:43:51 PM »
I have a 40 HP John Deere 990 with tiller and brush hog,  works fine.  I would get a 4 wheel drive machine and as has been said, HP depends on the implement size you want or need
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Re: tractor
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2016, 06:54:34 PM »
Have a 38 HP tractor with a hystat transmission, 4WD, and my implements are mostly 6'.  Your soil type and slopes will come into play as well.  I have heavy clay soils, and my setup doesn't lug down much unless I'm on the slopes.  The hystat is a great thing for mowing and using the loader.  If that's not your concern though, a direct drive transmission will put a little more power to the ground than a hystat with the same engine power, so keep that in mind as well.

Think about how big your plots are, how much time you have to get the work done, and what else you may want to use the machine for.  Not a one-size-fits-all situation, opinions will vary.  You can get some good deals on used equipment if you know what you want and can be patient.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2016, 08:25:14 PM »
I have a 790 JD that is great for plots up to 2-3 acres. I think it's a 28hp. my biggest plot is 2 acres and I have 7 acres under till. if I went any bigger than 3 acres per plot I'd need something bigger

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Re: tractor
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2016, 10:48:12 PM »
I use 2 tractors, one has been in on our farm since 1975, a Massey Ferguson 175, 63 hp.  I farmed with it for many years.  The 3 point lift is messed up but the remote hydraulics work well, so I pull a 9 foot disk harrow with it. 
About 10 years ago, I bought a Zetor 3340.  It is 4 wheel drive and rated at 46 hp.  It handles 2 row farm equipment with ease.  It has a BushHog brand front in loader and that is the greatest thing since sliced bread!  It also has remote hydraulics and will pull the 9' harrow with ease.
Been planting food plots for maybe 35 years and have planted them with regular row crop planters, grain drills, 3 point broadcast spinners and even by hand.  It's all good, get the biggest tractor you can afford and keep your equipment small enough to make for easy access to remote food plots.  Used 2 row sized equipment is ideal for food plot work and can sometimes be found "out behind the barn" because folks have upgraded to larger equipment.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2016, 03:44:32 PM »
NWIA - I agree with Madgomer.  Soil type plays a big part, but a couple good rules of thumbs (?):
 
You need:

5-7 hp per width of bushhog (6 ft bushhog = 30-40 hp needed)
6-8 hp per width of disc (6 ft disc = 35-45 hp needed)
20 hp per bottom moldboard plow (2 bottom plow = 40 hp)

My tractors have always been 55 hp and less so I can get by with a few five gallon fuel cans without needing to purchase a tank.  If you decide to get a tiller, in lieu of a plow and disc, you will need 4wd if it is a reverse tine rototiller.  If it is a forward tine rototiller a 2WD will be just fine.

Good luck and keep us posted on your decision.

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Re: tractor
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2016, 05:29:27 PM »
Agree with those rules of thumb Ben - works for me.  Lots of factors can come into play, but that's a great place to aim as a starting point. 
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Re: tractor
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2016, 06:23:50 AM »
I have a 46 hp kubota that works with all my six foot attachments np...bushog,cultivator,tiller.cultipacker. The loader is lifting some really big limestone that i am landscaping with at the moment.Like others have said get the 4wd if possible and think ahead as i had some four foot equipment in the past andthen upgraded and needed gigger implements.
I added a backhoe last fall while building our home and it has probably paid for itself already.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2016, 06:39:10 AM »
We have a 38 horse JD 4 wheel. I  have a 6 ft disc,brush mower,York rake,backhoe,front end loader , loading tines and a harrow drag...it does a lot of work around here.

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Re: tractor
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2016, 07:29:32 AM »
Thanks everyone for the input, I think I have decided on a 36 hp one, It will do all I need to do right now, and for a ways down the road, I'm keeping it a bit smaller since my grandmother is also wanting one and is actually going to split the cost with me, she really couldn't justify spending the money for it alone and neither could I so this is working out great. I am just waiting now for the next rain day to go down to cabela's and take a look, I talked to one of their salesman a couple days ago and they have one on the showroom floor. They are running great specials on them right now, and that's why we are going there,  he quoted me for the tractor and loader together brand new, with a regular gear shift transmisson, 18,200, which I thought was cheaper compared to everyone else, has the same motor that the new john deere ones have in it as well.
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Re: tractor
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2016, 05:04:49 PM »
be careful not sure how good their tractors are
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Re: tractor
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2016, 10:08:38 PM »
cabelas is in the process of getting sold. they do have some good prices on all their cabelas branded items. I don't know anything about their tractors though. good luck
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Re: tractor
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2016, 10:19:56 AM »
be careful not sure how good their tractors are

Dave, their tractors are made by TYM, which is a pretty popular braND in the compact tractor world, the motor is a yanmar which is the exact same as the John deere
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