Used Tractor Around $30K

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Jabes0623

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I've decided it's time to upgrade to a new (to me) tractor. I'm looking in the 80-120HP range. My only local dealer is Massey Ferguson & New Holland so I'd prefer to stick to one of those two manufacturers. He has a like new '10 Massey 4WD 2680HD with FEL & 2 remotes for $29,900. That's about the only tractor he has that I have any interest in & I don't want to get stuck on it just because it's close & available.

The tractor must have a FEL. Other than that its main use will be haying, mostly small squares but I need to be able to pull a round baler as well. I live in hilly country so I need something with plenty of weight & plenty of muscle. I don't particularly care about a cab.

I understand that there's no perfect piece of equipment but I want to seek some wisdom good & bad from the group here. I'm open to any & all suggestions. And as I said in the title $30K is my budget limit.

Thanks in advance for your input.
 

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I know nothing about the newer Massey Ferguson. But I saw one at the GCA convention and it was 90hp with a 3 cylinder diesel. And that was enough for me, I'd look at New Holland.
 

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True Grit Farms":3o5f2a2h said:
I know nothing about the newer Massey Ferguson. But I saw one at the GCA convention and it was 90hp with a 3 cylinder diesel. And that was enough for me, I'd look at New Holland.

Seems like modern horsies are all smaller than they used to be ;-)

That said, I must say I'm impressed with the 4cyl in my Kubota. At 375 cubic inches making 105 PTO HP, it has more displacement than a 5.9L Cummins 6cyl :eek:
 

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Engine hp and PTO hp are different and can vary widely between mfgs.PTO is what you will be using.Ex. NH sells a tractor with @70 hp engine which has 57 PTO
If you are doing 4'X5' bales,its probably enough unless you have hilly land then weight will play a factor as well.If you are using a FEL to move bales weight really comes in to play when stacking.Don't lift bales too high ultil you get some experience and then with all due caution.
 

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Should check on having an aux. hyd. added to front loader so you could get a grapple bucket they are very handy to have
 

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I have a 2012 new Holland t 5060 .. 600 hrs on it .. 4x4 fel extra hydro.. cab air .gonna be selling her soon .. I bought it to bale hay but sold the hay equipment .. I really don't need anything that big to mow and put out hay for the cows.. I have a 85 horse Kubota before but sold it due to it being so lite .. the new Holland is 5 or 6 k pounds heavier .. that makes a big difference on ride as well as pulling a disc.. Probably asking a bit more than 30 though .. gotta get her apraised..
 

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