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Old 10-14-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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If you had a choice to buy a new tractor what would you buy? We are looking to purchase a new tractor 50+ HP. We are considering a Kubota or John Deere right now but want to hear other reviews or suggestions. We just sold the 35 hp Kubota we had. It was a great machine but we are looking at all the options. Wanting to go bigger to use a limb ninja.
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Can't go wrong with either orange or green. We have a 4105 JD with hydrostatic trans. I don't know that I'll ever own another tractor that isn't hydrostatic. Saves tons of time and lots easier to drive. We looked at both when we were buying and just felt like the JD was a little bit better machine than the Kubota for the money. We are looking at getting a limb ninja as well. Already have the secondary pump for the grapple. Just have to run a 3rd return line.

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you need to look at the hydraulic flow (gpm) on the tractor you narrow it down to. The hydraulic cutters donít go by horsepower, only gpm of hydraulic fluid. With that being said I would be looking hard at the JD 5045 if you want a geared tractor and a 4044R or a 4052R if you want hydrostatic.

Keep in mind that with a hydrostatic you will lose gpm flow to the cutter because the pump is also running the transmission. I personally like running an external 3 point hitch hydraulic pump on the pto instead of running it on the tractor hydraulic pump. Much less wear and tear, donít have to worry about over heating your fluid.

I looked at the Limb Ninja before I built my own cutter and didnít like the fact it was belt driven. Now that I have my own and have seen how much debris hits the cutter, no way I would buy a belt driven unit.
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Thank you Auburn17 for educating me. I'm looking at buying a tractor in the next year, so I'd like to pick your brain sometime. I'm just wanting one for food plots and such. following this thread.
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Went thru this all not long ago and settled on a JD 5055E with the powrreverser transmission and 520M loader. One of my biggest things was the local dealer. So far have been very happy with the purchase and it has plenty of gpm to run a hydraulic cutter - we are looking at getting one as well.
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Might look into a Lane Shark mower, they make them in Walnut Hill, Fl.
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i bought a ford 9n with a 5ft bushhog and it runs great. 17 hp but that's all i need. gonna be good in the garden, too. need to find a pull behind rake to pick up the pecan limbs in my pecan orchard. any suggestions?

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Might look into a Lane Shark mower, they make them in Walnut Hill, Fl.
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I've driven New Holland (my Dad's), JD (Son in Law) and Kubota (mine) and there is only one I would ever buy/own in the future -- Kubota.

All were hydro, and each had some features that the other didn't, but to me, the Kubota felt more "solid" -- like the difference in shutting a Tacoma door vs a Silverado door. The NH had a screen in front of the radiator that would be a bitch to clean--that's enough for me to never buy one...I have to clean my Kubota screen 10x a day when bushhogging. The NH was also impossible to reach basic maintenance items. The JD just felt really "cheap", but it was the 30XX series...I drove a 41XX series last month and it felt beefier, but had crappy visibility when mowing. And the JD hydro two-pedal system sucks once you've used the pivot Kubota hydro pedal.

The Kubota MX5100HST might be worth a test drive. Irby Tractors in Vincent, AL has a real nice used one for sale right now that I've been salivating over, but I'm still 5 years out from my "forever" tractor on my retirement farm, so I'm just going to continue to abuse my L3800.
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I stop at coastal kubota in monroeville every now and then and walk around and drool. They got lots to look at!
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