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Old 02-28-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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Tractor? Bobcat? 4-Wheeler?


I have a seven acre parcel out back of my house. Mostly trees, mostly like 10 inch circumference, so not huge. Lot of rocks, maybe 30 to 40 pounders. Sloped here and there, flat here and there.

I want to smooth things out a bit, remove some trees, pull out some stumps, and build some stone walls and walking paths.

What's the best piece of equipment, if I can only have one?! A tractor with a front-end loader? A bobcat? A four wheeler with a plow or something like that??

Just looking for opinions!

Thank you.

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Old 02-28-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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A tractor with a front-end loader, back blade, back hoe, bush hog and so on. A tractor is more versatile and can add more attachments. I have an ATV because that is what I can afford. I use it to pull a small trailer to haul fire wood. $25,000.00 for a decent tractor new.

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I agree, a tractor is the most versatile of the three.
Stick will a know brand and a check where your local dealers are for that brand so you can get parts.
I'd suggest nothing less then 25 hp. to do any real work.
I use a 23 hp. and for 90% of the things I do with it, it works fine, but for heavy draging, pulling stumps, running a wider bush hog and running a back hoe of any size you need more HP.
A 4 wheel drive cost more but in my opion is well worth it.
Try to find one that already has a loader. It's about a $3,000 accessory.
There about 3, differant types of tires avalible for the rear tires, AG which are deep luged for maximum traction, Low AG which is a compromize, not as good traction but easyer on turf. Then turf tires. There best if your mainly driving over lawns so you do not tear it up.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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Thanks! I am coming to the same conclusion as well, that a tractor is the most versatile. I see a few used ones on CL with loaders, plus we have a few dealers nearby that sell and maintain used ones. Not sure I can go for brand new, but the dealers have all kinds of good offers (low interest rates, low money down, etc). I figure with the loader I could do some snow removal too, as well as help out a neighbor or two...

Nothing is cheap, lol! I priced Bobcats, and yikes! Then I looked at four wheelers, OMG, new tthose things are almost as expensive as a good used car....
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I have a 04 Polaris 500HO I bought new, when I was working lots of over time. No more over time now, I could not afford one today. My tractor is a 1978 Ford F250 4X4 351 mod 400 block with an 8 Western plow and tire chains year round. I plow snow with it and pull stumps. But it is no where near a tractor. It has heat although!
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Re: pulling stumps, a 25 hp tractor at 1 mph gives you 9200 lbs of traction?
Does that sound right?
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depends on μ (mu) I'd think.
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I have a seven acre parcel out back of my house. Mostly trees, mostly like 10 inch circumference, so not huge. Lot of rocks, maybe 30 to 40 pounders. Sloped here and there, flat here and there.

I want to smooth things out a bit, remove some trees, pull out some stumps, and build some stone walls and walking paths.

What's the best piece of equipment, if I can only have one?! A tractor with a front-end loader? A bobcat? A four wheeler with a plow or something like that??

Just looking for opinions!

Thank you.
10" circumference or diameter?

10" circumference = ~3.2" diameter

I think for 7 acres, that's too big of a job for a bobcat skid steer, but a bobcat compact tractor may work.

http://www.bobcat.com/utility_machines/tractors/
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