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Old 05/22/07, 08:22 AM
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John Deere 4320, anyone have?

I'm 99% sure the JD 4320 is the tractor we've decided on. We were leaning heavily towards the NH45DA that we had in the past, but the specs on the JD are better, and the price we've been quoted locally is definitely better. I've sent a quote request to several dealers, and will see where it ends up.

We haven't yet decided if we're going to get the backhoe (448 model) or not, but have decided to start progress on our land, the loader, brush hog and a grapple make the most sense. Maybe this fall, a blade and a box blade.

Any feedback on folks with this model greatly appreciated. I asked on Tractorbynet, and between the JD 4320 and the NH45DA, preference seems to be the JD

Also, for temporary shelter until we can get the shop built (hopefully this fall) we were considering buying one of the 14' Port-a-huts with the front swinging doors as a "Garage". Anyone know if the tractor will fit with the ROPS down? The hut is 8' in the center, but there are some support brackets. We could dig down a bit for more height.

This seems like a good solution because we can put footers in and lock it down, but since it comes in sheets and we have no more than a logging trail onto the land, we could probably get it down on the tractor with the flat bed.

Last, we love port-a-huts and could later use it for livestock.

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Old 05/22/07, 08:51 AM
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John Deere made two 4320 models. Most of us farmers are probably thinking the 100 HP, six-cylinder diesel made in the early 70s. I have a 4020, and my neighbor has a 4320. If you're talking these tractors, they are excellent and have high resale.

Sounds like you are talking about the 50 HP, 4-cylinder diesel, hydro utility tractor with MFWD.

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Old 05/22/07, 09:30 AM
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Oh yes sorry, I meant the 48hp compact utility tractor. We don't need a big Ag tractor for what we plan to do with it.

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Not to throw a wrench in the works, but ..... http://www.renewables.com/Permacultu...actorSpecs.htm

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Old 05/22/07, 11:48 AM
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Paul, is that a solar panel on the top of that thing? Eep! I don't think that'd work too well in the woods, which is mostly what our place is. Cool idea though!

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The solar panel is optional. I wouldn't get that.

Cost to run is peanuts compared to buying a john deere.

And they are whisper quiet. No exhaust stink. Far easier to maintain. They have a three point hitch, PTO, and you can get a loader for it.

Plus, the seat and all the operating gear can be moved to several places on the tractor. Including facing backward so that you can run a bush hog without having to constantly look backward.

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We have the John Deere 990 compact tractor and we love it. We have the backhoe attachment, post hole digger, tiller, deck mower, box scraper, snow plow, front loader, etc. with it and we haven't found anything on our 35 acre place that it hasn't been able to accomplish including toting 1000 pound round bales on a hay spike. It's a great little tractor.

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Oh wow that's a nice setup Lisa! We'll have to add implements as able, we were going to start with the loader, brush hog and grapple...although we're on the fence with the backhoe. I would LOVE to hear how you've used it.

We got another quote this afternoon from the dealer back home, for $2k less, so I think we'll probably take it. Just can't decide on the backhoe yet or not... LOL

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Oh wow that's a nice setup Lisa! We'll have to add implements as able, we were going to start with the loader, brush hog and grapple...although we're on the fence with the backhoe. I would LOVE to hear how you've used it.

We got another quote this afternoon from the dealer back home, for $2k less, so I think we'll probably take it. Just can't decide on the backhoe yet or not... LOL

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I've a John Deere tractor, with a box blade, a cultivator, a dirt buster, and a disk harrow. I haven't bought a backhoe yet because I don't have enough work for it to justify the cost. I sure would like one though. Maybe someday when I have a bit more money saved up for extravagance.

Anyway, just want to say that while you are deciding upon the backhoe, remember to determine how much work you expect to do with the backhoe in the next few years. Then determine if the cost is worth it. If you're only going to be using the backhoe a couple days a year, it might be far more economical to rent the backhoe attatchment and invest the money saved elsewhere.

In other words, determine if the backhoe will pay for itself. Don't forget to include the ownership value of having it available whenever you want it.
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Old 05/23/07, 07:27 AM
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I think we're going to hold off on the backhoe until Fall. We only have 2 weeks around the end of June, 1st of July to go up and work on the land. Better spent brush hogging the road in, the small cleared area that's about to be overtaken, and starting clearing other areas.

It'll likely be Fall before we can go back again, so I think getting the hoe now would be pointless, it'd just sit.

As for justifiying it's use... I have a never ending list of projects for it, many in areas a regular backhoe can't get to.

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Oh wow that's a nice setup Lisa! We'll have to add implements as able, we were going to start with the loader, brush hog and grapple...although we're on the fence with the backhoe. I would LOVE to hear how you've used it.

We got another quote this afternoon from the dealer back home, for $2k less, so I think we'll probably take it. Just can't decide on the backhoe yet or not... LOL

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We've used the backhoe to trench, to dig out dirt and sand and to clear brush and stumps from an area we wanted to build on. He also put a roof on the tractor and that has been really helpful in the sun and the rain.
One thing about the attachments: they seem to breed. It seems I'm always finding some new implement when I go down to the machine shed for something.
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I think you'll have tons of uses for a backhoe, but if you can't use one right now, it gives you time to look for used ones. Happy homesteading...and mowing...and digging...and sweating....

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Yeah, I can see it's use being never ending... trenches, planting trees, water lines, root cellar, footings, ditch work, cleaning up the creek banks, working on the spring...

Hey Lisa do you operate your backhoe? I actually do most of our tractor work, but I'm a bit leery of a backhoe. I want one... for hubby LOL. I'm afraid I might find myself in a precarious position using one.

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