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  • Tractor implement/attachment questions! :)

    I bought a tractor! I'm sure to many of you it's just a biggish lawnmower but it is going to CHANGE. MY. LIFE. I'm very excited -- it is being delivered on Wednesday.

    So now tell me what attachments/implements you have that are of great help. I will not be doing much (if any) field work so I'm not going for the mower/tiller options at this time. I'm more in favor of clean-up and maintenance work at this time.

    And one specific question -- the front yard/parking area in front of our leased barn gets very muddy and mucky. Soil from around the edges washes onto the pavement, and we do end up dropping hay as we are wheeling it back and forth. My landlord has always been reluctant to scrape with his loader. (Of course he's reluctant to do much of anything so I don't want to read too much into this!) Is there a better tool for scraping mud/wet hay off pavement? The pavement isn't totally level, there are some divots and rough patches. I could either push like with a snow plow or scoop like with a loader; I see pros and cons to each, so what I really want it to use the tool best suited that will hold up to this use.
    Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.
    Starman

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    You can use the loader edge to scrape anything smooth by putting it down and backing.
    That works well for hard to get small patches, or long stretches of bumpy driveway.

    If you get an auger to drill holes, get a hydraulic one.
    PTO ones are just barely better than hand digging holes, not worth it at all if you have other than very soft, sandy soils.

    If your tractor is quick-change and you can drop the bucket by pulling two pins, get a pallet fork.
    Those you can use to carry a million things and you can put an empty pallet on it and use it to carry around hay or grain sacks and hoist anything up there, including people and materials.

    If you don't have a manure spreader yet, you can load the bucket with manure directly from the stalls or with manure buckets and go spread it by dumping the manure slowly here and there.
    If some falls in clumps, you can back the edge of the bucket over them to spread it more.

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    • #3
      Congratulations on your new machine!

      It seems like another lifetime ago, but when we bought the farm and equipment I remember taking video of the brush hog, mower, plow and other implements being hitched up and prepared for duty and also being disconnected. The first year or two it was great to be able to go back to those videos when we forgot something or wondered, "is this right?"

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      • #4
        JoZ, congratulations! What kind did you get?

        My husband refuses to buy an actual tractor for our 5.25 acres, but maybe if I could persuade him to move up just a bit from our string of garden tractors (which, I keep pointing out to him, we drive to premature deaths because they're just not sturdy enough to handle the stuff we do with them and don't even take attachments) ... My kingdom for a brush hog and arena drag!

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        • #5
          Front end loader.
          Brush hog.
          Flexible tine harrow.
          Broadcast seeder
          Box blade.
          Snow blower.
          Manure spreader.

          Could do without the manure spreader, and we have a new zero-turn lawn mower that makes the brush hog less necessary, but it's still nice to have that for tall/weedy/unkempt areas. Which happen. The seeder is only used 1-2x per year (seed and/or fertilizer and/or lime) but it sure is nice to have it when I need it. The FEL and harrow are used weekly if not every few days. Box blade is very versatile but also on the "occasional" list. Snow blower very, very busy for 3 months out of the year.

          There aren't many more implements I feel I need, but I'd like to have an add-on cab for my tractor. A luxury, but one that's badly desired in February when snow-blowing the driveway in 40mph winds.

          We never did buy an auger, since they're available to rent close by and we're done putting in fence posts for the foreseeable future.
          Click here before you buy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deltawave View Post
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            There aren't many more implements I feel I need, but I'd like to have an add-on cab for my tractor. A luxury, but one that's badly desired in February when snow-blowing the driveway in 40mph winds.
            Uh, this is what children are for! Some of the best memories of my youth are plowing out the driveways and barn areas on the JD 5600 and Ford 550. It was a right of passage to be in a blizzard on the tractors and then come in covered in snow.

            Who needs a cab when you can watch from the window of the house. Just don't burn your lips on the cocoa.

            Back blades suck for plowing as well as front buckets. Buckets work in super deep snow (when you can only move a tiny bit anyway) but are poor performers for plowing. A regular blade that you can angle is best. Otherwise, make sure you have a float setting on your loader and just be ready to go over the same spot time, and time, and time, again.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JoZ View Post
              Is there a better tool for scraping mud/wet hay off pavement?
              A powerful leaf blower. (then put down some crush 'n run on the mud that washes)
              The most useful tool you will always love for a tractor is a quick hitch. http://www.greenwellmfg.com/
              As for all the other goodies, I would say wait until you need something and buy used.
              Box blades suck - get a straight blade that has all the adjustments.
              A chain drag for your ring.
              A sprayer with a PTO pump.
              A PTO driven manure spreader. (You don't have to be moving to dump the doodoo)
              A finishing mower.
              ... _. ._ .._. .._

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                We never did buy an auger, since they're available to rent close by and we're done putting in fence posts for the foreseeable future.
                No no no to the auger! We had one growing up, then dad bought a post driver. HEAVEN!!! I will never put in fenceposts with an auger again. He specially welded up a smaller 3 pt hitch attachment system to the driver to fit my little tractor and hauled it to Indiana last year to drive in a new fence line. So worth it. You can get more done in a day than we used to get done in three or four days with the auger.

                For the scraping mud/wet hay issue, I think you could probably do a pretty good job with a FEL on float and a lot of patience. The more time you spend on the tractor the more precision you will acquire.

                For snow I have a front blade and extra hydraulics that allow L-R angling, which is key since I have a very long driveway, about 1/4 mile. I spend a lot of time plowing in the winter since we get lots of lake effect here.

                I have a 40 year old manure spreader that is a nice addition to keep the manure pile down. A spike harrow for the sand ring. A brushhog, absolutely necessary for keeping pastures nice. Forks, which are useful for various purposes. And a 6' underbelly mower, which I use for mowing my yard except for trim, which I do with a push mower. I don't really need anything else though I wouldn't turn down a box blade or a sprayer!
                Last edited by fordtraktor; May. 18, 2011, 02:30 PM.

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                • #9
                  Amen to the patience fordtraktor.

                  The problem with most augers is if you do not have hydraulics to drive the screw down, then the only force pushing down on the bit is its weight. We put a 10 foot iron pipe section that stuck out from the auger and then sat on that while the bit ran to get any good holes dug. It was a painful ride when you hit rocks though. Most small farm tractors don't have a hydraulic set up to push down on the draw bar or attachment.

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                  • #10
                    JoZ, huge congrats! And don't be worried about your tractor being a big lawn mower...I just bought a new smaller tractor because my 33hp midframe was just too big and bulky for daily use on my 4.5 acres. I bought a 23hp instead, that small difference in size makes a big difference in how useful it is to me. It fits in the barn, can scoot around tighter corners, is more stable on steep slopes (which I have a lot of), can fit through the heavily wooded areas and still has more than enough hp to do everything I need it to do.

                    What attachments you'll get the most use out of depends on what you'll be doing with it and what type of land your 5 acres is made up of.

                    A brush hog is a great attachment, Mr Blue wanted one but we really don't have enough use for it. I have more woods than brushy open areas. Take a good look at your land and decide if the attachment will get used more than 1-2 times annually. If not, then there are other ways to get it done or you can rent something for a day. And even renting one once or twice annually is a hella lot cheaper than buying one. Plus it's one less attachment to store.

                    A box blade is also nice to have, but I went with the front blade instead. I can use it for snow removal, smoothing, moving earth, etc. More uses and a smaller attachment.

                    We got the landscape/york rake. This one came with tires on it and fixed tines, haven't used it yet so not sure how useful it will be. My bigger tractor has the 6' loose tine rake without the tires on it and boy howdy did we get a ton of use out of that. Did everything from smoothing our dirt paddock, raking grooves in it after rain to keep it from puddling, raking thick carpet of dead leaves out of the woods, yanking up small stumps, snow removal if there was less than 8" of snow (makes nice grooves so if it melts and freezes again it's not a smooth slick of ice and still has tons of traction) and turning the top of the manure pile. (it's easier to go into it backwards so the big tires are on the manure and not the skinny front tires that sink)

                    A snow blower is awesome if you have really long paths/drives to do and you get a lot of snow. A plow can only push it so far and after multiple snowfalls the edges get built up really high. With a blower you can keep going without losing power and throw the snow well out of your way. They're not cheap though.

                    An attachment to really consider is a weight box for the back. If you're lifting anything heavy or shoving a lot of snow, having the back counter-weight makes a world of difference.
                    And get the tires filled for weight.

                    I'm going to assume a front end loader is already on it? If not, definitely an FEL. And do go with a quick-attach or i-match if possible, makes changing implements sooo much easier and less labor intensive. Nobody wants to need half a day and 2 burly guys just to change out your attachments as needed.

                    I didn't go with any mowers for mine. I don't have a ton of area to mow and have a ride on mower for that. A tractor is a lot harder to do a lawn with if you have to manuever around stuff, it has a much larger turning ratio. I have ag tires for traction and those chew up my lawn and the mowing bed would have to go on only for mowing. Otherwise I lose a ton of clearance under the tractor.

                    We just got our tractor on the 13th and for starting out with this one we got the front blade, FEL, 5' landscape rake, i-match and quick attach for front and rear, weight box and had the tires filled before delivery. Mr Blue wants a box blade and backhoe. I have no idea why, he's never used either one and he's already dangerous on any tractor, LOL! I'd like to eventually get a hard cab for it for winter snow removal. Those are wicked nice, but also not cheap.
                    I got the JD 2320, here's Jane:

                    (I have to paint the rake green, it's been too wet out to paint. And I'm just anal enough that I like all my implements to match, LOL)

                    So what did you get???
                    You jump in the saddle,
                    Hold onto the bridle!
                    Jump in the line!
                    ...Belefonte

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                    • #11
                      Uh, this is what children are for!
                      Reed, you've MET my kid. A 40mph wind would blow him halfway to Canada. Maybe when he's old enough to reach the pedals . . .
                      Click here before you buy.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                        Reed, you've MET my kid. A 40mph wind would blow him halfway to Canada. Maybe when he's old enough to reach the pedals . . .
                        Why wait? My suggestions; seat belt, wood blocks bolted to the pedals, and slide the seat forward. Then again, you are right, I met your kid. He would be disassembling the tractor in no time. Forget it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RAyers View Post
                          Amen to the patience fordtraktor.

                          The problem with most augers is if you do not have hydraulics to drive the screw down, then the only force pushing down on the bit is its weight. We put a 10 foot iron pipe section that stuck out from the auger and then sat on that while the bit ran to get any good holes dug. It was a painful ride when you hit rocks though. Most small farm tractors don't have a hydraulic set up to push down on the draw bar or attachment.
                          Ah yes, my other problem with augers -- I've been bucked off a time or two! Great fun when you are a teenager, not so much at 30. The other issue, most have a good PTO guard for that reason but you need to be very aware should you take a tumble off the top. No sport in getting an arm or leg yanked off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                            No no no to the auger! We had one growing up, then dad bought a post driver. HEAVEN!!! I will never put in fenceposts with an auger again. He specially welded up a smaller 3 pt hitch attachment system to the driver to fit my little tractor and hauled it to Indiana last year to drive in a new fence line. So worth it. You can get more done in a day than we used to get done in three or four days with the auger.
                            We've got an auger but even in our almost rock-free soil it takes a bigger tractor to sink that sucker. The 50HP tractor can do it, but barely- it just doesn't have enough down pressure. Even with the bigger tractor we have to use a pipe or something to hold down pressure a lot of the time. I covet a post driver, but they're too expensive to just have sitting around. They're also quite dangerous, so no place around here rents them.

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                            • #15
                              True shakeytails, my dad has 300 acres, my uncle has 600, my brother has 100 and is a vo-ag teacher, I have 19 -- we are a farming family, mostly livestock, and set a lot of fence. It is worth it for us to have one in the family, not so much for the average small farmette who is going to use it once every 10 years and might maim themselves with it.

                              But maybe worth it to pay someone to drive the posts and to he!! with the darn auger, unless you have teenagers you need to get out of the house or something.

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