Y’all, I hate owing anybody money. The idea of owing thousands of dollars to a bank is stressful to me. The only bank note we have owed for years is our home.
But that is about to change.
Too many projects have hit a stopping point for want of any easier way to complete them. Which really means I wanted some heavy equipment to get the job done.
Mind you I did say want, not need. I know people out there are doing this by hand or with animals such as donkeys, mules and horses. I, however, wanted machinery.
The advice I received from our friend Tommy at Alderman Farms was the same advice we had personally taken (and learned over the years) regarding other purchases – buy the right one now or regret it later.
In this case that means buying the largest tractor we could afford.
We ended up selecting a Kubota L4600. We also have a John Deere dealer here, so let me explain the decision making process just a little:
- For the same price we get about 10 more horse power out of a Kubota than we would have with a Deere.
- Kubota offered much better financing options.
- The Kubota dealer offered more “blunt” advice on our purchase.
Also, we went with the gear shift option, not the hydrostatic. It may mean more lever flipping while driving, but it keeps our horsepower at the maximum, as the hydrostatic transmission takes away some of the power.
We are getting the tractor with the front end loaded as well as purchasing a rotary cutter (Bush-Hog) and a box blade. Make no mistake, there are a dozen other implements I want, but these are the ones that will get us going.
We will be on the look out for a boom pole, auger, and the best way for us to no-till plant corn and other field crops on our property. There are other implements that I am interested in as well, but those are next on the list, as it were.
If you are local and have any old implements that you can donate or are looking to sell cheap, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Needless to say there is a line of projects just waiting for this tractor. After all, it was the need to complete the projects that has caused us to purchase the tractor! To give you and idea of what to expect:
- Gravel Driveway repair:
- This is the #1 project. Our driveway has become very difficult to deal with. Ruts, pot holes, run-off, etc. There is a lot to be done.
- The lawnmower has been dysfunctional for a while and as such the property needs a cutting. For now this will have to be handled by the rotary cutter until the mower can be repaired.
- Be it leveling land for better gardening or creating ditches, berms and other earthworks to help with water management, there is a lot of soil work to be done.
- Reclaim “Weed Hill”:
- When our property was first prepared for our home the bulldozer man managed to pile all the top soil in to one area. That area needs to be pushed back to flat, which will open up a large area of our back yard.
- Land Clearing:
- Of our 7 acres there are about 4 of them that we never see due to overgrowth. I have maintained a walking trail through some of the acreage with the mower, but now it is time to really do some clearing.
- This does not mean clear-cutting. It means getting access to the property and opening it up for fencing for animal pastures.
Hopefully you can see why we feel it was time to make this investment. If not, just stay tuned, you’ll be sure to see a majority, if not all of them, right here on our website and YouTube channel.
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