Review By : NewEnglandJoe on Oct 16 2005 12:00AM
Price Paid : $16,000.00
Years of Use : 1-2 Years Use
Implements : Loader, Backhoe, Brush hog, York Rake, 3 pt wood splitter
Purchased From : Dealer
Strengths Ease of Use, Low Maintenance (Very Low)!, rugged, More for the money than other brands I looked at. Paid 16k with loader and backhoe included.
Its not GREEN!
Weaknesses Did not come with parts manual. OK, I'm cheap, I don't want ot buy one. Not that I need it but I overtightened the haydaulic suction filter bolt and snapped it off.
Other weaknesses? Well, I wish it had just a bit more lifting power with the implements but hey, this is a subcompact, not a major unit. I have found very little that I dislike about my baby!
Oh, I don't like the placement of the lights on the roll bar, I keep smashing them into trees so I'm about to remove them completely.
Overall This unit has performed just about every task I've asked. I've got about 150 hrs on it, I've spread about 60 tons of topsoil around a pool I had put in, raked it out and spread the seen. Dug a 150 foot trench with the backhoe for my pool drain, brush hogged about 60 acres a couple of times, and use it occasionaly to move larg snow piles after they build up too high. I occasionally try to lift a bucketload of dirt or rock that is just too much for the bucket and the thing will bog down a bit but I ussually just drop a bit and I'm OK.
I recently lifted a 1200+ pound generator of my trailer with the backhoe and just about maxed the backhoe out but it lifted the unit in the end. Overall, I'd sell my wife before I sold my tractor. I love this thing! OK, don't tell my wife that!
I would highly recommend this unit. Just make sure your dealer is established and is planning on staying in business. The guy I baought from had been in business for 40+ years. Went belly up about a year after I bought my tractor. Good thing I'm in farm country. There are 2 other dealers within about 40 miles so I am OK for service. Not that I get a lot because all normal service is easily done by me.
Parts : 7 Performance : 10
Ease of Use : 10 Financing :
Reliability : 10 Overall : 10