Review By : GreenAcres on May 23 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $0.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : Tiller, Bushhog, Post Hole Digger, Box Blade, Front End Loader
Purchased From : Willie Germann, Somerville, TN
Strengths I bought this tractor 5 years ago, and has 440 hours on it. It has hydrostat, 4WD, and a 14A loader. I use it to till my garden, to bushhog about 4 acres of pasture, and the FEL is used to carry anything and everything around my small farm. I had never owned or operated a tractor before, but found this tractor to be easy to operate after just a few hours of seat time. I've had few problems with it (see weaknesses below for details on the few problems I have had). Most of the time, it cranks right up and is ready to go.
Weaknesses It does have several weaknesses: 1, the hydraulic system hoses busted several times during the first two years of service, and my New Holland dealer finally had to replace the entire hose system (under warranty, so it didn't cost me anything). Even now, though, it seems like once a year, the two elbow hoses that are a part of that system bust and I have to replace them. I keep an extra set of the elbow hoses and an extra gallon or two of hydralic fluid around the shop because I know before the season is out I will need them. 2, As several others have already said, the machine can lack the power to do some really heavy stuff that one occasionally has to do on a small farm. 3, the rear PTO operating knob is extremely stiff and difficult to engage/disingage. This problem is made worse by the fact that the PTO knob is on the LEFT side of the operator, when about 9 out of 10 people are RIGHT handed.
Overall On a scale of 0 to 10 (with 10 being the highest rating), I'd rate my tractor at about a 7. It would rate alot higher if it wasn't so darn hard to engage/disengage the PTO, and if it had a bit more power.
Parts : 7 Performance : 7
Ease of Use : 7 Financing : 7
Reliability : 7 Overall : 7