Looking for a bit more modern 4020 replacement.
So my dad is thinking it's about time to replace the 4020 he feeds cattle with every day. It's been a great tractor over the years, never given us much trouble, but it's really starting to get tired. Still runs great, but just about everything else is about due for a rebuild. Dad is getting up there in years and it's time he had something a bit more modern to protect him from the elements than that old Hiniker cab.
So I've been looking at the options. Ideally we want something about the same size and hp. 100in wheelbase and 100hp. Age wise I'm thinking 50 or 55 series. Modern enough to be more liveable, not modern enough to cost a fortune and be all computerized. It looks like a 4050, 4055, 3150, or 3155 would all be pretty decent choices.
So they are all around 100hp and 100in wheelbase. It looks like MFWD is standard on the 31XX tractors and optional on the 40XX tractors. The 31s have the 5.9 and the 40s have the 7.6. (some 4050s have 5.9) Power isn't a big concern, it just pulls a feedwagon and moves haybales. Is there much difference in fuel economy? The front wheel assist would be nice in the winter. We certainly survived just fine without it for all these years, but it would be handy. So were those early systems pretty reliable?
Any other suggestions? Really don't need anything bigger or more powerful. We have those bases covered. Just a handy 100hp rig that's easy to use daily. Any good/bad experiences with these 4 tractors would be appreciated!