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I am going to start farming roughly 200 acres on my own in the spring of 2016 and am looking at purchasing 1 tractor to do my no-till farming. (have helped farm for several years, so not brand new) I was wondering what tractors people would recommend. I have a John Deere dealer very close and Case/IH, Kubota, Massey Ferguson, and New Holland dealers within 45 minutes. I would like to stay around the $40,000 range for a tractor. thanks
 

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Wait, what? You're only doing 200 acres and intend to spend $40K on a tractor? My father farmed more than that with a 40hp tractor. It took him more time but he also had money to put in the bank at the end of the year instead of paying money to the bank who still owned the tractor. Watch your expenditures until you know that they will have a payback.
 

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for the $ older magnums are probably the best buy. And enough power for some larger tillage implements if you need them or a bigger planter if you ended expanding. We have 2 7120s and yes they are bullet proof but I would say that when things do go wrong parts are getting a little sketchy for them. I have a Kubota for doing chores and I wouldn't bother looking there for a field tractor.... too light on the back end to generate any sort of traction for pulling and the open center hydraulics don't run orbit motors all that well if you were to try to do any spraying.

40 and 50 and 7000 series Deeres are always good tractors but if you are on a budget will always end up overpaying for what is a pretty old (and likely houred out) tractor ....

Whatever you decide on, bigger is always better. get stuff done quicker if you are working off farm and if you do get a chance to expand in a while will allow you to expand some of your implements without replacing tractor right away.....
 

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200 acres AND no-till, I wouldn't spend much over 10K... put the extra money into your planter. As far as the tractor:
4430/4440 JD
2-135/2-155 or even 2-105 White
7040/7045/7060 Allis (black belly)
8000 series Allis
5088/5288/5488 IH
 

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Thanks for the responses. I am looking at spending more money because I have the ability to pick up an additional 250 acres of family owned ground but just want to start off with 200 to get my feet wet. I have a full time job and when it is time to be in the field I want to be able to minimize breakdowns as much as possible.
 

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Wait, what? You're only doing 200 acres and intend to spend $40K on a tractor? My father farmed more than that with a 40hp tractor. It took him more time but he also had money to put in the bank at the end of the year instead of paying money to the bank who still owned the tractor. Watch your expenditures until you know that they will have a payback.
I know, right?:eek:

Thanks for the responses. I am looking at spending more money because I have the ability to pick up an additional 250 acres of family owned ground but just want to start off with 200 to get my feet wet. I have a full time job and when it is time to be in the field I want to be able to minimize breakdowns as much as possible.
And when you are ready for a bigger / better tractor for that land, whatever you buy now won't be worth $0, it will be worth pretty close to what you paid for it, because you're staying out of the rapid depreciation zone.

I could farm 200 acres with my JD 2555 with fwa and a loader, probably less than $20,000, and in 5 years, it will be worth about what it is now.
 

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For a good all around universal tractor, I'd get a 4440, 4450, or a 4455 Deere. You can get by with 6 row, up to 12 row planting equipment. If you were to pick up any acres, you would have enough tractor to take it on. With that and a good planter, and sprayer, you'd have all you'd need for the spring and summer. I would say you could save yourself some money and get by just fine with a 2wd.
 

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And when you are ready for a bigger / better tractor for that land, whatever you buy now won't be worth $0, it will be worth pretty close to what you paid for it, because you're staying out of the rapid depreciation zone. [/QUOTE]

x2 My dad's old 4230 is still worth about what he paid for it 25+ years ago.
 

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Buy a steam engine, the UNs goal is to end the use of fossil fuels in the industrialized nations. You would have the upper hand. What ever you get try to get one from somebody you know, you may pay more but you will know what your getting.
 
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