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Dan C in Maine
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:29 pm    Post subject: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have an 850 with front loader, loaded tires and chains. It has
been extremely reliable and is a real work horse. Everything
works as it should, and aside from normal maintenance, the
tractor has needed no work. I use it on my wood lot for
maintaining my roads, keeping up several 1 acre food plots,
and logging.

Since I am using the 850 with a logging winch in the deep
woods for the majority of its running hours, I really should have
a rops (and fops too for that matter) and would certainly
appreciate power steering.

Adding a rops/fops would run about a grand, and that price tag
got me thinking. Should I put money into the 850 or would it
make more sense to sell it, and with the proceeds and the
money I would have spent on adding extras to the 850 , step
up to a model that already has the extras.

I really like the stability and functionality of my 850, but
theoretically, if I were going to step up, what would be a good
model to look for, given the use I described?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A tractor friend once told me the more modern the tractor the more can go wrong and costs a lot more to repair.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You might look for one of the industrial x000 series with a ROPS.
A low center of gravity version might server you well for your use too.
Similar to this one that George recently "stole". 4110
Some of the industrial versions were made without 3 pt though, so watch for that.
On the other hand, sometimes the devil you know beats the devil you don't.
I have tractors here that I have more into than they'll ever be worth.
Except when I turn the key in sub-zero temperatures to plow snow.
When they start, like I know they will, they're worth every penny.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:14 am    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

4110 is really just a 3000 with a little bit larger gas engine - 192 vs 158 ci.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's a good point. The 850 has been incredibly reliable. It's
never not started, no matter how cold, and, within the limits of
how I use it, it's never not moved what I hook it to.

And, I know the machine very well, so my comfort level is
high.

Perhaps adding a rops is a beter choice in the long run.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

by the time you figure rops AND ps upgrade.. I bet you that you are in for 1500-2000$

might be cheaper to find a machine with all that stuff already.


if you don't want to loose any HP.. you will have to step up to a 4xxx+ model in the 3 cyl series.. or a 8xx/4000 4 cyl witht hat stuf already attached.

look thru the adds and see what the prices of loader tractors with rops and ps are then compair.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:23 am    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback. Think I"ll price things out and see what makes the most sense in the pocketbook.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Step up from 850? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a 4600 which was a farm tractor on a larger frame than your current one. Had PS and a solid canopy over the dr. station which served as a ROPS. 200 cu in 3 cyl diesel, independent PTO. Bought it for $6000 and served me well.

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