I am a newbie here. angel Great tractor forum! I would like to suggest a Compact Utility Tractor (CUT) Section since they are smaller than the big agricultural tractors but MUCH bigger than the lawn and garden tractors.
I have a JD 2210 and post to the Lawn and Garden section. The 2210 is really a "tweener" as it is probably too big to be classified as a L&G tractor, and too small for a CUT. It's probably a sub-compact, if there is such a thing.
I think it is a great idea if Andy does decide to add a sub-compact board would ya ll be able to get more people to post that have sub-compact tractors. Like maybe try to bring people over to this new board to post. Also would one of you be interested in being the Moderator for this board if Andy thinks it a good idea. Also Chief Welcome to tractorforum .com:friends:
One of my tractors is an old Gilson Brothers 18 hp. It has the same physical dimension as my three 11 hp units, but has 12" rear wheels (vs. 8"). The owner's manual calls it an "18 H.P. Compact Tractor", but I think SUB-Compact would be a more fitting description especially since the other three are called "LAWN" tractors. My 5th tractor, a Gilson Brothers M-7 is referred to as a "Garden" tractor. It is essentially the Gilson Brothers version of a manual trans JD 110 with no hydraulics and only 7hp.
Chief; I agree too. I want a compact tractor someday, and I think it would logical to have such a category.
I post quite a bit about my John Deere 4600 4wd deisel.Sometimes I feel like I am shipwrecked on a desert Island,the posts don't generate much response.
The 4600 is upper end compact utility.This machine is well built,it's physical size is about the same as an 8N ford.The work it will do effortlessly compares to much larger machines.I run the shuttle shift option ,12 speeds in both directions.It has 3 ranges and a full syncro 4 speed that can shift on the fly,both up and down.When I am loading trucks the shuttle is the answer,as fast as I go forward is how fast I back up. It also has a foot throttle.
John Deere really did thier homework with this series of tractors.We use the 4100's and the 4200's for grounds keeping at the prison where I work,and they are inmate proof.We use them to mow,blow snow,pull utility trailers,and they (4) have held up well.
My 4600 has 1100 hours on it,and the only repairs I have done are hydro hoses and a leaky front differential gasket.John Deere has addressed the hydro hose issue,installing better hoses on the new replacement series,4610 4210 etc.One other repair,I replaced the hood after I put the corner of my box scraper thru it loading it in the back of my dump truck. That was my fault not John Deere's.
I have a lot of three point equipment I pull with this tractor and enjoy the power it has.Ther are remote hydro's thoughtfully placed,so most implements hook up with little trouble.I also have a model 48 backhoe for it,quick attatch.I can go from backhoe to three point on a couple of minutes and vice versa.
My machine is used,by me commercially,for a site prep business I run.It has lived up to my expectations and then some.The 460 loader ,also quick attatch is strong and has fluid operation.Coupled with a 4 way bucket I can dig,push,load,or grab hold and carry most anything within the limits of the machine.
For log handling around my sawmill it is the answer.Grab logs off the pile with the 4 way,carry them to the sawmill,and place them on the bed. The banjo opens to a flat framework for stacking and carrying boards as they come off the mill.
I would think a whole new section like you mentioned would be in keeping with the format of the rest of the board. As of lately, Compact Utility Tractors are broken down into 3 classes: sub-compact utility (i.e. Kubota BX2200), compact utility (i.e. John Deere 4000 Ten Series), and Super Compact Utility (i.e. New Holland TC55DA).
The Super Compact Tractor class is fairly recent and is do to the hp race going on between John Deere, Kubota, and New Holland.
I guess the more I think about it. The way you have the Big Tractor Section would work best for the compact tractors.
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