Proxima Centauri (equusmaximus) wrote in furry_farmers,
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Ford 6610

     As I've mentioned a few times, one of the things we desperately need out here on on the farm is a small tractor.  Something along the line of a John-Deere 2130, or a 4020.  What's important is that is has a front-end-loader (FEL) and a 3-point hitch, as that just makes the whole beast that much more useful around the farm.  The problem is the cost...

     Small tractors with those features are in high demand, and the price reflects that.  Even used, one can expect to pay a few thousand dollars for such a machine!  On Sunday, I was returning a U-Haul trailer to Swift Current, and I stopped in at a few of the dealerships along the entrance to the city.  They were closed of course, but that gave me an opportunity to just look at some of the machines without any sales pressure.

     One that really caught my attention was a Ford 6610, which had been outfitted with a FEL and has a good 3pt hitch on the back.  It's an open machine (no cab), and 2-wheel drive.  I called the dealership this morning to get the specs for it, and this is what they faxed back:
  • AS IS 1991 Ford 6610
  • 2wd
  • Open Station
  • Standard Transmission
  • 540 PTO
  • 3Pt
  • 18.4 R34 Rear Tires
  • 10.00 R16 Front Tires
  • Leon 707 FEL
  • Grapple
  • 2052 hours
     They're asking $16,900 Can$ for this tractor, which doesn't seem out-of-line, but that's still an awful lot of money.  The low hours is attractive though, as is the grapple on the loader for snatching big hay bales.  Anyone have any experience, comments, or suggestions?
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Sounds like it would be a very handy thing to have around. I would love to a have a tractor with brushhog, auger and FEL, but it would probably only get about 100-150 hours of use per year - not nearly sufficient to justify the purchase cost.
That seems to be a bit high as to price. My Kubota whcih we got brand new cost that much. It came with an auger, front end loader, box blade, brush hog and a 16 foot trailer. Just at 17k for the package. All we need to be fully happy is a quick load backhoe and a power tiller would be nice. Of course we are down in the Ozarks in MO
He's talking Canadian $ though, so the price is not as high as it first looks.
Kubota seems to be a pretty popular machine, but I've never heard of them either until we bought this farm. I'm assuming they're an import, and I wonder how they compare with the domestic machines? I need a machine that is small enough to manouvre around the yard, but also powerful enough to run haying equipment, and haul a manure-spreader around.
I found my Massey there for 1500$ (Ya it needed a lot of work, but its still way under the price of a running used one.. And on that note, there is a 9-n ford for 2500 out here. and another guy has a loader for it for $400.
I like the grapple that one your lookin at has, I wish mine had one...
Depending on your terrane too, you really might want to get a 4 wd. If I take mine off the compacted driveway in winter, its stuck Every time down to the frame. But our soil here is basically sand. Hard as rock in the summer, and mush in the winter.
I've been regularly checking Craig's List, but finding something reasonably near-by has been pretty fruitless. I don't particularly want to have to drive 1000's of kms (or worse, miles!) to pick up an old machine. Which begs another question: How much does that sort of thing weigh, and what kind of trailer would I need to move it? My truck (Chevy 2500 4x4) has a towing weight limit of 8000 pounds.
A smaller mid sized one should be fine with that weight limit. My full sized loader dry is about 7500# but add 10 gallons of fuel and 120 gallons of water in the tires, and a 900# box scraper and Damn that thing takes a LOT of power to move.(I had to pull it out of a ditch with my truck cause the coupler pin in the transmission case fell out) no more movement. What a Pain in the tail.