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Old 08-18-2022, 1:46pm   #21
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The only tractor I've ever used was a 1945 Ford 8N. Sweet tractor and fun to drive. It's fairly compact lol
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Another question…

Do any of you tractor owners have the removable loader? Not just the bucket.
I see some models have a loader that’s removable. Do you find that you remove it when using the rotary cutter or other implements? Or just leave it up front for weight counterbalance?
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Do you have the third function
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Old 08-21-2022, 6:22pm   #24
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Do any of you tractor owners have the removable loader? Not just the bucket.
I see some models have a loader that’s removable. Do you find that you remove it when using the rotary cutter or other implements? Or just leave it up front for weight counterbalance?
My late FIL purchased a "quick attach" front end loader for his small White tractor so he could remove it when necessary.

He owned the tractor for 20 years before he passed and never removed the front end loader.
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Old 08-21-2022, 6:25pm   #25
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I believe I would need that for a grapple.
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Old 08-21-2022, 6:38pm   #26
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My late FIL purchased a "quick attach" front end loader for his small White tractor so he could remove it when necessary.

He owned the tractor for 20 years before he passed and never removed the front end loader.
Thanks.
The removable rigs are are on the higher trim & more expensive tractors.
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Do any of you tractor owners have the removable loader? Not just the bucket.
I see some models have a loader that’s removable. Do you find that you remove it when using the rotary cutter or other implements? Or just leave it up front for weight counterbalance?
A quick detachable loader is nice if you store the machine in a standard garage vs a barn as it reduces the overall length of the machine. Ditto if you work the unit into small areas or tight spaces while mowing or tilling.
Also nice to reduce overall weight is mowing wet or really fine grass to minimize wheel ruts.
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Mine is fully detachable, but I never do. Balances out the rough cut mower.
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Old 08-21-2022, 10:22pm   #29
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Do any of you tractor owners have the removable loader? Not just the bucket.
I see some models have a loader that’s removable. Do you find that you remove it when using the rotary cutter or other implements? Or just leave it up front for weight counterbalance?
Yes. The loader for a 1025R is the 120R. The only time it's on is if I need it. The implements that use it, for me, are the bucket, snow pusher and pallet forks. No counterbalance forward required with the engine in front. Either way, there's a rack in front for suitcase weights. The 120R "stores itself" as part of removal by putting down a bar. On/off takes about 1 minute, with 45 seconds taken up with hydraulic connections.

In the back I have a 3-point hitch that hangs a ballast box in the winter. In the summer, I use a yard rake in the back to smooth trails and clear pine tree debris.
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I see some models have a loader that’s removable. Do you find that you remove it when using the rotary cutter or other implements? Or just leave it up front for weight counterbalance?
Yes, but it's never been off.
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I’ve only taken mine off when I put on the pallet forks. And the factory method is very fast without the need for an extra quick disconnect system.
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I’ve had my tractor 11 years and never removed the loader. Have taken the bucket off a few times to maneuver in the woods.
Have fun in your tractor search but it can be a daunting process. Gear vs hydro, 3rd function valve, tires (turf, ag, or ind), rear remotes.
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I’ve had my tractor 11 years and never removed the loader. Have taken the bucket off a few times to maneuver in the woods.
Have fun in your tractor search but it can be a daunting process. Gear vs hydro, 3rd function valve, tires (turf, ag, or ind), rear remotes.
I like hydro. And 3rd function for a grapple. Probably indy tires as I’ll be cleaning up the woods and brush hogging. Not sure I’d need rear remotes, isn’t that for a rear implementation that needs multiple hydraulic fracturing? Like hay bailers and seeders?
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Rear remotes could be used for a 3pt log splitter or a top n tilt box blade.
Hydro is probably the way to go. Much easier to match ground speed with whatever task you’re doing. I have a shuttle shift but mainly use my tractor for mowing. I would recommend having the rear tires filled with fluid. Improves traction and stabilizes the tractor for loader work. Also, Everything Attachments is a great website for tractor stuff.
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My loader frame does come off, but I have never removed it. All my implements are quick release - front and rear. Yes, you need the third function for a grappler.

I also highly recommend having the rear tires filled - makes a huge difference in traction and stability.
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There's a reason you don't see farms using Kubota for hard field work. Fine for light-duty utility, which is all you're going to get out compact tractor anyway.

Probably no need to get a removable loader. You'd want removable if you'll be doing field work, need to attach other front implements, install suitcase weights or need better visibility.
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Larry where is the nearest dealership tractor dealership to where your farm is going to be? That should help you decide what brand to buy
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Looks like there’s a Kabota dealership in Crestview about 17 miles from Laurel Hill. The John Deere dealership and Jay is about 43 miles from you. Given the choice I’d probably go with Kabota just because they’re a lot closer. If you are partial to brand and you want John Deere my guess is the Crestview dealership could probably work on it to
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The tires are filled with beet juice and it stinks to high heaven. Make absolutely certain the tractor is part if it all possible such that the valve stem is it for 12 o’clock position because the tires are filled about 80% maybe 70% with liquid. If you somehow decided to let some air out of the tire and the valve stem is down below the level of the liquid you’re going to find out what it smells like pretty quickly
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Looks like there’s a Kabota dealership in Crestview about 17 miles from Laurel Hill. The John Deere dealership and Jay is about 43 miles from you. Given the choice I’d probably go with Kabota just because they’re a lot closer. If you are partial to brand and you want John Deere my guess is the Crestview dealership could probably work on it to
There’s also a JD dealer in Freeport. About the same 45 miles away as the Jay dealership. And one in Samson AL about the same 45 miles out.

I think Kubota is a fine machine. I lean towards JD because American and parts/accessories.

And yes you are probably correct, the Kubota dealer in Crestview most likely would work on the JD if necessary.

When I was at the farm in Ponce de Leon they came to us from Dothan or Samson.
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