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Another AG tractor Question

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by BDEMOTT, Feb 10, 2011.


    BDEMOTT Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    I have been in the market for a AG tractor around the 100hp mark for a group of lots that we currently do. I will be buying used. My main question on the matter is how many hours is to many. (It will be parked all summer long). For instance i wont buy a truck that has more than 50k, what is that in comparison to a hour on a tractor. and i know what the previouse use was plays a bigger toll than hours but realistically i dont have aclue as to when its to many.
  2. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    If the tractor is strictly maintained and not abused its a 8,000 to 11,000 hr machine in most cases. I would look for no more than 3k on it though.
  3. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Well I have always figured a diesel truck is about shot at 250k miles. A mid size farm tractor is getting pretty tired at 10k hours.
    I have only bought 2 tractors with over 5k hours and won't do it again. I like to stay under 3k.

    BDEMOTT Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Thanks guys i appreciate your help. I will let you know how my search goes!
  5. rlong97150

    rlong97150 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I am sure its area dependent but used ag tractors here bring a premium. If its got less than a thousand hours on it, you are almost better off buying new. In 2008, it was cheaper for me to buy a brand new DX45 tractor from my local dealer than it was to buy a 500 hr machine used. Now that I am upgrading machines, the DX is going to bring within 2-3k of what I paid for it and that is after I had use of it for 3 years and put a couple hundred hours on it. Of course, mine is shedded and doesnt look any different than the day I drove it off the lot.

    That said, I wouldnt be afraid of a 1500 - 2500 hour machine. I would probably look for one without a loader and add that after the purchase if that is a feature you want. Seems like folks beat the crap out of tractors with loaders.



    BDEMOTT Senior Member
    Messages: 117

    Another quick question. What do I have to do in NY to be able to drive it on the road from site to site?
  7. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I will add this, we have a tractor with 9k on it has not been touched except normal maintenance items and a cab wire harness.
  8. Jacobsmovinsnow

    Jacobsmovinsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Its always great if it was serviced at a dealership and you can see all the maintenance and repair records. A 8000 hour machine dont mean that all components are that old. However seeing that all used prices are pretty well set in stone it can work to y our advantage when something for 12000 has had 6000 dollars worth of work done on it,. so with the prices rigged by the dealers this can work to your advantage