Buy loader or bigger tractor?

jmann

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L1500dt
Aug 28, 2010
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St. Joseph, MO
I'm looking for advice: I have an old L1500DT running great. I have about $3500 USD in it after a steering overhaul. I can get a new buhler-allied 95 loader for it at around $3500, bringing my tractor-investment to around $7000. The hours on the tractor show 1500, but the engine came off another, so its hard to be sure. Like I said, it runs great.

Around here, I can find a used Kubotas (around 30-32 hp w. a loader, maybe 1-2,000 hrs) for $9-10,000 if I'm patient. I'm thinking I might rather part with the L1500dt and go newer and bigger before I invest in a loader for the old tractor. Thoughts?
 

Hook

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L3240 with LA514 FEL, Box Blade, Howard Rotovator, All Purpose Plow, Sub Soiler
Jul 6, 2010
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Jackson, Georgia
Like you say if you are patient, you can find a deal. Personally, I would not want to put that much into an older tractor. I doubt you could get anything near that much out of it after equipping it with a new loader. Also, I would rather buy a used tractor that came from the factory with a loader than an older tractor with an add on. That's just my opinion, my wife tells me I'm anal.
 

stuart

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B7001 with loader & tiller, 3 point hitch and 4' rear blade
Aug 9, 2009
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Aldergrove, BC, Canada
I have an after market loader on mine, and I don't like it. The reach is a fair bit less than the factory units, and in the 'load' position there is not enough curl on the bucket to get a good load.
If I were as talented as Wildfire I could fix the curl issue, but that is just a dream.
I think you will do better with a factory equipped unit.
 

skeets

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BX 2360 /B2601
Oct 2, 2009
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SW Pa
Tractors are like pickup trucks and motorcycles,,, mines big and faster than yours,,, I say if ya got the bucks GO FOR IT!!!!
Just MHO you understand
 

Green Mountain Slim

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Kubota B8200, Kioti C2610 Cab, BX1500, B7100 (kinda)
Feb 23, 2010
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Morrisville, Vermont
Make sure you don't need any "extras" before you decided on getting a loader. Have you thought about finding a used loader that will fit your tractor? I suggest you don't pay more than 50% of new price unless it's like new.

When I purchased my B 8200 I thought I'd just throw a used backhoe on it, but I needed the loader for the sub frame first, so I went the whole 9 yards and now I'm loaded. It wasn't what I was hoping to do, but it was worth the investment.

Then as another choice, you could always look for a tractor with a loader that you could use as a second tractor. And then maybe find one for parts, and one to fix up the parts tractor, and so on and so on. :D