Must haves for L4701

Edwardo

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I'm about to pull the trigger on an L4701 HST and I want to make sure I order everything on it that I need. I own 400+ acres of mostly timberland in SE Alabama and will use it primarily for disking, cutting, and maintaining roads and firebreaks and food plots. I plan to purchase a front-end loader, 6' disk, 6' box blade, and either 5' or 6' cutter. I will definitely get 3rd function hydraulics for the loader. What do I need to make sure to add to the package? I don't think I will ever have a need for rear hydraulic remotes. What are your thoughts on fluids for rear tires; we have always used water in the past. I will probably buy Land Pride implements. Any thoughts on Kubota insurance? Thanks in advance. I will probably have further questions as I get more into it.
 

ZTMAN

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Might as well go all the way and get the rear remotes. Will come in real handy when maintaining roads with the box blade.
 
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boakley

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given what you say you will find a good grapple priceless.... if your budget allows sounds like a logging winch (I use a FX85) would also be very useful.
 
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Matt Ellerbee

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400 ac is a whole bunch of land. Be a long, long ride to the other side. Is a cab out of the question?
 
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Fladogman

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I suggest rear remotes (at least 2), hydraulic top link and a quick hitch. The hydraulic top link has been a game changer for me. I second the motion for a grapple too
 
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bmblank

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Don't forget the pallet forks. You'll need them to unload the new implements from the freight truck.
 
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jimh406

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If you must have a L4701, get the right side handle for the fender. Also, get a quick hitch assuming you have quick hitch compatible implements. Also order your other implements like your grapple now. It can take a while.

But, I’m with others, strongly consider an MX and even a cab. Cabs are good for heat/cold, but also for dust/insects.
 
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Goz63

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Here I southern MS the difference in price between an L4701 and an MX5400 was like $1500. Big difference in tractor for not much money. Worth a serious look.
Get a grapple. Just do it. 400 acres with timber, just do it.
My only regret when I bought my tractor was NOT getting the rear remotes. I will add them in the spring. After you box blade for 5 min you will no why rear remotes and top-n-tilt is so popular.
KTAC insurance is really nice peace of mind. Yes some home owner riders will cover your tractor. Most only on your land. Secondly they have a lot of exclusions. KTAC doesn’t. You go down the road hauling your tractor and it falls off the trailer, $250 and here’s your new tractor. Messick’s has a good YouTube video on it. I’ve got it and recommend it.
Good luck with your new tractor. You will love it no matter which one you choose.
 
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Fladogman

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Here I southern MS the difference in price between an L4701 and an MX5400 was like $1500. Big difference in tractor for not much money. Worth a serious look.
Get a grapple. Just do it. 400 acres with timber, just do it.
My only regret when I bought my tractor was NOT getting the rear remotes. I will add them in the spring. After you box blade for 5 min you will no why rear remotes and top-n-tilt is so popular.
KTAC insurance is really nice peace of mind. Yes some home owner riders will cover your tractor. Most only on your land. Secondly they have a lot of exclusions. KTAC doesn’t. You go down the road hauling your tractor and it falls off the trailer, $250 and here’s your new tractor. Messick’s has a good YouTube video on it. I’ve got it and recommend it.
Good luck with your new tractor. You will love it no matter which one you choose.
I'm also a fan of the MX series tractors. There's a huge difference between the L 3010 my dad has and my MX. It a workhorse!!
 

TGKY

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I just purchased a 4701. In my area the mx was hard to find just do to inventory snd the one I did find was around 3k more which was a red line for me. The other issue for me with the mx was the weight. I have a 7000lb trailer and my land is an hour away. I trailer a lot. With the loader, weighted tires, multiple implements at a time and sometimes pallet loads of supplies the extra 700 lbs (mx weight plus 1065 loader weight) would have put me into territory where is was nervous about hauling. I may have tried it if any one of those factors wasn’t in play. Mainly I didn’t want to wait for one dealer and didn’t want to pay the extra. So Far I’m really happy with it. I think you will be.

Anyhow I would definitely weight the tires. I do a lot of food plotting and a tiller would be a must for me. I used to disc but the tiller saves a ton of time. I also get great use out of my spreader. You mentioned a bushog and that would be my other must have along with pallet Forks. Both for Loading pallets of supplies as well as strapping implements to load them on the trailer. I use the bucket now but the forks will be better eventually
 

Goz63

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I just purchased a 4701. In my area the mx was hard to find just do to inventory snd the one I did find was around 3k more which was a red line for me. The other issue for me with the mx was the weight. I have a 7000lb trailer and my land is an hour away. I trailer a lot. With the loader, weighted tires, multiple implements at a time and sometimes pallet loads of supplies the extra 700 lbs (mx weight plus 1065 loader weight) would have put me into territory where is was nervous about hauling. I may have tried it if any one of those factors wasn’t in play. Mainly I didn’t want to wait for one dealer and didn’t want to pay the extra. So Far I’m really happy with it. I think you will be.

Anyhow I would definitely weight the tires. I do a lot of food plotting and a tiller would be a must for me. I used to disc but the tiller saves a ton of time. I also get great use out of my spreader. You mentioned a bushog and that would be my other must have along with pallet Forks. Both for Loading pallets of supplies as well as strapping implements to load them on the trailer. I use the bucket now but the forks will be better eventually
Be careful with the weight even with the 4701. You put a loader on it and I think you are pushing 4,800 lbs. remember the trailer weight is included with the 7k. On mine that gives me about 5,200 lbs hauling weight. You put a 4,800 lbs on it and then load the tires you are about the max. That does not include any implements. I totally agree that an MX pushes a 7k trailer over the limit. When I was looking that was a deal breaker for me as well. Did not want to buy another trailer on top of the tractor cost.
 
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Cranblue

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Be careful with the weight even with the 4701. You put a loader on it and I think you are pushing 4,800 lbs. remember the trailer weight is included with the 7k. On mine that gives me about 5,200 lbs hauling weight. You put a 4,800 lbs on it and then load the tires you are about the max. That does not include any implements. I totally agree that an MX pushes a 7k trailer over the limit. When I was looking that was a deal breaker for me as well. Did not want to buy another trailer on top of the tractor cost.
Definitely get pallet forks the most versatile implement to have !!! I have same tractor been great machine.
 

Edwardo

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Well at only $3000 more for an MX5400 ($35/month), I went with the MX. The dealer had a 4701 and a 5400. I will pick up tractor, 10,000 pound trailer, 6’ disc, and 6’ box blade next week. I’ll go back to get the fel and a cutter whenever they come in. He said it might be a while before the fel comes in. I’ve got plenty of box blade and discing work I can do.
 
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Goz63

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Congrats! You are going to love it!
 

jyoutz

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Here I southern MS the difference in price between an L4701 and an MX5400 was like $1500. Big difference in tractor for not much money. Worth a serious look.
Get a grapple. Just do it. 400 acres with timber, just do it.
My only regret when I bought my tractor was NOT getting the rear remotes. I will add them in the spring. After you box blade for 5 min you will no why rear remotes and top-n-tilt is so popular.
KTAC insurance is really nice peace of mind. Yes some home owner riders will cover your tractor. Most only on your land. Secondly they have a lot of exclusions. KTAC doesn’t. You go down the road hauling your tractor and it falls off the trailer, $250 and here’s your new tractor. Messick’s has a good YouTube video on it. I’ve got it and recommend it.
Good luck with your new tractor. You will love it no matter which one you choose.
I am shopping the same two tractors. Every quote I have shows a $5000 difference between these models.