I retired for 5 years when 54, then went back to work, until 66...sounds like you are on the right path...I don't think retiring means not working physically doing what one wants to do though. I think that IS PART of a great retirement.This is my 1st "retirement". When *we* get tired of this, and *if* *we're* still alive, then retire for real. Where? $64,000 question. I think this will be the death of me though, so not a big problem worrying about what's next.
Agreed 100%. Sitting on my ass in front of a screen for 20+ years has destroyed my body. If I don't get out and work, it will end me.I retired for 5 years when 54, then went back to work, until 66...sounds like you are on the right path...I don't think retiring means not working physically doing what one wants to do though. I think that IS PART of a great retirement.
I am horrible with motivation but excellent with responsibility so we bought our hobby farm and have animal plans (miniature donkeys) partly to keep active once retirement hits.Agreed 100%. Sitting on my ass in front of a screen for 20+ years has destroyed my body. If I don't get out and work, it will end me.
How easy is it to remove backhoe and install the 3ph on a dedicated TLB?I second this opinion!
I have an exceptionally low hour 2006 Kubota L48 TLB, which is the older brother of the L47 TLB.
IMHO the L47 is the exact machine for the needs you describe.
It may be very difficult to find a used L47,....... and $50K will likely be a bit short for a new one.
If you could find a low time L45/L48/M59 those would be good also.
Even an L35 would be fine, (t is a dedicated BH) though it is a bit smaller.
All mentioned above are Kubota dedicated TLB's.
Any of the above will be vastly superior to a CUT farm style tractor, with the add on backhoe.
I would recommend against the similar size John Deere 110 TLB.
A very nice looking machine (I nearly bought one), but it has a spotty history of cracked transmission housings, that are essentially cost prohibitive to repair/replace.
Some here may recommend against buying a backhoe!
Those are people who have never owned a Kubota dedicated TLB!
Good day. Sounds like you are in for fun this spring. I am very biased towards what I have…they are both great and wouldn’t want to be without either. If I did not mow with the B MMM, then I could do with just the MX…it’s not as manueverable which makes the B handy….but the B has limitations to the the things I lift and pull. It’s very possible you will not find a perfect tractor and may end up with multiple tractors or maybe a tractor and a skid loader. That might be a thought as well. Do you already have livestock? How do you buy/load and handle the feed and supplies today? My point really is depending on how you bring home and or unload tractor size, lift capability, and transmission might be a priority? If you will receive pallets of feed(or bagged gravel, mulch, quick Crete, pavers etc) those are heavy and might nudge you to a bigger tractor unless you want to split the pallet of feed manually.(if you can estimate the weight of the pallets you might handle that would be helpful) I’d be thinking about what how you will be unloading to care for the critters. And then with that I’d also think about the transmissions…if you grabbing a lot of skids are r out of the back end of a brand new truck, I’d be thinking about HST. Do you have any intention to haul water tanks? Those are big and heavy too. With the critters that is daily care, rain snow or whatever you deal with wherever you live…got cab?My wife and I decided to retire to a "hobby" farm, so we bought a 15 acre farm in SE Michigan. I know I'm going to need a tractor, but after spending weeks looking at new and used tractors, as well as watching dozens of youtubes, and reading forum posts, I'm no further along as far as choosing the right size.
Of our 15 acres, 7 acres are presently being leased to a farmer.
In the future, I can't see using that land for much more than pasture, one time seeding.
We intend to buy animals, horses, goats, chickens. We have an old (1850) farm house, a hip roof barn, apx 3000 ft², a Chicken barn, also apx 3000 ft²
Trying to decide which tractor to buy based on chores that I can foresee.
loader and pallet forks to move muck and other stuff from point A to point B.
We have brush that needs to be cleared, and grappling to pick it up and move it.
Snow clearing - we have a stone, gravel driveway, so either a blade or a brush
All of our fencing is rotten and/or missing, so I'm thinking about an auger, definitely rent.
All of our electric from house to barn etc is above ground, I'd love to dig a trench and bury it, trencher, rent.
The driveway stone is periodically restoned and needs to be graded, some blade, maybe same as snow
We have a lot of water coming into our basement(seasonally high water table), so digging a french drain, and/or tile and/or grading earth away from home, digging trenches for tile.
Everyone that I've spoken with thus far, says not to buy a backhoe, but that's the one implement I see needing quite a bit.
I'll be the most popular guy in the neighborhood with a backhoe to loan out
Pallet forks (buy)
Bush hog (buy)
Grapples, root rake (buy)
Blade, snow and/or box blade (buy)
Backhoe buy or rent
I know many of these can be rented, but time is money, so I'm planning to buy all except auger and trencher
I've been looking at several brands, and frankly it comes down to ease of access to dealers
Kioti, Mahindra, New Holland, Case IH -- All too far away
Kubota, Deere - just right, not too far, and lots of stock
Not happy with Deere's right to repair issues, and proprietary quick connect accessories
Frankly, if new, then it's going to be Kubota, if used, then either Kubota or Deere will do.
I really hate yardwork, farm work is ok, but maintaining an ornamental lawn is a chore for a servant. All that time and money for what? A lawn? Not for me.
If I thought I wanted to cut my lawn, I'd buy a zero turn mower, not use my tractor
I've been looking at used tractors too.
If I could find a good, full size tractor, with loader and backhoe, I'll have saved enough to buy a second, smaller "residential" type tractor.
Two used tractors, or one new.
Budget? $50k, but I really don't want to screw up the choice and spend twice, gotta get this right on first attempt.
I've been looking at the Kubota L47, L4701, L4060, and MX tractors, and the Deere 4044M/R, with loader/backhoe.
I've been given advice that less than 40hp is going to be a disappointment, so I've been looking at that size.
Am I going to be sorrier buying too much tractor? Sorrier still with too little?
I realize there are several questions in my post, but it kind of sums up all that I've read and I've spent a few weeks looking at auctions, going to dealers and reading forum posts
I find it pretty easy, maybe 1/2 hr. I never timed it.How easy is it to remove backhoe and install the 3ph on a dedicated TLB?
At present (Apr 2022), using the config tool at k-usa, the L47, with full front/rear valve kits has a MSRP of $61,000, no other options.Cost w/o the backhoe was $38,900 with some extras 2 1/2 years ago.
The backhoe was added about a year later for around $10k.
Great questions, thx.Do you already have livestock?
If you will receive pallets of feed...
Do you have any intention to haul water tanks?
rain snow or whatever you deal with wherever you live…got cab?
If really doing mostly loader work and no plans for a PTO or ground engagement implements. You might think more about a skid loader? Just a thought. It would be far superior to a tractor if mainly using a loader. You can get an implement to mow /brush hog off the hydraulics with a skid steer as well.Great questions, thx.
No, we don't have any critters yet(except for 7 cats )
That's part of the reason I chose to ask for advise here.
Since I don't know the full scope of the work, I'm trying to buy/size the tractor first.
Can't get horses without fencing, can't fence without auger, etc. So I need to begin with a tractor.
We only plan for 2-4 horses, apx. 12 goats, and 24 chickens, but those plans are subject to change. Once someone found that we were taking in cats, the phone started ringing, went from 3-7 in a month.
I can adjust some of the work to fit the tractor, eg taking in square bales of hay instead of large round bales. For 2-4 horses, I think that's a reasonable plan. Water can be moved around in 55g drums, sitting on a pallet, with pallet forks.
I'm fairly certain I'll eventually have more than one tractor