After doing my due diligence and considering my options I recently became the new owner of a nice, clean, low hour 2014 1025R with H120 loader and 54D MMM with autoconnect for a good price. I am loving it!.
Since I want to do some gardening, I want to outfit my rig with a PTO tiller.
My requirements are: I would prefer to buy a pre-owned tiller in person. I am willing to drive up to about 300 miles to go and get it. I also want a "green" one and am pretty sure that a JD 647 is exactly what I want. My local JD dealer doesn't stock the 647 or even a Frontier model, rather they sell a green 48" Mohawk at $1695 plus tax (10%) brand new. I know a new 647 would be about $1k more. The dealer says his customers are getting great service from the Mohawks.
Of course there are the usual other options including the yellow $1499 ones at the TS stores. A couple of other local dealers sell similar ones at similar prices (mostly red ones ). I am only about 45 mins from Stevens Tractor and have stopped in to look at their row makers and cultivators and such.
However, I have been searching online (Fastline, Machinio, Tractorhouse, etc) for weeks and haven't seen a reasonably priced used 647 less than 500-700 miles away.
Currently I am seeing a super nice looking Frontier 1142 at a good price and about 200 miles. There is also a JD 655 about the same distance away, price is ok, and the photos look ok.
I am concerned that the 1142 is not wide enough to cover my tracks when tilling and I might not be happy with that.
I know the 647 seems to be the recommended width, so I wonder if the additional width of the 655 would be too much for the 1025R. My soil is heavy on clay content and hard as a rock when dry, and sticky when wet. I don't think I will be tilling large tracts, so multiple passes starting shallow and tilling deeper each pass is a viable option.
So, what do you think about the 655? Too much?
I am in no hurry, probably won't use it until early spring. Oh, my location is northwest Louisiana and my "300 mile circle" includes east Texas to the DFW area, , SE Oklahoma, most of Louisiana and Arkansas, and over to the east into central Mississippi.