I have been nosing around, looking at various models of tractors in the 40-50hp range as I would like the option of going to a disc mower eventually. I have been haying with my 955 and I have so far made over 400 bales this season with it, but it sometimes feels like I am pulling a train with a VW beetle..(it can be done, but there's little good for the 955 in the future). So in my looking around I like Deere tractors, but there seem to be terrible problems with new tractors. My strawberry farming neighbor up the street told me all about a 2018 JD 2038R for sale nearby, but at the same time telling me about all the problems he had with a new 4 series he just bought(new engine, tranny, etc, etc.) yes all under warranty but..
so to cut (pun) to the chase, what model Deere in the 40-50hp range would you recommend for working a 65 acre farm? I know I want 4wd, hydro, loader; after that I want reliability, repairability and ease of use(compact). Any thoughts on this? I just as soon have a simple workhorse with 1000-2000 hours on it than a new all digital wonder who's married to the JD repairman.