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    4044m vs 5055e?

    New to tractor work. I have a 1025r mmm, loader, boxblade (owned one year-put 100 hrs on it).
    We had 5 acres just increased to 8 with purchase of a new barn and horse. 5 acres of pasture-some significant grade near the riding arena-acre of gravel drive and parking area.

    Possibly acquiring 8 more acres next year or two.

    I am looking at a used 5055e 4wd (100 hrs) with bush hog, hay spear and pallet forks for 28k or brand new 4044m same set up for 35k

    It the 5055 too big for a tight barn, steep slope? Money is a factor but I can do either—open to other 30k options...thanks

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    For that size property why not just use what you have? Or go to a 3 series.

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    I went through about the same decision this last spring. We have 8 acres with 5 as a hayfield. We will not be expanding. We planned to take one acre of the hayfield and put in a different crop. One of the implements we would use is a mulch row layer. The one we were looking at required a 60hp tractor to pull it. So I decided to look at the 5065e. I really didnít care for it. The operator station seemed almost as cramped as my current 790. I couldnít imagine spending a long day in its seat. My salesman said the 5e series were built in India and one of the service techs just said theyíre ok, an entry level tractor.

    I decided to do more research on the mulch row layer and found for what Iím doing, a smaller unit would be better for me. It only required 35hp to pull it. So I started looking into a 4044. I found its operator station to be much more comfortable and the controls were easier to access. Since my 790 had an EZ park detachable loader that I used all the time, I felt it was an option I had to have. That meant going with a 4R rather than a 4M. The addition options on the R just make it that much nicer to operate. I use the hitch assist all the time. Itís so nice to be able to move the tractor forward or back and raise/lower the 3 pt from the rear fender.

    Judging by the new price of the 4M, itís probably an open station and not a cab. You donít say what your intended use of the property is other than its pasture and with a horse. Are you going to cut/bale hay on some of it? Your end use of the property will figure into which tractor is best for you too.

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    I went from a 5055E to a 4052R and am happy with it. The 5055E is a real category 2 tractor, but the majority of my work is category one and the 4052r excels in everything you want in a powerful compact tractor. It's maneuverable, doesn't tear up a yard (with the correct tires) and has good loader lift for it's weight. It's easy to operate which is a big deal if you have multiple operators with varying levels of experience. The 5055E has better power and lift, better hydraulics flow, and has the power to do real ground engaging work without compromise. It's not as well finished and operation requires more thought from the operator, both for it's safety and yours. It's a bull in a China shop inside most buildings.
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    My main current need is lifting round bales and bush hogging. I need lift capacity that transcends the capacity of my 1025. Move ram shelter to alternative paddocks.
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    I’m leaning towards 4044m. Thank you for your help
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    As Plug Ugly said, the 4 series will be much more maneuverable than the 5. Youíre going from a 1 series, so either a 4 or 5 series are going to seem much bigger to you for awhile. Iíve had my 4044R for 4 months now and Iím finally getting used to itís increased size over my previous 790 and the 790 is sized more like a 3 series.

    Since youíre going to be moving round bales that probably weigh 750 lbs or so, make sure you use proper rear ballast. Thereís a good thread thatís a Sticky under Implements and Attachments titled What is Rear Ballast and Why do you need it. If you left the brush hog attached when moving bales it would provide some ballast, but not enough.
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    Will wheel weights or fluid filled tires provide enough ballast? I’ll check the sticky posts. Thanks
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    I went from a 1025R to a 4066R and it is, as was said previously, a very big difference. That being said, other than lift capabilities, you can pretty much do anything with a 4 series that you can do with a 5 series and some things you just cannot do with a 5 series as it is too big. Check my avatar showing a bale on front and rear of the tractor. Another important thing that most people don't think about: A 5 series is a cat 2 tractor. Cat 2 implement can run twice as much as a cat 1 implement.

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    Another difference is the transmissions. Hydro is an option with the 4 series and is not an option with the 5 series.
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