Went tractor shopping with my son-in-law yesterday. He and my daughter purchased 5 acres, 4 of which is wooded. They will be building their dream home there within the next 5 years. The land has a lot of downed trees to clear, along with many, many that need to be cut down. He estimated about 50 just in the area the house will be built. Thank goodness he is very experienced at cutting down trees and in large equipment operation.
Anyways, back to the tractor shopping. I currently own a 1025R and we have determined that a 1 series is not enough tractor for his current needs, but a 3 series would be way more than what he will need down the road. Also a 3 series would be too big for the wooded area. Looks like the 2032R or maybe the 2038R will hit the sweet spot for now and later. Now I'm not looking for opinions on anything other than the 2 series. That said, other than the extra PTO power on the 2038R, is there any other differences to consider besides weight? Both tractors employ the same 270B backhoe and 220R loader, so unless JD equips them with different hydraulic pumps or higher pressure settings, won't they be equals. Am I overlooking any important differences between the 2032R and 2038R?
His useage will primarily be for general land and homeowner maintanence, but not for mowing lawn. There will be some occasional brush hogging of paths and trails in the woods, snow removal on a 250' to 350' gravel driveway, some box blading of land and driveway, to name a few. There will be loader work on virgin land for years to come. There's no question that a pallet fork will be useful. I can possibly see a grapple in the future.
I personnaly think the 2032R is the right tractor, but given an idea of the forthcoming chores and attachment needed, what do you think? I know that there is only $2K difference between the two, but if not needed, that buys a lot of attachments.
Research and ask questions, and buy once!