I'm new to the forum but over the last few weeks have read every thread I could find on the new(er) 2032R and 2038R. I have a couple of specific questions for which I'd greatly appreciate input, particularly from those who have owned a new series 2032R or 2038R for a while, and even more particularly if you have use the 59" front snow blower.
I live on about 2 acres of property but would mostly use a new tractor on my 100 acres of bush land an hour and half away. Over the next few years on the 100 acres I intend to improve the road into the property (about 1/4 mile), clear an area to build a new cabin, move a few hundred yards of stone and gravel to make a dam/bridge across the end of a beaver pond, and pull modest size firewood logs and/or small trailer loads of firewood out of the bush. Once the cabin is built and I retire a few years from now, I plan to spend a lot of time there, including in the winter. At that point I plan to buy the 59" front snowblower, and will be keeping about half a mile of road/driveway clear for winter access. It's not a super high snow area, but it's not unusual to get a foot or more at a time, and build up 3+ ft of snow in the bush by mid winter. Wet snow and layers of freezing rain are also not uncommon.
I"m pretty much set on either the 2032R or 2038R but am struggling to decide which one to buy (as so many have!). I plan to get the FEL and backhoe when I order the tractor. I won't be using a mower on it, although there is a slight possibility I might get a 4 or 5 foot bush hog at some point. I doubt I'd ever invest in a wood chipper (cheap to rent and who needs it with 100 acres to let branches decay into soil). However, the 59" snow blower is definitely in the plans for the future, and I think this is probably the only reason to even consider going beyond the 2032R.
Which brings me to my questions:
Would the 2038R be a better choice particularly for the 59" front snow blower? I know more power is always better if affordable, but here in Canada it's a $2500 upper to get the 2038 (about US$1800 at the current exchange rate). I don't think any of my other applications would require the extra horsepower. It would be great to hear from those of you who have the 59" front blower on either the 2032 or 2038. I could swing the extra $2500 if the extra hp truly made a difference, but as others have said, that money could also be used for some other options (like box blade, dipper thumb, etc.) Of course, I'd buy those anyway but you get the point!
Any concerns over longevity or reported problems with the turbo on the 2038R? Of course any extra parts means potential for failure, but some say the small tractor turbos are relatively bulletproof. On the bright side, JD has a 6 year powertrain warranty, so that provides some peace of mind.
Also, my dealer says that JD strongly discourages loading the rear tires on the 2 series tractor. They'll do it if I ask, but they highly recommend just using the backhoe or ballast box for rear end weight. He says the concern with the loaded tires is the extra twist it puts on the frame on uneven ground, and also transfers some of that weight to the front axle under some situation such as downhill side slope, which can make the front axle fail prematurely. Any thoughts on load/no-load in the tires would be appreciated.
And then there's the tire question: I won't be mowing but will occasionally be driving over sod that I'd rather not tear to pieces, so I won't go ag tires, but am trying to determine whether to go with industrial (R4) tires or the R3 turf tires. It seems may say the turf tires are better on snow and ice, but my area is fairly flat so that may not be an issue. My concern is more with using the tractor in the bush on hills and some side slopes. Could be dirt/leaves/rocks/roots on the hills in the bush, and of course water/mud in a few low lying areas. I need a tire that is tough on the occasional sharp rock edge or small diameter stump, while still giving good forward and side traction. Advice would be appreciated
Final question: do I need to have the in-line heater and/or transmission heater installed (don't think they have a traditional "block heater") for starting in cold weather? Normal mid-winter weather in my area is nights down around 0F but 20 below F is not unheard of for short stretches. I don't have grid power up on my 100 acres, but could use a generator if needed to plug it in for a while.
Apologies for the long winded explanation and questions but it would be great to hear the advice from those who have experience with these 2 series tractors in these conditions.
Thanks in advance!