First off I have to say this forum has already educated me a great deal on everything from attachments to tractor sizes/types/traits. After reviewing the information you guys have posted I settled on something in the small to mid compact size (4100, 4110, 2520, etc) and when a coworker mentioned his 2012 2520 was being listed for sale with 181 hours I jumped at it. When he delivered it the tractor looked almost like new, except for a few scratches on bucket and backhoe teeth... I won't hold those against him. I got tractor, 53" bucket and loader, 46 backhoe, box blade, and a set of JDQA forks. Only thing left for me to get is maybe a tooth bar?
Anyway down to the question: When I am operating the tractor I noticed its a little finicky to get the hydrostatic trans to go into low range. I can get it into high 100% of the time but getting it into low sometimes takes a push of the lever, a tap of the forward or reverse pedal, then another tap on the lever auto get it into gear. Also its easy to get into "low range" right when I start it but it seems like if I am driving it then stop and try to switch into low its more finicky. Sometimes it'll go right in and sometimes it won't. Are these known for being finicky? I test drove another 2520 before picking this one up and it did the same thing, albeit it was a lot older (2008 I think).
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