Decided it's time to upgrade my tractor. Altho the 3038 is a nice tractor, I cannot use it to get to all my property. There is a 'ditch' running the length of my property and I am unable to drive thru it. The ditch is more like a trench, about 18" wide and about 2' deep. I've driven over/thru it in my Gator, which has larger tires than the front tires of the 3038 and it was a rough ride. So I am looking for a bigger tractor w/ wheels that can bridge the gap.
My dealer has a new 4066R and a used 5100E w/ 10 hrs., along w/ a new 2032R that is larger in physical size than my 3038.
The 4066 is very hard for me to get into (I'm 5'6") The 5100, which is substantially larger, is easier to get into. Why Deere didn't put in a ladder like 5 Family is beyond me. But $50.000 is out of my price range. The 4066 is $33,000 and does not have a loader.
My dealer also sells Kubota, and I looked at a couple of those also. Their larger compact tractors have the power of the 4 Family but are slightly smaller. I tested one w/ the manual transmission, but decided that while I can drive a stick, I would be better off with a Hydrostatic unit, like the
L4701HST or the 4066R.
I decided on the L4701. I can get into the cab much easier than the 4066 and while the front wheels/tires are the same size, the rear tires/wheels are larger, so I should be able to get over my ditch. It came w/ a loader and a 72" brush cutter. It was delivered last Thursday.
With all the rain we have had here in the Midwest, I've had to wait for my field to dry out and I must say I am very please with my selection.