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    I’m new here so please bare with me. I’m going to try and make this short as possible. My brother and I took over our family farm last year. We have been farming for several years but never made the decisions on anything. Our dad always took care of the that situation. He past last year and we are trying to upgrade to newer stuff without killing the bank. We farm around 380 acres total. No crops. Just bailing hay and raising cows and your normal upkeep. We are looking for a 5085m for cutting and bailing hay. What size smaller tractor 4X4 do you all think will handle round bales safely (4X5)? It’s not extremely steep here but there are some hills. We where also thinking that the E series would would a good idea for it? It will be mainly for moving bales and raking hay. If anyone know if any dealers or individuals that may have any of these tractors for sale please let me know. My local dealer only wants to sale us brand new ones.
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    Have you looked at Machinefinder.com? That's the site Deere dealers use to list their used equipment (and some new stuff too!). You can put in the model number you're looking for and your zip code to search by distance.

    I'd think the 5E models would be pretty much ideal for your uses.
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    Hi!

    Good job on keeping the ranch going!

    I'd say a 4000 "E" series would be a good fit. I'd suggest avoiding the Tier 4 diesel (I have one in my 3038e)-- it is complex (read exhaust filter technology).

    I'd ballast the tractor well to haul hay. The 3000 e series and 4000e series have lots of power given their light weight. Load the tires and add wheel weights. And, space out the wheels for navigating hills.

    Take care!
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    We have a supporting vendor here who specializes in clean used compact tractors. Well worth your time to take a look.

    And he delivers! (in more ways than bringing your tractor to you)

    Buy Used Tractors | Good Works Lawn + Power, Kalamazoo, MI

    And they have a forum section here -

    Good Works Lawn & Power
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    Definitely get a 5 series. For haying, I would say that is probably the bare minimum.
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    Thanks for all of your replies. Sorry I wasn’t on here earlier. I work midnight shift plus coach youth baseball and softball. It’s really busy this this time of year. I think I may have found a 5085m. Thanks again
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    But did you see this one!? Nicest used 5 Series on the market!

    2006 John Deere 5425 4WD 81HP Tractor, 542 Loader, & Factory Cab For Sale | Good Works Tractors
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    Definitely get a 5 series. For haying, I would say that is probably the bare minimum.
    I agree with this. Although we have a lot of hills, a 5 series is the smallest we use for dealing with round bales.
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    Good Works that is definitely a nice tractor for the price. If you weren’t so far away. I don’t want to pull a tractor quit that far. Thanks though!! Beautiful machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rangerman View Post
    Good Works that is definitely a nice tractor for the price. If you weren’t so far away. I don’t want to pull a tractor quit that far. Thanks though!! Beautiful machine
    He can probably arrange delivery for less $$$$ than you might think!
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