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    Looking for a good tractor

    I have never owned a John Deere but hopefully someone could give some advice on what model I need to look at. Currently I have been looking at the 2002 5420 4x4 w/open station. I need a tractor that can handle cutting/baling hay, mowing with batwings, and pretty much just an all around farm/ranch machine. Any help would be greatly appreciated
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    open station?

    Hmm, running a batwing mower and baling hay in Texas? If at all possible, I would be looking for something with a cab. Baling hay in Virginia on an open station tractor is bad enough.

    I think the size tractor is going to depend on the batwing, the baler, the mower or mower conditioner and the terrain you are using it on. I know our with our 15' batwing, I'm a lot more comfortable with it behind a 90+ hp tractor than something smaller. It doesn't need the hp but on a hill, I want the tractor mass so the heavy batwing isn't pushing the tractor around. Same thing with a baler, especially one that makes large bales.

    I would size the tractor to match your hardest requirement but definitely think about that open station.

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    I agree with you treefarmer on needing a cab but how much of a price difference would it be. What are your thoughts on a 6320? I've been told good things recently about them. Also what year model of JD
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5Nelson View Post
    I agree with you treefarmer on needing a cab but how much of a price difference would it be. What are your thoughts on a 6320? I've been told good things recently about them. Also what year model of JD
    It certainly should have the size and HP for those uses. I'm going to defer to others for recommendations as I'm not up on that size JD. Our tractor in that size is way, way older and has red paint, lol.

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    This is just my take on the year model question. Whatever year they went to all the pollution controls (2014? 2015?) would be where I draw the line. In other words, if you don't mind buying a used tractor, get one that DOESN'T have the new pollution crap on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5Nelson View Post
    I agree with you treefarmer on needing a cab but how much of a price difference would it be. What are your thoughts on a 6320? I've been told good things recently about them. Also what year model of JD
    Any of the 6000 series would be good, 1st number is general size (6000 series is bigger than 5000 series) 2nd number indicates size (HP), larger number higher HP, last two numbers indicate model, 30 is newer than 20 which is newer than 10.

    TractorData.com will give specs and years for each model. TractorHouse.com will give an idea of prices. A lot more with cabs than without.

    There are a lot of transmission options too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5Nelson View Post
    I agree with you treefarmer on needing a cab but how much of a price difference would it be. What are your thoughts on a 6320? I've been told good things recently about them. Also what year model of JD
    A 6 series is a great choice for your needs, I agree with Treefarmer, hp is not as much the issue but frame size is important. We square bale with our Ford 5000 when the White 2-85 is on the round baler but man that can get pretty touchy on the hills once you get 120 bales kicked in the wagon.
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    Bush Hog 2815

    I have a bush hog 2815 Flex Wing that I pull with a JD 6420. The 6420 has 110 HP and I think 95 hp at the PTO. I do not know the weight of the Bush Hog but it is heavy. As to the performance, well, the 6420 pulls this mower very well until it gets into extremely heavy grass and pull is a bit harder. This mower will cut 4" trees. It is one well built machine and does a great job. I do have a cab thanks to my wife's fore sight! No more Yellow Jackets, Horse Flys, and all the other bad insects! The AC is the man saver in the summer!
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    I would look for a 6410 or 20 for what you are doing. If you want newer, you could go with a 30 series or even a D or the new E series.
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