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I went shopping for a new tractor.
I like the size and looks of the 2520, priced a new 2011 it with 200CX FEL and JD46 Backhoe at $23,500 ($6700 for backhoe WOW!)

Anyway dealer called me and he just got in a on trade a used 2006 3320 with 300CX FEL (with 62" bucket-- same bucket as 2520) and the JD48 backhoe.
The tractor has 600 hours and was sold new by this dealer. He priced it at $24,000.

The 3320 is really not that much bigger then the 2520 (measures 6" wider and about 2feet longer) but seems to be built a LOT stronger and heavier.

I know I will probably push the 2520 to its limits and I think the 3320 is a little larger then I really need.
But it is nice to have a bigger machine when you really need it.

How do these prices sound?

Should I go for the New 2520 or the USED 3320?
 

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New 2520 vs Usd 3320

Yes, I spent time on both web sites.
I only found one 3320 with a BH and it was in the Western part of the US.
I am in the Northeast I know prices vary by area and the Northeast tends to be higher then the West.

Also the 3320 has the smaller bucket on the FEL. Measures 61" I beleive its the same bucket as the 2520. Most of the 3320 I found onthe web have the 66" FEL bucket.

Also want kind of Warranty does most dealers provide on a used machine?

I have always bought new, so I have no experince in purchasing a used machine. But I do like the looks of this 3320.
 

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IMHO there is a lot of difference in size and power between the 2x and 3x20 series.

Not knowing how the used machine was taken care of or what they did with it, I am unsure I would opt for the larger used machine. Can you show us some pictures of the used machine?
 

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New 2520 vs used 3320

I do not have any pics of the 3320. But I do know it was a one owner machine used by a small landscaping business and sold new and serviced by the dealership that now has it for sale. The machine looks in very nice condition, runs good, no leaks etc. Tires are even in great condition considering 600hours of use.

I had not looked at the 3xxx series until I saw this macine and I was amazed at how much stronger the 3xxx series appears to be built.
 

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70stang,

Brian is correct in that these two machines are completely different (frame sizes). We would need more info on your main use as well as your intended uses to give any kind of a recommendation. Also, explain what you mean by "taxing the 2520". These little machines are quite capable of a lot of work.
 

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I know I will probably push the 2520 to its limits and I think the 3320 is a little larger then I really need.
That right there concerns me...IMO if you feel that way now about the 2520, its only gonna get worse. Rarely have I heard anybody say they bought too big....whats generally the rule is people grow into machines and more often then not upgrade.

My reccomendation to you would be to forget about the financial aspect for a while and decide what size you need. Then once you know what size you need, find a machine to fit your budget...whatever color it is.
If you buy a machine solely on price, I can see some unhappiness down the road....mainly with buying a machine thats too small because you were trying to save a few bucks.
 

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But I do know it was a one owner machine used by a small landscaping business
That concerns me a little...it may be "one owner", but how many different operators for 600 hours?
 

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New 2520 vs used 3320

My plans for the machine are digging out stumps, digging trenches, landscaping and snow plowing. The soil conditions I typically have are clay and rock. I used to borrow my bosses 410E BH and I am really used to digging with that size machine. But he will no longer allow workers to "borrow" the equipment for a weekend
I have no plans to mow with it, I have other machines for that.

As I said before I am really impressed with the way the 3320 is built. I agree with the earlier staement it is hard to compare the 2520 with the 3320.

When I looked at the JD46 BH mounted on the 2520 with the long frame rails to the front my first impression was that it looked like a toy. Although I sure it is capable of doing a lot of work. Since I am doing this work for myself and not on a time clock I sure I could work the 2520 though the tough spots.

But when I saw the 3320, with the 448 BH my impression was "this is a machine". I have a hard time convincing myself to spend he extra $$ on a new 3320.
But this used one does look in great shape. I read in a different forum that the 3320 was "big" for landscaping so that is where my comment thinking it might be big.

My other concern I really do not see many 2520 OR 3320 with BH mounted on them. I know this machine will never be as powerful as the 410E but the 2520 with the JD46 looked very small to me.

I also am concerned how it was treated. This is something you never know with a used machine. The salesman is on vacation this week. My thoughts is if the dealer could give me a 1 year or 100 hour warranty on the used machine then it might be worth taking a chance on.

My budget is the 25K range, so you can see why I am tempted on the 3320 it seems to be a lot more machine then the 2520. Although it has 600hours on it.


Thanks for the discussion, it helps to talk through these things before spendingthe $$.
 

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My plans for the machine are digging out stumps, digging trenches, landscaping and snow plowing. The soil conditions I typically have are clay and rock. I used to borrow my bosses 410E BH and I am really used to digging with that size machine. But he will no longer allow workers to "borrow" the equipment for a weekend
I have no plans to mow with it, I have other machines for that.

Thats screaming 3x20 sized machine right there.

But when I saw the 3320, with the 448 BH my impression was "this is a machine". I have a hard time convincing myself to spend he extra $$ on a new 3320.
But this used one does look in great shape. I read in a different forum that the 3320 was "big" for landscaping so that is where my comment thinking it might be big.

Nah, I've got a 3520 Cab and I wouldnt say its big for landscaping at all, Nicely sized for that task actually...works great with my 75" Power Rake, 65" Box Blade (sold the BB, if I replace it I'll get a 72")

My budget is the 25K range, so you can see why I am tempted on the 3320 it seems to be a lot more machine then the 2520. Although it has 600hours on it.
Dont overlook other color machines (No matter what color you buy or drive, your always welcome here at DT:good2:). I absouletly love my 3520 and would reccomend it to anyone, but at the same time there are some smokin deals out there from time to time. Year or so ago you could buy a new Bobcat CT230 for 13k out the door. Kinda hard to beat that from a financial perspective...I think theres a member here with one actually. Size wise its close to the 3x20.
 

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New 2520 vs Used 3320

Lets see my Uncle has always owned JD and my wife syas she only wants to see a Green and Yellow Tractor in the garage.

That doe snot leave me much choice...
 

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With those task's listed, I'd say the 2520 is not the machine for you...Have you looked at any used JD 110 TLB's? They are in your price range and built very solid for the commercial market.
 

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Lets see my Uncle has always owned JD and my wife syas she only wants to see a Green and Yellow Tractor in the garage.

That doe snot leave me much choice...
10-4! Hey, sounds like the Wife knows what she's talking about :thumbup1gif: :lol:

Hmm...If you cant find a nice used one, would buying a new 3x20 less Hoe be an option? You should be within your price range no problem even with an attachment or two.
Do you have alot of Hoe work? Personally I'm not a tractor mounted Hoe fan...so my personal reccomendation would be buy the machine you want (New or used) without a hoe and rent a Mini-Ex when you have enough work lined up for it. With the tractor around you can prep alot of "jobs" for the mini-ex so when you get it for the weekend, you got more then enough work to make it worth it. You can rent a Mini-Ex for a long time for the price of a hoe. Heck you can shop around and buy a nice used Mini-Ex for just a few bucks more then the Hoe new.
 

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I am on board with most peoples comments. I'm in RI so i can only assume we have similar soil types.. I don't regret one second going with a 3x20 sized machine. I find the extra loader capacity essential for moving rocks etc. Since you won't be mowing, other than cost, i see little reason to go with a smaller machine. Also, I'm with Dave on the renting of a mini-ex vs a hoe unless you have a ton of jobs. $750 should get you one for a weekend (somebody correct me if i am wrong).. that's quite a bit of stumps. Myself, i went the mini-ex route and 3x20 sized tractor. I probably have $25k total in both (new tractor, used ex). But i shopped around and found the deals (not green).
 

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Was the used 3320 at FVE by chance? I saw one just like you described there last weekend. I'm with you, it looks in really good shape! Couldn't see how many hours were on it as it's an LCD display, but I wouldn't have guess 600!

I went the 2720 route and don't regret it, but yanking stumps, you won't regret the size/power/weight advantage of the bigger boy.

Good luck with the purchase! Let us know how you go!

Tim
 

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JD 2520 vs Used 3320

The the person who asked if this 3320 was at FVE.
No this 3320 is in Windsor, however today I was in Farmingtion and stopped at FVE. The 3320 they have is almost an exact dupilicate of the 3320 in Windsor.
However the FVE 3320 has 425 hours on it and comes with extra buckets.
The salesman told me all this and then told me the tractor was sold. I asked how much $23,500. I think the price is a little hight but it is inthe same range was the $24,000 for the 3320 in Windsor.
 

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New 2520 or Used 3320

Well I took a look at the 3320 yesterday and made my offer of $20,000 the salesman said he had to discuss with the sales manager who would not be inuntil Monday. I go the impression that the $24,000 "out the door" price (serviced, tax & delivery) was very firm. But I will see when he calss on Monday.

I drove further to anotehr dealer and found a 2008 110TLB with 965 hours on it. It appeared these were hard working hours the unit look "really used" lots of paint missing everywhere (hood, fenders etc) The 2006 3320 with 600 hours looks new compared with this unit. The dealer said ihe had just taken it in and had not "cleaned" it up yet. He said it was used by a small construction company.
Price $35,900 WOW, I walked away from that and looked at a used 2520. I took the 2520 out for a drive around the lot and tried to climb a steep hill out back about halfway up the tractor stopped moving. I was in high gear full throttle empty bucket and the hydro just made a load buzzing noise. I put the brake on shifted into low and it finished climbing the hill.

I have read comments that the 2000 series lacked power in high gear but I really did not think the hill was that steep. I know my 26 year old 20HP gas tractor (of a different color) would climb this hill no problem. The salesman thought this was normal and said anytime you climb hills you should place the tracor in low range.

This dealer did not have a 3320 (new or used) I am realy curious how the larger tractor would do in high gear climbing this hill.

What do you think? Is this normal to shift into low even when not loaded to climb a hill?
OR
Is is their an issue witht he hydro pump on this tractor?
 

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USed 3320 or New 3520

Dealer is not moving onthe price of the used 3320 $24,000 out the door.

Went to another JD dealer he has a 2010 3520 on the lot, sitting all winter.
Price with 300CX FEL, 375 BH, $34,000 out the door.

Plus as we talked I asked about loading the tires with Rim Guard, he agreed -no extra charge. Plus I would get 48 month 0%.

I left saying I would think it over and discuss with wife he said he was going to call JD and see if he can more incentive to sellold stock.

Looking like about a $10,000 diffrence between used 3320 and new 3520.

What do you think???
 

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Still shopping -- Still comparing

Still shopping trying to decide. The Used 3320 did sell, the dealer with the 2010 3520 is not budging from his $34,000 price.


I like the 3X20 machines but i having a hard time justify the cost. I looked at rental cost of an excuvator which came out to about $450 a day or approx. $1,500 a week ith tax delivery and pickup. At that price I agree I need to do lot of work to pay for the larger machine and JD 375 BH. I am not sure if I reallyhave that much work, plus the rental machine is a lot bigger then the JD48 BH allowing more work in less time.


Stopped at the JD dealer and he is really pushing 2320 or 2520 due to $1000 facotry incentive. With my long driveway I am not sure if the front bucket on the smaller machine will be realy effetiv inthe snow, however I am concerned about the snowblower plugging up when I hit the slush at the street.

My 26 yearold tracotr has a 48" 2 stage blower which plugs up when I hit the slush. JD sales claims the JD does snowblower not plug up in slush. He claims I will never have to take off the blower and put the loader on to clear out the slush. Being in CT we get a lot of very WET snow and the town uses a lot of salt melting the snow at the street, blower works great until it gets wet.

Are the new JD blowers really that good?

Recieved price quote for:
2320 R4 tires, 200CX with 61" bucket, 54" front mount snowblower with quick hitch.
$18,291.24 + tax

Also quoted:
2520 R4 tires, 200CX with 61" bucket, 54" front mount snowblower with quick hitch.
$20475.91 + tax

Salesman says only difference between 2320 and 2520 tractor is the larger hydrulic pump, 2 hp and 205 lbs

I have read other differences online trying to figure out what the real deal here is.

How are these prices?
Which tractor would you go with 2520 or 2320???
 
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