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If your wife says no you might want to ask her why. My wife of 47 years handles the finances. If she says we can't do, then we can't do it. We worked that out long, long ago. However if she say's we can't do it she'll always tell me why.
The opposite here - My wife wants nothing to do with the finances.

When it comes to a major purchase like a tractor or implement or vehicle we sit down and I explain it all to her and we discuss it. All of our married lives I take care of the outside stuff and she the inside stuff.

Part of the reason we talk about it is that I want to make sure I am thinking right. Yes, I can also get tunnel vision and get caught up with the “wants” vs. the needs. She is the most frugal person I know. I have to beg her repeatedly to simply buy herself a pair of shoes when she needs them badly. So she does have some good insight when it comes to a major purchase.

I’ve had a small lawn service business going since I was around 16 years old. I’ve always had the mentality that any equipment purchase has to justify itself - in other words it has to earn its keep or at the very least be able to makes its own payment. So I’ve gathered most of my outdoor equipment that way.

Now it’s a different story being I haven’t been able to work the past 7-8 years. And my wife became disabled some 10-12 years ago and doesn't qualify for any type of disability. So properly maintining my 14 year old tractor and all the other equipment has become paramount as there are no new purchases in our future.
 

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Seems like this post is more about marriage counseling rather than tractors. In our 2 member household, I take care of the outside..mechanical issues and the spouse takes care of the inside projects. I've had a lot of equipment, trade, sold, purchased and the like. We have 8 acreas and I've got the mowing and maintenance planned out over the years. I definitely try to stay away from the showrooms and salesmen. I'm 75 and spouse 76 and we've been retired about 7 years from our insurance agency. This is the second marriage for both of us. We discuss financial thoughts. On the equipment, I do the repairs and trading when some other item is needed both for house and outside equipment. Everything we've had has been debt free for years and we don't run out and buy everything new. If you retire you will learn about managing money but that's all good. I've hone my skills so I generally can get a good deal or I leave it along. For example, have a large oak tree to take down so I needed a heavy grapple so I have another trading friend and he had a new Titan log grapple so I traded a pistol to him for it. Both happy with outcome. But anyway I have a JD 4400 that I did buy new in 1999. So you see I'm getting my money's worth. Has 1254 hrs. on it. Loader and other equipment. It's been posted on here in other photos as well as my 1025r which I traded another tractor. Some years ago I had JD990 and did a complete swap for the 1025r with backhoe. Now having said that these deals just don't work out and they don't fall in your lap. You have to really work to find them and complete. I know many just want to walk into a dealership...knod and sign some papers then sweet off some 6-8 years of payments and that definitely is not me. I like used tractors and JD has made this a non starter at their dealership as they sell off to the wholesalers. They want to only sell new and do financing. I can assure you that you are basically paying a premium regardless of the 0% interest. There are many, many, good tractors out there which need a new owner. One thing in mind I've never said anything personal about a personal relationship as it's no longer personal. Just a post from a member that been around a while and hopes to be for a few more years. My man cave photo attached.
 

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My friend bought an 80's Kubota TLB for $4500 2 years ago, needed some minor hydraulic repairs , but they are out there.
 
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Not sure if it is a dealer-wide option but my dealer offered me the opportunity to lease my tractor for two or three years when I got my 1025r. My CFO wasn't convinced that I needed a tractor until she saw what it and I was capable of doing with it. Case in point was the forks. What on earth was I going to do with pallet forks until we started taking down an old shed and piling the panels in a dumpster. Then she thought they were a pretty good idea. I bought my tractor, but leasing, or lease to own may be the best option for you. Good luck.
 

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I'm serious. Post a picture of this muscle car toy of yours in the "Swap Meet" forum here on GTT. Maybe someone has a tractor they would be willing to swap for it. I'm thinking maybe someone might jump at a chance to acquire the muscle car of their dreams, in a swap or trade and possibly with cash going one way or the other.
 

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This post is interesting as it involves human interaction and this case spousal involvement with an area of dissatisfaction about financial arrangements at home. In adding to my previous post my experience has been in business for some 50 years. Mostly this was insurance but prior to that was Naval experience with a security clearance. I learned early on in business not to leave any paper trail in written form. All my comments about sensitive matters of personalities were on a verbal basis. Fact being in written form either by mail/letter/internet, all these comments can trace you down. In some of my posts I've had a compunction to comment on some of my personal tractor/machinery experiences but thought inappropriate as a friend of a friend of a friend might see and I might embarrass someone or compromise their confidentiality. I'm not judging anyone with post but rather judging my own actions and experiences. Trust everyone has the best of relations.
 

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This post is interesting as it involves human interaction and this case spousal involvement with an area of dissatisfaction about financial arrangements at home. In adding to my previous post my experience has been in business for some 50 years. Mostly this was insurance but prior to that was Naval experience with a security clearance. I learned early on in business not to leave any paper trail in written form. All my comments about sensitive matters of personalities were on a verbal basis. Fact being in written form either by mail/letter/internet, all these comments can trace you down. In some of my posts I've had a compunction to comment on some of my personal tractor/machinery experiences but thought inappropriate as a friend of a friend of a friend might see and I might embarrass someone or compromise their confidentiality. I'm not judging anyone with post but rather judging my own actions and experiences. Trust everyone has the best of relations.
I quite agree, when on the Witness Protection program, less information given is better. I find that should I happen to see some porn, I'm less focused on the foreground, rather attempting to decipher the personal histories displayed on the far wall. :)
 

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I have for the last 16 years owned a 1956 Ford 800 series red belly. It has a loader and a set of forks. Power assisted steering. I have finally decided to give up the old girl and buy a new tractor. Have been second guessing my decision because that ford has done so much work for me. I just wanted a new one
 

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I have for the last 16 years owned a 1956 Ford 800 series red belly. It has a loader and a set of forks. Power assisted steering. I have finally decided to give up the old girl and buy a new tractor. Have been second guessing my decision because that ford has done so much work for me. I just wanted a new one
Remember that the "new" wears off.
 

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I've always been fairly irresponsible when it comes to finances. If I want or need something, I buy it. In 2002, I fell in love with and bought a jet ski ($8k). She was mad. 2 years later, she wanted her own (another 8k). In 2006, I bought a new 3/4 ton truck and a slide-in camper ($40k). The camper was her idea (so we could pull the jet skis with a camper on back). She didn't realize we'd need the bigger truck to do that. She learned to accept that. In 2008, I bought a well-used, full-sized backhoe ($20k). She was mad. I ran new water and sewer lines to the house and torn down an old barn behind the house. Now she likes the view. In 2013, I sold the big backhoe (got $15k out of it) and bought a 1025R TLB/MMM ($23k). She hated it. It took 3 years (2016) and our other mower breaking down before she hopped on the 1025 and said "Show me how this thing works". Below are pictures of her "hating my decisions" last month.

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She never left or threatened to leave. She (eventually) sees the value in what I do. We've gotten things done that we had never imagined with that tiny, little tractor. Not to mention saved our backs, knees and whatever other body part we would've damaged in the course of doing things manually. And, we had the times of our lives with that truck, camper and jet skis.

NEVER call it a toy. It's an indispensable tool that gets used almost on a weekly basis. If my health insurance company knew how much money they've saved by me buying "our" 1025, they probably would've chipped in on the payments. LOL

Get serious about it, put your foot down and show her the value in it.
 

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My wife won’t even sit on mine. She doesn’t hate it, she sees the value but I can’t get her to even mow the flat areas of our yard.
 

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My wife won’t even sit on mine. She doesn’t hate it, she sees the value but I can’t get her to even mow the flat areas of our yard.
Mine doesn't want to go near the tractor, but is fine with machinist lathe and mill. Frankly, I think the tractor is a lot safer. :)

It takes all kinds.

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Myasis - Good for her, running that backhoe like a champ!
 

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It's funny how the CFO can change their mind about certain expenditures once they see the results that can be achieved. I was lucky in that my FIL had a Kubota that I used quite often until that option dried up. She saw what a small tractor could do and how much more the tractor/loader/mmm/backhoe could do. There's been jobs that come up on a daily basis that either would have taken forever to finish or wouldn't have even been started.

 

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You guys are funny
My wife will (within reason) approve pretty much anything I want for my tractor.
She says it’s the best husband sitter ever and whatever works ask for she has no problem with
 

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Who come's to a forum to complain about their wife? Either take off the skirt and put the pants on or get a new wife.
Oyyyyy...
 
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