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So dad is starting to look at MCUTs for around the farm.
They finally sold all the cattle, so now mom can "retire", as she was the one that managed all the cattle.
He will be working another year or so off the farm.
With no cows or crops the requirement to keep a 140 hp tractor isn't there, and the maintenance costs will quickly overshadow the usefulness.
Use will be mostly mom puttering around the farm yard, picking up sticks, moving stuff too heavy to lift herself, etc.
They have a 757(?) mower for the lawn and a skid steer for dirt work and snow removal.
Mom doesn't like the skid steer, so that's the reason for the tractor for her to use.

Dad ran across this one and asked my opinion.
2012 2520 with 200CX loader for $13,800 and only 210 hours.

My immediate concern is the mismatched tires.
I know the 2520 is a solid tractor, and similar to my 2320 (but without that stupid u joint!). I know that the R4 and turfs are different sizes, so wondering how much damage could have been/could be caused by running mismatched tires?
I haven't talked to the guy yet, or looked at it. Dad said he was "negotiable" on price. I don't think he's too far out of line, though would shoot for $12,500-13 with matched tires.

Let me know your thoughts oh wise ones!
 

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It depend on how much he used 4WD, and how much the size difference is. The 2520’s where pretty solid machines, but some did have issues of popping out of 4WD under load.
 

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The 2520 is a great tractor. Tons of them in use. Lots of good info here on them and help to be had. The 2-series Deeres are very useful tractors for homeowners and hobby farm type folks. Good capability for light loader/fork work, homeowner type implements (box blades, tiller, middle buster, brush mower, plow, snowblower, etc). Easy to use with hydro trans.

I can't answer your question on the tire/4WD thing but I do understand why you'd be concerned.

As for price, I think the asking price is a bit much but not dramatically out of line. I managed to find a 2010 2520 with ~275 hours on it back in 2017 and got it for $8500, which I felt was a smokin' deal considering others I'd seen advertised around me. I had to drive to TX to get it, but I had other things to do there so it wasn't a major problem. The loader is worth just over $3k. If your dad can pick this one up for the low-to-mid $12k range that would be a good deal.

Good luck in the tractor search!

Rob
 
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It depend on how much he used 4WD, and how much the size difference is. The 2520’s where pretty solid machines, but some did have issues of popping out of 4WD under load.
I found a calculator online, I'd assume it would work the same for tractor tires as automotive tires. Obviously the MPH is off as no CUT is going 20+ mph! :laugh:

Size 1 in this is the factory Turf R3 tire per tractor data.
Size 2 is the factory Industrial R4 tire per tractor data.

So, the turfs are bigger, just over 4% larger circumference which equals 36 revs/mile. This means that the fronts will be pulling even faster than the rears, and it is my understanding that the factory gearing already has the fronts running just slightly faster than the rears.

And good to know on the 4wd lever, I guess I've missed that in my reading.
 

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With only 4% difference I don't see much risk there. On lawns, dirt, snowy driveways, etc. the turfs are going to be able to slip pretty easily. And any of that wear is not really any harder on components than when you have a 2520 with matched R4 tires and you turn while in 4WD. Only if the original owner did a lot of driving on dry pavement while in 4WD would it really concern me.

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Did you actually check what size the turfs are in the front? If he put the matched size (23x8.50-12) turfs on the front there's no issue. The turfs and R4 used different size rims. So he most likely went and put the proper size turfs on his 12" rim, not go out and buy new rims and tires. Some people swap the R4 fronts out for turf so they don't tear up their grass as much.
If that's the case you should be all good.
 

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Did you actually check what size the turfs are in the front? If he put the matched size (23x8.50-12) turfs on the front there's no issue. The turfs and R4 used different size rims. So he most likely went and put the proper size turfs on his 12" rim, not go out and buy new rims and tires. Some people swap the R4 fronts out for turf so they don't tear up their grass as much.
If that's the case you should be all good.
I haven't yet, probably gonna take a look this weekend. I work both jobs all week, so 0 free time.
 
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i got around 1,100 hrs on my 2006 2520, and i must be lucky, as it has never jumped out of 4wd yet. now i'm jinxed -huh:lol:

not too bad of a price i think either. but i haven't been looking at the used ones lately.:dunno:
 

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I think the value of my 2520 just went up a little. ?
Does look a little high, but if the tractor looks good I would still probably buy it.

On the 2520 one of the fixes that should have been done is the 3 point lift arms. The original style are straight and LOVE to rub on the tires. JD came up with a fix a 'z' bent arm. Unfortunately they are not giving them away any longer and a set costs ~$700.
I've had zero problems with mine and am reluctantly going to sell it when my 2038r shows up.
 

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I think the value of my 2520 just went up a little. ?
Does look a little high, but if the tractor looks good I would still probably buy it.

On the 2520 one of the fixes that should have been done is the 3 point lift arms. The original style are straight and LOVE to rub on the tires. JD came up with a fix a 'z' bent arm. Unfortunately they are not giving them away any longer and a set costs ~$700.
I've had zero problems with mine and am reluctantly going to sell it when my 2038r shows up.
I can attest to the lift arm rubbing. When I bought my 300 hour 2520 the inner lugs showed signs of rubbing from the lift arms. I turned the wheels around to get a wider stance (unrelated to rubbing) and it has largely eliminated the issue.

Rob
 
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