Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sometimes I Space Off

When you drive 5-10 mph all day as much as I do, you have plenty of time to space off. Lately I've been spacing off about equipment, but not the new and shiny stuff. No, I sometimes wish I would've done it differently, and gone old(er) school with my equipment.

This has all been at the forefront of my mind since about 5 o'clock this afternoon. The 8320 is split in half, a lot of it is in pieces, and they still can't figure out what's wrong with it. We are hoping the bill doesn't end up being more than $5,000, but at this point, who knows? There was a pretty much brand new John Deere tractor in the shop today that had some hydraulic gremlins that they couldn't sort out.

I sometimes wonder if these newer, fancier tractors are better than the mostly mechanical beasts they're replacing. I think if I was to start over, I would buy older stuff. I love the twin row, and I think if I converted it to mechanical drive and used a piston pump to put on my fertilizer, I could use an older tractor to run the vacuum and the markers. I'd probably have to put lift assist wheels on, too, but that's not a big deal. I'd go with a 4850 2 wheel drive if I could afford it, but I'd probably go with a 4840 for the sake of saving about $10,000. I'd also use it to shred stalks in the fall, hill corn and possibly put on fertilizer with:

For my big tractor, I'd buy a 4850 MFWD. I'd use it to disk, run the field cultivator, chop stalks, cultivate, and run an auger wagon. Grandpa had one, and I spent a lot of time in it. I was sad to see it go, but the 8300 that replaced it is a nice tractor. Anywho, here's a nice 4850:

If I had any money left, I'd buy a nice 4630, get some saddle tanks and a spray boom for it, and use it as a sprayer tractor. Maybe shred weeds with it. Use it on the blade, box scraper, etc. It'd make a nice chore tractor. Grandpa also had one of these, but I don't remember much about it. I just know I would like to have one around:

I could buy all three of these tractors for about 1/3 of what a Deere 8335r would cost. I'm probably wrong, but I think it would cost less to maintain these. They don't have computer problems. I don't remember having hydraulic problems with them. You start them, slam them in gear and go.

If you ever wonder what I think about day in and day out, now you know.


  1. Good posts.Went back and reread some earlier posts and like all the pictures.
    Are the newer Deere worth it? Might be worth it to give up some time now for aggravation later.
    I'd hate to be making payments on something sitting in the shop.

    1. They're nice tractors when they aren't in the shop... When we traded for the 8320, I really wanted an 8410, but couldn't seem to find one. Dad has an 8110 that has been trouble free for as long as he has had it. I had a Deere mechanic I know tell me that the 8010 series was the best tractor Deere ever made.

    2. I have a pair of 4440 John Deere's they are bulletproof