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Compact Tractors - Branson / Century, Mahindr Taf
Posted by Rodney Tidwell on June 14, 2003 at 12:43:31 from (18.104.22.168):
Iím considering buying a 35-40hp compact tractor. I can take advantage of the 4wd on much of my land. Iíve focused mostly on the Korean makes, Branson/Century, Mahindra and Tafe - mostly because of price. Kioti is a bit more expensive - closer to the Japanese makes. Iíve been looking at factory specs but donít have much in the way of testimonals.
The Branson 4520 (Century 3045) boasts a 4cyl Yanmar with 45hp (40 pto hp). BransonKiotitractors.com offers this machine for $14,375. A local century/branson dealer said it was around $16K.
The Branson 4020 (Century 3040) has a 3 cyl Turbo Kukje with 40 hp (36pto hp). BransonKiotitractors.com offers this machine for $12,550. A local century dealer said it was around $14K. I donít have any experience with turbos and this concerns me a bit. (The turbo apparently adds 5 hp to the Branson 3520/Century 3045, which costs $11960 or 12500 respectively from the two sources mentioned).
The Branson/Century tractors have a live pto and dual clutch. They have a min mph of 1.2mph with a 12x12 sync. shuttle.
The Mahindra 4110 has a 41hp 4cyl with 33.6 pto hp. My local mahindra dealerís asking price is $14,300.
The Mahindra 3510 has a 35 hp 3cyl with 28.7 pto hp. My local mahindra dealerís asking price is $11,050.
The mahindras have 12x12 shuttle with an independent pto.
Iíve not actually gone to a dealer to look at a Tafe. Iíve only looked at them on the internet. The only one that meets my general criteria is the 3600 with the 12x12 shuttle (min. .5 mph). The 3600 has a 36hp 4 cyl mitsubishi, 33 pto hp and an independent pto. Itís 600 to 900 lbs lighter than the above makes. The only price Iíve seen is 13,900.
These are the tractors Iím considering. What Iíd like to do with one of them is cut grass on about 25-30 acres twice per year, cut grass on about 15 acres 3-4 times per year, do some landscaping around the house (Iíll get a loader), and lightly disk and broadcast rye grass on the 25-30 acres once per year.
If anyone has any experience with any of these tractors or another that Iím overlooking, let me know.
I was thinking that the Branson/Century tractors seemed the most substantial. However, I noted a couple of older posts that gave me some pause on these makes. There was a relatively new branson that broke in half at a railroad yard or some such. Branson stated that it was due to abuse - something about chains on the loader frame. It doesnt seem that an attached loader should be able to break a tractor in half though. Also, I seem to recall a post about someone who managed to break his bellhousing - the factory/dealer fixed it.
Any thoughts appreciated. Also, Iím very interested in actual prices paid or any info on mark-up, etc.
Rodney G. Tidwell