Looking at getting a new-to-me 90-100 HP (75-80 PTO HP) hay tractor with cab, 4x4, & loader and wanted to see what was Hay Talk approved these days. Trying to stay within a couple of years old and maybe get something with some warranty. Depending on the discounts available, may end up going new.
Chores on the farm will include:
1. Running mounted 8 ft disc mower (hoping to upgrade to 9 ft next year)
2. Round Baler - NH 644 4x5 baler
3. Square Baler - Case-IH SB541 w/ Kuhns accumulator
4. Kuhns 510F square bale grapple (10 bale flat)
5. Bush Hog BH27 Rotary Cutter
Close by, I've got good John Deere, New Holland, and Kubota/Case-IH dealers. I've dealt with all of them in the past and don't really have a preference:
1. 2019 JD 5090E - Local dealer has some rental returns with less than 10 hours on them. Doesn't have a loader, but is loader ready
2. Kubota M5-091
3. Case-IH Farmall 90C
4. New Holland T4-90 (or T4-100) is also on the list (but I think those are called Powerstars now).
I went into this liking the Kubota, but when I compared it to the others, it was a LOT lighter. Surprisingly, the value-minded 5090E is the heaviest of the models listed above.
I'm mostly worried about the square baler; it will push around my JD 4020 & A-C 190XT in thick hay. I'm keeping the 4020 w/ loader so I can use it on the sq baler & grapple, if I had to. I'm probably going to get rid of the 190XT as part of this deal. I know I am downsizing, but the AC is honestly a little bulky and I would actually like a move to a more utility-sized tractor so I won't tear up the countryside during the winter. Any thoughts on any of these models? Am I nuts for considering the 5090E?