Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Lanesville Indiana
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Looking for some advise?
The wife and I are looking to purchase 86 acres of farm land that is in foreclosure (30 is pasture, the rest is grown up pasture and woods). The goal behind the purchase of this land it to some day build a house with a walkout basement on this ground and continue cutting the hay and keeping a couple head of cattle around. Right now though we are going to be building a 60'x80' pole building and finshing out 24'x60' and living in it for a # of years until we can get the property payed down to build a home.
Right now there is a drive, and two barns on the property, one barn is open air and the other is a 50'x70' both are modern pole buildings but need some work. The smaller open air building is on a 80'x100' concrete slab that was used to run hogs out of. There was also at one time a house trailer on the property so there is water, electric, and a septic system at that old site. We are looking at putting in a longer drive to the top of the hill to the site were we want our home at, and building a new pole building in the direct future once we get the property.
My question is, I was thinking of purchasing a used peace of equipment to do a lot of the dirt work and clean up on the property my self. I have the use of a 76hp 4wd John Deere loader tractor and the haying equipment. So I don't need a tractor and loader, but was thinking of buying a tracked skid steer. I'm looking at not spending over $20,000 so used is where I'm looking, and most likely from what I've seen over 1000hrs on the machine. I'm not up on all the newer machine that are out there and don't really know anything about the tracked units as I have never ran one. I hear most guys talking about how they won't go back though so I figured tracked is where its at for any kind of serious dirt and clean up work.
So I'm looking for suggestions, recomendation, and models. What you guys know that works, what doesn't, and even where the best place to look for used equipment is? I've looked a little online and I really like the Cat 257's, they look like some nice units but that's about all I know.
Thanks for the help.
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