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    I always thought that avatar was an actual picture of Army.

    Picking a tractor can be a challenge, you've been given some good suggestions. You need to kind of compare them to what attachments you want and the projects you have, that will help narrow it down some. You might find, like many here, including myself, that in the end you need or must have more than one. For me it's always been finding what I'm looking for vs what I'm willing to spend and then hunting for a deal.
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    That is a huge difference between the two and I'm guessing that will be reflected in the cost. I see a 420 on CL right now with a deck and SB. I'm going to be doing some reading tonight for sure.
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    I have used a 332, 140, 420, 430

    I enjoy the 430 and 420 the most for my comfort as I am 6 foot tall.

    I like the fuel savings of the diesel which uses half the fuel of a gasser.

    400 series attachments can get costly.
    300 series attachments cost a lil less in my area

    god luck on deciding on what you want
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    I've been poking around the internet and my suspicions are confirmed as to the price difference between the 318 & 420. I DO like the 420 has big advantages over the 318 - but does this matter to me? I dunno..what I need is a snow blower...absolutely without question....push blade - on the fence about that but can see the use for one...grass cutter...yep...gonna need that also. Down the road a loader would be great to have and heck even a back hoe attachment would eventually save me some back pain. I'm looking for a set up of tractor/SB/Deck to start this adventure and $$$ is the key to me sleeping in bed or sleeping with the JD (which some nites might be better LOL) My property is mostly wooded and will remain that way, other than taking down dead tree's and turning those into firewood - which is a great question: Does JD offer a log splitter attachment? That would be another "gotta have" for me. I know, I know...better to have and not need then the other way around...just need some thing that will take on my needs, perhaps be able to get more attachments in the future.
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    Hold on to your wallet shopping for a #4 splitter.

    A 318 will do anything you want. 400/420/430 do it faster nicer and more comfortably. If it's a 400 series make sure you buy a package, attachments are more expensive and hard to find. With any of these tractors and loader or the unicorn with backhoe are usually a separate tractor. 425/445/455 you can add a loader that's reasonable to swap out, but a backhoe males me want an earlier model, they do feel more solid then a 4x5, maybe it's just the plastic hood, and side panels.

    A 430 is the Tim Taylor model, mine always made me smile. I have a 445 now, it's tough but doesn't feel it like the older ones

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    Terry.. excellent rundown on the differences between the sizes and capabilities of the tractors, plus mentioning the diesel option. Whatever you choose Derrell try to get one with a 3 pt hitch or buy one and add it. Lots of uses. And they look cool too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew View Post
    I always thought that avatar was an actual picture of Army.

    Picking a tractor can be a challenge, you've been given some good suggestions. You need to kind of compare them to what attachments you want and the projects you have, that will help narrow it down some. You might find, like many here, including myself, that in the end you need or must have more than one. For me it's always been finding what I'm looking for vs what I'm willing to spend and then hunting for a deal.
    Who can get mad at a face like that?

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    Great advice guys - Thanks! And to think when I first started looking at a JD LT I thought a 110 would be enough (not knocking the 110 though...seen some beautiful restores)
    So JD does have a splitter attachment that's would fit a 318 or 420 - perfect! It seems that the 420's are not easy to find and when you do they command a good price...so does the 318 but seems like they usually have at least a couple of attachments for around the same price as a 420 only. I do appreciate your opinions and input. The issue at hand is getting to see any of the units first hand...I see a lot on line but miles away from me , not that I mind a road trip, but to drive 300 miles to see a worn out tractor with a pretty paint job causes me a bit of hesitation. Are there tell tale signs that a tractor has been used and abused? Seems that you can change out the hour meters and such. Like the saying goes - you can put lipstick on a pig - but its still a pig. As I've said, I'm good around anything with spark plugs and carbs - but the important "It wont work without that" things I'm lost on.

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    any opinions on below? Bit pricey though...but maybe worth a look

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    I don't believe eBay links are allowed, but remember the seller saves 10% if you get him to cancel and go off eBay. Don't say anything directly just get off system contact information.

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