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#6872613 - 08/29/17 11:18 AM Tractor rental
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So I've been working with the NRCS to get some land cleared and converted back to native pasture. The land has been cleared, and I need to prepare the seed bed before the NRCS will provide me with the seed. I called up TPWD and they have an 8' no till drill I can borrow but it requires rear remote hydraulics. If I used this I would need to rent a tractor at least 40hp with remote hydraulics, and I would need to shred the pasture. They also have a 4' tow behind drop seeder, but I would need to shred the pasture and disc it a couple times (don't have a disc) to prepare a better seed bed, but I could use the tractor I have already.

My question is which method would you chose? Has anyone rented a tractor before? Where and how much do they typically go for per day? Sunbelt has them for $275 a day with $110 each way for pickup and delivery. Seems crazy money to me! Any other suggestions?

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#6872623 - 08/29/17 11:26 AM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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What the cost to rent a disc to tow behind your tractor?
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#6872629 - 08/29/17 11:33 AM Re: Tractor rental [Re: rickym]
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Compare cost of renting all the equipment you need vs hiring somebody to come out and do it.

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#6872649 - 08/29/17 11:54 AM Re: Tractor rental [Re: sqiggy]
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Originally Posted By: sqiggy
Compare cost of renting all the equipment you need vs hiring somebody to come out and do it.
or apply the rental/delivery cost towards a disc.

guess you don't have a trailer?
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#6872780 - 08/29/17 01:42 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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I rent stuff from zimmerer-kubota, they are good to work with, very easy, but a little far from you. Have several shops in the DFW area, but don't don't know if any are close enough for you to make it worth it.

Having said that, call around to the local tractor sales places, they may rent tractors and may deliver as well. I was told by the zimmerer folks they don't like renting anything more than a 25hp tractor to a half ton pickup, they need a 3.4 ton or larger to get 40hp or bigger.

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#6872877 - 08/29/17 02:58 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
Having said that, call around to the local tractor sales places, they may rent tractors and may deliver as well. I was told by the zimmerer folks they don't like renting anything more than a 25hp tractor to a half ton pickup, they need a 3.4 ton or larger to get 40hp or bigger.


^^This^^ if you are renting a 50 HP machine, with an implement, and a trailer, you will probably be at MAX+ tow on most 1/2 ton pickups. My guys in Brownwood ask in advance what you'll be using to tow so you don't show up only to be mad they won't let drive away overweight.
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#6872885 - 08/29/17 03:09 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: Texas buckeye]
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Originally Posted By: Texas buckeye
I rent stuff from zimmerer-kubota, they are good to work with, very easy, but a little far from you. Have several shops in the DFW area, but don't don't know if any are close enough for you to make it worth it.

Having said that, call around to the local tractor sales places, they may rent tractors and may deliver as well. I was told by the zimmerer folks they don't like renting anything more than a 25hp tractor to a half ton pickup, they need a 3.4 ton or larger to get 40hp or bigger.

Not something I would want to do every day with one, but dang near any modern 40 hp tractor will go on just about any 16-foot tandem 3500 lb axle utility trailer, which is well within the capability of many if not most 1/2 ton pickups. Last time I rented equipment was ride on trencher that had a weight tag on it for 9300 dry on a 20-foot lowboy from the same place they didn't bat an eye at hooking it up to a 1/2 ton chevy... which didn't like the chore too much but did it without issue.
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#6872901 - 08/29/17 03:27 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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Get to know your neighbors, one or more will probably have a teenage son that could use the extra cash. A lot easier to have someone else that is local to get this stuff done than renting a strange piece of equipment and having to haul it back and forth.

Or check with the local school district's Ag teacher, he/she might know someone. He might even be willing to use the job as a teaching experience for his students.
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#6872970 - 08/29/17 05:01 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: redchevy]
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redchevy, while I agree with you, I was just posting what the local tractor company told me. They would not rent me a tractor bigger than the 25hp for my f150 even with max towing package, didn't matter. You have to remember there are lots of idiots out there who will try to take that max loaded trailer and try to drive it crazy, or just don't know what they are doing. Company is just trying to protect their equipment. Don't blame them one bit.

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#6872996 - 08/29/17 05:23 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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Rarely ever see a small tractor with rear remotes that your going to need. Hire it done and save yourself a lot of trouble.

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#6873104 - 08/29/17 07:36 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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Quote:
8' no till drill I can borrow but it requires rear remote hydraulics


You can remove the hydraulic cylinder, hoses, and replace with a manual screw device that acts as cylinder. Available at TSC

Or hire it done by neighbors. ASC could tell you whom you might contract to do it.
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#6873197 - 08/29/17 09:09 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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I do have a trailer, but not gooseneck. Seems most places won't let you tow without gooseneck.

Thought about buying a disc. Need one anyway, but I would rather use the no till drill. Less time, and better seed placement.

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#6873201 - 08/29/17 09:12 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: Dalroo]
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Yup, definitely will have to have it delivered if renting

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#6873257 - 08/29/17 09:56 PM Re: Tractor rental [Re: crumrw]
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You might want to put an ad in the classified, there might be someone on THF that has a place near you that could do the job for you.
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#6873451 - 08/30/17 07:22 AM Re: Tractor rental [Re: dogcatcher]
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Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
You might want to put an ad in the classified, there might be someone on THF that has a place near you that could do the job for you.


Good idea. I'll give it shot.

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