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Old 24th September 2009, 10:58   #46
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Hi Siva,

That's a very interesting tractor. Looking forward to the farm and slush OTR Test Drive report.

Fuel Consumption will be
1) 900cc is 7HP (approx)
2) SFC 230gm/hp-hr X 7 = 1610gm per hour

Agrarian Gurus please correct me if I'm wrong.

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You Need minimum 35 BHP Tractor which can plough and can handle 7 Pin Cultivator. You can go for second hand Massey 35 or Swaraj 735. Good tractor will not cost you more than 2 lacs.
Back home in UP (Azamgarh distt.), most of the second hand tractors come from Mahindra and more often than not, suspect quality. Massey's are hard to find, plus I hear they are diesel guzzlers, but superb build quality and longevity are some of its traits. Hence, we are considering purchasing a brand new one. Most likely going to be the PowerTrac from the Escort stable. I test drove one in 2008 and the ride and handling is very good. Also test drove the Mahindra 275 DI, the PowerTrac certainly better. Most likely its going to be the PowerTrac from Escort in early 2010.

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I suggest you go for a John Deere only when you are ready to upgrade, I test drove several tractors and we picked the John Deere, it has power steering and basically the product quality is way superior than the ones around. And plus we make castings for them

I am posting some pics of my John Deere, we don;t self farm since that is not our predominant industry and cannot spare time to do so, but I do love driving around in the farm on the tractor, it is a lot of fun.

Are these Ballast weights shown in your JD is purchased separately or came with the tractor as standard addon ?

To add the ballast weight do you also need to upgrade the front axles ? what is the damage to the front tyres in no load condition with ballast weights added?
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Are these Ballast weights shown in your JD is purchased separately or came with the tractor as standard addon ?

To add the ballast weight do you also need to upgrade the front axles ? what is the damage to the front tyres in no load condition with ballast weights added?
The weights are not a separate add on, they come standard with the tractor. There are no mods required to the front axle, the front weights hook on to a bracket bolted to the front. The rear weights bolt on directly to the wheel and the wheel can be changed with the weights on.

JD tractors are very light compared to others and hence require the weights. I have not experienced any damage to the front tyres, currently we are not using the tractor for farming, it is hooked to a trailer and is used for removing waste sand from the castings in the foundry. We will be using a rotovator in the farm in a few weeks from now.

P.S. We are the ones that cast these weights for JD.
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The weights are not a separate add on, they come standard with the tractor. There are no mods required to the front axle, the front weights hook on to a bracket bolted to the front. The rear weights bolt on directly to the wheel and the wheel can be changed with the weights on.

JD tractors are very light compared to others and hence require the weights. I have not experienced any damage to the front tyres, currently we are not using the tractor for farming, it is hooked to a trailer and is used for removing waste sand from the castings in the foundry. We will be using a rotovator in the farm in a few weeks from now.

P.S. We are the ones that cast these weights for JD.

Thats cool. I wish I get more time to spent on my farm in the near future.

The tractors are something completely new to me and any such information on the tractor front is a new learning opportunity to me.

As Arka asked for, Once I take delivery of the tractor I will be doing farming (learning tractor ;-)) exercise and post what I learn in this thread here. As far as my small little future tractor, I do not intend to use it for any transportation use and all its activities will be compounded to my farm only.

Cultivation, Tilling, Ploughing, Spraying are the main purposes I'm looking at it now. Obviously fun offroads with in my farm is guaranteed.
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dear friend,

i am planning to get one 18 hp sakthi. how is this for work? any pic while working? is it ok for dry ploughing hard land? what is the max speed to run in roads? what is the cost of the trailor?(sorry about lot of questions).please answer.thanks
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Hey Trammway, your tractor looks good. Similar one i saw last week in Hebbal Agricultural college,Bangalore at state level Agricultural Exhibition.Whats the finaly cost? Did you get any subsidy for this? Here I heard 40% subsidy is there from state Govt.

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Hi Trammway, How are you finding the ownership experience? I'm looking at a tractor for our 7 acre property. Actually our property is in two parcels of 5 acres and 2 acres, separated by 15km. How are you finding on-road speed?
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Nice thread! Would love to see more pics of your farm and the little town.

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Congratulations. VST tillers and tractors is based in Bangalore, Mahadevapura.
Same 3 cyl Mitsubishi engine was used in Sipani Montana Diesel.

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Actually speaking, you need a bigger one to save time. The smaller one in my understanding is good enough for 5 or lesser acre use.
I understand you are buying this as a hobby but I'm interested to know how big of a farm a person needs to have to justifiy purchasing vs renting a tractor. How many days in a year do you plan to use it?
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you need to use it once every 3 weeks on agricultural land.
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Old 1st February 2010, 18:02   #56
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Sorry guys, for not coming back to this thread for long time. Please see my last post in this thread I was waiting for the delivery but the delivery was delayed and put on hold. (Reason is subsidy)

I will surely come back with initial ownership report and more clearer inputs after take the delivery.


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dear friend,

i am planning to get one 18 hp sakthi. how is this for work? any pic while working? is it ok for dry ploughing hard land? what is the max speed to run in roads? what is the cost of the trailor?(sorry about lot of questions).please answer.thanks
We did take 3 hours of test drive at the farm with the 18hb mini tractor, What I found is fun the neighboring farmers who are using bigger ones commented this one works good in wet land.

Max speed is 14kms / hr.

I'm planning to use my jeep's trailer however who needs to run a trailer with only 14km/hr speed in the road.

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Hey Trammway, your tractor looks good. Similar one i saw last week in Hebbal Agricultural college,Bangalore at state level Agricultural Exhibition.Whats the finaly cost? Did you get any subsidy for this? Here I heard 40% subsidy is there from state Govt.

-Karumbaiah
Yes, there is a subsidy if you qualify to have only 8acres of land. The subsidy is Rs.1.2L (This will be given to any Tractor you wish to purchase, but the condition here is that one per family. Even if your family member have land on their name and already availed tractor subsidy then void)

The actual cost without subsidy comes around 2.7L and if you less 1.2L then the final. But getting subsidy you need to wait on a long queue as the Agri dept holds only 20nos per month.

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Hi Trammway, How are you finding the ownership experience? I'm looking at a tractor for our 7 acre property. Actually our property is in two parcels of 5 acres and 2 acres, separated by 15km. How are you finding on-road speed?
Yet to know about the ownership experience. I have heard from the Agri dept that my application is 12on the queue now and anytime I may find myself a owner of this tractor.

I have already described the onroad speed, the area you mentioned should be good enough for this tractor.

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Nice thread! Would love to see more pics of your farm and the little town.

Same 3 cyl Mitsubishi engine was used in Sipani Montana Diesel.

I understand you are buying this as a hobby but I'm interested to know how big of a farm a person needs to have to justify purchasing vs renting a tractor. How many days in a year do you plan to use it?
I don't have a pic that shows the entire extent of my farm, however there are few small pics that was taken in different parts of my farm during different cultivation/harvesting activities.
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Renting a tractor is Rs.1200 per acre and if you go through Agri dept by booking process then it is available for Rs.380 per hour.

Nope, I'm not buying this for hobby but I have a serious need for a farm machine. With lots of finance constraint I have fixed myself for this little one.

As our farm is now 8acres in size and having different variety of farming including coconut, mango, paddy, ground nut and sugar cane we need to hire man and machine on timely basis and most of the time we find it hard as the renting option turns out to be a problem due to our small scale need. The renting guys prefer larger extent to go on a stretch.

Secondly I do have a care taker at my farm, this tractor will be given on rent to neighboring small scale farmer to engage my caretaker.

if you have close to 10acres then this is the best thing to own, though it take bit more time than the bigger one but all the people who uses this tractor given a green flag.

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you need to use it once every 3 weeks on agricultural land.
Can you explain a bit more on this please.

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Hi Trammway, thanks for getting back! We shall wait on you to take delivery then
Btw, with regards to the subsidy, am I right in understanding that you can only avail of subsidy if you own less than 8 acres? Is the subsidy from the State or Centre?
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Hi Trammway, thanks for getting back! We shall wait on you to take delivery then
Btw, with regards to the subsidy, am I right in understanding that you can only avail of subsidy if you own less than 8 acres? Is the subsidy from the State or Centre?

It is state govt's i guess as the agriculture dept. where we applied is under the state govt. However they to have various schemes running down from central govt.
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How does one get started applying for the subsidy? Did the dealer help you or did you have to all the paperwork etc. on your own?
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Hi Trammway, did you get your tractor? I've also applied for the subsidy and am waiting for it to come through.
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