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justinpittman

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My 127 has been getting stuck in holes & rough patches, so I'm thinking of getting a 4x4 sub/compact tractor or UTV to get more ground clearance.

Thoughts on these?

I already have a tractor (a Ford 3000 from late 1960's) so I'm between a rock & a hard place: something with more ground clearance than the 127 but not a big tractor. I like that UTV manufacturers are coming out with more electric units ... a lot of the Cub's non-mowing work (where it gets stuck) is stop & start, loading / unloading, so engine on & off again, which would be better on batteries than an engine IMO.

I do NOT like the $$$ of UTVs and sub/compact tractors though :(

Do folks put lifts on their Cubs? LOL I think the answer is "no" but who knows ... thinking outside the box :)
 

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I don't like the high price of UTV's as well. I am definitely not a fan of the CTV transmissions either. Personally, I'd look for a decent used 4-wheeler as those seem to be steals now that everyone is going to UTV's...
 

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Justin, what kind of terrain are you driving in? I've had my 125, very similar to your 127, in all sorts of terrain and rarely have gotten stuck. I do have wheel weights on it and in the winter I use chains on the turf tires. As a preteen-early teen I would drive it around the farm as a go-kart in the gravel pit and elsewhere. Great fun back in the day.
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Kind of wish I would have treated it a bit kinder now that it's mine and not my parents. 😲
 

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Justin, what kind of terrain are you driving in? I've had my 125, very similar to your 127, in all sorts of terrain and rarely have gotten stuck.
In fallow farmland and wild acreage, so land that has humps & holes -- some of them I cannot see & avoid ahead of time. Usually the front or rear axle will bottom out and then the single rear tire will start spinning.

The 127 does great on the mowed lawn. No holes or humps in the lawn.

Personally, I'd look for a decent used 4-wheeler as those seem to be steals now that everyone is going to UTV's...
Good point. I'll look around.
 

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My 127 has been getting stuck in holes & rough patches, so I'm thinking of getting a 4x4 sub/compact tractor or UTV to get more ground clearance.

I have many garden tractors including a 147 and I have a NH TC35 4wd but there are times when something in-between is handy.
Get something with taller tires. I also have a GT with 15" tires and I have a PowerKing. Neither as common as 12" wheeled and hard to find as bargains.
I have an 8hp Wheel Horse with dozer blade and it never had the traction to fully satisfy me until I filled the tires, added 2-link chains and finally some big wheel weights. Won't help if you bottom out but we both have bigger tractors when needed.
 

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I have driven my 125 all over my property which is fallow farmland that is now partly wooded. I created trails with the 125 by mowing the weeds before I (and nature) planted the trees. Pocket gophers made a mess of the property before the trees took hold. I did come close to getting high centered a few times but was always been able to drive it out. Now the trails are not nearly as uneven though they are still plenty rough. I have thought about rototilling and grading them but have not taken the time to do so.
 
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You should look into a Honda pioneer 500, if you're using it around your property and not trail riding. They have a gear drive transmission, fit in the bed of a full size truck due to the 48" width, and can be bought for $8500 brand new. My dad has one, and loves it for working in his woods and around the back 40. Not a bad deal for a side by side.
 

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Yesterday during my spare minute of the day at work, I was thinking of this and decided to do a quick search of FB marketplace...check this out. I can't believe how cheap you can get 4-wheelers for now. I especially like the 230 quadrunner since we had a 230 quadsport growing up and that thing was awesome...

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Here's a clue to used 4 wh...If it has scratches/gouges on top of the fenders, the odds are good it came down hill the wrong way.A lot of young folks are hill climbing with them so look them over careful . 2 wh drive is not great in snow either...just sayin' A "dealer" told me the good Yams and Hondas don't come up for sale too often they're too dependable....his words....
 

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