This is an absolutely wonderful forum, and I've read over some of the great advice that you kind folks have given to others who have written in. I'm hoping that you can help me out by sharing some of your experience and expert advice.
I have retired from my "city life", and have always wanted to operate a Hay Farm. (Go Figure?) My wife and I bought a small farm (20Ac.) and have just had it planted in Jiggs by a "contract farm developer". (We are located in Texas just north of Houston.)
We are looking to purchase farm equipment... Tractor, mower, and baler, in order to be able to roll hay for next year. From most of the research that I've done to date, it appears that John Deere (albeit a bit more expensive) offers some very nice equipment that works well, have good parts supply and a good support system if something should go wrong.
I've noticed that at times, some forum contributors have purchased equipment for haying, and within a season or two, become dissatisfied with the equipment and replace it with a different model or brand. We are hoping to avoid this replacement problem and try and purchase suitable equipment only once....
We are considering a suitable JD tractor, mower/conditioner/windrower, and baler w/net wrapper, to accomplish the various tasks.
I'd truly appreciate your expert input. It is kind folks like you, who have actually used this equipment in the field, have experience with it, that are truly the best sources for giving us "hands on" information and expert advice.
Thanks so much for your help.