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2008 Foreman 500 for Farm Attachments

I have a 2008 Honda Foreman that My brother gave me for paying his 1400.00 refurb bill at the Honda shop. The Rancher has 27 hours on it and runs like a top now that they got all the gunk out of it from sitting for the last ??? years in the garage. I want to use it for mowing/bush hog, Small disc, and box blade on my property. I have one 1/2 acre food plot and a mile of gravel/clay mix roadway that i want to maintain with it. Anyone suggest a good place to find used atv implements that I can use to do this? I'm looking for a 48" pull behind mower with an engine on top for turning the blade. I'm looking for a 36 to 48" box blade. I can't find anything online. Thanks.
 

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I don't know of anywhere or anything when it comes to using an atv for what your wanting to do ?. but I think mrb can help you ?, he does something like your saying with his trx400. what I would do, if I were in your shoes ?, is get a tractor !, that's what they are made for :).
 
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I don't know of anywhere or anything when it comes to using an atv for what your wanting to do ?. but I think mrb can help you ?, he does something like your saying with his trx400. what I would do, if I were in your shoes ?, is get a tractor !, that's what they are made for :).
I totally understand your point. If I didn't think the Foreman was so practical, I'd sell it and get a tractor. I can do what a tractor can do, but it'll just take a little bit longer because the implements are smaller. 1st gear in about any Foreman will pull enough for anything. I assume that's why there is a hitch ball receiver on it. There are attachments that are available for using an ATV to pull them. Most are specialty, so they're expensive, which is why I'm searching for used ones. I just may be better off getting rid of the Honda and getting an ole tractor if I can't find good use for the 4 wheeler. 2008 Foreman totally rebuilt with new hoses, fuel tank, carb job, and lube should be worth a tractor in trade somewhere.
 

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I don't know of anywhere or anything when it comes to using an atv for what your wanting to do ?. but I think mrb can help you ?, he does something like your saying with his trx400. what I would do, if I were in your shoes ?, is get a tractor !, that's what they are made for :).
I totally understand your point. If I didn't think the Foreman was so practical, I'd sell it and get a tractor. I can do what a tractor can do, but it'll just take a little bit longer because the implements are smaller. 1st gear in about any Foreman will pull enough for anything. I assume that's why there is a hitch ball receiver on it. There are attachments that are available for using an ATV to pull them. Most are specialty, so they're expensive, which is why I'm searching for used ones. I just may be better off getting rid of the Honda and getting an ole tractor if I can't find good use for the 4 wheeler. 2008 Foreman totally rebuilt with new hoses, fuel tank, carb job, and lube should be worth a tractor in trade somewhere.
1st gear will pull, but you won't have the mass to do anything with it. You'll hop around on top of the ground.

ATV's can do a LOT of things, but they won't do what you're looking to do.
 

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DR makes some stuff check them out. The Rancher will pull a lot, you'd be surprised. I have a few garden tractors I'm always amazed at what they'll do


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I can't put a link on here, it's not working for some reason but, try eBayUK we have so many small agricultural attachments for ATV's here it's unreal. Quite a good choice in tow behind mowers/toppers. I know you probably won't buy from the UK but at least it will give you some idea of what's available
 

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ok been using an atv for 17+ yrs to make food plots
YES they can do the work, and yes they DO sell things for JUST being used behind an ATV
BUT to be honest the amount of money you will spend to BUY a GOOD atv sized disc, and a spreader and (a sprayer, much needed tool in food plot)
then a drag behind mower with its own motor
you could have bought a nice older used tractor, and all the above implements and still have more money in your pocket, will OUT work the atv 10-20 times over and NOT kill it on you!
examples here of numbers

a 48 ft gas powered mower is about 1200 bucks,
a 48 inch brush hog, run off a tractors PTO< is about 500 bucks and ONLY running off the tractors gas, NOT two motors to maintain!

a disc, a atv sized disc worth it weight is about 800+1000 bucks, (yes they sell cheaper and there JUNK)
a 8 ft disc drag type for a tractor is about 500 bucks and will cover 3 times as much ground in one pass

sprayers of 40 gallon, are about the same price, no a mute here!

a decent ATV, will be a 4x4 with a low range and a heavy atv to boot, that will handle running SLOW and working its a$$ off and NOT over heating

you say you paid $1400.00(odds are you can sell it for more than this if its in GOOD shape)

a decent older tractor like a IH, model H< a Ford 8N, or the likes can be had for about 1000-1500 bucks

atv weights in at about 600 lbs, tractors like this will be at about 3500 lbs

the atv will be about useless with a box blade behind it, due to LACK of weight and there for traction

a tractor this size, will again, be just fine with a 5 ft box blade behind it!

ATV Box blade, like a DR made one, is about 800+ bucks
a Tractor made one will be about 400 in 5 ft

examples I am giving are honest prices
in the past 12 months I sold 2 tractors, one for 1500 (model H in MINT condition)and a 50 hp one for 3500, that was also low hrs and in above average condition
I also sold two 8 ft disc one full rebuilt for 500 bucks and a one that was used and working but could have used a little TLC for 300 bucks

I sold a 6 ft box blade, for 250 bucks
and I sold a 7 ft sickle mower for 500, and a 5 ft brush hog for 500 bucks

the best advice I can give you on doing food plots is this, BUY a tractor before an ATV
the amount of seat time on an ATV even IF you bought the RIGHT atv implements, will be about 10 hrs to ever one hour on a tractor,
the model H I sold was like 24 hp or so, NOT huge by any means, but the OLD tractors like them had WEIGHT
a NEW made 25 hp tractor will weight about HALF what these old ones did and will cost 5 times more


the old International Model H's and Ford 8n's
are such LONG time proven tractors with a zillion parts still out there, and about as simple to work on as possible IF ever needed
and again Tractor implement are a fraction of the costs as ATV made implement, they COUNT on hunters being suckers, and MOST are

I used to plant about 16+ acres of food plots a yr between 3-5 property's ever YR and started doing food plots in the late 80's, I was one of whitetail Institutes first tester in PA
SO< I been at this a LONG time
 

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Tractors tip over easier than quads. If your land is flat, this doesn't matter. I could use a tow behind mower too, the kind that whacks some serious brush, and a quad would be better to tow it with than the Kubota 4wd that I already have, even with the wheels filled with water. Problem is, as you said, the atv pull behind stuff is expensive. I did buy a cheap used one once. Would you like a reminder why it was cheap?
 

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as for tractors going over rough ground, well they DON"T have suspensions, so, going slow , they will go over most things just fine
I have been in a LOT of bad un even ground with my tractors and have yet to roll one over

they actually are pretty darn stable, when your on a full sized framed tractor, the compact, well another story!
ever see farms that are all side hills and them running side ways on the or mowing grass along HI WAY's
I don';t think there any more unstable than an atv is to be honest, IF you use your BRAIN that is!

as for towing a brush cutter with an ATV< I have a ton of hrs doing just this, and as well as doing it with a tractor
I will ALWAYS pick the tractor over the atv any day of the week, its UP higher more out of harms way when you hit things you didn;t know was there LOL

MOST brush hogs for tractors are built to take more abuse too,

on good ground like lawns and about ponds , both are OK

but I'd rather the tractor for safety(maybe the atv for a softer seat/ride however LOL)


ideally the best thing to have is BOTH a ATV and a a tractor
and use the atv for the more simple things, like adding fertilizer, maybe seeding things, dragging deer out, and FUN

the tractor rules on the work side 500% or more
spraying, your up higher
towing a disc, your not killing the machine as you would on a an ATV, and disc will be bigger and cost less $$
mowing? again a brush hog 3 point hitch set up will be cheaper than a motor driven one, built better(for the $$ any how) and your higher up to stay out of harms way on things a flying!

go to ANY food plot forum, and you will see everyone that started with a ATV< over a tractor, wished they started with a tractor first, or BOTH
hands down the tractor wins in the food plot game by a LOT
 
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