I got a good deal on this tractor being a year old on the lot. I needed a cab tractor because of my allergies when I mow or do dirtwork. When you walk up to this tractor you would think it's too small to get any real work done, but don't let it fool you.
Great little tractor, and in the 100 degree heat that we have in Texas, I was mowing in 70 degree a/c weather. Put a 72" or 84" finishing mower behind this thing, and you can throw away that zero-turn or riding mower. I'll save you the shopping time: the comparable 3520 John Deere is $36k, I picked the Mahindra 3616 up for $21k with a loader.
We shopped and shopped for a general purpose tractor. We decided Mahindra because of the value was head and shoulders above the competition. Ruby came to farm and went to work. I cut lanes in our nasty cutover. Brush, briars, hedges, small trees and everything in our path we cut. Several days and shear bolts later we clipped pasture. Ruby is impressing me more and more. Well God had some plans for us and a hobby for gardening boomed. The general purpose tractor is our go to row crop tractor. Our land had been overgrazed and poorly kept when purchased it 4 years ago. I bought a single shank subsoiler and got to it. Broke hard pan and shear bolts. I plowed the first plot in August the ground was pretty hard and I plowed as deep as the 14" two bottom would go. I pull 34" wide 6" tall beds with combo bedder. Most local growers use bigger tractors or smaller equipment. This tractor has been money well spent. We are happy to say we farm with Mahindra. The whole group from dealer to Chuck ( I think) the engineer in Texas has been great to deal with. I called Houston about a question that is not common and they put withan engineer who helped me. I am beyond pleased at the commitment to service. I have videos and pictures of what we do and will continue document our farm and Ruby's role in keeping it rolling on Facebook pages reyer farms. Thank you Mahindra, and Tony/ Randy @ the Tractor Store for all your help.
I purchaced a new 6010 HST Cab HST Cab in March of 2012. I love the tractor. The price was better than other compairable brands with the same features. The standard warranty is 2 years longer than the others.
Has plenty of power. Easy to operate.
My only disappointment is the HVAC system. I live in Texas...it's hot here in the summer, on those 100+ degree days, the AC system might get the cab down to 95...90 if you're really lucky. For $32,000, you'd think the AC system would cool like a new car, but it doesn't. Even the manual states that it should cool to 20 degrees below the ambient temp. It doesn't. If you're mowing a field or creating any dust, you have to blow out the radiator and condensor every hour or so, or you lose the AC altogether.
the only other issue I have had was the condensation lines in the roof of the cab for the AC system have kinked twice on me and had to have the dealer pick it up and fix it each time. My thanks to the dealer, they have been very good about taking care of these issues. It seems that there is a design flaw in the way these lines are placed in the roof, and others have had the same problem as well.
tractor has plenty of power love it easy driving power plus ,cons is if brushhoging you have to build skid plates under entire tractor or you will knock the oil filer off and the filter for the hydrolics lines under tractor to hydrolicks are easy to knock off if you spend a week building all the skid plates needed is jam up have to have guards for the sides that are not covered on motorso you dont knock them off. oil filter hangs down 2 inches below the motor so a small tree 1\2 in in diamiter will knock it off
Bought the 28XL in early June 2012. Have had it two mons. now. Got 25 hrs on it. Have been doing mostly site preparation work with it. Rocky/shale terrain. About 50/50 loader, backhoe time. Have absolutely no complaints with it. Looked at just about every other compact available. Price vs. performance won out across the board. Looking forward to much more work with it.
So far I love my tractor with loader. Ive got around 6 acres of yard grass to keep mowed and about 25 acres of pasture that I bush hog a few times a year. I hardly ever hear the engine bog and I mow some pretty thick stuff. I previously owned a tractor (much older) in the 48hp PTO range, so I was a little worried about power moving down. It is noticeable a little honestly but not so much that it makes a dramatic difference. Oh and if you are worried about using the shuttle, if you have ever used a gear drive tractor, shuttle is like eating cake and ice cream. I didnt go with hydrostatic only because I wasnt sure if I needed it, and I didnt. You may find that you desire hydrostatic, I tested it out and it did fine, I just prefer shuttle. I believe if you are a landowner in the 5-10 acre range, plant food plots, do landscaping projects of any size, this tractor beats the rest. I started out looking at John Deere and Kubota, you see where I ended up. Do not pass your mahindra dealership when shopping for a tractor. Try one out, I guarantee you will like it.
An honest review:
I can see why this is the most admired Tractor in America, it's tough and dependable. After the Dealer unloaded my Tractor, he went over all the necessary components and service ports, oil, hydraulic fluid and all. Very friendly and courteous.
Pros . ..Dependable, ready controls, handling, performance, plenty of power, comfortable seating, easy serviceable air filter and radiator screen, easy access to battery.
Cons. . Service of Oil Filter, Dipstick location, (no fluid in FWD when delivered), strange noises from right hub, sloppy fit of FEL, FEL hydraulic lines are behind a sharp step, with no guard, brush guard needs improvement, flimsy hood latch mechanism inside hood; it bends easily, no underneath guards, unshielded rear blinkers, plastic fenders break easily. Sucks lots of diesel in cutter operation, needs longer pedal on rear wheel lock, needs relocation of step on bucket control side of Tractor, [move it forward], brush guards on all hoses, flimsy yoke guard on front drive shaft.
I don't think anyone could put a Tractor (3616), through an any more rigorous workout as I can. I USE this Tractor; I don't pet it. I clear brush, push down trees, (4-5" dia), load gravel, dig stumps, build wilderness road in 4WD operation, move large tree trunks and have dug a small pond. . . One tough Tractor.
I am very impressed with my 3616 as I press it to the the limits of it's performance. I may have bought a smaller tractor than I needed, but was assured it would do the job. As far as Cons go, I have had to straighten out the hood latch plate under the hood, (limb came through brush guard and pushed hood up), straighten out pin that holds headlight grill by hood release, blinker light broke off, straighten out yoke guard on front drive shaft, install a rubber hose guard on FEL control hoses and quick tie hoses together, grease the rattling pins and 'sets' that hold FEL to frame. Had to buy special oil filter wrench for oil filter change, (should be included), [50 hr service].
Would I buy another one? You bet! Can't beat the Price vs Performance. Over-all, in spite of what I have listed as Cons, Mahindra builds one tough little Tractor.
I push my Mahindra to its limit and it never fails to impress. I cut, raked and baled over 40 acres of native hay last year. All with my Mahindra. This year will be even more. I can make a 5 foot tall round bale and then load it on my trailer. Not bad for a "compact tractor". People can't believe it until they see it. I do everything with this tractor and it doesn't even rut up the lawn. In January of this year I broke my leg pretty bad and my wife was left with all the chores on the farm. Thank god we had our Mahindra. It was easy for her to move the hay around to feed our sheep and also to clear the 4 + feet of snow we get here. I often commented on how good she looked on red. Even in our cold winters it starts up everytime. In a few years it will be time to upgrade and a Mahindra is the only tractor I'm looking at.
Bought my Max 25 to take over the workload of a 1952 Ford 8N that belonged to my grandfather. Wanted to be able to run a 4 ft. tiller and rotor mower. First day used my mower no problems. The tractor performed great. Saturday I hooked up the Tiller and man what a surprise, The tiller and tractor performed better than expected. The frontend loader was excellent too. The tractor has more power than I ever expected. Great little tractor!!!
I have enjoyed using my 5035 HST for the last year. It is the best peice of equipment I have ever owned. My last tractor was a Mahindra 6530 and this tractor even with less HP seems to do more with better ease of use. The HST works flawlessly and makes loader/grapple work a breeze. I can not image there is any other tractor brand that can come close to the functionality, durability and reliability in this price range.