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I am a big fan of these little fellas. I know that some of you have them and use them for both arb and forestry. I am thinking of upgrading my little Carraro Bitrac in the future. It would be great to get your thoughts and experiences of them.

To start things off, below is a picture of my current steed. It is 27hp, reversible driving position, non articulated. It has a sigma loader which fits on in place of the three point linkage making it a very versatile machine, if a little under powered for some of my needs. It now has proper agri pattern tyres on which improves the grip no end.IMAG0016.jpg.de34191b9f36b5180117e232ae52980f.jpg

 

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Hi Mick, its all about balance and size.

The design of the alpine (engine sticking out over the front) means that with an attachment on the back they have a much better weight distribution than a conventional compact tractor.

Due to that and their much lower center of gravity, you'll take these places you'd never dream of with a conventional tractor.

I've has alpines sideways across 35 degree slopes and up and down 40+ degree slopes. You cant even walk on that normally!

 

Also, they tend to be more compact and lighter than an equivalent conventional tractor. Park a 80HP alpine next to a farm tractor and it'll be half the weight and 2/3 the size.

They therefore lend themselves to tight access and sensitive sites.

 

Downsides are cost I suppose, and also sometimes a lack of ground clearance in woodland.

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