In Reply to: 860 posted by Jack - Iowa on August 14, 2021 at 06:52:15:
I have never lifted a round bale in my life so take what I say with a grain of salt.
An 800 would do it in a pinch but I wouldn't want to do it on a regular basis.
I've always thought the 8XX and 4 cyl 4000s were light in the rear end for the power they had. Kind of like the old saying about an alligator mouth with a mocking bird ass. If you are a flatlander you'd be okay but this would be one instance where I would definately use sway bars.
I run a 3000 and have run a 1K lb bush hog on it for a few years. It really is too much for my tractor. I broke a couple of check chain brackets before I wised up and used sway bars. It is a bit scary to have that much weight suddenly shift to one side on such a light tractor. A 3000 is heavier back there than an 800. And the center of gravity of a round bale is much higher than my bush hog is normally carried.
The Hundreds are great tractors but like anything else they have their limitations.
If I was going to feed large rounds on a regular basis or lived where it wasn't flat like a pool table I would want a bigger machine. I would look for a 3 cylinder 4000. Just few more ponies than an 800 but cat I/II three point, nearly 1500 lbs heavier and a Much stouter rear end. I am hoping to retire my 3000 from bush hogging duty this year and hook it to a 4000 that I've put together over the last few years. 3000 and an 800 are both too light to be hefting that much weight.