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Prince of Bales

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Re: New Owner of an Older Belarus
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2015, 11:57:32 PM »
Thank you.  I am mainly trying to help my mother carry on with raising a small amount of cattle after my father passed away last August.  I will be making some hay, but nowhere close to the acreage you describe below.  They have depended on my uncle for hay for a while now, but I think he may be getting out of it before too long and we would like to not have to depend so much on others anyway.  So, I am trying to get some equipment together.  Since I am not making any money out of this, I am trying to keep costs down as much as possible, which is one of the things that brought me to this tractor.  I am very glad to hear about the great service that you are getting out of yours.  One of my biggest problems is lack of time.  My tractor is not located at my home so it can take a while for me to get a chance to get to it, which is why it may take me a while to get back if someone recommends for me to try something or post a picture- and this is not the only project I have going on.  Thank you again for responding and I look forward to reading a learning a lot more here. 
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Re: New Owner of an Older Belarus
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 12:25:15 AM »
Welcome Prince

It sounds like you do some hay baling.  I bale about 400 acres a year of prairie and wheat hay.  I also have a couple of Belarus tractors I use to load and also to cut and rake hay.  I have had my tractors for about 5 years now and have found them to be the best tractors made in terms of service without expense.  My 2 tractors have cost me less than $500 in maint and repairs over the last 5 years.  They are operated most every day. 

I started out in a tractor dealership when I was 14 years old ( 47 years ago) and worked in it until I graduated from college.   I also taught the mechanics school on Satoh tractors as the dealership I worked at had imported more and worked on more of them than the distributor.  We had a rental fleet of these small tractors and also had sold 5 of them to the City of OKC. 

If I can be of any help with tractor issues, please feel free to call on me..  As one of the moderators I will try to check messages every day. 

I am in central Oklahoma.
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Re: New Owner of an Older Belarus
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 11:13:25 PM »
Hello Prince of Bales,

Welcome to our forum! Feel free to post all your questions and certainly you will find our small but growing community helpful and highly knowledgeable. Note we have members here from the official representative of Minsk Tractor Works (Belarus plant) in USA/Canada who will also be able to assist you with all your questions.

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New Owner of an Older Belarus
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 10:44:19 PM »
Hello.  I bought a Belarus 562 less than a month ago at an auction.  I did some research on Belarus tractors before buying, so I didn't go into this completely blind.  It seems that the opinions of these tractors that I have been able to find range from OK to terrible, with little in between.  From my own assessment so far, it seems that a lot of tractor can be bought for the money and that they should be relatively straight-forward to work on and maintain.  I intend to use this tractor on my parents' farm, primarily to make hay.  I would like to look into the possibility of adding a front-end loader eventually, but I have a ways to go until I get to that point.  After getting the tractor home, I find that it seems to have a lot of problems.  I won't go into those here, but I plan to post some issues in the "Old Models" section since that seems like the appropriate place.  Reading here so far has at least given me some level of comfort in seeing that others are able to make good use of their Belarus tractors, so I am hopeful that I will be able to get my issues sorted out and get this tractor working and generally being productive for the years ahead.  It has low hours (1375) and seems to be in relatively decent shape, so I hope that I have something to work with.  Thanks in advance for the advice and encouragement that I will hopefully gain here.
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