JD 3800 loader good or bad??

Discussion in 'Machinery' started by Cmoran, Apr 17, 2019 at 6:18 PM.

  1. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    I’ve been looking at a clean 06 3800 loader. Have no experience of loaders. Are they as good as other makes of similar age??
     
  2. Timbo

    Timbo Member

    Location:
    Gods County
    For their time they were light yrs ahead of anything else. If she's tidy it wants buying immediately
     
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  3. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    So would it be any good on a pit?
     
  4. Sumpy82

    Sumpy82 Member

    Location:
    The Shire
    Maybe asking a bit much of it imo
     
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  5. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    Ok it would only be 200 acres a year thought it might be fit for it
     
  6. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    We did 15yrs ago ran duals on it. Fine with trailed forager. Wouldn't consider now with big sp forager.
     
  7. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Would be OK. Depends how many hosses it still has.
     
  8. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    ya jf900 is all we are using that’s why I was thinking of going that route it would be great around yard rest of the time
     
  9. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    Is there anything to watch out for in them??
     
  10. Headless chicken

    Location:
    West Wales
    They are a bitch to start on a cold day and anyone who tells you different is lieing ( and I have one to sell!) they draw a lot of power to start so your battery needs to be cock on. 2 fixes for this is add another battery or remove the isoltator as in led to believe this causes issues.

    You need air con because you don’t want to be folding the doors back it’s a really crap system for that.

    Someone across the valley ran them for probably 15 years pushing in behind SP harvester and loved it.

    They are a brilliant machine depending on what you want them to achieve. By modern standards they do now lack some luxuries ie boom suspension
     
  11. Db880

    Db880 Member

    Location:
    Norfolk

    If you were to find the right machine some had boom suspension....
     
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  12. aidan

    aidan Member

    Location:
    Ireland
    How fast is the flick on the fork for pit work
     
  13. Dman2

    Dman2 Member

    Location:
    Durham, UK
    We bought a 1 in December, and after asking around expected starting problems on a cold day.
    However the previous owner had replaced the original, presumably mechanical fuel pump with a 12v Facet fuel pump
    Starts straight away without any hesitation, even with a layer of frost on it.
     
  14. Dman2

    Dman2 Member

    Location:
    Durham, UK
    We replaced a Matbro TR250
    No comparison, but it is 10 years newer
    Lots of leaky ram seals on ours, and have done the engine mounts, but no more than you would expect on a 2005 machine
    But overall a good machine
     
  15. Cmoran

    Cmoran Member

    Thanks folks I think I’ll go for it now just to hammer out the price!! 2006 with 6000 hrs what would you expect to pay?
     
  16. Timbo

    Timbo Member

    Location:
    Gods County
    North of 20k if shes not shagged
     
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  17. Headless chicken

    Location:
    West Wales
    well north! my 04 8000 hours immaculate condition with new tyres id want 20k
     
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  18. ACEngineering

    ACEngineering Member

    Location:
    Oxon
    Start fine with a 4.2kw iskra starter assuming everything else is spot on of cause.
     
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  19. ACEngineering

    ACEngineering Member

    Location:
    Oxon
    Personally I dont like them but each to there own. Alot love them.
     
  20. AndrewB

    AndrewB Member

    Location:
    Kincardineshire
    We have a 2002 3800 with about 12000 hrs on it, great machine, had it since about 2006. Have looked at replacing it but it just keeps going. It is rough on uneven ground compared to new jcbs.
    The pipes to the headstock are routed up the middle of the boom and the boom has to come off to replace them. We have a heavy duty battery and a different starter and it starts a lot better now.
    Great cab with good visibility, you get used to the high boom position.
    Joystick very expensive £1500+.
    I saw a very low hour ed one for sale for £40k. Mine is v tidy and was offered £ 15k to trade against a jcb 320, it won’t leave the farm it will be kept as backup if we buy a new one.
     
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