Dan & Kathy's Product Review -
BRANSON 3510 Tractor by BRANSON
REVIEWS by those who USE the products they are writing about.
HOME (UPDATED May 2013, UPDATED June 2014)
In the Spring of 2005
Kathy and I decided we either needed a tractor or a Bobcat vehicle
to help up with the
outdoor projects. I wanted a Bobcat since I have rented and
used them before and Kathy insisted on a tractor. Guess who
This is a Brandon 3510 (35
HP) purchased new from ACM Tractor Supply in San Marcos, Texas in
2005. It was purchased with the front end loader, mow deck,
post hole digger, and hay fork. We purchased the platform deck
and lifting forks separately and chipper-shredder at a later date.
ACM delivered the tractor right to our door and supplied some
instructions. I insisted on receiving a maintenance manual
with the tractor because I do the maintenance on all the vehicles we
own. After all, we are DIY!
The tractor has the
standard 3 point hitch with adjustable speed PTO (Power Take Off).
The overhead roll bar folds down when needed to get into tight
spaces. We liked the "keep it simple" design where they are no
extra dials or gadgets you don't NEED. There is an RPM gauge,
AMPs, engine hour gauge and some dash lights for the fuel pump and glow
plugs and oil pressure. What else do you need?
One of the first projects
we did where the tractor was very necessary, was digging into the
Texas Hill Country ground to build a grape arbor. We did shear
off a few locking bolts when the auger hung up on rocks which is
exactly what the break away bolts are for. The tractor had
plenty of power and worked like a charm. We quickly learned
that once you own a tractor and start to use it heavily, you wonder
how did you ever survive without it! Kathy made the right call
on this one. This tractor can do MUCH MORE than a Bobcat.
(Yes, it is hard for me to admit I was wrr rr
We purchased a PTO driven
BEARCAT chipper-shredder (540 RPM setting on the PTO). We have
EXTENSIVELY used this chipper which requires the tractor to run at full power
for long periods of time. Most of our hours on the tractor are
hours where the chipper was attached and the tractor was run at full
throttle and stationary
for long hours. The tractor has performed flawlessly however
there is one thing you need to watch. One time I noticed the
temperature gauge on the tractor was HIGH. Fearing the worst
that I was low on oil or lost radiator fluid, we stopped operations.
Upon inspection we discovered the front grill had a heavy cover of
wood chips on it which limited air flow to the engine and caused the
hot running temperatures. We check the grill regularly now to
be sure we don't overheat. Keep that front grill clean of
The large front bucket is
perfect for mixing bags of concrete when pouring small foundations.
Three 80 lbs bags fit perfect. This was when we developed a
problem. The tractor shut down and would not restart.
After some trouble shooting and some phone calls to ACM, we
discovered that the fuel pump had failed. ACM picked up the
tractor, fixed the problem under warranty, then returned to the
tractor to our house. When all was said and done, it turned
out the problem was BAD FUEL and contamination in the fuel because
of the way we were storing our diesel fuel. We did not have an in-line
water separator. We caused the problem but ACM was kind enough
to fix it under warranty. For that reason we bought more
products from ACM including a 2008 Land Pride Treker. (We also
have a review on that product.)
I welded a 2 inch trailer
ball on the top of the bucket to help lifting with chains and for
moving trailers. This has proven to be a very handy extra
We added some aftermarket
"Forks" that attach to the bucket with large clamps. They
are rated to
2000 lbs and purchased from Northern Tools. As you can see you can
carry quite a heavy load, even to the point of lifting the read tire off
the ground. This is a full pallet of Saltillo tile.
3510 OVERALL GRADE
This is a GREAT PRODUCT and much
cheaper in price than the competition. We have put this
tractor to the test and used it HARD!.
We are using this tractor weekly and it has made our ranch work and
land clearing fun! We waited until we exceeded 300 hours of
operation before we made this report and we will update this report
as hours increase. Great product for a very reasonable price!
We would buy another one!
- Has the standard 3 point and PTO
attachment so other implements from different companies will fit
- Plenty of power, 4 wheel drive, and
large 60 inch bucket
- Tires have never gone flat once even in
the Texas rocky hill country (They do have tire sealer in them)
- The fold down roll bar makes it much
easier to get under trees and into a standard size single car garage
- EASY EASY maintenance, the grease
fittings are all visible, easy to reach, and oil changes are simple.
- The transmission, hydraulic system, and
gear oil are all one in the same. You use engine oil in the
engine, and hydraulic fluid in everything else
- The front end cowling comes completely
off without any tools allowing easy access to the engine.
Maintenance is easy.
- Wire screen in front of the radiator to
prevent damage to the radiator. The screen lifts up for easy
removing and cleaning with an air blast.
- Bucket leveling guide indicator lets
you know when the bucket is level and flat
DISLIKED or Could be Improved . . . .
- Would like to see a tool or
accessory box for work gloves or small tools, straps, chains.
(We built our own - See photo on right. This aluminum box
also protects the fuel tank)
- Cannot access the seat from the
right side due to the placement of the hydraulic levers.
Necessary evil to make the controls easy to reach during
- Seat is starting to come apart.
We will probably replace it with an after market upgrade.
- January 2013 - fuel pump failed,
had to replace. No issues since.
- March 2013 - gas tank developed a
crack at the neck, fixed with JB weld application.
- June 2014 - BOTH FRONT ball joint
cratered! I found out there is an "upgrade kit" for the
front ball joints that includes larger arms, ball joints, and
new plates. With shipping it cost $270 for both right and
left sides. It included new bushings. This
apparently is a common problem on these models.
This page was originally created on March 7, 2009.