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When Does A Tractor Become An Antique?


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Poll: When Does A Tractor Become An Antique? (33 member(s) have cast votes)

When does a tractor become an antique?

  1. 25 years old (1987) (3 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  2. 30 years old (1982) (7 votes [21.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.21%

  3. Voted 40 years old (1972) (15 votes [45.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

  4. 50 years old (1962) (7 votes [21.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.21%

  5. 60 years old (1952) (1 votes [3.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.03%

  6. 75 years old (1937) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#46 Wheel Horse Kid OFFLINE  

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Posted August 03, 2012 - 07:38 AM

100 years seems like a bit too long for a garden tractor to become an antique in my opinion. I personally think that we should start calling them antiques when they hit 50 years. For example, I would consider a Wheel Horse RJ59 or a Wheel Horse Ride Away Senior antique, but I would consider a Wheel Horse Raider 12 a classic.

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Posted August 03, 2012 - 11:03 AM

Not too sure even the best of GT's will be around when they are 100 years old!


I do think there will be garden tractors around at the 100 year mark. However, I don't think I will be around then for my favorites. Just saying that although the word "Antique" is somewhat subjective, the most common accepted definition is 100 years.

I personally think that 50 years is a true milestone worth celebrating. Over the next ten years, many of our favorites will hit the 50 year mark.

I prefer to use the word "Vintage", however as this word originated in the wine industry the proper usage is to represent the the year. Such as "Vintage 1962"

On Craigslist I cringe when I see titles like "Antique Garden Tractor", as I know it is probably not a true antique. I like the phrase "Vintage Garden Tractor", even though it is not represented properly with the year of vintage. "1965 Vintage Garden Tractor" is the the proper usage but requires the seller to know the model year.

Just a few of my thoughts on the subject. :smilewink:

Edited by markdombroski, August 03, 2012 - 11:08 AM.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 06:06 AM

Our local antique tractor club requires a tractor to be 35 years old to be classified as an antique.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 07:32 AM

I would consider anything over 30 to be antique. For the simple reason that most people think that a GT will not last that long

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 10:02 AM

Our local antique tractor club requires a tractor to be 35 years old to be classified as an antique.

I would consider anything over 30 to be antique. For the simple reason that most people think that a GT will not last that long


With those ages I don't have any "modern" GTs then.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 04:17 PM

Good question Ryan. I see you are generating lots of answers.

Me, I voted for the 30 year mark.

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Posted August 04, 2012 - 11:43 PM

Ok, this is easy, and subjective to some, but here is how I see it... it is all in the shape of the hood. With that said there are four classes, which include all GT's: walk behinds and riders. Antique is crude, either hooded crudely or not at all. Then when they hit round hoods is when they are a classic, which is about post WWII, or we will say 1946. Classic would be from that point up until they took the round out of the hoods, which would be around the 1975 mark, or around the Vietnam war. From that point is the class I would like to name, intermediate, in which they are built reasonably stout still, to our standards, but not box store setups yet. I believe that class is 1976 to 1990 (year I was born lol). from that point on is modern, so good luck with any of those. So here is the listed breakdown.

Antique: up to 1945
Classic: 1946 to 1975
Intermediate: 1976 to 1989
Modern: 1990 to current

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 12:06 AM

More comparison. If you consider that collectable garden tractors are like cars, then here are some interesting facts from Wikipedia:



The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 20 and 40 years old to be a classic, while cars over 45 years fall into the Antique Class

http://en.m.wikipedi...iki/Classic_car



In the United States, an antique car is generally defined as a car over 25 years of age, this being the definition used by the Antique Automobile Club of America.

http://en.m.wikipedi...iki/Antique_car

Edited by markdombroski, August 05, 2012 - 12:07 AM.


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Posted August 08, 2012 - 03:09 PM

Looks like 40 years old is the chosen number according to the poll.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 03:29 PM

My guess was 50 years old, but when I looked at the survey the most of you are saying 40 so that means I have three that are antiques and one that is just to year away from it.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 04:11 PM

Yes it seems like 40 years is what most people would say is antique for a tractor. If that is what we are going to go by, I have... 7 antique tractors. LOL!




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