Any Ford Guys Out There?
Posted September 12, 2012 - 07:56 AM
It's been converted to 12 volt system. What concerns me is the steering was real stiff and the brakes are weak. The owner seems to be a cranky old coot. How hard is it to fix the brakes and steering?
Posted September 12, 2012 - 09:34 AM
Stiff you say? Usually too loose. Check gear case for oil or water.
The real money comes if you have to work on the hydro pump or lift!
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Posted September 12, 2012 - 10:51 AM
Can't say enough good about the Dexta. Wish I had known about them years ago.
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Posted September 12, 2012 - 11:31 AM
The live PTo is an asset I was looking for due to my property being one big hill. But if I go with 9N,2n 8N or NAA I could use an over run clutch on the PTO. The 860 apeals to me, but I will have to decide if I can deal with this guys attitude.
It would be convienient since it's only 4 miles from my place.
Posted September 12, 2012 - 01:16 PM
Good luck with your search.
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Posted September 12, 2012 - 01:34 PM
He also had a 9N for $1800.(No implements) I've found several within 50 miles that I need to check out. I also need to buy implements,mower, blade,plow and disc and a corn planter and cultivator for sweet corn, and bring it all in around $5000. so am looking for the most bang for the buck.
The other option is to go with a big GT with tiller,I have found getting my 318 set up with a tiller is going to run into more money that buying a machine set up. We have 7000 sq ft of garden and I've yet to see a year the wife did not want to go bigger?
Edited by JD DANNELS, September 12, 2012 - 01:37 PM.
Posted September 12, 2012 - 09:30 PM
It's perfect for my garden (100' x 150'). Works good with an 8' digger, two bottom plow, 7' sickle mower, 6' brushhog, and a 7' back blade. If you think your ever going to buy a 3pt tiller for you tractor than look at something with a low range. The 860 will not go slow enough for this but the Dexta will. If you can find one these little Fordsons they are wonderful tractors and being a diesel use very little fuel. This photo is very similar to mine.
I paid $3000 for the 850 with the loader from a family member 6 years ago. The Dexta was $2700 from a private party this spring.
Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:16 PM
If you want to go to tractor shows buy the 9N.
I don't know that I'd buy a dextra. They were made in England
And I believe parts are hard to come buy and expensive.
I've got two farm tractors and seven garden tractors.
If you can get buy with a gt, you'll save a lot of money.
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Posted September 13, 2012 - 08:42 PM
Your comment about the GT's is probably true for doing garden work. I have found over the years that for ground breaking a full sized tractor to be the better option. Also I raise a lot of sweet corn and nothing I have found does a better job of preparing the stocks for fall ground work than a bush hog. Then after the residue sets for a few weeks the whole garden is worked up with the 8' digger and left til spring. From that point on the garden work is done with the garden tractors.
If Dannels can swing it and the need is there I think he is on the right track wanting to have both available.
Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:01 PM
A mid size tractor. I have a 1956 ford 640 with a Howard step down
Tranny and a 1949 Harry ferguson TE-20.
The main thing being a modern class 1 three point hitch.
Once the soil has been worked I think a garden tractor can keep it going.
But, the main thing is the implements.
Class 1 are more common and that can tip the scales on a garden tractor.
However if you get a gt with implements, that can be the better deal.
You pay a premium for john Deere! Bolens or wheel horse will be a lot cheaper
At least around here!
I'd stay away from the n series fords and certainly don't buy a jubilee or naa.
Newer hundred series were much better.
And don't confuse override clutches with live clutches! Not the same thing at all!
Posted September 14, 2012 - 09:14 AM
About 7 of those acres were in field corn the year I moved. The cornstalks wre mowed with a GT and the ground is pretty rough.
While I'm mowing it with a GT it's a rough ride. the wheelbase is such that the front wheels are climbing and the rear are going down. So the mowing would work much better with a longer wheelbase tractor. As for the garden, I have been tilling the whole thing flat with a troy built walking tiller It occured to me that at least 1/3 of what I'm tilling is walkways. I would like to till only the strips I am planting and make raised beds(no surrounds) and use grass walkways between the beds. Since this property is all one big hill that would help control erosion. The sweet Corn and potatoes are still going to be flat planted.
While the Gt's have done very well,I have never had the whole place mowed at one time. It's a constant couple acres a week so a bigger machine would be a big help before I get burned out on mowing.
Joe you said stay away from the NAA. I have to ask why since there is one about 30 miles away I had planeed to look at this weekend? along with a 2N, with mower and blade about 25 miles away they are both in the same direction so I was planning to hit both in one trip..
Edited by JD DANNELS, September 14, 2012 - 09:16 AM.
Posted September 14, 2012 - 12:54 PM
Then came the 600 - 800 series. The earlier tractors had some design issues that were corrected later.
The hydro pump comes to mind first. (vickers pump, obsolete before the 600 came out $1000 to replace)
1 1/8" pto shaft instead of 1 3/8" ($125 to upgrade)
Newer governor design (can't get parts for old design)
Collectors have an emotional attachment to golden anniversary edition tractors and pay a premium for them.
They really should sell for less!
You can usually get a 600 or better yet a 601 series for less money. Live clutch was an option on 600
Standard on 601. Step down tranny is a real good thing to have. Most 601's have them.
With as much land as your talking and hilly too, I'd say you need a farm tractor.
My 56' 640 with a Howard step down tranny will run a tiller. No "N" series will do that.
Dextras like my Harry ferguson were made in England and have girling brakes and lucus electrics.
Both obsolete and hard to find parts for.
As always, you get what you pay for and have go for the best deal you can!
I hope this helps
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Posted September 15, 2012 - 07:26 AM