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A Year With The Ford 1500, 200 Hrs


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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 09:48 AM

Actually a little over a year since I bought it the last week in September of last year.

And I am more than pleased! The only maintainence has been normal oil chances, a water pump, radiator cap and an ignition switch. Turned over 200 hrs, since I bought it (751 hrs) Sunday afternoon while plowing the gardens preping for a cover crop of Rye.

Over the past year, I have graded the 1/4 mile lane several times, alternating the rear blade and landscape rake. Plowed snow.  Plowed and tilled the gardens, mowed 8 acres several times. laid furrows to plant potatoes, plowed potatoes, moved mulch and many other items in the trailer.

In August I tore down the flood damaged home, by using the tractor to pull out studs till it collapsed. Then cleaned up.

And a multitude of other projects

A New machine would offer great improvement in Ergonomics and be more user friendly.

But I sure can't complain about the performance of this 1980 20 horse Tractor.

The only time I feel like I could use more power is when pulling the 5 ft brush cutter in heavy weeds and when using the 48" Gear drive tiller.

 


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Posted October 29, 2013 - 10:13 AM

Sounds like you are getting good use out of your 1500. Small utility tractors are very versatile and maneuverable and all you need in many instances. A larger machine would be faster at doing most things but costs more and takes up more space to store and to turn. Only 731 hours for a 1980 is low. Keep it well maintained and it will last a long time.


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Posted October 29, 2013 - 04:37 PM

After a year, you're still loving it. :thumbs:

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Posted October 29, 2013 - 04:57 PM

Sounds like it's been a great investment that will serve you your lifetime should you choose to keep it that long.   :thumbs:



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Posted October 29, 2013 - 07:07 PM

Over a year and you still start a thread without pics.............. :wallbanging: :wallbanging: :wallbanging:



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 03:10 PM

Over a year and you still start a thread without pics.............. :wallbanging: :wallbanging: :wallbanging:

Sorry Cat!! Been so busy the last few months there has not been time for any new pictures.

Funny part is I have had a new camera that long and have yet to learn how to use it.



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 05:02 PM

Poor Cat, no pictures to look at. Or for me. But, :poke:  I think the Ford is picture worthy. :D  :D  :D



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 07:59 PM

Funny part is I have had a new camera that long and have yet to learn how to use it.

 

Don't worry, I haven't forgot that thread, either!



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Posted October 30, 2013 - 09:48 PM

Sounds like it's doing good!

I have a '94 kubota L2000 (24hp), it to could be a little more user friendly but it's a great little tractor.

Take care of her and it'll last a long time!

Good luck



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Posted October 31, 2013 - 07:59 AM

Sounds like it's doing good!

I have a '94 kubota L2000 (24hp), it to could be a little more user friendly but it's a great little tractor.

Take care of her and it'll last a long time!

Good luck

Nothing wrong with the Kubota's either. The night I got home from buying the Ford, I got an email from a guy with a Kubota 3200, trying to set up a time to look at it. And the next day from a dealer with a 3200, that he had brought back to Des Moines so I could see it.

I had to tell them both it was too late.






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