I'm looking at buying an Allis Chalmers Model B with a Front End Loader, and Cultivator. I'm wanting something to use to cultivate the garden spot since I haven't been able to keep the weeds under control...The wife and I are getting too old to hand hoe it (and don't have the time anyway).
So, I run across this little Allis. The owner doesn't know what year it is, and can't read the serial number on the boss near the gear shift.
It has a mag, and the rear PTO also has a flat belt pulley coming out the left side. It also has the pre-3ph Allis Chalmers Hitch (not sure what to call it).
It supposedly ran when parked several years ago, and has been in a barn the whole time. The owner said he couldn't get it to turn over with the starter... so I don't know if it's froze up, or what. The tires are starting to crack near the bead, not sure how deep or serious it is.
The owner's asking $650 for just the tractor and FEL, and $100 for the cultivator. FWIW, this is actually pretty cheap for this type tractor with the loader and cultivator--running or not. Ford 8Ns sell for $1,500 to $2,500 with just a trip lever bucket, or maybe no FEL, just a scraper blade.
I've done some reading up on these machines... parts seem to be fairly available, though the magneto is over $400 if they go bad... not sure what the cap costs.
It doesn't have live PTO, which is probably not a big problem--I may try to Bush Hog with it, but I'll just get the overrunning clutch if I do.
It has quite a bit more clearance than my Mahindra Max 25, which is why I'm interested.
I'm not real familar with the Allis Chalmers machines--can anyone tell me a little more about them--their strong points, weak points, things to look for when I go look at the machine (It's 3 hours away).
I don't want another long-term project as I have several right now... would like to get it running enough to cultivate a 60 x 50 foot garden spot... we'll mainly have potatoes in it, so I'll want something that can ride the furrows and not take the tops off the plants when they're starting to grow...
Any feedback would be appreciated.