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#1 twostep OFFLINE  

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Posted September 06, 2016 - 08:58 AM

My dad recently passed and now it is up to me to get 10 acre field bush hogged. Of course we can pay someone to do it a couple of times a year... But being that I like equipment and I like having a reason to visit the farm I would rather cut it myself.

 

When I was younger we had a Massey 30 and a a 5' bush hog and it was enough to do the job I guess. It only lacked a live pto and diesel. Diesel is not required, only preferred because my mowers and garden tractors are diesel.

 

What tractors in $2500-$3500 range that would you recommend? 


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 09:10 AM

Lots of good little tractors out there in that price range, the Oliver super 55 and 550 (basically same tractor) are good choices, live hydraulics, live pto, and can be found in a Diesel easily. Only down side is the steering gear is a undersized on them and can be very worn.  Ford Jubilee is a nice one too, no live pto though. cant think off hand of the model but Massey Ferguson had one that was a diesel and live pto too.    



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Posted September 06, 2016 - 09:41 AM

861 Ford - hands down


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 09:46 AM

Where did the Massey go?

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Posted September 06, 2016 - 09:50 AM

There are alot of 8N type tractors around here that have been restored and cheap. I passed on one last year that had the engine and transmission rebuilt, new paint, tires, battery and seat, converted to 12v.. practically a new tractor for $2100. I bought a ford 3000 with a loader instead and dropped another $1,000 right off the bat to replace the entire fuel system due to the damn ethanol fuel, and to fix hydraulic leaks


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Just from my experience with small tractors over the years it would have to be a Fordson Dexta. Live PTO, live hydraulics, 3 point hitch, easy steering, and extremely frugal on diesel fuel. Parts are available and they are stable on side hills. High road gear yet will creep in low range. 

If I recall right these were later known as the Massey 35. 

There is a picture of mine in my avatar. I was looking for a Compact tractor when I ran across these. Did some research and never looked back. They run right in the price range that you mentioned. 

Good luck with your search.


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 10:47 AM

https://louisville.c...5762611531.html
The Massey multi power can be an issue, so I would look for one without... Other than that, these and the bigger ones are some of the best tractors ever built.

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Posted September 06, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Whatever you do, at least get something with live hydraulics.  Something where you can lift the mower without the mower itself running.  This is especially important if you have kids.  I had an 8N at one time and I only used it with a rear blade.  That's all I needed it for but I began to wonder why anyone would want to put a mower behind one of these.  In this day and age where everyone has too much to do and are probably paying more attention to their phones, I would never want to raise a brush hog while it's running.


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 01:07 PM

Whatever you do, at least get something with live hydraulics.  Something where you can lift the mower without the mower itself running.  This is especially important if you have kids.  I had an 8N at one time and I only used it with a rear blade.  That's all I needed it for but I began to wonder why anyone would want to put a mower behind one of these.  In this day and age where everyone has too much to do and are probably paying more attention to their phones, I would never want to raise a brush hog while it's running.

Year ago when I worked for the State all we had was old Ford 8-9N and Massey 35.  No live power so we ran the over running clutch on the pto.  Worked good but would wear one out in a year with mowing 5 days a week for 5 - 6 months.


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 02:25 PM

Where did the Massey go?

Block cracked years ago and dad sold it.

 

There are alot of 8N type tractors around here that have been restored and cheap. 

Yeah, tons of them and cheap but they don't have live PTO's .

 

If I recall right these were later known as the Massey 35. 

 

I found a 35X that looks nice but is at the top of the price range and a gas model: http://lexington.cra...5676340114.html

 

 

https://louisville.c...5762611531.html
The Massey multi power can be an issue, so I would look for one without... Other than that, these and the bigger ones are some of the best tractors ever built.

That is a nice machine but out of twice what I want to spend.

 

Any comments on these:

Massey 65 - only 2K and good tires, but gas http://lexington.cra...5741251998.html

Massey 65 - more expensive and still gas http://louisville.cr...5725684382.html

Massey 50 - again gas http://lexington.cra...5716648116.html

Massey 150 - Nice looking tractor, got to love that body style http://lexington.cra...5735880189.html

David Brown 995 - Quite a bit bigger than I need but what does that hurt? http://lexington.cra...5760740609.html


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 02:27 PM

Ya can't beat an old 8N ford for brush hogging,plowing food crops and grading.They have decent power,good turning radius and there smaller size makes them really handy.You can pick up a really nice one in your price range easily.There are dozens of them in and around your area forsale.

If you can find one with the Sherman 2 speed rear I would go for it.The rear is alot heavier built that your standard 8n rear.

 

Here's a couple 8ns from around your erea.

 

http://lexington.cra...5758603424.html

http://lexington.cra...5700321157.html

http://lexington.cra...5731201173.html

Sorta rusty but comes with a hog http://louisville.cr...5754753811.html

Another one with a hog http://chillicothe.c...5750803516.html

Decent deal here http://cincinnati.cr...5686980485.html


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 02:57 PM

Thanks for the reply but 8N = no live PTO.


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Posted September 06, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Yeah, I knew thw tag was high, but it was an example. The 65 gas is a nice looking unit. No dash pic, but it shows the odo.
The to35 and the Massey Ferguson 50 are nearly identical tractors. They're big up stroke is that they have live PTO. A 4' hog would be no challenge, a 5 would work, but may have to downshift in heavy stuff.
The 150 has a few more ponies. And would have power steering probably. A 5 foot brush hog behind that tractor would be no problem.
I would verify if it has multi power or not. If it has multi power I would certainly go over the tractor twice. Also, please educate yourself on how the multi power works. One setting is free will downhill.
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Posted September 06, 2016 - 05:58 PM

A Massey 35 deluxe with live power. Boy would like to have one of those. I use my 51 ferguson with a 6' finish mower, just to cut grass, not hay field. So my situation not the same as yours, but the old tractor works good. Transmission pto and no over running clutch on mine.

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