The Tractor thread...

PostBy: watkinsdr On: Sat Nov 03, 2007 3:12 pm

Well gentlemen, I just had to get in on this one!

Three of the four best investments I've ever made:

2000 John Deere 445 (22 HP Gas) with 54 inch mower deck, 54 inch front blade, cat 0 3 point hitch, various attachments for 3 point hitch. Sold the Wheel Horse 314---it was a piece of crap compared to the John Deere!

2003 John Deere 4310 (32 HP Diesel) with 430 loader, pallet tines, cat 1 3 point hitch, various attachments for 3 point hitch

2002 Harley Davidson Softail Deuce (pulls like a tractor)

The fourth investment was my 2007 Keystoker Koker!!

Enjoy,

DW
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:11 pm

Having only .5 acre of grass to mow, I have owned my share of lawn tractors.

-I had a '77 Cub garden tractor, 12hp Kohler
-Scotts lawn tractor, 15 hp Kohler
-Simplicity lawn tractor, 8hp Briggs
-But the Snapper with a 11hp Briggs beats them all for simple design and longevity. I use it a few times a week in the spring and fall and aside from oil changes & a replacement blade & belt, it's the best $125 I ever spent. This unit is about 15 yrs old.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:46 pm

Mark,
Is that a Snapper riding mower? I had a Snapper garden tractor, had about a 48" deck, 14 hp Kohler, hydrostatic drive, 2 speed rear. I seem to remember model 1650. It actually was made by Massey-Fergusen. Bought it from a neighbor and sold it to another neighbor when I got a good deal on the JD 316. The second neighbor had it for a long time, until he couldn't get parts for it. But then I bought his old cement mixer from him. Every home owner needs a cement mixer. Well worth the $35 I paid for it.

John
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Cap On: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:25 pm

No. It's the small traditional rear engine model. This has a 33" deck with a single blade.. It's the Extra Heavy model?
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:40 pm

Mark, Does it look like this?
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:43 pm

This is what I want.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:34 pm

Wood'nCoal, how many of those Ford 8n's do you want?? They are all over the place here in Michigan. !!

:lol: :) :D

Greg L
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:27 pm

There are a lot of them here in NW Jersey, the Deere dealer in Warren County usually has a few for sale, they let the owner(s) put them on their lot (for a fee it would think). I missed out on one last year on eBay that was local, real nice and went for $1800. Some people think that just because it's old, it's worth a fortune, the same holds true with 8N's. There were so many manufactured, and there are still so many around that you can still get one in operating condition for a reasonable price. I know of several in Stillwater and nearby towns that are still in use on farms. Eventually I'll get one, when I have the spare $$.

Did you know...

The Ford 8N Tractor used a Ford Flathead 4 cylinder engine, which was almost identical to the engine used in the Model A.



http://www.tractordata.com/td/td223.html
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.


"The Tractor That Made The Mule Obsolete."
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: e.alleg On: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:50 pm

I use a Ford 8n variant with a front end loader. I have a 6' brush hog for it I use for mowing. I use an antique mechanical push mower for around the house, it always starts :D The chickens keep the yard at a reasonable level. I had so many "garden" tractors I bought and sold that I lost count, they all were repair projects waiting to happen. The only one I have left is a Toro 8-32 rear engine rider. My dad bought it new in '87 and I remember when he got it, he gave it to me so I can't junk it. Ford 8n's are common, expect to pay $2000 for a good one. More common around here are McCormick/Farmall W4's and Farmall H's. Almost none of them have 3 point hitches so they are used for snowplowing mainly. My neighbor has an International 240 I like that tractor better than mine.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:01 pm

e.alleg wrote:I use a Ford 8n variant with a front end loader. I have a 6' brush hog for it I use for mowing. I use an antique mechanical push mower for around the house, it always starts :D The chickens keep the yard at a reasonable level. I had so many "garden" tractors I bought and sold that I lost count, they all were repair projects waiting to happen. The only one I have left is a Toro 8-32 rear engine rider. My dad bought it new in '87 and I remember when he got it, he gave it to me so I can't junk it. Ford 8n's are common, expect to pay $2000 for a good one. More common around here are McCormick/Farmall W4's and Farmall H's. Almost none of them have 3 point hitches so they are used for snowplowing mainly. My neighbor has an International 240 I like that tractor better than mine.


What is a "variant"? I have seen Fergusen tractors that look very much like 8N's, is it one of those?
$2000 is a reasonable price for a good 8N, but I've seen asking prices much higher that that. I understand about the 8-32. I have the first mower my father bought for my mom and dad's new house, it's a Dunlap reel mower with a Briggs engine on it, I had it running up until a few years ago, I used it a lot when I was a teenager. I guess it dates from the early 1950's.

Regarding the push mower, I have a Craftsman, again from my dad, about as old as the Dunlap. Mine always starts too! FYI-Sears and some other stores still sell them.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: BinghamtonNY On: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:36 am

This is a great thread..

I've got a John Deere 265 w/ 48" deck and a Ford YT16H w/ 48 mower. Plus a yamaha warrior that I use for hauling my little cart around with and plowing my driveway. Then a backup John Deere walkbehind snowblower. Think it's a 36 TRS or something like that.
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PostBy: chubs On: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:59 am

Excavating equipment:
case 580 CK w/extendahoe. 2wd. It's a tired worn old machine, but starts everytime, needs bushings, paint. I replace a Hydralic hose or two every year, sure wish it was 4x4. I get stuck in sand with a full front loader bucket
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: blue83camaro On: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:22 pm

I have a gravley model L walk behind. Some would say it is a mankiller but it will do anything. I have a few attachments for it. 30" mower deck, geared wheels, snowblower, snowblade(nutcracker :cry: ) and a sulky. My dad has about every other common attachment for it. My favorite attachment is the snowblower. Gravely called it the blizzard for a reason. It can throw snow 50ft. My dad has the older snow blower, better have small animals and kids in when using this one.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:02 pm

blue83camaro wrote:I have a gravley model L walk behind.


I had one of those when I was a kid, don't know what the model was. I think it was around a '52-3 with a very small iron Briggs on it, you wrapped a rope on the crank snout to start it. The thing was very powerful.
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Re: The Tractor thread...

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:14 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
blue83camaro wrote:I have a gravley model L walk behind.


I had one of those when I was a kid, don't know what the model was. I think it was around a '52-3 with a very small iron Briggs on it, you wrapped a rope on the crank snout to start it. The thing was very powerful.


My Dunlap reel mower has the wind and pull rope as well, that was before the development of the recoil rope.
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