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  1. #1
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    I am going to buy a tractor. From the little I know I have narrowed it down to "vintage" machines because I can't afford anything else.

    I have only a few acres and need to pull a small plow, cultivator, etc.

    The 8N looks like a nice unit as does the Massey 50.

    I am also looking at a John Deere A which looks sweet.

    Again...... I know way to little on this front. Suggestions?? Recommendations??

    Like to stay around $3000 or less.

    Thanks

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    I dont know much about vintage tractors, but I own a Massey and a Kubota and they have done a very good job by me. If I were to pick which one works best, I'd recommend the Massey.

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    For 3000.00, a Ferguson 35 is king. Whatever you get, be sure it has 3 point hitch and live PTO. An 8N or 9N does NOT have live PTO.

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    How about swisher attatchments on a four wheeler? You can get all kinds of attatchments and use the four wheeler for hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, plowing snow, mowing the grass and so on. Lots of people now make food plots for deer etc. with them and resale is good!
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    >Whatever you get, be sure it has 3 point hitch and live PTO.

    Yes. And runs and fits your price. The rest is irelevant isn't it?
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    We have a Massey 85, a bit big for what you want, but its a peach of a tractor. Maybe a 65?
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    No use for a front end loader. Just bought a Bobcat 721 for bee moving and snow moving as well.

    Just need a plow monster.

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    Exposing his ignorance and soft underbelly, Sundance asks:

    What is a live PTO? Is the 8N a dead one?

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    pto stands for power take off it is what is used to run equipment such as bush hogs

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    That much I get George..... What is a live PTO vs a "dead" one??

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think live PTO means that it runs even when the clutch isn't engaged, and the regular PTO runs only when the clutch is engaged.
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    If it doesn't have a live PTO the bush hog will push you along when you try to stop. The PTO runs concurrently with the drive train.

    A live PTO runs independently of the drive train and will not push you into the creek or other undiserable place when bush hogging.

    Along with other instances when you would like for them to run seperately.

    An 8N does NOT have a live PTO.

    [size="1"][ April 19, 2006, 08:08 PM: Message edited by: iddee ][/size]

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    Thank you...... I am enlightened. And a live PTO would be the only way to go it would seem.

    That rules out the 8N. Such a cute little devil.

    Anyone know anything about the Massey 101 Junior?

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    Bruce, take a trip down memory lane... [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    [size="1"][ April 19, 2006, 08:42 PM: Message edited by: iddee ][/size]

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    Aparently a "Live PTO" is one with a separate PTO clutch, so the PTO can be engaged and disengaged separately from the tractor. E.g. you can stop your tractor and still have the PTO engaged and going.

    Here's an incredibly annoying site that describes it in a little more detail.

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    Woops - that's what happens when you break for dinner in the middle of replying
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    C'mon, you know you want one. And go with the stereo, air, and satellite navagation.

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    No three point hitch, but for one row cultivating it's hard to beat a Farmall A or Farmall 100.
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