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  1. #1
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    Default Advice on tractor

    Now that we have a few acres, I need something to mow on a larger scale, move snow from the driveway, work up a future huge garden, post holes, etc. Working on a budget, so I'm primarily looking at older tractors, but a new Kubota would be the cat's meow. Here are today's options:

    One- Ford 2N with a bush hog. Nice condition paint, except bad brakes, still 6Volt, runs like a top. $2,500 for both items.
    Two- a 8N that has been completely overhauled, no implements with it. He has a 3-point blade that I'd like to team up into a deal with the tractor. $3,100
    Three- 9N Paint is rough, looks like it never spent a night in a shed. Runs good, bad brakes (has brake bands he will throw in), converted 12Volt, 3-point spring tooth, some other misc. parts. He was going to rebuild, but just never got around to it. $1,500
    > I can get a set of rear tire chains for these Fords for $175, unless I can talk the guy down.
    Four- dang, just missed it, I was caller #2: IH 2424 (40 HP industrial) with blade, disc, tiller, two bottom plow, brush hog. $3,500.
    Five- I can pick up a Farmall Cub & some implements fairly easily. Man, do I like those cute little tractors! But... no 3-point, PTO spins the wrong direction, only 9.6 HP drawbar, but they do make a front snow blade and a lot of implements that compliment these little guys.
    Six- Ford 9N with a plow & disc. $2,500

    All the Ford tractors are about the same distance, four different directions from me. Technically, a Ford 8N is the best of the Ford options, all things being equal. Both brakes are on the right side, four speeds not three, a teeny more HP,made from 48-52. The 2N's were made during WWII- 42-47. 9N's were made from 39-42 and the newer you go, the more options, HP, slightly better 'this and that', etc. All have 540 rpm PTO and Category I 3-point.

    Thanks!

  2. #2
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    Foley Missouri USA
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    Door #2 is your best choice.

    Used implements are easy to find.

    8N parts are easy to find.

    Holds resale value

    I was in the same boat last fall and ended up with a restored Ford 2000

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    Love my 1948 8N. Mechanically simple. Parts are cheap and easy to get. Enough power to do everything I want.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    Any hills? Single stage clutch w PTO gets interesting

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    #2 sounds like your best bet topeka is right.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    Quote Originally Posted by tecrench View Post
    Any hills? Single stage clutch w PTO gets interesting
    I agree. I will never own another tractor without a 2-stage clutch, also called "live power".

    A bush hog can push you into a tree, through a fence, or into a gully if you are not very careful.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Advice on tractor

    I agree with the other post that the 8n is the best option. The 8n is the easiest to find parts for. Also I would advise a slip clutch attachment to the PTO to prevent a bush hog from pushing you into the pond or through a fence. You can get them at most tractor supply stores.

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