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Is a Ford 660 right for me?


 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:44 am    Post subject: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello. I will be closing on a house next Friday. It's on 3 acres and I'll need a tractor eventually to do work around the place.

I have two neighboring lots outside the city I work where I've been using my dad's 8N to do a lot of cleaning up so I can get them sold. Eventually I was going to build out there and did a lot of dirt work and other things. So I've spent a lot of time on it.

The 8N is a good enough tractor. It sure has held up for as old as it is. I'm going to need to get a tractor of my own and I like those old Fords. I'm wanting something with a live PTO since I'll be mowing with it a lot. I'll be pulling a single bottom plow on it and a disc quite a bit for a garden I'll plant each year.

I use the single bottom plow to also do things like dig out ditches pr pull it around stumps to make digging or burning them out easier. It even pulls up roots.

Any complaints about the 660s? Anything I need to know?

I just want something with a live PTO and not huge. A 660 seems like it would fit the bill and it being cat 1 means I can use all my implements.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:47 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have 2 640's no complaints
about em. Great , tough tractor.
Way more than an 8N.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:50 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you were satisfied with your 8N, you will love the 660. Live hydraulics and PTO, more HP and a bit heavier.

You will likely someday replace your single bottom plow with a 2X14 plow.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The Hundreds are great old tractors.
When I was looking to upgrade from an N I
looked for over a year for a 660 or 661.
Had the dough and would have traveled.
Never did find one that wasn't all worn
out or overpriced - or both.
I finally started looking at later
tractors and found a 3 cylinder 2000 that
was nice. I really like them more.
Now have a 3000 and wouldnt go back to an
N for anything and would even be reluctant
to go back to a Hundred.
One thing I will say is if I had to choose
between Live pto or power steering I would
take the PS hands down. And I do mostly
mow with mine.
Anyway, good luck with your search and
welcome to YT.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks everyone.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You will locate an 860 a whole lot easier than an 660. Same fiscal dimensions, but more horsepower, and close to the same money
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The big thing on a 660 over your 640 is the fact the 660 has live PTO where as your tractor does not have the live PTO and that can be a very big plus
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Agreed.

65/6* series tractors are not common, as most folks willing and able to spend the money for the expensive options were also willing to spend the money for the 85/6* series.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:49 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

660's are nice, but as said, they can be tough to find.
860, 861, 4cyl 4000's are more common and are like a 660 with a little more muscle and tire.( a tape measure might show the 800 is bigger, but from the seat, they feel about the same as a 600...again....more power.)

If you haven't spent the money yet, I'd agree with Ultradog....to take a look at a 3cyl 3000-4000.....with a dual-range transmission.
Every time I get on a tractor with a dual-range trans, I think, WHY don't ALL tractors have this.

ps whatever you buy....power steering if available on model, will make your life easier and have your tractor ready for future loaders or front snow blades....
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 660 would be a good choice if available.
As the others have said, there are other options too.
Depending on what's common in your area, a Ferguson might fit.
I recently bought a 35 Deluxe. A bit smaller than a 660 physically,
but a tad heavier and essentially the same horsepower wise.
Being the "deluxe, it has live PTO, live hydraulics and could have
had power steering, though mine does not. As I understand it,
those options were not on the standard 35 so do your homework.
Oh, and it has a dual range transmission too.
Six forward speeds and two reverse speeds.


 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Royse: This picture really shows why I just can't get along with a MF. What do you do with our feet(legs) when stepping on to the tractor. Two gear shift levers right in the way., and I would take a 5 speed any day over dual-range transmission,.in fact, a shuttle would be hard pressed to beat a 5 speed at loader work
 
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:06 am    Post subject: Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know what you're saying about your feet/legs Wayne.
That Chinese compact I had was horrible for that.
So bad in fact, the previous owner broke one lever off.
This one doesn't seem to be any worse than the other
twin sticks to me. I like the five speeds too.
 
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