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Royse
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I traded one of my 8N's, the one we affectionately called "Smokey Joe", for this today.
It needs some work, has oil leaking from the engine and it's so dirty I can't tell where yet.
Started and ran good, loader works nicely as does the 3 pt.
Original paint is still in and on the bucket.
About the same size as the N's HP, weight and length wise.
25 HP 3 cylinder diesel, 6 fwd 2 reverse manual tranny.
4 x 4, dual speed live PTO, live hydraulics and power steering.
Rear wheel weights, suitcase weights on the front. Tires in very good shape.
I'm not sure of the year. Original manual is dated 2005.
Of course, I don't really expect it to last 60 years either.
My biggest concern is parts availability. I did find some online places.
Yes, I know it's made in China. I'm a trader, not a traitor. Wink



 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like a good deal to me. Looks like a real handy tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Think those are sold by Northern Tool Company and a couple other catalog dealers. Think another name for them is Jimnie or something like that. I seen a couple in person here in New England. Owners bought because they were half the cost of a Ford/JD/Kubota.

I don't know how good they really are. I have never seen one on a dealers lot as a trade in, so owners are either holding onto them or sending them to scrap?????
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Royse: I have a friend who has one of these tractors-Lovingly cared for & tenderly used. Blew a clutch after a few months!! May be a weakness.--------Bert
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

a rebadged jinma

you traded an N for this?

I bet that guy is sure happy he has a real working tractor he can get aprts for, fix, and use and will run for 50 more years.. and is made of quality metal.

good luck...

soundguy
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Neighbor has one of those. He's on his fourth clutch and can't afford to upgrade to the larger clutch. He also says there aren't any splined shafts; they're all sleeved/ collared and drilled for roll pins. He plows his garden with a 60-year-old Case.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

i've followed many a story of those on another forum I frequent.

they are wrenchy just like our old fords. IE.. they like to be worked on.

problem is.. less parts and dealerbase.. and some stuff on some models is already obsolete.

many odd problems.

shafts of soft metal.. frotn end gears and shaft shear off.. pto and driveshafts twist. soft gear faces.. bad heat treating.. etc.

nightmeare hyds design that has hyd pump hooked up via QD's to other parts of the machine, but no relief at the pump side, only after the QD side.. thus if qd pops loose.. pump deadheads by design.

GOOD JOB! :(

I'd take a 55-64 ford for 'work' ANY day of the week..
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes. Different tool for different type of work.

Despite all the dire warnings, I would bet if you baby the thing it will be real handy. Just don't beat it and you will get lots of use.

But I would have kept "Smokey Joe'. Always regret selling stuff,whether old cars/trucks/tractors/guns.

Doug in east TN
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would never and I mean never buy a car or tractor from china or india. It is bad enough corp greed has moved everything they can from this country I love just to squeeze another dime into their pocket. I spend just a few minutes on the net when it comes to buying things MADE in the USA,it can be done. I can even find N parts made in the USA,feel free to ask me where, granted we are forced to buy a lot of things made in china but it is only after I exhaust all avenues. I am with soundguy on the 8N out lasting it cause it will. The only reason these Ns are sold for scrap is they were totally abused for a long time. You could have found a TO-35 that had everything this did less the buyers remorse. I wont say sorry to anyone for the way I feel about where this country is because of the china imports and people who say the illegals do jobs AMERICAS wont.Royse dont take my reply personally its not your doing,except the part about the TO-35. I just vent when I get a chance and I know a lot of Americans feel as I do.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

L.B., no offense taken. As a veteran myself, I would prefer to buy American.
Problem is, if you want something new, there aren't any.
As for the Chinese, we bash their products pretty regularly.
However, most of the time, they are building exactly what they are told
to build as dictated by their parent company's specifications.
Those parent companies may be Ford, Chevy, Dodge or John Deere for example.
If our spec's required that a part be built out of ABC metal and withstand
XYZ force at DFE temperature, within .00xx tolerance, they would build it.
Instead we demand that they produce a part that is less than $20.
And they build it. Then we complain about the quality.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

soundguy wrote:
a rebadged jinma

Yep, that's what it is.
I knew when I posted this I would get some "hate mail" so to speak.
I love my N's, I still have 5 of them plus two x00 series and a 4000.
Truth is though, the loader on this tractor sells for more than most of
the N series tractors do around here.
Do I expect it to be my main tractor? No.
Do I expect it to outlast my N's? No
Do I expect it to be as reliable? No.
Do I expect it to need as much work? Yes, maybe more.
I honestly don't think you would have given much over $500 for
"Smokey Joe" if it were local to you. It was not in the best of shape.
I welcome your input SG. There's no replacement for experience.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with you, the reason why products are
coming from China is because big companies want
more profit , and don't want to pay America's
wages . If you want to bankrupt China , close all
Walmart stores in N.A.

Stan
9N 222933
2N with 8N motor 8N345567
8N 146710
8N 179555
8N 197904
8N 199000
8N 254079
8N 362039
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:22 am    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

heybusdriver wrote:
(quoted from post at 23:27:51 12/15/12) I agree with you, the reason why products are
coming from China is because big companies want
more profit , and don't want to pay America's
wages . If you want to bankrupt China , close all
Walmart stores in N.A.



Stan
9N 222933
2N with 8N motor 8N345567
8N 146710
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8N 197904
8N 199000
8N 254079
8N 362039


Heybusdriver I have to partially disagree.

You See, "big companies" do need profit same as small companies. However, they have no profit until they make a sale, which is where everyday John Q Public comes in. He with his consumer vote tells "Big company" YES!!! give us cheap Chinese!!! There is not much American made product that we can buy any more, but we can still buy local by supporting our independently owned stores.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:12 am    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Actually, the reason that products are being imported from China is because companies want to stay in business.

The reality is that if established companies do not import from China, or any other area where the costs of production are lower, their competition (established competition or new comppetition) will.

The market (buyers) theoretically could prevent this but it not done so and will not do so.

Dean
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: A horse of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It will be interesting to hear how your NorTrac works out. I've wondered about parts, service, reliability, performance, etc.

Let us know after you've had it awhile.

Dean
 
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