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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Im am looking to but a 2950. What things should I be looking for on this model. It has 5000 hours on it and seems clean and well maintained. It has a cab and everything on it works properly. Any ideas on price?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I would suggest getting test kits to check condition of coolant & oils.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

hydraulic systems are weak on those .i would look for something else. we bought one new and had nothing but trouble with it. just one opinion though.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Pull the trans oil filter and trans oil screen. Any sign of fine sandy material. Run away.
Any plans for adding a loader or something?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

my grandpa bought a 2950 with the cab new, never had any problems with it. used it on the dairy farm
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have one with a 148 loader on it. We bought it with a 1000 hrs on it and now it has about 8700. It was used for feeding hay and loading a TMR wagon in addition to hay and pulling silage wagons when we milked. I would like to replace it with something else because it is just getting annoying trying to stay ahead of the little problems and oil leaks. The hi-low has also been somewhat of an issue, the first rebuild at 6000 hrs and has been rebuilt twice since and both times since we have quit milking and its workload has more than halved. My advice is stay with the Waterloo tractors (anything that starts with a 4 of that period 4x20,30,40,50,55) the utility series was made in Mannheim, Germany and they just don't share the same quality as the US made row crop tractors. We also had a 2955 for a time and it spent almost as much time in the shop as it did working. Our 4440 has almost as many hours and much less trouble.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would have been taking the tractor to a shop
that understood transmissions other than Waterloo
tractors. A re-re-build for the same problem is
treating the symptom rather than the cause. Odds
are they never even measured oil apply pressure.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying 2950 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The pressures checked out oddly enough. The parts were the problem and Genuine Deere no less. It always got out of warranty before something happened. But that doesn't excuse the other design flaws like the those little crooked steering lines that connect the hoses to the cylinders that rub on the tie rod no matter what you do with them and leak, maybe there is a secret but after 20 years of looking I haven't found it. I'm not trying to run it down out of hand but the initial design was poor and time hasn't improved it. It isn't a bad tractor to run but is so annoying to keep the little things fixed, ours is a rolling oil spill. It seems like when you get one issue fixed 5 more show up. It isn't age alone because I don't have that much trouble with other tractors older than it.
 
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