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GA Dave
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Title? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ron in Nebr wrote:
(quoted from post at 00:32:58 05/18/0Cool No tractor titles neccessary here either far as I know.

On a related subject, kinda O/T though...I looked at a '70 Ford Torino GT on ebay tonight from I think Alabama(or one of the surrounding states)...the guy who wrote the ad said there was no title with the car since their state didn't require a title on a vehicle until '74. Said he'd supply a bill of sale and that's this right??? No titles for cars down there untill '74? Caint hardly believe it!
Ron, in Georgia a title is not required for vehicles untill 1986. Tractors? go figure. I've bought several tractors without even thinking about a bill of sale. Best to know the seller though. David....
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Title? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dan, If you are from il. Trust me on this one.
Keep a file on pictures of tractor, serial #, and paperwork, but we don't want the Sec of State involved with titles, license plates. This Gov & SOS would love to tax tractors!!!!!!!!!
Not that many years ago.
Title $3. now about $65.
License plates for car $18. now $65
Transfers $2. now $65.
NO sales tax from person to person on cars & trucks.
I'll stop & you can add more.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Title? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Rod: I'll not argue the exact date, just don't remember. I know it was very near 1970 when I got the ticket.

The no expiry plate was in force when I bought my 1066 in 75. Again in 1976 when I bought a John Deere 540A forestry skidder and wanted to register it as a farm tractor. I went to the registry office with documents. The John Deere 540A was 10 months old, had been out on lease and registered as GT. The supervisor in charge tried to tell me, it had to be registered as GT. I said, "GT is no good to me, I can't tow implements using GT plates." It must have taken him the better part of an hour to make that decission. His reasoning, "we can't call it a tractor, it's not manufactured as such." I said, "It's built by John Deere, has the same engine, transmission, rear ends, hydraulic pump and chassis as some John Deere tractors. It is nothing more than a forestry tractor." He finally gave in, but no willingly.

Three years later I encountered the same with MF-550 combine. GP lisence would not allow me to tow 15' header behind on cart. Same fight all over again.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:57 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Title? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We went through the same excercise when registering an IH 615 combine a number of years ago. We bought it used in PEI.... so the first step was to 'invent' a title for it. Thenthe hassles about width, about GT and so on. We were dealing with this in Sydney where there are 10 twits and 3 or 4 supervisors. The solution? Go to Baddeck to the one room office, one desk jockey. I want to register this farm tractor. OK. Fill out this form, pay this amount, signed, sealed and delivered. No problem. No supervision does wonders....
I go through this every time I want to change the registered weight on the truck too. "So, it's a farm truck.... tractor.... so it must be a farm tractor.... but I can't put a registered weight on a farm tractor...." and so it goes. I go to Baddeck and they don't blink, just do it. Ya gots to know the answers and give them the answers before they think of asking you the wrong question.
This is like a neighbour of mine that has a disc at the sale barn right now that needs to come home. A few of us have suggested to him that he go on Saturday, with his half ton, a chain and binder, bind the hitch and tow the bloody thing home. HE didn't do that. He called the Federation first asking the rules about towing such disc on highway. Ofcourse he was told, you musn't do that... it's not safe on a 100 series highway! Cripes, if you can't tow anything with a truck you might as well not bother having farm plates.
That follows the old adage that it's easier to seek forgiveness than permission. Stick a couple mag lights on the back and giver'.

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Title? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never heard of a title for a tractor. I would get a bill of sale though.
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