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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Think I will extend the search radius for a 2-105. Super intrigued by it
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a Ford 8600 this year for haying. Great dependable horsepower. With a New Holland dealership nearby, Ford may be worth a look at. Don't get hung up on brand or color. Buy what's dependable and fits your budget
 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Hay and pasture maintenance is mainly what I do making around 1000 rolls per year.
For my operation 70-90 hp tractors work good for me along with 45-65 hp for smaller jobs like raking and tedding.
For the larger tractor a Ford 7710 series II or John Deere 2955 would be my top choices, they have good power and nice cabs.
9000 Kabota is another good one, Case 5130 with the 5.9 Cummins is another one to look at.
Lots of older tractor out there that are good but the older cabs were not so good.
My granddad had Olivers but I agree the White 2-85 or 2-105 would be better choices
IH 86 series are real work horses if you can find one that's been treated well, TA and shift linkage issues are their only draw backs.
Can't said anything about Massy or the older Case tractors, hasn't been a dealer in this area since the early 70's
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:58 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Unrelated to topic but, where did the handle Norwichjc come from? We live in Norfolk, England and our local city is Norwich.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:08 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are plenty of nice tractors available in that size age and affordable price range. Buy to match local dealer support, and tractor condition. A tractor with a decent cab and air is a definite plus. Sitting in the dust doing hay is something I didnt used to consider, but a body can only handle so much dust, hay isnt worth it. You might look for a 7710 Ford. Decent cab and air and syncro transmission. Transmission is a big consideration. Powershift is nice on a tractor when new, but can cost more than the tractor is worth to have repaired. Look for basic syncro tranny , being able to shift up while hauling a load is great. Something you wont get with say a 966 IH or a 1030Case
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:49 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote



Ford 7710. It was one of Ford's most successful models and there are many still working everyday. It can be considered modern but is pre-electronics. It has a nice cab. The big thing is that it is the right size for a HAY TRACTOR. It is a turboed 4 cyl which gives you power (97 hp), economically, but is significantly smaller framed than the six cylinder big dumb power tractors. It will handle a 10 foot disc mower conditioner easily, yet is nimble enough for chasing windrows in odd shaped New England fields pulling a small square baler. Due to its production numbers parts are readily available. Contrary to conventional wisdom DO NOT WORRY ABOUT HAVING A DEALER NEARBY!!! Don't kid yourself. Dealers are not interested in providing good service to a hobby farmer with older equipment. There are plenty of good equipment repair guys who developed their skills and knowledge and experience working for dealers, and then went out on their own. Parts are readily available on line much faster than going to the dealer to order the part then going back three days later to pick it up.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:07 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Simple answer, the one that fits your needs, is close enough that you're willing to drive to see it and pay to have it hauled, is in the best condition, and is priced fairly by your own standards. In other words, go shopping, and don't let yourself get into the "A, B, or C" mindset. Always keep "D, none of the above" as an option.

Any old tractor can be a money pit. Doesn't matter if it's the best, most liked, most popular, most reliable, blah blah blah...

Who used it and maintained it plays a much larger part in how it will work for you NOW than what someone's "favorite" is.

I'd take a lightly used Hesston or Deutz, maybe even a Belarus, over a clapped out 1066 any day of the week.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:10 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

At age 50, I'd recommend a factory cab with air and heat, for no other reason than not having to breath so much dust!!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They're a great tractor. I bought one in 2013 with 4200 hours on it for $9000. I got it from the dealer where I got my 2-135, AGCO dealer. They seem to get 2-105s in now and again, but when they do, they're gone in a hurry. After I wrote the check for mine and was pulling out the driveway, somebody else was in it starting it. I didn't stop and tell him it was sold, he found that out if he went inside.

A 2-85 is the same tractor, just fewer horses because it doesn't have a turbo, but a good 2-85 with a cab and working air is even harder to find than a 2-105. Just don't overlook one if you run across it.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:22 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Good advice. Thank you
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:23 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So true
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I fully agree with your comment about a local dealership. For older tractors you'll be better off finding a local independent, non-branded tractor repair
shop since the mechanics there will be just as knowledgeable, if not more so, on old equipment than what you'll find at most dealerships. They'll probably
have a lower hourly shop rate as well - big-name dealerships are typically charging in excess of $100 per hour these days and (in our area at least) the
independent shops are more like $80 due to their lower overhead. For new equipment having a nearby dealership is a very beneficial thing but with old stuff
it's a different situation.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Comfort is good, I used to set out in the open planting with a 4020 no cab. Went to a bigger planter and a tractor with a sound gard cab I'm not going back to setting outside.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:52 am    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think the 2 you listed are 2 of the best
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Best older farm tractor? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lots of good tractors in 60s 70 era
 
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