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  1. #31
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    New Holland 1720

    Default Re: Looking for tractor suggestions to maintain my new property

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundguy View Post
    much of the old stuff is sooo simple to work on. it was designed to be rebuilt swinging from a tree in a field by a horse farmer.

    a set of paper manuals.. some basic tools and parts usually. i can get lotsa old parts from farm stores in some cases..
    Soundguy is on the money...
    We have a Ford 800 with FEL and two D-17's on the farm...
    Very easy to work on and very dependable...
    Ford and AC sold a lot of those models...
    Parts are a non issue...
    Most of those older tractors were utilized in row crop situations pulling plows, disc harrows, balers, rakes, ect...
    Not a lot of stress on them...
    The only issue you need to look at on the D-17's is that up until the series 3 and 4 they used snap coupler in lieu of 3 point hook ups...
    IMHO, a good running D-17 is a lot of tractor for a little money...
    Those D-17 series also like gas...
    A lot of it...
    They will pull like the dickens though...
    Motor rebuilds are not difficult with the sleeved engine...

  2. #32
    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
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    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 941D, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: Looking for tractor suggestions to maintain my new property

    Quote Originally Posted by Turbys_1700 View Post
    Those D-17 series also like gas...
    A lot of it...
    ...
    them ford 801's or a ford with a replacement zenith carb will guzzle a lil bit too.. just a fact that if you are making near 50hp gas on one of them.. it's gonna be hungry..

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    Another tractor you may want to look for is a 385 Case. My neighbor has one, they are pretty nice.

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    Default Re: Looking for tractor suggestions to maintain my new property

    I just wanted to come back and finish up this thread and let you know how it turned out. I ended up buying a '56 or '57 (not sure yet) Allis Chalmers WD45:
    TractorData.com Allis Chalmers WD45 tractor information

    After arranging to go see it, ended up being just a half mile down the road from me. The seller had owned it for about 30 years, and it had only a few hundred hours on a major rebuild (the local vo-tech needed an engine rebuild project). The rest of the tractor seems in mostly good shape. The paint is faded, it's definitely no show tractor, but mechanically it seems solid. I got a brush hog (just a 5' one, might upgrade to a 6' one later) and a blade, so I should be set for winter and for spring mowing. Didn't bargain too hard. The guy was pretty nice, and could be a helpful neighbor in the future (already got some recommendations for trash service and rock for the driveway), so I figured I was buying more than just the tractor in this case.

    Thanks all for you input. I'll be saving my pennies and staying on the lookout for a nice compact tractor in the future, too.

    Scott

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    Congrats, and good luck with the tractor. Thanks for the update too.

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    Default Re: Looking for tractor suggestions to maintain my new property

    Sounds like you could have hit the jackpot and have a new friend. Congrats!!
    Barry
    12 Yanmar Sc2450 w/FEL, BH, MMM, TPH, CL Trailer Mover.
    Next on the list: Tiller

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    Epic Contributor Soundguy's Avatar
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    ym1700, NH7610S, Ford 8N, 2N, NAA, 660, 850 x2, 541, 950, 941D, 951, 2000, 3000, 4000, 4600, 5000, 740, IH 'C' 'H', CUB, John Deere 'B', allis 'G', case VAC

    Default Re: Looking for tractor suggestions to maintain my new property

    sounds great.. I'd love to see one like that!

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