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Going to be new to Farmall

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jwitty

10-11-2017 12:52:12




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Well my first post here...So looks like I'll be getting a what I'm told a 47 Farmall M standard. The guy has had it for 20 years and restored it when he got it. The paint is still in really good condition and it runs amazingly. He's replacing the rear tires and then I should be getting it this week I'm hoping. Is there anything I should know when I'm owning it? This will be my first farm tractor. Also, what can I use as a wax for the tin? Thanks everyone!

Justin

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kerryfromct

10-17-2017 12:53:38




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
great find..do what -glennster- said...buy a straw hat place it on the muddy ground and run it over 5 times, only 5 times, let air dry in the mudd room. after 7 days try to bend it back in shape cut a few holes in it wack the dirt off of the hat on an 75y/o oak tree . take your poultry sheers cut the brim over either eye, little off the top too, find a hawk feather jam it in the brim snap, the feather no to break it in two. get some bib overalls do the same, leave out the feather.

and for gods sake no 'tin' wax, waste oil on a rag, I find works best!!

1 black plastic bag over the seat when no in use, it keeps the chicken and pidgin poop off the seat.

the tractor mite leak oil from time to time, keep some kitty litter handy. be well, all in fun kerritt :lol:

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fbh44

10-16-2017 16:07:39




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
Old IHC mechanic told ne .... Give that pilot bearing ONE or TWO shots of grease the day after Christmas. Excellent advice. Do NOT overgrease it.



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jwitty

10-12-2017 09:30:42




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
Thank you! Would you or anyone have an pdf manual of an M I can gander at?



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Jim Becker

10-12-2017 07:45:01




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
My comment about reading the manual wasn't so much about how to operate it but how to do maintenance. Most people familiar with machinery can figure out how to operate an old tractor. But how about the right way to grease the water pump or the steering gear? How about greasing the clutch pilot bearing?

These are all things he should do right away. Maybe they were last done 20 years ago when it was restored, maybe not even then.

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BarnyardEngineering

10-12-2017 07:35:41




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
One major difference vs. the old Deeres is the pedal on the left is for the clutch, not the left brake.

If you've driven a tractor before then you should be able to figure it out. The M is as simple as they come. Point the tractor in a direction where it can't do any damage, push down the clutch pedal, pull a lever, SLOWLY let out the clutch, and see what happens.



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Rich'sToys

10-12-2017 06:30:15




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
The controls and such are pretty straightforward. If you've driven other tractors you shouldn't have a problem. One difference might be that the throttle lever or speed control may be opposite of the older John Deeres. On some Farmalls you pull it toward you to go faster and push it forward to slow down.
I've seen some M's with a push button starter and a solenoid. Others have a rod or linkage which goes directly to a switch on the starter.

Good luck with your new M. Keep us posted.

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kevinj54

10-11-2017 16:30:43




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
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Yepper, get yerself a manual and read it.



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jwitty

10-11-2017 14:56:29




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
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Sorry I meant standard as in no 3 point or live hydraulics or anything.



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55 50 Ron

10-11-2017 14:53:43




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
An M standard ?? That might be a W-6. There is no such thing as an M standard. Maybe you mean an M with wide front, but that still wouldn't be a standard.



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jwitty

10-11-2017 13:57:51




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
Thank you for the responses. I probably should've added that I've been around tractors my whole life but they were all john deeres and ford. I'm just wanting some info like all the controls and stuff. I know some.on farmall but I'd like to know more. Thanks



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glennster

10-11-2017 13:07:31




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
i have 3 m's and a super m. for your first tractor, keep it out of road gear. if you use road gear lock both brake pedals together. stay off steep hills. dont try and yank stumps out with a chain. keep the exhaust covered if yer not using the tractor. soup can works fine. use common sense, that tractor can hurt you if you dont respect it.



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Jim Becker

10-11-2017 12:54:48




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to jwitty, 10-11-2017 12:52:12  
Get the IH Owner's Manual and read it cover to cover. Come back with any questions.



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pinball

10-12-2017 06:10:08




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to Jim Becker, 10-11-2017 12:54:48  
Finally upgrading. that's great.



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Used red mn

10-12-2017 09:11:16




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 Re: Going to be new to Farmall in reply to pinball, 10-12-2017 06:10:08  
Pinball, that's a good one! Welcome to YT witty! As you can see we do make the occasional good natured poke here. I'm an M owner as well, mine is a'48 "work clothes" (original weathered paint) machine with a Horndraulic (actual name) trip loader. Use it some on mom's 80 acre farm back Kansas. If you are into computers much you can go to the map on the attached link to see were those of us that care to expose our location are at. The map was graciously set up by another poster here by the handle of "onefarmer".

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