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New 861

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DD in WA

10-14-2012 17:53:17

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Thanks to everyone who offered up some advice on what to be watching for when I went to look at an 861 I was intersted in buying. Long story short I did buy it for $3,000 and will pick it up next weekend. Per the SN it is a "59 and still is a 6 volt system. All guages and lights work, no popping out of gear issues with the tranny, two stage clutch operates fine as does the 3pt lift. Starts right up and runs very smooth. Tin is in pretty good shape with no dents and only minor rust (with exception of a spot on the dog leg. Only possible issue I see at this point is some rusting around the stems on the rims which appears to be just surface rust but the tires are calcium filled so I"m a bit concerned about that. On stem is leaking a little so I"ll have to figure out how to deal with that. All in all pretty excited having this to hay with instead of (or in addition to) my "52 8N which I"ve used for haying for the past dozen years.

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10-15-2012 09:55:08

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 Re: New 861 in reply to DD in WA, 10-14-2012 17:53:17  
That will be nice! Just put the hay rake on the 8N and leave it there. Use the 861 for all the hard work. Then you won't have to swap equipment back and forth.

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10-15-2012 05:53:06

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 Re: New 861 in reply to DD in WA, 10-14-2012 17:53:17  
My 901 likes it's gas. When I used it to rake hay it always took five gallons. when I switched over to my diesel I had to fill it just twice per season.

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10-15-2012 05:40:50

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 Re: New 861 in reply to DD in WA, 10-14-2012 17:53:17  

like said, 800's are powerful beasts

loaded tires or wheel weights and they are hard to stop.

Your N is going to feel like a lawn tractor after

you've been on this one awhile!

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10-15-2012 05:32:31

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 Re: New 861 in reply to DD in WA, 10-14-2012 17:53:17  
almost look like 24" rims that someone welded the 28 " center into after cutting down. is it?

I have a 2000 like that.

ont he stems that leak.. if it's the larger part or the core.. most are replaceable..

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10-15-2012 06:00:43

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 Re: New 861 in reply to soundguy, 10-15-2012 05:32:31  
Hello Chris , There was a Forkilft manufacturer(forget the name now) that made those type of rims for their machines , they seem to show up often on the Fords , and just like you said a 24" rim with a 28" center all welded as one piece , usually comes out to a 80" width outside of the tires . Thanks Tony

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10-15-2012 06:21:12

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 Re: New 861 in reply to TONY JACOBS, 10-15-2012 06:00:43  
good looking jobs too.

i have a 2000 4 cyl with a set like that. welding looks perfect.. and I measured the rim to check to see if it was centered, concentric and the dish was true and it was as true and accurate as far as my measuring stick could determine.

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10-15-2012 09:48:40

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 Re: New 861 in reply to soundguy, 10-15-2012 06:21:12  
Hello Chris , I think it was a Canadian company that bought out Warner-Swazey that built the rims , now that I think of it W-S may have made the rims on the later 3 cyl. Ford Forklift conversions too . Thanks Tony

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10-15-2012 11:08:39

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 Re: New 861 in reply to TONY JACOBS, 10-15-2012 09:48:40  
as good as the rims look.. I'd almost figure they were cut and welded on a jig. IE.. not torched by hand and welded, eyeing it up.. etc..

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10-14-2012 18:07:06

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 Re: New 861 in reply to DD in WA, 10-14-2012 17:53:17  
They like to suck gas, but are the real deal. You will never miss the Ns.

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10-14-2012 18:28:46

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 Re: New 861 in reply to Jimmyjack, 10-14-2012 18:07:06  
Suck fuel ??? I have never had one that did that.
My 1960 861 is easy on fuel. You want something that sucks fuel. Use a kubota l245dt that thing used fuel like a fish does water.

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10-15-2012 05:31:22

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 Re: New 861 in reply to fordtractorpro, 10-14-2012 18:28:46  
i have an a850 with a zenith and it's a ful hog. most of my marvel-s carbs aren't I do have 1 cheater though. i have a 950 I mow with.. and stuck a naa carb on it.. :) lil custom work on it.. :)

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