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Is a Ford 660 right for me?

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swills

10-12-2017 05:44:22




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Hello. I will be closing on a house next Friday. It's on 3 acres and I'll need a tractor eventually to do work around the place.

I have two neighboring lots outside the city I work where I've been using my dad's 8N to do a lot of cleaning up so I can get them sold. Eventually I was going to build out there and did a lot of dirt work and other things. So I've spent a lot of time on it.

The 8N is a good enough tractor. It sure has held up for as old as it is. I'm going to need to get a tractor of my own and I like those old Fords. I'm wanting something with a live PTO since I'll be mowing with it a lot. I'll be pulling a single bottom plow on it and a disc quite a bit for a garden I'll plant each year.

I use the single bottom plow to also do things like dig out ditches pr pull it around stumps to make digging or burning them out easier. It even pulls up roots.

Any complaints about the 660s? Anything I need to know?

I just want something with a live PTO and not huge. A 660 seems like it would fit the bill and it being cat 1 means I can use all my implements.

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Royse

10-14-2017 07:06:31




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
I know what you're saying about your feet/legs Wayne.

That Chinese compact I had was horrible for that.

So bad in fact, the previous owner broke one lever off.

This one doesn't seem to be any worse than the other
twin sticks to me. I like the five speeds too.



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Royse

10-13-2017 17:28:21




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
The 660 would be a good choice if available.

As the others have said, there are other options too.

Depending on what's common in your area, a Ferguson might fit.

I recently bought a 35 Deluxe. A bit smaller than a 660 physically,

but a tad heavier and essentially the same horsepower wise.

Being the "deluxe, it has live PTO, live hydraulics and could have
had power steering, though mine does not. As I understand it,
those options were not on the standard 35 so do your homework.

Oh, and it has a dual range transmission too.

Six forward speeds and two reverse speeds.

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WayneIA

10-14-2017 06:48:43




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to Royse, 10-13-2017 17:28:21  
Royse: This picture really shows why I just can't get along with a MF. What do you do with our feet(legs) when stepping on to the tractor. Two gear shift levers right in the way., and I would take a 5 speed any day over dual-range transmission,.in fact, a shuttle would be hard pressed to beat a 5 speed at loader work



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NoNewParts

10-13-2017 02:49:59




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
660's are nice, but as said, they can be tough to find.

860, 861, 4cyl 4000's are more common and are like a 660 with a little more muscle and tire.( a tape measure might show the 800 is bigger, but from the seat, they feel about the same as a 600...again....more power.)

If you haven't spent the money yet, I'd agree with Ultradog....to take a look at a 3cyl 3000-4000.....with a dual-range transmission.

Every time I get on a tractor with a dual-range trans, I think, WHY don't ALL tractors have this.

ps whatever you buy....power steering if available on model, will make your life easier and have your tractor ready for future loaders or front snow blades....

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WayneIA

10-12-2017 07:04:08




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
You will locate an 860 a whole lot easier than an 660. Same fiscal dimensions, but more horsepower, and close to the same money



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Dean

10-12-2017 15:30:57




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to WayneIA, 10-12-2017 07:04:08  
Agreed.

65/6* series tractors are not common, as most folks willing and able to spend the money for the expensive options were also willing to spend the money for the 85/6* series.

Dean



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swills

10-12-2017 06:57:48




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
Thanks everyone.



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Ultradog MN

10-12-2017 06:21:20




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
The Hundreds are great old tractors.
When I was looking to upgrade from an N I looked for over a year for a 660 or 661. Had the dough and would have traveled.
Never did find one that wasn't all worn out or overpriced - or both.
I finally started looking at later tractors and found a 3 cylinder 2000 that was nice. I really like them more.
Now have a 3000 and wouldnt go back to an N for anything and would even be reluctant to go back to a Hundred.
One thing I will say is if I had to choose between Live pto or power steering I would take the PS hands down. And I do mostly mow with mine.
Anyway, good luck with your search and welcome to YT.

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Dean

10-12-2017 05:50:49




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
If you were satisfied with your 8N, you will love the 660. Live hydraulics and PTO, more HP and a bit heavier.

You will likely someday replace your single bottom plow with a 2X14 plow.

Dean



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Grandpa love

10-12-2017 05:47:38




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to swills, 10-12-2017 05:44:22  
We have 2 640's no complaints about em. Great , tough tractor. Way more than an 8N.



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old

10-12-2017 09:15:58




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 Re: Is a Ford 660 right for me? in reply to Grandpa love, 10-12-2017 05:47:38  
The big thing on a 660 over your 640 is the fact the 660 has live PTO where as your tractor does not have the live PTO and that can be a very big plus



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