Yesterday's Tractor Co. Shop Now
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
Classified Ads
Photo Ads
Tractor Parts

Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs

Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Combines & Harvesters Discussion Forum

Trying to plan a road trip...

Welcome Guest, Log in or Register
Author  [Modern View]
Dave H (MI)

06-05-2014 19:27:18

Report to Moderator

Have a few possibles lined up. I never should have let that F3 get by me last February. It is the only one I have seen besides the green stripe last week. It has disappeared so I have to assume it has been picked up by someone.

This month I have found an L2 but passed it right by. Honest seller...too honest for his own good.

I have two F2's to look at. I cannot get them to answer their phones so these are on hold. I want a serial number on these so I know what end of production they come from.

Lastly I have an M. Seller is sending me pictures tomorrow.

The only "3" in the area is an M3 and at $19K I think I would look at something newer.

Thinking if I get out and look at a few in person I might start getting a feel for the mechanical aspects of them. I have received a lot of info here and watched a few animations on Youtube. All good stuff but I need to get hands on experience. Now that the corn is planted, I have time... and tons of motivation.

[Log in to Reply]   [No Email]
JD Seller

06-08-2014 21:27:44

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to Dave H (MI), 06-05-2014 19:27:18  
Dave I have been reading about your search for a combine. I am mainly a JD guy but I have traded/sold a lot of Gleaners too. Here are some things to keep in mind while looking for your combine.

1) Good small/medium size combines are selling for a premium. There are not any new ones being built. This makes the good machines sell very well and fast.

2) Watch out switching between series on the Gleaners. Example F2 and F3. There are differences in how the grain headers operate as far as the automatic header controls. Finding the correct kits/parts is getting hard to find to switch one over if you need too.

3) A good higher priced machine can very well be "cheaper" in the long run. The big reason is the cost of repairs is getting higher so the up front saving on a cheaper combine can be eat up real fast in repairs. You also have to consider timeliness of harvesting. I assume you work off farm. So if your combine breaks down you could be out of the field for days while you repair it. So if we have a rough fall to harvest in you can easily run out of time before snow/weather effects your harvest.

4) The higher grain prices has pushed the price of combines up. A good machine that would have been 10K 3-5 years ago can easily be 20K now.

Good luck in your search.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
Dave H (MI)

06-09-2014 18:05:54

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to JD Seller, 06-08-2014 21:27:44  
I appreciate that. It's a trial but somehow it will work out in the end. I will take you at your word for 1,2 and 4. As for 3? I learned that lesson early on. My first classic tractor was a SMTA owned by an elderly many who is probably going to outlive all of us. He was beyond meticulous...a-nal would be more accurate. One of the most annoying people I have ever dealt with. Even timed me on my trip to see the tractor. Asked me when I left home and then informed me that I had broken the speed laws...and he was not joking. That being said I gave him $4000 for that tractor a long time ago. To date I have not spent another nickel on it other than oil, gas and one battery.

I wish it had taught me a lesson, but I had to go the opposite route a couple of times before I clued in on it. :)

I am going to look at a couple here soon. I will keep it all in mind. Thanks!

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

06-06-2014 06:12:28

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to Dave H (MI), 06-05-2014 19:27:18  
My M3 and 3 heads might have been between $14-15,000. Was very local and in good shape brought it home and was combining the next day. If that helps any. This time of year might have been a little cheaper?

I'm a little too far from you, or you could tour my Gleaner museum! Man I gotta clean out around here.....


[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
Dave H (MI)

06-08-2014 11:28:20

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to Paul, 06-06-2014 06:12:28  
Well, that went south in a quickie. The F2 I was wanting to look at dropped off Craigslist before I could get a time scheduled. Had a couple others I was going to put on the circuit. One was an M2 but the guy tells me it is a gear tranny and not many bells and whistles for the asking price. The other was not much from the description so trip cancelled for now. Looking in a different direction now. Have a couple nice F2's but one of those will not return calls and does not take down his ad. Third is an L2 I found at a dealer. Sounds pretty nice. All are in the same general area. Guess I could run over there and look at just the two. It's only money and time.

I have been doing this for two years now. First a bigger tractor. Then tillage and planting equipment. Now harvesting and storage. Sounds like fun but after a while....

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

06-08-2014 11:58:49

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to Dave H (MI), 06-08-2014 11:28:20  
It's all fun looking, I've been farming for 35 yrs and everytime I think I've got my machinery needs met seems like there's another piece I'd like to purchase as a replacement or totally new. My wife and I had been looking for a decent grain truck for over a year thought they were all too high when we ran across a sweet deal @ a auction last fall picked it up then we'd been looking for a bigger flex platform and head trailer well that's done and in the shed. So you'd think I'd spent enough and should be happy but no I've decided it's time to get rid of both of my ancient skid loaders that run very well and get 1 really nice late model one, will it never end. LOL

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]

06-08-2014 11:59:38

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to IowaJohn, 06-08-2014 11:58:49  
Good Luck hunting combines.

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
Dave H (MI)

06-08-2014 15:14:26

Report to Moderator
 Re: Trying to plan a road trip... in reply to IowaJohn, 06-08-2014 11:59:38  
Thank you! I am sure there will be good days and bad days. Whilst accumulating all this equipment to diversify from "all hay" I have run into a lot of real characters. I have also been upgrading my hay equipment a little along the way so the equipment search is pretty much a daily routine now. Good day is when I finally convince that "hold out" that his 30 year old, nearly worn out jewel is only worth 2/3 of what he wants for it. Bad days usually end up with a comment like "If I caint get what I want fer it I'll just let her sit thar".

Most good days are when no one bids against me at the auctions. Da hail with Craigslist!

[Log in to Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Log in to Reply]

Hop to:

Fast Shipping!  Most of our stocked parts ship within 24 hours (M-Th). Expedited shipping available, just call! Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors. Compare our super low shipping rates! We have the parts you need to repair your tractor. We are a company you can trust and have generous return policies. Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ About Us ]

Home  |  Forums

Copyright © 1997-2018 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters