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John Deere 1050 4x4

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10-21-2005 14:47:56

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I'm looking at a '87 jd 1050 4x4 with 2700hrs and a loader. It will be used mostly for bushhoging,& light loader work. I have a 6ft. bush hog. Would this be a good tractor? Any other opinions on this tractor.

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10-22-2005 06:12:43

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 in reply to Larry-In, 10-21-2005 14:47:56  
Though the 1050's are generally pretty tough little tractors, proceed cautiously if the loader has been on the tractor all it's 2700 hour life. Lots of hours of front end loader work can be pretty tough on a tractor as the $2000 worth of front end work and front axle driveshaft may indicate. Be sure to look at the entire front axle for oil leaks. Look at the front axle pivot point for wear. Look the front support over good for possible cracks. Loaders are tough on clutches too.

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Jim Wyckoff

06-22-2006 13:04:38

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 Re: John Deere 1050 in reply to leon, 10-22-2005 06:12:43  
Does anyone have a front end loader for a Deere 1050? Or can you even buy one?

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10-21-2005 18:47:48

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 in reply to Larry-In, 10-21-2005 14:47:56  
Larry-In, I have the same tractor with FWA and use it for roto-tilling (5 ft.), snow-blowing (5 ft.), power broom (6 ft.), bushhogging (5 ft HD), loader work with # 75 loader, and general pulling. It has a turbocharged Yanmar 3 cylinder diesel engine, with the turbo being an expensive (well over $1k) item to repair/replace should it be required. The oil seals on the turbo can be damaged from not cooling down sufficiently after use, which can be seen as an external oil leak down the side of the engine block below the turbo. Of note, the 1050 has the same size clutch disk as the less powerful 950. That said, the larger engine (mine dyno'd at 40HP, 6.5HP more than rated) can easily overtax the clutch, causing it to burn and slip. This is not an uncommon problem with these tractors, particularly those that have been used heavily with PTO powered attachments. Replacing the clutch requires splitting the tractor, not an inexpensive job if you take it to a JD authorized service center. If the tractor is in good shape, with no signs of being abused, it is a terrific unit for the jobs I have itemized above. With the turbo, be religious about cooling the engine down several minutes after hard use. To not do so will lead to premature damage to the turbo, not to mention the rest of the engine too. 1050's were never common, and command a healthy resale price, always a plus whenever you wish to part with it.

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10-21-2005 19:35:31

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 - DarylJ in reply to DarylJ, 10-21-2005 18:47:48  
DarylJ thanks for all your information,sounds like it's been a good tractor for you. When I called on it the guy said it runs good, has a few minor dents and had $2000 worth of work done (by a John Deere dealer) on the front end including a drive shaft. He's asking $8300, kinda cheap compared to some of the ads I've found. Will try to look at it by Monday.
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Ps it also has the #75 loader, is it removable?

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10-22-2005 15:04:29

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 - DarylJ in reply to Larry-In, 10-21-2005 19:35:31  
The 75 loader is not a quick detach unit. You may wish to check the speed of the loader before buying, if you do. The earlier tractors had a restriction in hydraulic oil flow at the filter. The threaded tube on which the filter is mounted is rather small. Later tractors had an enlarged tube, allowing for higher volume, thus faster lifting of the loader and other attachments. This is not a major deal, but is sure makes the loader operate much faster.

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Mike M

10-21-2005 18:33:27

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 in reply to Larry-In, 10-21-2005 14:47:56  
Those tractors were built for Deere by Yanmar and were some of the best built ones ever. I once heard somewhere that those had the least amount of warranty claims of any new tractors.We have a 750. If it had any kind of care at all it should still be good.

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10-21-2005 18:55:22

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 Re: John Deere 1050 4x4 in reply to Mike M, 10-21-2005 18:33:27  
Thanks for yor opinion Mike M. I saw it in a magazine, called on it and the guy said it had $2000 work done on the front end by a JD dealer (has reciepts) including a front drive shaft. He's asking $8300. I'm gonna try to see it by Monday.

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