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rick deere

05-18-2014 17:22:50

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If you had a 37 A john deere and a 1956 420 T john deere they were in the same condition which would be worth more money?

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05-19-2014 19:03:35

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
Well you asked "if I had both" !! To me , if it has two cylinders then it had better have a hand clutch or it may as well not be a JD. Take both to plow day and/or put an 8' disc behind both. No contest. Simplicity?? No contest. 1937 was the 100 th anniversary of JD so why not have a 100th anniversary model instead of a Dubuque built,verticle two cyl with a foot clutch that sounds more like a lawn tractor than a JD ? As far as their "usefullness"? Nobody buys these to use,they buy them to play with. The 420 is not the most user friendly either. Half the reason for owning an antique JD is the sound and there's nothing like the sound of an unstyled "A" lugging down and pulling through the tough spot with a two bottom plow and never even thinking about clutching and changing gears. Just my opinion.

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05-19-2014 11:56:11

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
I'd rather have the 37 A myself.

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05-19-2014 10:36:46

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
I would prefer the A, but there are still a lot of them available.

If the 420 has either live hydraulics, live PTO (?) or wide front end, it would be more useful than the 37 A, so I would expect it to hold its value better in the future.

The 420 is lighter and smaller than the A, making it easier for more collectors to haul to tractor shows. The 420 might also be a better choice to run a belly mower, making it more desirable as an "estate" tractor.

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Rick deere

05-19-2014 11:02:07

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 Re: tractors in reply to ss55, 05-19-2014 10:36:46  
single front,bad front tire, no power steering , live pto ,3 point ,needs battery box door, no fenders,bad grill screens,wrong decals, but has been painted with car paint and clear coat??I can live with all that its mostly the distance that holds me back from trading.I don't want something I cant look at over the phone mostly.I sugest he sell it and buy mine outright and he may have change left???

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05-19-2014 04:50:24

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
In my area, preferences aside,

pretty much an even trade, maybe a few dollars going to the 420 owner.

But if the 420 owner WANTS an old A...even.

But, I'd have to personally check out and use the 420

a bit to check on its hydraulics and hitch.

Any problems there, no trade.

If I had to invest $ and sweat in either/both, I'd rather fix the A. A lot more tractor and the 'old' factor.

So, with the distance involved here, I'd probably pass.

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05-19-2014 03:18:36

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
Rick I would take the 420. I have to "use" my tractors at this time otherwise the wife won't let them hang around. We farm a few acres and the 420 would be perfect. It takes 3 pt implements not like the A which someone would have to find a trailer plow etc. I do like the unstyled tractors and maybe down the road would choose differently.

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rick deere

05-19-2014 04:20:51

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 Re: tractors in reply to Hotflashjr, 05-19-2014 03:18:36  
I agree but a 75yr old tractor is kinda hard to find,and I already have a 430s and a 420w,I have the 37A and it needs to be restored but does run,the 420t has good rear tires a single front that the tire is no good and no fenders,would need muffler too, but has been painted, gauges arent correct as far as I can tell, the man wants to trade even, but if Im gonna be out more money I would rather invest in the 37A I think.And 700 miles away so just cant go look at it , so thats not good unless you can see what your trading for or buying. thanks alot Rick

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05-18-2014 18:55:35

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
for me... the A; I loves me some unstyled tractor. But, I imagine for most it would be the 420.
Curious what others will say.
What makes you ask such a question that risks the start of WW III? :)


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Old Popper

05-18-2014 19:10:02

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 Re: tractors in reply to 41B-boy, 05-18-2014 18:55:35  
I would rather have the A. Never got the "itch" for those Dubuque tractors.

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05-18-2014 18:55:23

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
Not sure wich would be worth more but personally I would rather have the unstyled A

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05-18-2014 18:08:50

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 Re: tractors in reply to rick deere, 05-18-2014 17:22:50  
Depends on the individuals desire.

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