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Thoughts on a model B

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Craig

12-08-1999 09:14:04




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Would like to hear the thoughts of other model B owners on what works good on there tractors. The one I have is a 1952 model, it came with cultivators and a pto driven pull behind cycle-bar mower. The tractor also has hydraulics for lifting the cultivators and the mowing machine. I would like to put a belly mower on it, but I'm unsure of the hp rating. Does anyone know the pto and engine HP? Was thinking about a Woods with a 60 to 70 inch deck. I would also like to have a 3pt hitch, has anyone tried the ones listed on this site form Walt's or stiners?

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Craig

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GREG BAHR

12-09-1999 18:41:52




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 Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to Craig, 12-08-1999 09:14:04  
HI CRAIG,

I HAVE A 1948 B, I RUN A WOODS MOD L59 60 INCH CUT IT DOES A SUPER JOB. I FEEL IF YOUR MOTOR IS IN GOOD SHAPE YOU MIGHT RUN A 72 INCH CUT ON YOURS, BUT YOU CAN DEFINETLY GO WITH THE L59 FOR SURE. HOPE THIS HELPS OUT, FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME WITH ANY MORE QUESTIONS.

GREG BAHR acguy@greatlakes.net



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Rick

12-08-1999 12:16:08




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 Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to Craig, 12-08-1999 09:14:04  
Craig,

I have a 1950 Model B and really like the little tractor. In my eyes, it is a very elegant little tractor with its Victorian waistline, if a tractor can be considered elegant.

The engine hp is about 20; the pto hp is about 17-18. I bought my 3 pt hitch conversion kit (Model HK 308) from Worksaver (www.worksaver.com)and found that it is a good fit, easily installed, well made, and has a good instruction manual. I paid about $525 from my local dealer (they don't sell direct.) It was a little more expensive than some others, but the quality seems above others that I have seen. Now I can use all of the 3 pt implements that I already have for my Kubota. Realize that you must have an original drawbar to install this hitch kit.

If I were going to use a rotary or finish mower, I would invest in an overrunning pto clutch (about $35 - $40). I think that AC went to a 1 3/8 inch, 6 spline pto shaft in 1952, but I would measure it. Mine is 1 1/8, but I found the conversion to 1 3/8 and overrunning clutch in one unit at the same dealer through whom I bought the hitch kit.

I think that you will be pleasantly surprised to find how many parts are still available for your little tractor through your local ex-AC dealer or through the internet.

Enjoy your B!

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Fargo

12-09-1999 09:56:32




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 Re: Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to Rick, 12-08-1999 12:16:08  
Hi Rick,

Can you tell me the lift capacity of the three point on the B?



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Rick

12-09-1999 10:29:46




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 Re: Re: Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to Fargo, 12-09-1999 09:56:32  
Fargo,

I'm at work and don't have the manual, but I believe that the manual lists a "maximum lift capacity" of 400# at 24 inches behind the lower lift arms. I put the max lift in quotes because I have lifted my 5 ft finish mower that weighs about 525# without any problems. The front end gets a little light but steering remains positive. I may be a little leery in hill country, but my land is as flat as a pool table.

I will not exceed the lift specs very often. If you look at the way that the kit mounts to the tractor, the weight is supported by a piece of angle iron that the fenders mount to and the drawbar that was never designed, I don't think, to carry a heavy weight. The drawbar, I suspect, was designed more for a pulling force rather than a vertical force.

Without regard to the above, I like the hitch and recommend it highly.

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George

12-09-1999 15:44:00




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to Rick, 12-09-1999 10:29:46  
Do you have any weight on the front of the B?



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Rick

12-10-1999 04:46:54




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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Thoughts on a model B in reply to George, 12-09-1999 15:44:00  
George,

No, I don't have any weights on the front. I have thought about looking for some of the weights that mount along side of the engine, but I am afaraid that if I put weight on the front, I will be more tempted to overload the 3-point hitch. I figure that if the front end gets too light, then I have too much weight on the hitch. It's kind of a "check and balance" with me. I do the same with my Kubota. I have the suitcase weights for the front, but seldom use them for the reason cited above. Usually, I will only use them in 4 wd in my muddy horse paddock. I try not to exceed the reasonable limitations of the little tractors that I have.

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