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03-29-2000 17:58:42

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Am looking at a 1951 CA, and want some input from someone who knows. How many horsepower? Good tractor for 5 ft bush hog? ANy other issues I need to know about? Thanks for any help!

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04-02-2000 00:48:46

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 Re: CA in reply to CRaig, 03-29-2000 17:58:42  
These are great little tractors, but, if the hand clutch is not working a 5ft hog is going to be too much for it in all but light grass. I have a 4ft hog and have to run in first gear most of the time which is only 2 mph. If the hand clutch is working you can use it like a live pto and ease into heavy loads and run in second gear. They are nimble little tractors, it will run circles around my larger JD 430W moving snow.

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Greg H.

03-31-2000 09:54:08

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 Re: CA in reply to CRaig, 03-29-2000 17:58:42  
The CA might handle the 5 ft. hog alright, but you better put on an override PTO shaft on the tractor. The CA is pretty anemic even at the alleged 25HP. You had better put some wieght on the front of the CA if you are going to mount the brush hog. The CA is a great tractor to mow filth or hay with, especially if it has the belly mower on it. You Just ride along in 3rd, and look down in front of you. The braking system generaly is terrible on the CA, so I definately wouldn't put a big hog behind it, and operate on extremely steep ground."like we all try to do." We still use my Granddad's 53 CA to brush hog relatively flat places with a 6ft pull type brush hog in 2nd gear, and I rake alot of hay in the summer with the CA. Raking Hay is where these tractors realy shine. They are great old tractors, but there are definately limits to what they can do. My suggestion is to make sure the brakes are good, go for the aftermarket 3 point , and ballast the crap out of it, so that what power it has gets to the ground. Good luck Greg H.

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03-30-2000 10:54:06

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 Re: CA in reply to CRaig, 03-29-2000 17:58:42  
hi phil, I might have a couple of answers for you. I think the horsepower is between 25 and 30 on that ca so i've been told. you probably would have enough power for a brush hog but I don't think that year had live power which is a little inconvenient if you get into cutting heavy stuff. I hope it works out for you.

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Phil Auten

03-30-2000 04:48:16

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 Re: CA in reply to CRaig, 03-29-2000 17:58:42  
Craig, A CA will handle a 5' bush hog just fine. They are about 25 drawbar HP. Most of the ones I've seen do not have the hand clutch lever installed, meaning that the clutch is out or has problems and has been bolted together or welded. This isn't too hard or expensive to fix unless it's welded, just a little bit of work. The CA is a great little tractor for cultivating, plowing, bush hogging or any light chore. A three point kit is available and a 3-point adapter for the snap coupler system is available as well if so equipped.


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