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Opinion on this D19

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09-21-2016 08:51:12

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Hi there AC fans. I am in the market for a tractor for running a brush hog and also for running a fence post auger. I do not currently own those implements, but I want to get a tractor with a 3 point and enough HP to run these. I will buy the implements after getting the tractor. Also I would like to stay in the $3,000 range. I have 11 acres and an old Farmall SA that I use for my 1-acre truck garden.

So here is my question. What are your thoughts on this old D19 currently on Craigslist? it is near my house and I am thinking about checking it out. Any tips on what to look for regarding possible problems? Also, any opinions on the 3-point conversion?

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09-26-2016 08:57:38

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
[quote="CVPost-JD Seller"](quoted from post at 08:31:07 09/25/16)
After reading the posts and talking to the owner, I decided to pass on this tractor. Mainly due to the size, and the concern voiced about parts availability. Also, I decided I need another shed right now more than I need an old tractor! So now I am saving more money in my tractor fund, planning an addition to my barn and waiting for a newer, smaller, and more "field-ready" tractor to come on the market near me. I'm not partial to brand at this point, I just really need a reliable work-horse with three-point.

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JD Seller

09-25-2016 08:31:07

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
I will second Butch(OH) in that you need to make sure the engine is 100% as they are expensive to repair and some parts are just about impossible to find. The diesels where prone to cylinder head issues. If you do buy it make sure and NEVER over heat it as that usually ruins the cylinder head.

Truthfully if your going to be just using a bushog and running a post hole auger you do not need as big a tractor as a AC D-19. Also the concern I have is IF you have an engine issue down the road your going to be hurting on finding parts and the cost will be high. You can easily put more in the engine than you gave for the tractor. IF your set on AC then I would look for a D-17 as it would be large enough for your needs and the engine parts are much easier to find. If brand is not important than I would look for a Ford 860 or 861.They can be bought for about what this D-19 is being sold for. They have a factory three point and parts are readily available from many sources.

So the D-19 is a fairly good tractor but parts availability can be an issue. Also the snap coupler three point conversion works but it is not the same as a factory three point. It is "different" to use. The three point/snap coupler control is different than the common three point quadrant on most factory three point tractors.

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09-23-2016 03:52:51

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
They are a decent tractor for what they usually sell for. Make sure the engine is good. Gasoline overhaul parts are currently not available and diesels are $$$$. Make sure it stays in all gears and that the power director works in both high and low range. They are somewhat limited in the hydraulic department. They will run a cylinder OK but not the best for motors or other high volume requirements. The best option for converting to 3 point is to find the factory set up at a parts yard and switch everything over. The adapters work OK for certain work but are a far fetch from a factory set up for heavy duty work or anything that needs good sway control. A good adapter will dig your post holes and operate your brush hog.

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09-22-2016 19:09:50

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
I love that Power Director or hand clutch as I call it. It just started jumping out of third gear just when going down hill. Will stay in gear when pulling.

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09-21-2016 16:38:06

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
Thanks for the advice. I'll check the gears and power director.

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09-21-2016 10:27:49

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to denglish, 09-21-2016 08:51:12  
Looks like a pretty good ole D19 I have one almost identical to it,we bought the tractor back about 1970 its on its 2nd engine and has been a good reliable tractor.The power director/high-low lever/hand clutch takes a little getting used to some here have a hard time understanding how it works my wife figured it out in about 30 minutes.It'll pull my 10ft Sidewinder brush hog pretty well all around good machine.If I needed a tractor like that I'd buy the one in the ad for sure.Just be sure it'll stay in gear and that the power director lever will lock into
high and low OK and other normal things you need to check out when you buy a tractor.

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09-21-2016 17:30:18

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 Re: Opinion on this D19 in reply to Traditional Farmer, 09-21-2016 10:27:49  
A lady in a nearby town entered her D19 in the local parade- drove it in about 6 miles, and complained that it took so long. Friend of mine clued her in that she was in low range. Had the tractor for over a year and didn"t know there was a high range.

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