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Is a D-14 for me?

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Capt. Minx

03-27-2002 09:18:08

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This is uncharted territory for me because I am a Farmall Man. (Please, I come in peace!) I am thinking about buying a D-14 and was just wondering about a couple of things. Do these tractors have live hydraulics and pto? Is it big enough to pull a mower? It would be used for mowing and snow removal mostly. Are parts easy to come by? Any info would be appreciated! Thank you!

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03-27-2002 18:32:19

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 Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Capt. Minx, 03-27-2002 09:18:08  
Yes D-14 has live PTO & hydraulic s by using the hand clutch.Good little tractor in snow cause of the wide tires. Runs around on snow & mud like a duck. About 34 hp (Same as IH 340, super H has 39.)

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03-27-2002 17:26:48

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 Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Capt. Minx, 03-27-2002 09:18:08  
Quite possibly the finest tractor ever built. The D-14 was built from 1957/1960. It was the replacement for the popular WD-45. Horsepower was about 38 or so. By using the power director clutch not only do you have live power but it also gives you 8 forward speeds and 2 reverse speeds. the D-14 also came with allis' self widening wheels,a 149 cubic inch power crater engine, roll shift front axle on wide fronts, and snap coupler hitch. The D-14 was rated as a 3 plow tractor but here in the bluegrass 2 seemed a better fit. One of the other comments I read mentioned a weak 2&3 gear. I have seen Allis' with 3rd gear that would pop out in a pull however these seemed to me to usually have been very abused. Like I said quite possibly the finest tractor ever built.

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03-27-2002 18:40:08

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 Re: Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Otis, 03-27-2002 17:26:48  
D-14 didn't replace WD-45; D-17 replaced the 45. The 14 kind of was an upgrade of the CA. The 45 & 17 each had the 226 cu. in. engine & the 28 in. wheels etc. 45 & 17 would each play with 3 bottoms. 14 can handle 3 twelves or 3 14's in lighter soils or if weighted in second low torque.

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Ole Cuss

03-27-2002 16:35:58

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 Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Capt. Minx, 03-27-2002 09:18:08  

These are nice tractors but known for bad 2nd and 3rd gears. Make sure you drive one before you buy it to make sure it's good in all the gears, because the transmissions are more expensive to fix than they are worth. Parts are generally easy to come by. Fixing the power director if needed can be expensive; adjusting the power director should be done by only a qualified AC mechanic because it is a very particular procedure to do correctly.

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03-31-2002 18:14:22

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 Re: Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Ole Cuss, 03-27-2002 16:35:58  
You're right about the 2nd-3rd gear. I have heard many people tell me they have problems especially with 3rd gear. My Dad has a very nice 14 that he plows the garden and pulls a 5ft. brushhog with. Nice little tractor , but it wont stay in 3rd gear. My only other complaint is having to pull the final drives in order to put brakes on it. Other than that it's a handy sized tractor.

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03-27-2002 18:48:05

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 Re: Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Ole Cuss, 03-27-2002 16:35:58  
The power director (Hand clutch) runs in oil. Good for about 20 years of hard use- then you remove a few brass shims when after 20 yrs it begins to slip. In about 80 years you run out of shims. then I don't know what you'd do.

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03-27-2002 11:29:07

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 Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Capt. Minx, 03-27-2002 09:18:08  
Guess it depends on the year. Mine in fact has a live PTO and hydraulics. In my area, parts are difficult to come by, as I have found out. If you live in the midwest, there is a goldmine out there.

I would check LOCALLY and not elsewhere to see if parts are available.

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03-27-2002 09:39:43

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 Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Capt. Minx, 03-27-2002 09:18:08  
A D14 does not have live pto or hydraulics, but it does have a hand clutch (power director). You can use this to stop travel and keep pto or hyd. moving, but if you step on foot clutch it's all over. I know it would handle a 5 foot bush hog fine and probably a 6 foot. Hope this helps.

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Jim B

03-27-2002 19:06:25

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 Re: Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Back40, 03-27-2002 09:39:43  
Every D-14 I've ever saw had live PTO and live hydraulics except one which didn't have a PTO or snap coupler hitch. You must be thinking of independent PTO. There is a difference.

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03-27-2002 17:33:17

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 Re: Re: Is a D-14 for me? in reply to Back40, 03-27-2002 09:39:43  
I have operated a (sort of restored) D-14 with an 8 ft. Woods mower in SW Mo. (lots of buck brush and Bermuda grass) for the past 10 years. The old tractor has performed good with just routine maintenance, in rough ground and difficult cutting. I typically operate in 1st gear, low range to keep up pto speed, and keep sharp blades on the rotary cutter. A 7 or 8 foot is the max size cutter this tractor will handle. I can operate in 2nd gear low range on flat ground.

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