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Monte

06-05-2002 20:15:02




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I am going to an auction this Sat which has 3 AC tractors listed: D17 SeriesIII, WD45 and WC.
I am looking for a tractor that I can use to do hay, i.e. mowing(sickle) and baling(square).
Which would anyone suggest to focus on providing they all are in good running condition?
Can anyone tell me about the hydraulics and if they have "live" power so when the clutch is engaged the machinery behind doesn't stop? I am a little green on AC's, but have heard alot of good about them and would appreciate help.

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GREG

06-25-2002 19:55:00




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
D-17 IS YOUR BEST BET I HAVE USED MINE FOR HAY. ON RIGHT SIDE BY GAS TANK IS A LEVER THATS A HI-LO RANGE SELECTOR WHEN IN MIDDLE POSTION PTO STILL RUNS GOOD LUCK GREG



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Boomer

06-07-2002 13:58:18




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
We currently use a WD45 for our square bailing operation. It has plenty of power, and will work all day long without any complaints. You may want to consider the WC for a raking tractor. While you are considering those two, why not get the D17, I don't have one but they say the are great. Power steering is a "nice creature" comfort that will not result in a sore/tired arm from turning. Around mid-Missouri the field are small, resulting in a lot of turning of the steering wheel

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Tom

06-06-2002 17:45:58




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
The 45 would probably be the best compromise. Cheaper than the D17, better suited than the WC for uour use. It is a great tractor, the D17 is more refined and has a little more power, buy I can assure you you will not run out of power with a 45. The WC, while a great tractor, doesn't have hydrualics or live pto and hydraulics. On the 45 and D17 if you leave the engine cluch engaged and stop the tractor with the handclutch the PTO and hydraulics all stay live. Handy for baleing hay and other work involving hydraulic power.

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Tom

06-06-2002 17:45:41




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
The 45 would probably be the best compromise. Cheaper than the D17, better suited than the WC for uour use. It is a great tractor, the D17 is more refined and has a little more power, buy I can assure you you will not run out of power with a 45. The WC, while a great tractor, doesn't have hydrualics or live pto and hydraulics. On the 45 and D17 if you leave the engine cluch engaged and stop the tractor with the handclutch the PTO and hydraulics all stay live. Handy for baleing hay and other work involving hydraulic power.

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steve

06-06-2002 15:34:48




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
like JMS said, the WC turned into the WD and later into the D17. Same basic engine and transmission. Big difference in the price since the D is 25 years newer. A basic WC could be $500-$1000 and the D17 could easily go over $2000 if the tractors look identical condition.



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JMS/MN

06-05-2002 22:06:27




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 Re: Need help Deciding in reply to Monte, 06-05-2002 20:15:02  
D17 and WD45 have live, but not independent hydraulics and pto. WC has neither. Series three is from about 1963, WD45 is 53-57. WC is from 1938 (styled) thru 1947.



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Eldon

06-06-2002 16:54:14




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 Re: Re: Need help Deciding in reply to JMS/MN, 06-05-2002 22:06:27  

All 3 were very popular and produced in high numbers. The D17 is my choice....it has the hi-lo power director hand clutch which gives you twice as many gears. It is also a very comfortable tractor to operate, good visibility and has factory power steering.



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