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11-23-2003 15:56:16

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We have a WD-45 in my wifes family. The old girl is just sitting in her her grandfathers barn. I think he said it's a 53 or 55. It's complete and in pretting decent shape. I believe he used it in 2002, but it's sat in the barn ever since. I'm considering asking him if he'd like to sell it. I'm in NW Ohio. Any suggestions?

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11-25-2003 08:58:27

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 Re: WD-45 in reply to John, 11-23-2003 15:56:16  
John, keep it! We were dealers then and I think it came out in 1956 with about 45 horsepower to replace the 33 horsepower WD. Farmall had come out with their Super M and this was supposed to be our answer. But they had five gears and we only had four which hurt us some. But when it came to power we had that, but getting it to the ground was sometimes troublesome since Allis-Chalmers was almost always a lighter tractor. As long as we could hook to our equipment and use that traction booster we could hang with them. But if we got into a dead pulling deal with them we had trouble, especially if we were not loaded down with wheel weights, sodium chlorate and all that. But it was a hoss, no doubt, and was something to be reckoned with in the field. It was over a third stronger than the WD. But then Farmall (our principal competitor at the time) came with the Super MTA which had that high/low shift on the go transmission and that cut into us also. We were also trying to pull with John Deere G's or 70's and they were strong. I loved that 45 but the competition was tough. Have a good day and God Bless.

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11-29-2003 05:47:37

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 Re: Re: WD-45 in reply to Pon, 11-25-2003 08:58:27  
WD production ended in 1953 and picked up with wd45 production continuing the same serial number sequence.

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11-23-2003 18:04:38

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 Re: WD-45 in reply to John, 11-23-2003 15:56:16  
I hope you want to keep it in the family...

The WD-45 was an excellent tractor... Pound for Pound, about the most powerful you could get in a row-crop tractor at that time... Generally not a gas hog, and small enough to get into a barn to clean out manure, etc... It takes a while to get used to running one of these...you cannot stand up and drive it...!! I believe that you should always follow ONE RULE...ALWAYS put the transmission in gear, BEFORE you put the PTO in gear...!! That way, you know that the gears have stopped..! You will be impressed with that old workhorse..!!


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11-24-2003 12:34:52

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 Re: Re: WD-45 in reply to Ron, 11-23-2003 18:04:38  
Thanks for the info. Ron. I do intend to keep the tractor in the family.
It's bothering me that it is just sitting there.
Plus I want to get it before someone wants to sell it. I was raised around International's/Farmalls and Allis Chalmers, so this ole girl will be a welcome addition if I can get her.
Grandpa has 2 other tractors and one of them is a Case that is his favorite, so I don't think it would bother him to sell the WD-45. I just wish I knew what it was worth.
Thanks again,

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11-24-2003 16:26:12

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 Re: Re: Re: WD-45 in reply to John, 11-24-2003 12:34:52  
Prices vary Widely... It depends on where you are in the Country, and the condition of the tractor.. I hate to put a dollar range on it, but if Everything works ( including the PTO) and it doesent smoke, tires are in good shape, and there is NO moisture on the dip-stick, if ya can get it for $1,000.00 or less, I'd Buy it, and then Sell it to you, for a Profit...!!! Because of their capacity to do work, I myself think these are going at far too low a price....they are compact, and pull at least a 3-14" plow, and some ( Mine) pull a 4-14 semi-mounted plow...Convincingly, never lower than 2nd gear...!! Three-point hitches that "snap on" are available, and then, all 3-point equipment is available to use on it...

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Bryan Smith

11-26-2003 11:24:08

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: WD-45 in reply to Ron, 11-24-2003 16:26:12  
Running WD45's usually sell for $1200 to $1600 down here, but I've seen them sell for more and less (saw one sold for $700 - would have been mine if I had got there sooner - and saw several offered for $2000 +). Great tractor. If it's in the shape you mention and it was a "family" tractor it wouldn't hurt my felings at all to spend $1500 on it. FYI - hope that helps.

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