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D15 thoughts

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Mike Dooley

07-08-1999 05:51:34

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I am looking to replace a JD420. It is aging quickly and the 6 volt system is not reliaable enough in the winter. Im looking at a D15 w/loader. I need it to mow a home orchard and the side hill (wide front end needed). Also to move snow around. Are the D15's a 12 volt system? What might be the specs for hp and such? Anything particuler to look at on the D15's? Any pros or cons are appreciated.

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Jeff Reid

04-24-2000 14:19:24

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 Re: D15 thoughts in reply to Mike Dooley, 07-08-1999 05:51:34  
I'm sure glad you guys seem to like the D15.

I don't know a thing about them but purchased one that was on a property I was buying because I needed something and liked the looks of the tractor. I'd like to restore her a little because I don't think the previous owner treated her well, although she runs like a top.

Any information or comments would be appreciated.


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07-08-1999 12:45:07

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 Re: D15 thoughts in reply to Mike Dooley, 07-08-1999 05:51:34  
If 6v is your only complaint, you can fix that easier and cheaper than buying a new tractor. You can lift everything you need from the nearest parts car, or buy new for ~$100; and the archives here are full of advice on how to install it. That solved, now tell me where this D-15 is. I really need it.

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07-09-1999 03:25:00

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 Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to Tim(ny), 07-08-1999 12:45:07  
I might end up just changing to the 12 volt system as suggested. I have seen "kits" for other tractors but not this one. A little info and a trip to the parts store / junk yard might fix that. The D15 has a loader on it that was a nice addition from my point of view. I did call on it and the man said it does not have a three point hitch. That rules it out for me. The tractor is in Waterport NY (between Rochester and Niagara Falls near the lake). Found it in an ad in the Rochester D&C. HAs a loader, loaded tires, and tire chains. Number in the ad is (716)329-0786. The price this week is $3900, a few weeks ago it was $3500 (I am pretty sure it was the same phone number).

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07-09-1999 11:48:05

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 Re: Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to MikeD, 07-09-1999 03:25:00  
Thanks, Mike, I was only half kidding about calling on it myself, but since it isn't too far maybe I will, as long as you don't want to change your mind and get it then add a 3pt. I converted a WD-45 to 12v. I just pulled an alternator out of a junk chevy that I had laying around, and rewired the tractor to the diagram of the chevy. Took the 12v coil also. If you want to go the new parts route, use the search option for these boards. Somewhere here is a very good explanation complete with NAPA part numbers for the best stuff to use and how to wire it up. Other than that, you just need to make up a bracket to hold the alternator in the right place.

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07-09-1999 07:14:48

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 Re: Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to MikeD, 07-09-1999 03:25:00  
Not having a 3 point doesn't rule it out entirely, just impacts cast/price. You can get a Snap-coupler to 3-point adapter for about $450.

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Brian P.

07-19-1999 16:53:24

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to RMD, 07-09-1999 07:14:48  

Do you mean an old 2 cylinder JD420? If so, don't worry about the money for your D15. Tractors such as those bring big money in this (Indiana) part of the country, if in good shape.

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07-08-1999 10:09:40

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 Re: D15 thoughts in reply to Mike Dooley, 07-08-1999 05:51:34  
The gas version had 149ci engine, 40hp at the PTO, 35 drawbar hp.For about the same price as a 8N you can get twice the tractor! Yahooo! D15's were made from 1960 thru 1967.I'm not sure what year AC went to 12volt systems, Most D15's probabily were 12v, even if you do find a 6v they are very easily switched to 12v in just a few hours. D15's are very vesatile, have great weight distribution, live pto, most have 3pt & power steering, can pull a 3 bottom plow. They weigh about 4,300 lbs without weight added. Good Luck!

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07-08-1999 11:04:47

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 Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to GeneD14, 07-08-1999 10:09:40  
A little more detail on the gas D-15s. The early D-15 (series I) had the 149 ci engine, same as the D-14 and later D-10/12. It's more like 34 HP at PTO. The bore was increased for the Series II D-15 (increasing displacement to about 160 ci)giving close to the 40 PTO HP cited.

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07-08-1999 10:40:10

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 Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to GeneD14, 07-08-1999 10:09:40  
Gene is wrong on a D15 being twice the tractor than a 8N ford I'm shure it is at least four are five times better.

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07-08-1999 11:34:19

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 Re: Re: Re: D15 thoughts in reply to Jim, 07-08-1999 10:40:10  
Sorry, I was trying not to brag, but you are correct Jim.

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