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Farmall 140 for mowing

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john michels

04-04-2001 13:34:41

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I'm trying to decide if I should buy a farmall 140. It would be used almost soley for mowing 5 acres of land. It has a 5' woods belly finishing mower. My concern is there are quite a few trees, am I going to kill myself with no power steering?

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gene b

04-05-2001 04:29:02

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 Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to john michels, 04-04-2001 13:34:41  
go to a muffler shop and have them bend some exhaust tubing u-shape this puts the muffler upside down and gets clearence for the trees then watch your head as it will then be the tallest object we put the mufflers down when they get a tractor with mower saves busting exhaust pipe you wwill like the 140

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04-04-2001 18:57:51

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 Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to john michels, 04-04-2001 13:34:41  
John, here in E. Tx almost every school system still uses the 140's and Cadets to mow with, they are still going strong, my old grade school still has the same 140 that I watched as a 3rd grader. I saw a man mowing yesterday with it so I personally know it has been going for 24 years and it was pretty used back then. The power steering should not be a problem as I have a Farmall A, handcrank that I garden with, it steers fine, even when cultivating. If I had a few trees to mow around I would rather use a 140/belly setup as opposed to a modern tractor with a 3 pt. finish mower anyday. Just My Opinion, Johnny

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04-04-2001 18:29:19

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 Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to john michels, 04-04-2001 13:34:41  
I used a Super A and then a 140 with a belly mower for almost 20 years to mow my 5 acres. Until I moved. Sold the 140 to the guy that bought my place. As far as I know he is still using it. They are not that hard to steer. My wife used to mow with it on a regular basis. I don't agree that they are not suited to mowing. With the Woods L59 mower, the discharge is to the rear and to the left. With the offset, you can see right where to trim on the right hand side. Of course they are not nearly as manueverable as a good hyrostatic garden tractor, but sure are a lot tougher. How many garden tractors do you know that are still going 50 years old?? Bigest disadvantage for you situation is the height going under the trees. You need all limbs trimmed off so you have at least 6 ft clearance under them. 7 ft would be better.

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Bus Driver

04-04-2001 17:46:19

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 Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to john michels, 04-04-2001 13:34:41  
I have a 140, so the fans know that I am not knocking the tractor just for fun. The 140 is offset to the left (not a benefit for mowing), it is tall ( not a benefit for mowing under trees), it has the PTO offset which makes for considerable angles for the driveshaft for rear mounted mowers. This tractor has many virtues, but is not especially well suited for some tasks. It excels at other tasks.

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Bus Driver

04-04-2001 17:48:14

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 Re: Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to Bus Driver, 04-04-2001 17:46:19  
Yes, I do recognize that this tractor has the belly mounted mower.

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john michels

04-05-2001 06:40:40

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 Re: Re: Re: farmall 140 for mowing in reply to Bus Driver, 04-04-2001 17:48:14  
Thanks for all the suggestions. I may have to trim a few low branches and modify the exhaust, but I think this is going to work.

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