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08-25-2001 19:06:31

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Today I just bought my first tractor. It rained all day, so I won't drive it home until tomorrow after church. It's 1949 Farmall M with a wide front. I don't know much about these machines and greatly appreciate this site. I've learned a little bit just by lurking here for the last month.

It only has the draw bar on the rear, and from what I've gathered, it would be best to have a 3 point hitch. I want to bushhog about an acre and disc about an acre. I've been searching all over the web and calling local dealers for a 3 point hitch, and the cheapest I've found is around $700. Does anybody know where I can get a good one for less money? Or, in your guys' opinion, do I really need a 3 point for what I'm planning to do. Thanks.

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Chris J

08-26-2001 16:58:56

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 Re: First Tractor in reply to Hoosier, 08-25-2001 19:06:31  
I have an H that I bought to mow a 5 acre field with. It came with a trailer type mower which does the job fine, and the tractor doesn't even know it's there. I also have the Saginaw 3-point on it for the implements (plow and grader box) to take care of the dirt bike track on the 5 acres. I have the original drawbar in place to pull the mower and the 3 point still works normally.

Do you need a 3-point? Not necessarily, but it does make some things easier. Only you can decide that. I did alot of evaluating before laying down the $$ for the Saginaw, but it was worth it for me, and I couldn't find anything easier that was built as well. And all ended up in the same price range too.

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08-26-2001 15:21:48

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 Re: First Tractor in reply to Hoosier, 08-25-2001 19:06:31  
You got a really BIG tractor to only work one acre. Saginaw makes a really good 3 point for the M. It lists at $625 plus shipping and includes the hydraulic cylinders. You really need the 3 point if you are only doing one acre. It's going to be real hard to get around that small area with equipment that just attaches to the drawbar. I think a nice Super A or a C or Super C would serve your needs better.

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Lazy Horse

08-26-2001 08:23:07

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 Re: First Tractor in reply to Hoosier, 08-25-2001 19:06:31  
Hey Hoosier, I am from IN too. I recently bought an H for use on our small farm. I would also like to find a good 3 point. I have seen ads in some farm publications for around $300, but have also seen used ones bring better than new cost at auction. You can still find used pull type implements reasonable priced. What part of the state are you located in?

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08-26-2001 14:32:52

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 Re: Re: First Tractor in reply to Lazy Horse, 08-26-2001 08:23:07  
I live in thriving, metropolitan Posey County in the southwest corner of the state.

I'm seriously questioning buying a 3 point right now. Andy's post about farming without one just supports that idea too. From what I've gathered, having a 3 point will give me more options with regard to implements, but it's not really a necessity. However, just so I'm more informed, which publications advertise a 3 point for $300? I've done search after search on the internet and haven't found any businesses selling them with 2 cylinders for less than $700.


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Andy Martin

08-26-2001 06:48:46

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 Re: First Tractor in reply to Hoosier, 08-25-2001 19:06:31  
You don't need a 3-point. Drag brush hogs and drag discs are usually cheaper than 3-point. In fact a drag 9 ft disc is about what you want for your M. In Oklahoma you can usually pick up a well worn one for $200.

They do take longer to turn around, and you do have to back the brush hog into corners.

However, knowing you don't NEED a 3-point, you may still want one. I farm full time with M's and an H and have no 3-point equipment.

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08-25-2001 19:17:23

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 Re: First Tractor in reply to Hoosier, 08-25-2001 19:06:31  
They have trailer type hogs, but 3-point is a lot better. You can swing the hog around and get into tight corners--you cant do that with a trailer type. We got a 3-point for my H in norhtern Michigan for $500. Has down pressure; for digging a scraper blade into the ground.

Wide fronts are good too because of the extra weight. Before we put a New Idea loader on my H just trying to pick up a 7' brush hog picked the narrow front off the ground...TOUGH 3-POINT CYLINDERS!!

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