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Need help picking a model

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Jerry in NE

12-06-2001 13:58:13

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Hi everyone. My wife and I are buying 10 acres and need help picking a model. We need it to mow and misc. chores. I love the old Farmalls but don't know the difference in them. One problem we have is half the land is hilly and I worry about if they are too tippy. Any ideas?
Thanks, Jerry

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12-06-2001 18:13:57

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 Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 13:58:13  
Jerry: My wife just turned down $1500.00 for our 240 she said we could not replace it for the money and she likes the way it handles, she said if she traded it for it would have to be for a ford 641 or mf65 So you know she likes it! She said, she might consider $2500.00

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Jerry in NE

12-06-2001 17:56:43

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 Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 13:58:13  
Thanks for the input. I would like to mow with a BushHog. Our price range will be around 4K. The land isn't TOO steep. It is just hilly, kind on like living on the side of a large hill. Thanks

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12-07-2001 06:33:47

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 Re: Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 17:56:43  
If your price range is around 4K, then look for a good 300 or 350 utility, or a 424 or 444. These are all low profile utility style tractors around 35 PTO HP. The 424 and 444 are mid 60s vintage, and are very tough tractors. Power steering and live PTO were optional and very desirable, especially the live power, if you are using a bush hog. You should be able to find a 424 for around $4000. THey came in both diesel and gas versions. The gas will be less expensive to buy. The 424 also came standard with a 3 pt hitch. Also has a 4 speed transmission with a high/low range, so there are 8 speeds forward and two reverse.

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12-06-2001 15:13:23

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 Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 13:58:13  
Try to give you a good idea to look for I like my little mowing tractor real well its a 1959 Farmall 240 with 3pt hitch easy on gas ,fun to drive, easy on and off,Easy to work on! If your near KY I got a line on a 240 that needs engine work has newe tires fast hitch a plow,disc, cultivators, and a little bush hog with it all for $1500.00 Your welcome!

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12-06-2001 15:23:24

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 Re: Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Dann, 12-06-2001 15:13:23  
Dann, Where in KY is the 240? I live in the Northeastern part of the state, about 25 minutes from Ashland, and an hour and a half from Lexington.

How much work does the engine need?

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12-06-2001 16:18:33

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 Re: Re: Re: Need help picking a model in reply to kb, 12-06-2001 15:23:24  
Western Ky. Dycusburg, sheet metal good /new tires /needs new front rims/ engine free/ turns easy blows water out exhust when you crank it over with starter, needs battery /needs paint/ has front and rear weights, needs lights broke, Your Welcome!

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12-06-2001 15:09:28

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 Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 13:58:13  
I'd say you couldn't go wrong with any of the letter series up through the SuperC. If your hills aren't extreme, a wide front operated with reasonable care should be just fine. You don't mention what kind of mowing. There are a number of belly mowers available for Cub to SuperC(Woods and others), most of which are raised and lowered by the arms of the Touch Control hydraulics. If you're thinking more in terms of a BushHog type, you should look at the heavier end of the range. With front wheel and chassis weights, you could mount one on a SuperC with an after-market three-point hitch. There was a useful thread here a while back that tended to speak highly of the three-point sold by Saginaw. Otherwise, a tow-behind BushHog is within the range of a SuperC , if you don't have a lot of tight inside corners. You could look at an H, but that's starting to get kind of heavy for the use you have in mind and, besides, a few people have been honest enough to admit to knocking down limbs and tearing up their exhausts when they forgot and tried to mow under a tree! My own Super C is probably the most useful tractor I've ever been around for general purpose work. The caution with all of them, even with the wide front, is that they don't have the roll-over protection that the new tractors have, so you need to operate them prudently. A lot of us would agree, though, that there's a satisfaction to be found in running the old iron that more than offsets the limitations. Let us know what you do!

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12-06-2001 15:07:37

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 Re: Need help picking a model in reply to Jerry in NE, 12-06-2001 13:58:13  
Fixing the problem of tipping is simple: Wide front and chloride in the rear tires (lowers center of gravity - better than add on weights).

I would suggest an H or an M if you are going for late 40's early 50's things. Although the H and the M do NOT have live PTO or even hydralics in most cases.

For live PTO and hydralics step up to the number series Farmalls, 300 and 400 replaced H and M with live hydralics and PTO - plus extra creature comforts.

Price range would also be helpful in making suggestions for choices. H or an M can be had in good working condition for under $2500, wheras the 300 and 400 will be more.

hope this helps

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