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Re: Ford 3000

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lastcowboy32

10-11-2019 09:28:51




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It all depends on what your goals are. A newer tractor with more reverse gears will cost you more cash.

This 3000 will get the blower through a big drift, but you will have to use the clutch to feather it, even in low range reverse. I would dare say that high range reverse will never be used when actually blowing snow. High range reverse on a 3000 is FAST! Possible issues with a lot of clutch feathering are:

1. Check the clutch height for comfort. Sit on the seat, put the tractor in reverse, turn around like you're watching the blower and try to feather the clutch. Is this comfortable? I know that, on my 3000, the clutch is very high, and it is tough on my hips/knees to feather the clutch, especially if I am turned sort of sideways in the seat and watching an implement behind me. Fortunately, I use my 3000 to run a haybine or baler, which does require me to feather the clutch while turned around all that often.

A snowblower would be a different animal. In a drift, you may sit there, looking backwards, with your foot on the clutch for a long time.

If you look at the tractor, see how that feels. It depends greatly on what the clutch height is.

2. The clutch will wear more quickly.

I don't bring this up to say, "Don't buy the tractor."
I bring this up as things to look out for.

The clutch may not be that uncomfortable to you, and clutches for these tractors aren't extremely expensive to replace.

It's all about tradeoffs. If you want a newer tractor with a hydrostatic transmission or more reverse gears with 38PTO horsepower, it's going to cost you quite a bit more than the 4800 you're looking at for the 3000.

Good luck either way.

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cdmn

10-11-2019 11:01:20




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 Re: Ford 3000 in reply to lastcowboy32, 10-11-2019 09:28:51  
My former Ford dealer switched to Orange tractors. Sells about 500 units per year, from lawn
tractors to full-size. I bought a 15 year old L5450 that had been used hard and overhauled. It came with a loader, and worn out tires. I put new ones on the front and leave it in 4x4. Been satisfied for 10 years. It has 8 speeds forward and reverse, with an oil-cooled instant reversing clutch, operated up by the steering wheel. But, it cost me $10K. I hardly use my 3000 for anything now, but I liked it a lot, too. Especially the on-off effort. Whisper quiet running is nice, but the new gas gives troubles if you don't keep it fresh.

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