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vwhobo

01-15-2006 16:15:37




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Before I get started, the very first thing I want to do is thank FarmerDawn, Bruce (VA), Jubal Lee, Carl S in NH, ZANE, OH Boy, john,pa and Eman for your words of advice, encouragment and support. Even though I live in an essentially agricultural area, it"s been extremely hard for me to find any help from the locals about my tractor questions. You folks have been a breath of fresh air.

After reading your comments and doing a little further research, I"ve decided that if an 8N was available for nearly the same price, the advantages would outweigh the cool factor of a 9N. Today my beautiful wife and I went and did a little tractor shopping and looked at two 9N"s and one 8N. One of the 9N"s was probably only good for parts. The other 9N was tarted up like a Las Vegas prostitute but had junk tires, a noisy hydraulic pump and a clutch that would just barely pull itself, never mind a bush hog. The 8N was well used and a little ugly, but if my wife can fall in love with something like that (me), why can"t I. All of the major parts were there and in good shape. The rubber was okay, there were no leaks except the carburetor and everything worked. It even fired right up after installing a battery, on what for us was a fairly cold day. It drove and shifted well, and the hydraulics seemed to work good, even though I wasn"t able to load them and check them for drift.

Sooo. Tomorrow I"m going to look at another 8N. The price is much less and I"m hoping it will be a diamond in the rough. Wish me luck.

P.S. I forgot to mention that its a 1952 model and the Proofmeter and cable are broken and missing. The good thing is theyre available for about $45 together. Also I found a 5 Bushhog , brand new, for $575. Does that sound like a good deal? Thanks again, cant wait till Im in the position to give some useful advice on something besides old VWs, modern cars and fighter aircraft.

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Jimmyjack

01-15-2006 21:22:37




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
I just priced tires (Firestone) because I want to match up a pair in my area and was I surprised. The last tire I bought was $125, but now they want $225. I think I could get by cheaper but this shop removes the fluid, stores it, lets me sandblast and paint the rim, and come back whenever for the new tire. Its worth something to me for the convenience.



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RoNofohio

01-15-2006 20:13:14




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
All other things being equal, I would go with the 8n. It has a few advantages that the 9n didn't have. And if it is a 52, then it should have a side mount distributer, which I personally think is a plus. TSC sells the 5' King Kutter brush hog for around $525 new. At least I think that is what I saw when I was there a couple of months ago. And when you add sales tax, it would be well over $600. And don't let bad rear tires scare you too much. Shop around. I found a pair for my 9n for $125 each at Moon Tractor sales. Of course, that don't include tubes $35ea. and mounting, which I did with a BFH and other tire tools. If they are filled with something other than air, then that is another story...JMHO...Ron

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FarmerDawn

01-15-2006 19:56:38




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
Hey, best of luck to you in your shopping! I hope you find just EXACLTLY the tractor that's looking for you!! :-)



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FarmerDawn

01-15-2006 19:57:32




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to FarmerDawn, 01-15-2006 19:56:38  
Or . . . well, *exactly* the . . . You know. :-)



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Bruce (VA)

01-15-2006 17:34:11




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
Re the lift, don't worry about the load falling when you turn the engine off or push in the clutch; 95% of the time, it's a lift piston and/or cylinder. That's 2-3 hours labor (for jack-legs like me) and $100-150 parts. But, if the pump does not respond to the touch control lever, or does not lift at all or chatters, just figure it's a bad pump & offer $500 less than the asking price, because that is the cost of a new pump. It works like this: if you get the tractor w/ $500 off because of a "bad" pump, it will not be bad. It will just need cleaning, a fluid change, etc. But, if you bet on the draw & pay full price, Bruce's Second Law of Tractor Purchase says it will have a cracked pump base. Over all, sounds to me like you have a good handle on this. Keep us up when you get one, or if you need some help to buy one. And, when you get it home, most of us have a very set routine of what we do w/ that new toy!

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old

01-15-2006 16:56:51




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
Where are you at, theres lots of the old Ns all over the place. I even have one for sale. Biggest thing is to take it slow and look it over good and then walk away and look again. Being a newbie talk to the people here and even take pictures and let us look before you buy we are always happy to help when we can.



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OH Boy

01-15-2006 16:28:10




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 Re: Stupid Newbie Questions Update in reply to vwhobo, 01-15-2006 16:15:37  
Yeah that may be a reasonably good deal for a 'brand new' 5 foot bushhog, depending on what brand it is.

One of the major things that caught me by surprise on my tractor was the rear tires. The one that were on my tractor looked 'ok' to my novice eye at first glance but in reality they were weather checked like crazy and I ended up having to replace them both and also one of the rims. This was a big expense I hadn't expected. Pay attention to tire condition on the tractors you are looking at!

You should be able to find an 8N in good working order for $2500 or so, keep looking at them until you get comfortable with what you are looking at.

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