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New Addition to Family, 434 IH Tractor
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Spence    Posted 02-15-2003 at 20:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
After weeks of indecision, and having some deals go by the wayside because of it, I bought a
diesel IH434 tractor circa 196?. Problems? Manuals are scarce, I don't like buying a line from a merger (ie:case/IH) as the buyer may be just speculating, therefore leaving all the customers
without support from the bought company. On the plus side, they're tough tractors as my dad owned a B275 back in the 70's.

In the lineup was an excellent 8N with 15lbs
pressure, no blowby, but I needed live PTO. A MF50
with loader that I never got to test because of a lazy Ford dealer who doesn't like getting his footsies cold. The price was reasonable too, but I guess business was good, and "what the heck" he must have thought, "I'll sell it in the spring" for 500$ more. Saw a JD510 running in great shape, but the JD dealer said to stay away from it as the hydraulic was weak. Saw a nice ferguson that didn't have a drop of oil in the trans, engine A1. No oil made me ask how long as it been used like that.

What I learned from all this is that buying a used tractor in the new millenium is like walking a mine field, you hope you don't buy a lemon and
hope you get close calls instead of a bad deal.

So I'm waiting for the delivery, but still no peace of mind. I consider myself a good tractor spotter, but still there is that element of chance where maybe you didn't spot something wrong.

Oh well, just have to cross my fingers I guess.

I'm looking at a 435 in....    Posted 02-16-2003 at 06:40:49       [Reply]  [Send Email] isn't that old though....80's....also looking at a brand new Mahindra 350...all it is is a IH tractor made in India...alot of folks have them around here...there is a dealer in Buna...a 350 plus a new tandem axle trailer, a Howse stumpjumper mower, and box blade, a regular blade, and a pole boom all for $10,!...Not sure I want to get away from Massey
Ferguson yet...but looking at a few different makes of tractors right now...Lynch

Spence    Posted 02-16-2003 at 10:54:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not familiar with it but I heard it has
some clone features of the IH.

In a new make of tractor I'd look for parts availability, dealer support, and overall reliability and robustness. I'd go to the dealer parts center just to get the attitudes of the owners. If you hear a lot of complaints and cussin, I'd think it over.

If this tractor has been around in India or some other country for awhile I'd try to get on a e-forum to see what they think and go in to that
country's "lemon" listing to see how it lists.

Anyway India has been known to produce quality
goods and these people are no bozos as far as engenuity and techno skills (they have improvisation skills that are remarkable judging by what they can do to 1940's vehicles). Their attitude is for hard work, so can't see why they shouldn't produce a nice product especially if they are not using from scratch technology and are using the molds and tooling of the IH. Could be a competitive tractor.

Jimbob    Posted 02-16-2003 at 05:40:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Diesel- Very nice tractor. Parts support is not an issue with that machine, they rarely breakdown,.

LL    Posted 02-16-2003 at 05:14:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck. I met a good heavy equiptment mechanic last week. He said he knows where and how to get parts for all kinds of stuff including Grove cherrie pickers.

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