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Newbie Tractor Question
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Karen    Posted 08-24-2001 at 17:53:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We went today to see 2 tractors that are in our price range. One was a Ford 2000 and the other an International Harvester 424 - both are in the neighborhood of $3,800. Does anyone know about these and if so, which is the one to go with. I would suspect that parts are easier to get for the Ford, but which is the better? I think both are in the 1960's age. This is our first tractor and know NOTHING. Living in a VERY small community, our choices are limited. Also, they will deliver either one for free which we have had no luck from individuals selling tractors - they won't deliver even if you pay them! We have no way to get it home and way too far to drive it if purchased outside our community. We can't find a one in our town. We appreciate any input!

IHank    Posted 08-26-2001 at 07:34:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Karen- You got a bunch of good posts to work with here. To them I suggest you make friends with somebody in your neighborhood that has experience with tractors and in your neighborhood, both.

When you locate something of interest sweet talk your expert into riding along for a knowledgable opinion.

Check the local want ads for people with car hauling trailers that do for hire hauling. They are usually real affordable.

If your new to tractors, remember these three things-
1. Speed kills both on and off the road.
2. Hills and slopes will roll you over before you know what's happening.
3. Double up the warning level on 1 & 2 if you have a tricycle type instead of a wide front type.

Enjoy and please work safe, IHank

TomH    Posted 08-26-2001 at 07:06:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
What's the closest farm equipment dealer to you? If there's only one that's probably the brand to buy. It's possible a New Holland dealer will carry International parts, but many don't yet.

A rollback truck used for hauling cars should be able to carry most smaller tractors, check your yellow pages. Also check out the Hauling Schedule in this forum,

Tom A    Posted 08-26-2001 at 04:42:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Try to get a little smarter on tractors and their problems before you buy, if you think you have time. Yesterday's Tractors web site has lots of info if you have a couple of hours to look thru it. Try for Ford-specific forum for starters.

That said, I have a 48 Ford 8N which is just right for what I do--about 20 acres of very mixed small farming; have cleared 40-year-neglected fields, plowed, made hay. Parts are no problem (New Holland dealer can get you parts, operators manuals, the works at fairly reasonable prices.). A functional 3 point hitch is absolutely a necessity, so make sure that works in whatever you buy. Having a mechanic check it over is a good idea, but is not a guarantee. A guarantee is a good hedge, if you can get one; most real problems will show up in the first 30 days or so of use. In my old tractor's case, it took me about 6 months of tinkering and parts replacement to get her running reliably, but after that she has really been troublefree (knock wood!) despite some real abuse.

Good luck with whatever you decide! Take you time, though, and get smart before you buy.


OW    Posted 08-24-2001 at 18:58:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't buy anything way too big or small for its intended purpose. Many folks get around better, faster and cheaper by splitting the chores between the tractor, trailer(s) & pickup. Unless they're into heavy fieldwork - then you need more reliability.

Hogman    Posted 08-25-2001 at 18:43:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 2000 ford,gas. They are a good little unit and parts are no problem. As to gas or deisel,the deisel will have a little more poop but when the snow flies tha gasser will start, You can put a heater on either one which helps on cold start but sure runs up tha lectric bill.
My only gripe with the 2000 is the weak front end but if You do'nt have a loader that should not be a big problem. Don't know anything about the IH

Mudcat49    Posted 08-24-2001 at 18:26:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have always been a IHC man, but the 424 is not one of their better models. I took a Ford 2000-D in payment of some monies owed me about a year ago. and I use it about every day and it is a fine little tractor. you didn't say if either or both tractors are gas or diesel. what equipment they have on them, in no case should u buy a tractor with out a working 3 piont hitch. you should have any tractor that you buy checked over by a mechanic even if u have to pay one to do so.If you are buying from a dealer ask what kind of warrenty u get with the tractor.any other questions u have feel free to email me. or ask more questions here, also go to some of the other boards here and ask questions.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 08-26-2001 at 04:53:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Both tractors are popular around here. I myself use a 165 MF Diesel. It has more that enough power for my tasks, and it is small enough to get thru the woods easily. I see lots of both models in the hay fields. The advice on 3pt. is excellent. External hydrolics is a great thing too. Power steering is a given as far as I am concerned. I would insist on all that, and make sure it has a little more horsepower than you feel is neccesary. Good Luck! Keep us up to date on your progress.

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