Can anybody give me some good advice about used tractors?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by crazycritterguy, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. crazycritterguy

    crazycritterguy LawnSite Member
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    I've bought a scag TT, so the mowing is taken care of, but my new 12.5 acre mini farm is still missing a workhorse. Here's the requirements...I need a good used farm tractor that will pull a backblade, bush hog, etc.....I want a diesel, not gas....and I don't want it to be so old that parts are hard to get. Other than that, I've got about 6K max to spend. Can anybody give me advice...pro's/con's... on HOW to choose one..or what BRAND to look for...or ANY other factors I need to think about...hours,HP, 2x4 vs. 4x4, etc.....as well as what price you think would be fair, or how much you paid for one,,,THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
     
  2. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ford 2000 fits that bill, 2 wheel drive hi/low range diesel about 38 hp real work horse and can get a real nice overhauled one early 70s model for around that price.

    Mac
     
  4. rockhouse

    rockhouse LawnSite Member
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    Save your money & buy something with a front loader. You'll wonder how you ever got along without it. I have a 50hp New Holland (Ford) 3815 W/loader, canopy & rear remote hydraulics. Good sized tractor. Will pull a 7 foot mower. Lifts 1200lb bales of hay. Paid 14,700 for it with 300 hours on it. Just wish I had gotten 4x4.
     
  5. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've got an Oliver 1750. It's got 90 horse and I love it. The thing about tractors is you can buy an older big tractor as you can a small tractor. Unless your going to use it on nice grass I'd get a bigger one. It will probably be built a lot better and it won't be any more expensive to fix. Another good website is WWW.Ironsearch .com
     
  6. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you are getting a loader compact, get 4x4 if you plan to move anything heavy or operate in soft dirt.

    I have a mf 1010 loader for sale, pm if interested.

    Anyone know about the international model 255 made by mitsubishi. I have the opportunity to get one with 1100 hours, 25 hp diesel, loader, 4x4, ps, draft option, float option, 3 speed tranny, 2 speed rear pto, (i think mid pto also), diff lock, lights, rops for 4500. Its been well used, but with a little tlc i think I could make it work and look good. I'd prob. be able to sell it also and make a profit??? Anyone know if I'm right about this.

    Matt
     
  7. anteater6788

    anteater6788 LawnSite Member
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    I would look for an International 806, which would be around 90 hp. It may be bigger than you want but you will get a lot more tractor for the money than you will with a compact or utility tractor. They are also built very well and will last another 40 years. They use an IH D-361 engine that usually runs 10,000 hours before needing an overhaul. Parts for the older IH tractors are still very easy to get, we have an IH 706 (one size smaller than an 906) that has close to 12,000 hours and we use it almost everyday on our 2,000 acre farm.
     
  8. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Like a few have already said... You can buy an old, "real" tractor for a lot less than you can buy a new compact one for..
    Check the auctions.
     
  9. Royalslover

    Royalslover LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anteater, I spent many an hour on an 806 as a youngster. That was one fine tractor although I preferred the 1206.
     

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