Ford 1700 Tractor?

Discussion in 'Tractors' started by Doogiegh, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I looked up on the internet everywhere I could a Ford 1700 Farm Tractor.

    It appears to me to be a 20 HP Diesel engine, going back to the 1970's.

    Anyone know how to drive one? It's got a couple of pedals and a couple of gear shift levers..

    Even if it's simple stuff like which one is brake, gas, clutch, which shift lever does what, etc.

    And does it really have 20 HP?

    If so, how is it that a lawn tractor has 20 HP and digs holes and all kinds of crazy stuff and here we're running 20 Hp mowers to cut grass?? Which one is over-kill? Or is the tractor more than 20 HP?

  2. SWR11

    SWR11 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49


    I had a Ford 1510, 1520, and a 1720
    Your right on the vintage It is pretty old. They have made alot of improvements since. I would say it's over 25hp. The stick (when sitting on the seat) on the left has four ranges and the stick on the right has a 3 speed plus reverse on the bottom right hand.
    The clutch is on the left and the brakes on the right.
    There should be two pedals for the brakes. The throttle is up by the wheel.
    I think your comparing gas to diesel when it comes to power?
    You can do alot of work with one of those tractors. You should stop by your local New Holland dealer and talk to them.

    Is it 4 wd? How many hrs?

    Hopes this helps
  3. DBonnes

    DBonnes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    basically, diesel tractors use torque as opposed to horsepower to do thier work
  4. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    What would a tractor like that go for now, used but running?

    They are all diesel, right?

    How do you change the ranges on the left while shifting thru the gears?

    So like if you start it up, put the clutch in, move the lever on the right into first.. What does the ranges on the left do?

    Do you go into first and then use range 1,2,3,4 and then go into 2nd gear, ranges 1,2,3,4 etc? Or Do you always just stay in saw range 2 and go thru all the gear 1-4?

    Why are there 2 brake pedals? Do they both do the same thing, or do you use one over the other?

    I'll have to look again for the throttle, is it a lever, like a stick or a knob or something?

  5. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    Generally you don't shift gears while you are moving. Some tractors have a "powershift" that will allow you to do that. You have two brake pedals, one for each brake (your tractor only has rear brakes). If you are pulling a plow sometimes lightly braking one wheel will help you go straight. Most of the time just leave them locked together.
  6. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Do you change ranges while moving?

    So you're saying you start out in like 3rd gear from stopped, get going, drive around, stop, change to 1st gear, get going again, etc?

    Are clutches on tractors stiff or real sloppy and easy to use?

    Thanks for the brake info, I'll check that part out.

  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    You usually can't change ranges while moving. The transmissions in tractors have non-syncronized gears, unlike your car or truck. You are also going so slow that you would come to a stop as soon as you pushed in the clutch anyway. The clutch on my Yanmar (smaller than your machine) is very easy to operate. One thing to remember about tractor clutches is they need to be in or out, not partially engaged. This is especially important when pulling or pushing hard. If you slip the clutch, you can burn it out in short order. If you have to slip the clutch, you need a lower gear. For more info, check out There are guys there who have forgotten more about tractors than I'll ever know!!
  8. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    I almost bought a very clean 1720 for 9500.00 last year. Had 250 hrs and used for mowing a farm lane mostly (he had big tractors for the real work). I backed out because it was 2wd and I decided (RIGHTLY) that I needed 4wd. I "think" it was 28hp.
  9. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I looked at the F-1700 tractor.

    There are 2266 hours on it.

    Is that alot for a farm tractor?

  10. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    On some tractors that would be far enough along to perhaps have some major servicing needed, on others it wouldn't be any issue at all. Heck of a lot depends on what those 2000 hours consisted of! Lots of guys buy them like that, just don't overpay!
    As a non-mechanic type, I would look for lower hours for sure. JMO

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