Michael Cranford wrote:A local farmer has an old (and I mean 1949 old) Ford 9
Michael Cranford wrote:SO helpful everyone- I'm always blessed by the willing minds and breadth of knowledge I find in these forums. Thanks to those of you who have chimed in on the reliability of those older Fords as well as those who have chimed in on the price. That's huge. I am fortunate enough to have a good friend whose father was a tractor mechanic for 40+ years, and he'll have his eye on anything I buy. That makes my comfort level in GENERAL go up, as I can tinker well enough to do some regular service work.
Travis, thank you as well for your wisdom on this.The debt thing is a struggle for me. I too am a cash only guy and stomaching a big loan on a tractor seems like a leap. That aside I would probably just run over to my local Kubota dealer and buy a 2501 or 3801 package deal with a rotary cutter and tiller. It's that monthly payment that haunts me brother. I've also seen story after story of people regretting their first "big" tractor purchase, usually because they bought too small. It's helpful to know how much you're able to manage with a 25hp though.
Through the collective wisdom I'm concluding that regardless of whether I'm comfortable with an older tractor, this particular older tractor is overpriced. I'll post an update to the thread whenever I have one to share.
Michael Cranford wrote:Hi Everyone,
So I've been tractor shopping for several months now. To be honest I haven't ever had this much analysis paralysis from a purchase decision. Time has been on my side for a while as the farm we bought had most of the pasture leased last summer and fall. That all changes this Spring so time is now an issue.
So here's what I'm thinking. Until I've had some time under my belt, I simply don't know if I need a 40 hp tractor if the little 25 hp compact tractor types will be the job done. It's such a big expense I don't want to screw it up simply because I'm in a time crunch. SO....
A local farmer has an old (and I mean 1949 old) Ford 9N that has been cleaned up real nice and is selling the thing along with cultivator and disc implements for around $3,500. Anyone have experience with these old Ford tractors, and does my logic make sense? I love old tractors so there's definitely some nostalgia, but I want to make a smart spending decision here and I just don't know that I know enough to go out and spend big money on a "forever tractor."