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Guys, I have no idea about current day value of something such as this. Does having 12 speeds make that much difference? It's a tractor not a race car. Please give me your over all opinion regarding the price for the tractor and attachments...
Thank you very much. http://columbus.craigslist.org/grd/1921956370.html


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One other thing, how much would this weigh with the cutter hanging on back? I'm thinking about what size of trailer I would need if I wanted to start cutting small fields etc.
 

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Thanks Ken.
Looks like there all over the place on the value meter.
Is that 12 speed trans something to avoid or is it ok, I'm thinking realiable when I say ok.
 

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...Is that 12 speed trans something to avoid or is it ok, I'm thinking realiable when I say ok.
I don't have an auxillary transmission in my 8N (and a 12-speed is the standard 4-speed transmission... with an over/under drive auxillary tranmission added in) so I can't speak "authoritatively" to it, but...

From what I've heard... the transmissions are quite reliable... as long as they are shifted by a lever rather than a cable (and I don't recall if there was ever an over/under with a cable shift or not)... and the only "unreliable" part of the cable shift was that after 50 or 60 years of use (and abuse?) the cable had a tendancy to rust through and break... and they were "challenging" (to say the least) to find replacments for.
 

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Thanks Steve.
Finding parts is always a concern when looking at something so old. It's the same age as me but I could probably find parts for myself easier....but way more costly.
 

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I don't have an auxillary transmission in my 8N (and a 12-speed is the standard 4-speed transmission... with an over/under drive auxillary tranmission added in) so I can't speak "authoritatively" to it, but...

From what I've heard... the transmissions are quite reliable... as long as they are shifted by a lever rather than a cable (and I don't recall if there was ever an over/under with a cable shift or not)... and the only "unreliable" part of the cable shift was that after 50 or 60 years of use (and abuse?) the cable had a tendancy to rust through and break... and they were "challenging" (to say the least) to find replacments for.
Steve, mine is the cable..
 

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Well... actually, the standard parts for the 8N are EASY to find... and pretty affordable (for the most part) too.
Now... add-ons (like the auxillary transmissions) and your "not commonly replaced" parts (such as castings, etc) are a bit harder to come by...
 

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Great, so that cable runs down inside the case, making it a big job to replace.

The seller mentions the PTO upgrade, is that still a standard size? I don't want to be limited to only special implements that can be attached.

Thanks a lot guys.
This little guy is interesting to me because I used to rake hay when I was 16 and it was just cool. It was the first spread frontend tractor I had driven and I felt safer on it than our IH Super C.

Would it be a good tractor to mow say a 5 to 10 acre field?
 

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Great, so that cable runs down inside the case, making it a big job to replace.

The seller mentions the PTO upgrade, is that still a standard size? I don't want to be limited to only special implements that can be attached.

Thanks a lot guys.
This little guy is interesting to me because I used to rake hay when I was 16 and it was just cool. It was the first spread frontend tractor I had driven and I felt safer on it than our IH Super C.

Would it be a good tractor to mow say a 5 to 10 acre field?
PTO upgrade. Kinda depends on who's telling you, as to what he's referring to.
I would call a PTO upgrade a replacement shaft... making it the SAE standard 1 3/8" (stock was 1 1/8")... making it easier to attach implements... although you WILL want to ensure that you've got an ORC (OverRunning Clutch) installed... speaking of which... this *may* be the 'upgrade' that the seller is referring to.

As to mowing... this tractor is ideal for mowing 5 - 10 acres. I just mowed about 10 acres of hay with mine (and my John Deere #5 Power Mower) on Sunday... then raked all that hay on Wednesday.
 

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Thanks guys....
He does mention "new upgraded 1 3/8 pto shaft with new pto overrider clutch"
In his ad.
Is there anything else I should look for on this tractor? Any typical failure items that I should inspect?
Thanks again.
 

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Would it be a good tractor to mow say a 5 to 10 acre field?
I finish mow my 10 acres weekly. Does a great job. If you have a lot of trees, shrubs, etc it makes it a little tougher.
 

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One other thing, how much would this weigh with the cutter hanging on back? I'm thinking about what size of trailer I would need if I wanted to start cutting small fields etc.
From the parts manual:
Shipping weight (including gasoline, oil, water, tires filled
with air, operator not included) 2,410 lbs.

Brush cutter probably about 500 lbs, give or take.

Around 3000 lbs sounds pretty close.

I hauled my 2n on a 18' tandem trailer with 2 axel electric brakes along with a brush cutter, blade and scoop. Pulled it with a 2002 Ford Ranger 4x4 with a tow package. It was a little more than I would normally do over the 70 miles of 2 lane road, but it is doable.
 

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Again....Thank you all very much for the information.

One last question, and maybe the most difficult to answer.......When you already own 4 Cubs and a Sears GTV16, how do you even begin to explain why you would need such a tractor as an 8N when you live on 3/4 acre?
I know, I'm nuts, insane, whatever you want to call it. I like tractors.
 

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Again....Thank you all very much for the information.

One last question, and maybe the most difficult to answer.......When you already own 4 Cubs and a Sears GTV16, how do you even begin to explain why you would need such a tractor as an 8N when you live on 3/4 acre?
I know, I'm nuts, insane, whatever you want to call it. I like tractors.
You just answered your own question....
"I like tractors"

That's good enough for me.
 

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Again....Thank you all very much for the information.

One last question, and maybe the most difficult to answer.......When you already own 4 Cubs and a Sears GTV16, how do you even begin to explain why you would need such a tractor as an 8N when you live on 3/4 acre?
I know, I'm nuts, insane, whatever you want to call it. I like tractors.
Tell her "I swear this is the last one"

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My Naa has a sherman combo it was instaled when I bought it .I wouldn't pay more for a tractor that had one i have never needed to go slower than first gear or faster than fourth. It changes the pto speed so it is no good for mowing. An 8N is a perfect tractor for a small piece of land.
 
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