Review By : Anonymous on Jul 3 2006 12:00AM
Price Paid : $4,000.00
Years of Use : 1-2 Years Use
Implements : RM500 5 foot mower
Purchased From : used
Strengths I bought a Ford 1700, 1980 model, last year. I mow grass with a Woods RM500 5 foot mower. It starts easy if you let the glow plugs heat for 40 seconds. It's cranky if you don't give them enough time. Parts are ok, but not easy to find. I use fram filters, can't find the OEM ones easily.
Weaknesses My tractor has seen a lot of outdoor storage, so it's not in the best shape. Paint is poor now, and I've had some electrical problems to overcome. I've had to use the wiring diagrams from the ITT shop manual to try and rewire some things. Plus, the fuse panel was pretty corroded with time, and I had to replace. The headlight bulbs (real odd ones) can be found on ebay. I had to hunt to find oil and fule filters, found them on Wix site, and also cross referenced to fram products.
Overall A great value. I mow about six acres every week, and the 1700 and five foot mower makes about the right combination for me. Level land. Price will vary with condition. I've seen them in the low 4K range for a 2WD, up to high 8K for a really nice 4WD model with loader. Mine is a 1980 model, with 2WD. PTO is not live, it only operates when in motion.
Parts : 8 Performance : 9
Ease of Use : 9 Financing :
Reliability : 8 Overall : 8