Review By : Dave on Mar 3 2010 12:00AM
Price Paid : $500.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : Post hole digger,snow blower,bush hog,finishing mower,2 furrow plow,disks,scraper blade.
Purchased From : Dealer auction in 1965
Strengths A great dependable trouble free tractor for light use (20 hp use)Parts can be found everywhere.My tractor works hard (9/10 throttle) on bush hogging in summer with a 5 ft bush hog.If I can drive over the tree and it bends down enough to drive over I can blow it apart with the bush hog 3" hard woods and 5" poplar trees.In winter it snowblows with a v type blower behind.It has worked since 1965 without too many problems.(all minor)It does get normal maintainance and the best thing I did was convert it to 12 volts.The increased spark from the 12 volt conversion means 1/2 turn starting winter or summer.
It uses 1 gal an hour working at 9/10 throttle.I used it for 24 hours straight on bush hogging one summer to beat the rain and it used exactly 24 gals of fuel.
Weaknesses Not many.It will work hard without any complaint,you must remember 20 hp on tap not 50.(it thinks it has 50!)
The steering box is one weak point if you have a early model.I have changed the top bearing in the box 3 times since 1965.I put in a beefier drive shaft after snapping mine but thats all on a HARD worked tractor.
Overall My tractor is a 1949 8n.It is an very well made tractor and easy to fix and maintain.My Ford is a little beat looking (it does not sit,it works) but I would not sell her for less than $50.000 I guess that sums it up.
Parts : Performance :
Ease of Use : 8 Financing : 8
Reliability : Overall : 10