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  1. Ending Or Cementing a Lifelong Friendship

    A LOAN THAT ENDED A FRIENDSHIP I was recently swapping stories with a friend who lives in a rural setting and had been in the situation of needing to tame a couple of acres around his new home and also smooth and groom a rather long drive to the house. He had purchased a much used small John Deere (as I remember) tractor. One day, an acquaintance/neighbor of his asked to borrow the tractor. Now my friend is one of those guys who will give you the shirt off his back, and he allowed the...
  2. You Don't Know What You Got 'Til It's Gone

    In so many aspects of life I find that the people who knew how to do things are no longer with us. As it relates to Tractors, which is the focus of this Forum. Try taking your 30, 50, 70 year old pride and joy to your local tractor dealer. Talk to the repair folks about a repair or to the parts counter folks about a repair part. Can you say “Fallen Flag”? While I will not admit to restoring my baby as it is a “working tractor” I am trying to conserve it and remove abuse, shoddy repairs, and...
  3. Retro-evolution of lawn,and garden tractors

    When I was a kid, we usually put in a large garden,each year. It wasn't a hobby,as today,.it was needed ,to get us through the winter! Each year,I would look at the new models of garden tractors,...so beautiful. Lawn tractors,at the time were simply ,and literally,a riding MOWER,and most had wheels of hard rubber,and about 6 inches in diameter. OH,...but the GARDEN tractors,...! Wheels from 12 inches,to 23 inches! 4,5,6,or even 8 gears ! Torque enough to pull a turning plow,or even get...
  4. This Dummies Used Tractor Buying Guide (Part 2 of 2)

    This Idiots Guide to purchasing an older used Tractor Part 2 of 2 Now you have the basics for looking for a used tractor. You will need to be somewhat familiar with what parts are called. Like a 3Point hitch and its components see picture Top link pin Top link Once you have decided what you want in a tractor you can start looking. When you found one that interest you make sure, it's inspected well. If you have a neighbor or a mechanic...
  5. This Dummies Used Tractor Buying Guide (Part 1 of 2)

    This Idiots Guide to purchasing an older used Tractor Part 1 of 2 I thought I would see a tractor and jump on it and get all my work done in half the time and with no worries. I was sooo wrong. I knew nothing about tractor. When it wouldn't start I checked for fuel and then looked for the distributor and spark plugs. I couldn't find them and in fact I could understand how it was getting spark. All engines need some kind of spark to ignite the fuel, right? Then I did research and...
  6. May 2017 Tractor of the Month

    Three great nominees battled it out for this "May 2017 Tractor of the Month" and in the end, this beautiful 1944 Case SC came out on top. Owned by Tractorforum Member Saele, who's been a member since December 2016, this fine example has been in the family pretty much since it was new. Just a little history on these tractors, the Case S series tractor production was first announced in 1940, and the first tractor in the series rolled off of the assembly line just prior to the end of that...
  7. April 2017 Tractor of the Month

    It was a very hard choice this month, but we've finally found a winner for the "Tractor of the Month" for April, in the form of this 1969 John Deere 60. Our winner, grnspot110, has been a regular contributor to our forum since August 01, 2010 and has given many of us some great and informative advice. As a retired Firefighter, he not only has he respect of his community at home, but also the respect of his friends here on Tractorforum! This project tractor started out as another one of...
  8. March 2017 Tractor of the Month

    This great looking 1932 Gibson 300 "D" belongs to ccdrumm84 who has been a member since 2012. The Gibson Model "D" began with 22" rear tires, but eventually were upgraded to 24" rear tires on rims that were adjustable, giving it a 33" minimum tread and a maximum 53 1/4" width. Fenders were an option. The 'D' had 4.00 x 12 front tires and a wheel base of 46". It weighed in at almost 1000 pounds. They were initially painted Ford Tractor gray and red, and were promoted as being able to operate...
  9. February 2017 Tractor of the Month

    This Economy 2418 Power King was voted in as our TractorForum "Tractor of the Month" for February 2017 and belongs to buggyman who's been a member since 2013. It's a 1978, 18 Horse power with a 4 speed transmission. Power King began production in 1946 and continued their production for over fifty years. The company was originally called Engineering Products and they manufactured Economy and Jim Dandy tractors in Wisconsin, however for fear that the name would imply that the tractors were...
  10. January 2017 Tractor of the Month

    Here's a great looking tractor that was voted as "The Tractor of the Month" for January 2017. It belongs to long time member and contributor "sixbales" who hales from Texas. This Ford 3600 burned up in a fire back in 1991, was extensively repaired and put back into service.The attached picture show how it is today. Sixbales often say that he would never take on a project like that again, but the tractor has performed well over the past 25 years, and is more than happy with his restored...
  11. Winter Restoration Project

    Well, it's that time of year when we all get busy wrapping up those summer projects and begin thinking about getting ready to take on the chores that old man winter is going to bring our way. With the thought of all that up and coming fun in the back of your mind, maybe it's time to think about getting yourself a project that will keep you busy and entertained over the winter months. Perhaps you picked up the old tractor bug at the local Fall Fair recently or you have been checking out all...
  12. Winterizing your tractor

    Well, winter is quickly approaching and it's time to think about putting your mowers away and getting out the snow removal equipment. But before you do that, let's get that mower and weed whacker ready for winter. It's pretty simple to winterize your tractor, lawn mower, or whatever else you have that uses a small gasoline engine. Hopefully the following procedures will help you to get your equipment ready for winter storage, assuming that you will be storing your equipment and not be using...
  13. The Vickers Endeavors

    Two men by the names of Edward Vickers and George Naylor joined forced in the year 1828 to create a steel foundry named Naylor Vickers and Company. Originally this company made steel castings and was most well-known for casting church bells. As the company grew to include new employees, such as Thomas and Albert, sons of Edward Vickers, the company expanded its ventures. By 1863 they had moved to Sheffield, England, and in 1867 the company went public. Soon thereafter they incorporated...
  14. Rock Island and Heider Tractor History

    What began as Buford & Tate of Rock Island, Illinois, in 1855 eventually went on to call themselves Buford & Co. before a much more significant name change occurred in 1882. It was at that time that they became known as The Rock Island Plow Company. With this name change also came a change in the type of machines they manufactured with a move from only creating plows to eventually incorporating implements that were horse drawn. As even more time progressed, more designs were introduced....
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