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My father's looking at retiring and raising soy on his 5 acre lot in NC. He's not too worried about creature comforts or newness as much as ability and dependablity. In other words, he'd have no problem with something really old if started up everyday and didn't struggle to perform the jobs at hand. Parts availablity is a must.

Which years and models are suggested to trail cut, plow and harrow 4 to 5 acres within a reasonable time? He's trying to keep it below $4,000.
 

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A 140 Cub comes to mind. They can be outfitted with a mid mower. Not the fanciest or most up to date but a reliable machine around the $2500 to $3500 price range depending upon condition.

Seems to be the machine of choice of the local tobacco farmers int these parts.
 

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140 cub

Seems like that's a learned reponse in tobacky country, more cubs there then in a bear den.
 

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As far as affordable, relyable, and mostly parts avalablity, cant beat the old Ford N's. Parts are avalable EVERYWERE, and nomatter how bad, they will almost always run.
 

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Some other good, tried and true machines to consider are the Massey Ferguson 135 (I prefer diesel), Ford 2000, 3000, and 4000. You may be able to come across an International 284, 424 or many of he the smaller 24, 54, or 84 series tractors in that price range but more likely than not; if in good shape, above or near the top of that range.

Bear in mind that unless you VERY carefully check any of these machines out; you could end up spending more than the price range you set due to mechanical maintence issues such as clutch, transmission, and engine problems.

Keep looking around locally and check out the auctions and the for sale publications and see what you can find.
 

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Yep...I second the late model 8Ns --- 1951 and 1952s...and Ford 3000 and 4000 models..you should be able to get a really good N for ~2000-$2500 and still have some $ for implements if you need it...or grab a nice 3000 for about a $1K more for more power, features...parts are available ANYWHERE...and almost anyone can work on these tractors...

Good Luck!
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Thanks, y'all. He's gonna start looking around soon and will keep an eye out for these models (especially the Fords).

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