Guideline to Buying a Used Homestead Tractor

J.V. Dorner's guidelines gives you the facts and figures needed when choosing the best used homestead tractor.



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The J. I. Case Model S. Note wide or "row crop" arrangement of front wheels. The Model SC is the same tractor but with it's two front wheels close together, giving it a triangle ground print like the other tractors illustrated here.
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 J.V. Dorner shares some tips on buying a recycled workhorse.
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The John Deere A. Once you hear this two cylinder (most tractors have four) machine chugging across a field you'll know why many farmers fondly refer to it as "Poppin' John." A popular tractor in it's day and readily available on the used equipment market.
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The International 350. This, the only diesel mentioned in the above article, is also available with wide stance front wheels. You won't find nearly as many diesel as ordinary spark ignition tractors on the used market and, if you can't locate a 350 but you have your heart set on an International, try an F-20, M or Super M.
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The Allis Chalmers WD. The tricycle version shown here is quite popular in some areas of the Midwest but since the AC and Case are both considered "off brands" by John Deere and International diehards, you can sometimes pick up exceptional bargains on both makes.
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