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Vintage Tractors Earning a Living


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Old 07-09-2018, 05:22:30 AM
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I have been thinking, and it was painfull....., I have seen some awesome repairs/restorations of vintage tractors to working condition or essentially brand new. Which led to the thought how many of the these tractors I see still earn a living? I mean from preparing a field prior to planting through to harvesting, or are most just show queens?
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Some of the steel wheeled tractors in our collection will get to do some plowing now and then, that can sure be nearly every year but not many hours.
The first tractor that I bought to use would be our 41 H Farmall, it now has a sickle mower mounted to it for haying. BUT the 350 International utility I bought soon after that gets a workout every year on the small square baler and at our local show I use it a lot besides. This tractor rakes and bales both, ever year without fail.
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The old tractors are very reliable if properly maintained. Take a Farmall F-20 or a F-30. Few were really worn out and the F-20 was one of the or the most popular tractor around the mid-west. You could farm 160 to 300 acres with one. However you can no longer make a family living on that small of a conventional farm. Methods have changed so, with moldboard plowing a thing of the past. Modern equipment as sprayers and planters might be adapted to an old Farmall. Used combines with reasonable modern designs are affordable. You'd need to be a good mechanic.
I had a friend with a few riding horses who put up hay completely by hand, mostly from roadsides. He had an IHC Cub with a sickle bar mower and he eventually got an IHC 45 baler. I gave him a side delivery rake which I bought for 25 cents and I loaned him an F-20 and he went to work cutting and bailing roadsides with a lot less labor.
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There is a large tree nursery here. It has modern equipment, but I often see an old Farmall Cub out scuffling in the new plantings. Perhaps they will allow me to take a picture.
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I use my '51 Super A for plowing and testing sprayers. My '48 I use at the fairgrounds grading the show rings.
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My Farmall Cubs work in the garden, regularly.

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We put in about 12 acers of grain every year. Most of it gets done with a WD9 and a farmall MD. I keep a few acers worked up with a D J-D or an 18-36 hart parr. Somtimes I use a 15-30 mcormick deering.
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We put in about 12 acers of grain every year. Most of it gets done with a WD9 and a farmall MD. I keep a few acers worked up with a D J-D or an 18-36 hart parr. Somtimes I use a 15-30 mcormick deering.
Same here Wayne, and when we are not in a hurry over the years we plow with the old ones.
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I used to haul logs out of the woods with my F12, also used it for raking hay, hauling wagons, and fire wood. My last work for it was mowing the weeds at the edge of the lawn and roadside. Unfortunately, I had to leave it in NY with my brother because I am not allowed to have a yard ornament here in the subdivision in Colorado, so it sits in NY.

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I still use my 350 Farmall quite a bit, mow ditch banks, rake hay and bale hay, run the grain auger and still cultivate corn and beans pulling a 6 row rear mount cultivator. also use the 1206 and 806 for light chores also, no sense wasting the newer big tractors on such little jobs.
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