Best tractor you owned

Flatlander

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lorette Manitoba
What’s the best tractor you ever owned and reason. For me it’s a challenger 765. Bought by mistake in an online auction. While browsing thru auctions listing one morning at breakfast the wife asked if I was interested in buying it as I was looking over the pictures. My comment was it would be handy to have in case our challenger 855 broke down during planting it would still run the drill. she Asked wat I thought it would make and I said probably too much but if it made less than 80 thousand I’d buy it. Little did I know that after leaving to go deliver another load of grain the wife preceded to buy the tractor for 63k. once I return she said we had another tractor i laughed but quickly my heart sant and near fell out my ar55. I called the auction company and got passed around until finally I was given the story that Ohhh that the tractor that was in Iowa the one that’s not been used for three years. To say I was having an ohh feck me moment was an understatement. So I called the owner to arrange pick up and turns out he Had had a heart attack and rented out his land but intended to go back farming but never did so he was clearing his equipment. Tractor had been in a heated workshop all the time and needed only a pair of batteries. Great tractor till this day and I’ve spent nothing in repairs. Was my lucky day
 

aidan

Member
Location
Ireland
MF168 still going, never needed anything beyond batteries and a few clutches, and a steering and radiator, and exhaust manifold. 7500hrs or thereabouts a lot of those at tickover.

Dont think the gearbox was ever operated on, nor the engine even though it is slow to start now, and needs to be heated, if anyone knows what to look at, before going the whole way and doing engine surgery.
 

AJR75

Member
Location
Somerset
John Deere 3050 bought in 2013, thought I had paid over the odds for it at £10K, had the obligatory Hi lo seals replaced but that was the only problem in 7 years of ownership. Sold for the same money and replaced with a 6520 on the basis of wanting something faster on the road. Wish to this day that I'd never parted company with it.
 

thorpe

Member
MF168 still going, never needed anything beyond batteries and a few clutches, and a steering and radiator, and exhaust manifold. 7500hrs or thereabouts a lot of those at tickover.

Dont think the gearbox was ever operated on, nor the engine even though it is slow to start now, and needs to be heated, if anyone knows what to look at, before going the whole way and doing engine surgery.
i think youve been lucky our 168 bought new in 1973 didnt see 1974 here!
 

Wellytrack

Member
What’s the best tractor you ever owned and reason. For me it’s a challenger 765. Bought by mistake in an online auction. While browsing thru auctions listing one morning at breakfast the wife asked if I was interested in buying it as I was looking over the pictures. My comment was it would be handy to have in case our challenger 855 broke down during planting it would still run the drill. she Asked wat I thought it would make and I said probably too much but if it made less than 80 thousand I’d buy it. Little did I know that after leaving to go deliver another load of grain the wife preceded to buy the tractor for 63k. once I return she said we had another tractor i laughed but quickly my heart sant and near fell out my ar55. I called the auction company and got passed around until finally I was given the story that Ohhh that the tractor that was in Iowa the one that’s not been used for three years. To say I was having an ohh feck me moment was an understatement. So I called the owner to arrange pick up and turns out he Had had a heart attack and rented out his land but intended to go back farming but never did so he was clearing his equipment. Tractor had been in a heated workshop all the time and needed only a pair of batteries. Great tractor till this day and I’ve spent nothing in repairs. Was my lucky day

That's a great post btw. Enjoyed that. (y)
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.



Today (20 September) between 7pm-8pm, I and some of my colleagues will be answering your questions about our work including the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Farming in Protected Landscapes, and our test and trials.



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