Know Your Used Tractor

Take care of your used tractor

You can find a lot of information about maintaining older and vintage tractors on these pages.

Know Your Used Tractor

Used tractors can generate a very good return on investment for the purchaser. And in competent hands, the ROI from the purchase and use of used farm and industrial tractors can be quite a bit better than 'very good'.

Obviously used and vintage tractors benefit from regular maintenance and care. Manuals and writings on the care and feeding of old and used tractors can be very helpful.

Today, with farm and other labor shortages, the tractor is the farmer's best friend. With it he can not only plow and cultivate his fields, but he can plant and fertilize these same fields with the tractor. In between times, "power off the belt" can be put to many uses that will in large measure help to offset the labor shortage. This series of articles will tell of some of the little-known things that can be done with the farm tractor and will also point out how the farmer can keep his tractor operating at top efficiency.

As with all machinery, the tractor can deliver its best services only when the user is familiar with it and knows how to take care of it.

It was surprising to me recently to find that many tractor owners assumed that they knew all about their power units and paid little or no attention to the advice offered by the manufacturers. To be sure, a tractor will run at least for awhile if you only put gasoline in the tank and oil in the crankcase. But you must remember that the tractor you are enjoying today may have to last you for a good long time. And it can do that only if you care for it in the correct manner.

First: Did you really read the instruction book that came with your tractor when you bought it? Are you following carefully the maintenance hints given by the maker? Do you set aside certain regular times for the care of your tractor or do you simply run it as long as necessary and then store it in the barn or, worst of all, in the open until the next time you need it?

Second: Do you really know how your tractor operates? Do you know how to get the best efficiency from it? Are you getting the greatest power possible and the greatest mileage? Are you using your tractor only for plowing and cultivating, or are you using it to do better and faster than you could do by hand innumerable farm chores?

Why not get out your manufacturer's instruction book tonight and give it a good going-over? I'll bet you will find a number of things in it that will, help you to make your tractor more valuable to you. Remember, one horsepower of mechanical energy is equal to seven manpower. Thus a 30-horsepower tractor has the capacity to do the work of 210 men. And that's not to be sneezed at when you are wondering how to get along without that extra hired man that you can't get because of the war.

By the way, are you considering buying a new tractor this year? Perhaps you can get one, because there wiil be about 209,000 of them manufactured between July 1, 1944 and June 30, 1945. And if you can, be sure to order a modern type high-compression model because it will start easier, warm up faster, idle better, and give more power than a low-compression unit. Or, if your old low-compression tractor is still in good condition but needs over-hauling, ask your dealer about installing high-compression pistons or head. Then, using gasoline as fuel, you will find that your old tractor will do about 30 percent more work than it would with low-compression pistons.

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