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richgreer

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09-24-2011 10:13 PM

Did you ever see something that you knew, without reservation, that you wanted to buy, despite the fact that it is illogical and, perhaps, even irrational to buy? That happened to me today. I now own a ‘49 John Deere A.

Let me explain – I grew up on the multi-generational family farm and I was very close to my Grandfather. Our ‘49 A was his favorite tractor. We usually had 3-4 tractors on the farm, but the A was, effectively, Grandpa’s. As a small boy, I remember standing on the platform, secure between Grandpa’s knees, pretending to be driving the tractor.

I saw this ‘49 A today and I bought it. I’m not exactly sure what I will do with it, but I don’t have to justify this purchase to anyone except my wife and she understands how important this is to me. She’s great.

Here is my new toy, hooked up to my trailer with 3 walnut logs on it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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docholladay

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 10:30 PM

OOH! OOH! “POWER” tool.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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wiswood2

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 10:32 PM

nice looking tractor.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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Bill White

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#3 posted 09-24-2011 10:59 PM

There is a HUGE saw with exposed blade and cut off carrage to cut firewood that will fit. It’ll cut you in half, but OSHA will never know unless you saw off your arm.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Bill White

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#4 posted 09-24-2011 11:00 PM

I failed to ask. Does it have a starter, or do ya spin a flywheel?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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richgreer

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#5 posted 09-24-2011 11:29 PM

It has an electric starter. It’s a little primitive but it works. When you press the starter button with your foot on the floor you are literally lifting the starter motor and gear into the flywheel cogs. When the starter motor is in place it starts spinning. It’s takes some real pressure to push the starter button.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 09-24-2011 11:35 PM

Everybody took the words out of my mouth…the power takeoff is the purpose, and I am sure it will haul anything you happen to cut down, or cut up. Gotta be some uses.

Have fun, I haven’t driven a real tractor in many decades.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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lilredweldingrod

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#7 posted 09-24-2011 11:44 PM

My grand father bought a new 49-A and I started the first grade. You are dating us Rich. lol None of that sissy starter stuff for him, he had to spin the flywheel. lol Wish I had one. Good for you.

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richgreer

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 11:46 PM

Bill – On our farm we had a huge saw with an exposed 3’ blade that we used to cut firewood. However, that saw connected to the tractor (a Ford 9N) on the 3-point hitch. John Deere As do not have a 3 point hitch.

Jim – Regarding purpose – I am seriously considering buying a PTO driven generator. For some time I have wanted a backup generator, just in case. We live out in the country and interruptions to our power are far too common.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 09-25-2011 12:05 AM

Rich
I had a good Gravely lawn tractor for a number of years, but when I moved here it didn’t have a purpose and I sold it. I had a gear drive PTO, as opposed to the cheaper belt drive ones, and add on tools like a tiller and a snow blower were professional grade items with no belts involved. That was back in the 70’s. The add on attachments cost betweem $500 and $1000 or more. Quality stuff.

I remember riding on my uncle’s tractor when very young, and driving a Ford tractor to assist with pulp wood harvest in my teen years. But I never lived on a farm. My folks grew up in southern Minnesota farming communities.

I had a back up generator in Fairbanks, and used it. Electriciy went out there a lot, and at 50 below, an outage could destroy a house. Had to have enough power to run the furnace…........and the refrigerator. 5KW.

My favorite generator was a WWII jeep engine driven thing at our cabin up north of Fairbanks. You hooked up the 6V battery. Started it, let it settle for a minute then just dialed the voltage you wanted. Just made a very low rumbling sound.

Bet you find some uses for that tractor. If nothing else just to use it. That ought to be worth the money.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 09-25-2011 01:22 AM

Smooth move Rich. Congrats!! :-)) When I bought my tractor for the tree farm, I got a small 4WD diesel. It suited my purposes more than an older JD. So far I have been able to resist temptation. I almost bought one a couple times, but without a field to plow are to pull a spring tooth in, I wouldn’t get full benefit of hearing it run anyway ;-((

We had a JD 50 when I was a kid. Dad bought it about the time I started school or shortly after. He farmed with real horsepower before that ;-)) We kept a team mules and used them a lot until the early 60s.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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richgreer

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#11 posted 09-25-2011 01:33 AM

Topmax – One of the beauties of an old JD is listening to it run. It sounds even better when it is under stress and working hard.

Climbing a hill in high gear gives you that same sound. Nonetheless, I would love to hook this tractor up to a plow and work a field. That’s when a tractor like this is really “in its element”. I remember pulling a 2-16s trailer plow with a ‘49 A many years ago. Later, I was pulling 5-14s with a 4020, but I still enjoyed plowing with the A more than any other tractor.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Bob42

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#12 posted 09-25-2011 01:50 AM

Yes, I have and I want it!! Nice tractor. Green acres is the place for me… you know the rest.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 09-25-2011 02:00 AM

Maybe if you ask some of the farmers in the area real nice and say pretty please, they would let you plow a little this next spring ;-))

I never saw more than a 2 gang in southern ID. Too many lava rocks!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 09-25-2011 02:04 AM

Nice A!

I worked at a shop in rural Idaho back in the ‘70s. We had a B model for lifting engines out of things too big (like tracked vehicles) to put inside the shop. 4010 and 4020 are more what I was used to working on, in the JD family. A clutch for yours is better than breaking the tractor in half, believe me.

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ChunkyC

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#15 posted 09-25-2011 02:11 AM

“I’m not exactly sure what I will do with it”

Bring it over to Le Mars. I’ll show you what it can do! That’s real nice!

We had Oliver’s with the tricycle front end. There’s some much that can be done with a trike front end and the make backing 4 wheel wagons a lot easier. Although I never did get the hang up it.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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