In Reply to: Re: 8N quick-disconnect loader planning posted by Ultradog MN on April 12, 2020 at 05:36:45:
I appreciate your advice.
When I was deciding what tractor to purchase, it was a balancing act between simplicity, parts availability, cost, ease of maintenance and capabilities.
I went through the process of looking at tractors such as you've described, and I realized that bang for the buck, a newer tractor with more improvements would provide greater utility for my purposes than Ford 8N tractor that I liked and admired.
I often times give myself excellent advice, and then seldom end up following it lol :-)
So naturally, I ended up choosing Ford 8N tractor that I've long-time appreciated, admired, and wanted.
That's the advantage of being an old curmudgeon, bachelor-type country boy: nobody to please but myself, and doing what I please.
Anybody sees this Ford 8N tractor when I've got it where I want, with all the modifications and improvements, will realize that it would have cost far less time, energy & effort to have bought newer tractor already having these features.
What is the fun in that? No R&D, no fabrication, no experimentation, no trying out different ideas to see how they work out.
There's another way to look at cost involved:
Entertainment value creating and building = more expensive than purchasing a more sophisticated/capable tractor.
The look on someone's face when they see my creation, and their logic says "But, but it's better to... why don't ... why didn't ... I would've ... = priceless. :-D,
Yep, that would about describe me! I'm an old curmudgeon lol :-)