Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Our New Tractor!

Our New Tractor!

Well it's a little old ... every bit of 70 years old, wow!  

This is a Ford 9N tractor manufactured in the late 1930's.  It is a bit of a historical relic and a testament to American ingenuity and manufacturing capabilities.  This tractor was originally built in Dearborn, Michigan.  

This is certainly a unorthodox choice of tractor for most modern farmers. But of course, we aren't exactly traditional.

We passed and visited more than a few tractor dealers while shopping for our tractors, and saw a lot of shiny new Kubotas, New Hollands, and John Deeres. We do not rely on the tractor to plow hundreds or thousands of acres.  We also do not require mechanical assistance to fight bugs and pests by spraying... we do that ourselves and by encouraging beneficial insects and healthy growing conditions.  And most importantly, we do not require much mechanical assistance to harvest our crops. 

This little guy will take care of everything we need.  It has a 3 point hitch which we can attach any number of implements to help us around the farm.
Most important this time of year will be a Moldboard plow, which is used to turn over the ground where we will  have the garden.  It also could pull a disc or other type of harrow.  These tools are used to break up the turned over soil to create a seed bed, and also to help maintain and reseed pastures. 

It also has enough horsepower ~23hp to do any hauling tasks like dragging lumber from Mirkwood or uprooting an unwanted trees or stumps, especially if we add some weights to counterbalance.

Most importantly using an older tractor helps us maintain a financial equilibrium that is for any farmer difficult to maintain.  

A modern tractor manufactured in the last 10 years with similar size and capabilities could easily run $10,000-$20,000.  With this equation, if this tractor broke down we could actually buy 5-10 identical replacements before we would equal the cost of a modern, but still used, tractor.  

Ok, I was wrong, really the most important thing is I just think they are cool looking, reliable, little tractors!

-Farmer Fahler

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