Do you have an old tractor that you want to fix, or did you find a good deal on a used one? If a tractor's been sitting for a while, it's probably going to need a lot of work before you can run it in the field. Here are five tips for restoring an old tractor:
- Organization. Whenever you're trying to fix a tractor, you're likely to do some online research beforehand. It's good to keep your notes organized so you can reduce time and access information more easily while you work. Create both physical and digital files for all of the data you need. For online information, bookmark pages so that you can find them later on.
- Manual. The tractor's owners manual will be an invaluable tool for your restoration. Unfortunately, the odds of finding one with a used tractor are rare. Luckily, there are several ways to recover a manual. Check with the manufacturer, either over the phone or online, to see if you can get a copy from them. If not, online sites like eBay and Amazon typically have older information for sale.
- The six essentials. There are six essential pieces of information about the tractor you will need to know: the make, model and serial number of the tractor, as well as the engine's serial number, the carburetor manufacturer number and the fuel type.
- Budget. The main reason you should restore an old tractor rather than buy a new one is because it can be cheaper. However, keep in mind, your investment can rise quickly. Make sure to set a reasonable budget for the work, including your time and an overrun allowance.
- Resources. If you're handy with tools and know your way around a tractor, then have at it. If not, it may be better to ask for some help, or at the very least the right tools. Consider renting or paying a friend to avoid going over your budget.
For the right parts to finish the job, rely on our simple digital hub where you can easily and quickly search for what you need.
Restore your old tractor with these five tips.