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  • #31
    I find it amusing all the new "hobby farmer" types, influencers, etc, have a hair about the Ford 9N calling it the tractor to have, much like YouTuber machinists have made it difficult to find a decent bench vise for a decent price.

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    • #32
      The 9n's were not a real good design for hilly country with the one brake pedal and the clutch pedal on the same side. Trying to stop on a steep downhill with a brush hog required doing a dance between the brake and clutch on that side. Lots of sliding and pucker factor.
      I have owned a 9n, 2n, and 8n. Actually more than one of each. I now have 3 Ford Golden Jubilee's (1953's) which I think was the pinnacle of that design with the live hydraulics. One I refurbished. See pictures. I want to redo one of the other ones since it has a step up and step down Sherman transmission.
      For machining content a picture of resurfacing the flywheel on the mill. I machined the center pilot bushing hole to take a bearing instead while it was on the mill. Also replaced the ring gear.
      Earlier this week I did a little brush hogging with the Jubilee. There is just something satisfying about running it as opposed to being in an air conditioned cab with the radio on although I do miss power steering.

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      • #33
        I think the little Fords and South Bend lathes occupy a similar market segment. Serviceable, familiar, and made in quantity that guarantees parts support years after the assembly lines stopped. There are better and more powerful machines available, but…..pretty good value.

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