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mthomas    Posted 08-14-2020 at 00:24:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • 8N vs 600
  • Was the 600 much of an improvement over the 8N? Given equal condition, which would be the most desirable today considering availability of parts? Thanks.

    mthomas    Posted 08-15-2020 at 11:47:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • Thanks for the info. Someone offered to sell me a 600 that is supposed to be in good condition. I have not seen it, and a price was not mentioned. I wanted to know if it was worth the bother prior to getting involved. The seller is a retired 80 to farmer.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-16-2020 at 05:25:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • You need to evaluate your needs and then decide which way to go. As we said, the biggest factor over the 600 to the 8N is the 134 CID OHV engine. If you are a hobby farmer/part time tractor warrior, doing small garden work, mowing a few acres, and plowing snow, an N or a 600 will work fine. Looking for more power? The 800 Model is better as it has the 172 CID OHV Red Tiger engine. Even better is to look at the Thousand Series Models. Whatever, FORD TRACTORS are all workhorses and love to work.


    Tim Daley(MI)

    mthomas    Posted 08-16-2020 at 23:10:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • If the 600 is in good shape, priced right, and only in need of minor repair, I would probably keep both. The 8N I have now is only used to plow the drive. It has a DuAl FEL on it that is practically useless. It works fine, but it will not grunt like a skid steer.
    The 600 would end up about 40 minutes away on a 40 acre wood lot. When I finish the house on the wood lot property, I'd probably drag the 8N up there too, but that is a winter or two away.
    I had been looking for another side dist 8N when the 600 was brought to my attention.

    Ultradog MN    Posted 08-16-2020 at 10:01:14 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • Though I generally agree with you I would say the biggest advantage a 600 has is the live hydraulics.
    Having your hydraulics completely independent of your PTO (and clutch)is a pretty big deal.

    Dean    Posted 08-14-2020 at 07:49:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • I agree with the earlier posters below.

    The 6** series tractors were an improvement over the NAA (Jubilee) tractors, which were a significant improvement over even a late model 8N.

    The 8** series tractors were more powerful and heavier than the 6** series tractors but similar in other respects.

    I've worked both good, late model 8Ns as well as a very good 860 and found that I could do almost twice as much work with the 860 as I could do with the 8N. The 860 used much more gasoline but was doing much more work.

    Dean

    Ultradog MN    Posted 08-14-2020 at 05:51:08 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • From 1953 onward all the Fords had live hydraulics which is a very big improvement over the N Series.
    From 1955 onward live PTO was OPTIONAL which is a big improvement over non-live though not as big as live hydraulics IMO. From 1955 onward power steering was also optional which is a great feature but not as great as live hyds.
    From 1953 onward reverse gear was a modest speed which on the 8Ns was Very Fast.
    Powerwise, I think of an 8N as a half ton pickup vs a 600 as a 3/4 ton.
    A half ton will do a lot of useful work for you but a 3/4 ton will do more, longer, better.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-14-2020 at 04:56:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • The 9N, 2N, and 8N used the 129 CID Flat Head 4-Cylinder engine. When the NAA was released in SEP 1952, the 600 in 1953/54, it now had many better features like the OHV 134 CID 'Red Tiger' engine, better hydraulic system, LIVE PTO, flip-up hood, and the 650 and 660 offered a 5 Speed trans, and a few more so yeah, I'd say the 600 was step up from the 8N.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    SteveVa    Posted 08-14-2020 at 00:46:01 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: 8N vs 600
  • 600 is a great machine. Parts no problem. I had one and loved it for grass cutting boat launching and road grading. More power. Live hydrolics. Side mount dist. Overhead valves. 4 speed trans.

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