In Reply to: In the market for an 8N posted by David on June 14, 2017 at 22:02:25:
This post may ruffle a few feathers here but so be it.
First, let me give you a few attaboys here for doing your homework BEFORE you buy a tractor rather than after.
You don't say how much knowledge and experience you have with tractors so if I presume you have little, forgive me.
Ns are great, small tractors that will do a Lot of useful work for you. But I would not buy one. For about the same money as an 8N you can buy an NAA/ Jubilee.
A Jubilee will have live hydraulics which when you know more about tractors you will agree is a big deal.
If you go one model newer than a Jubilee youll get the same live hyds and depending on how it was optioned, you might get more gears, live PTO and maybe power steering. You will also get at least 40% more horsepower from a more modern engine that has overhead valves vs a flat head on an N.
All of these options will make your tractor more capable, give it better longevity and make your work easier.
I would definitely steer you away from a "restored" tractor of any type. Too many shysters just wash the grime off of one, squirt some pretty paint on it and call it restored - and add $1500-$2000 to the price. A clean, unrestored tractor is a far BETTER value.
I always say the next best thing to getting a tractor yourself is seeing a friend get one.
If you were my best friend I would definitely try to steer you away from a restored 8N and have you buy a clean, honest 600, 801, 2000, 3000 or 4000. They are much more capable tractors that can be had for about the same (or less) $ than a restored N.