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Terry-Mo (T-Mo)    Posted 03-22-2021 at 17:08:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • I found a few plows, a few Ferguson plows and a few Dearborn plows. There are two I'm interested in, one a 2-12 Dearborn plow.

    It has a very bent rolling landside trailing wheel. I'm not sure how hard the wheels are to get, or how hard it will be to straighten the one on it. It's bent very bad and probably will require heat to straighten.

    The other is a 14-AO-28 Ferguson plow.

    Are the rolling landside wheels hard to find?

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-23-2021 at 10:16:11 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • The Ferguson-Sherman Plow came first, used with the 9N & 2N. 14-AO is a 14" model. When DEARBORN MOTORS was incorporated on January 1, 1947, it would be the new distributor of tractors and implements for Ford as Henry "Harry" Ferguson was fired by Henry Ford II dissolving the famous handshake agreement made with Henry Ford I. Dearborn begin a model numbering system with the prefix "10" defining ground breaking equipment like plows. The first Dearborn Plows were called the Moldboard Plows. You can distinguish them by the open "A"-Frame and straight crossbar shaft. The earlier F-S plows used an offset crossbar, similar to an engine crankshaft. ID tags were affixed as well but many are missing these days. They were stamped with the model number and serial number. The latter doesn't mean much but if you have a 4-digit or lower s/n it would be an early model and worth restoring. DEARBORN Moldboard Plow model numbers were 10-1 = 14"; 10-8 = 12"; 10-10 = 10". In 1950 Dearborn engineers revamped the plow and now called them the ECONOMY MODEL, with a much better design; a solid 'A'-Frame, and an "L" shaped crossbar shaft. The earlier Moldboard Plows were then sub-listed as the 'Prior Model'. Coulters and Jointers were optional accessories with all the plows. Your ad shows the OEM Coulters with the Jointer arms but no jointers. Often these got removed by the farmer anyway. You do not need the coulters to plow with but the plow does require the rolling landside (tailwheel) to plow straight and prevent from riding up out of the ground. The bad news? You can only get the shares nowadays (see PLOWORX)as all other parts are long since out of production. Having all the original parts makes for a nice looking plow to show off behind your tractor at shows. I once had about 25 plows and paid on average $250 for a complete unit. In the past 10 years or so I've seen plows on ebay going for almost twice that and more and all have had missing parts like the tailwheel, coulters, and jointers. I can't explain the ridiculous prices since the antique tractor and implement market has dwindled significantly in the past 10-20 years. I had a nice straight tailwheel now with a friend so he may want to part with it. I'll ask.




    *In 53 Dearborn Motors was dissolved and then merged and became Ford Tractor & Implement Division. All models and parts were the same only now carried the FORD logo on the ID Tags.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Terry-Mo (T-Mo)    Posted 03-24-2021 at 04:15:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • Thanks, for the info. I would rather have the Dearborn 12 inch plow as I believe it would pull better in our Missouri clay than the Ferguson 14.

    If your friend can part with the trailing wheel, let me know.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 03-24-2021 at 07:25:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • You might want to contact PLOWORX or OSMUNDSONs for new shares. I know they started making the old Ferguson-Sherman points a few years ago but don't know for sure if they will also fit the Dearborn plows. Years ago I tried to get new points for my Dearborn 12" plow and lo and behold found they didn't make 12" anymore. Things may be different today. You may gasp when you do find new points whatever size though.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Dean    Posted 03-23-2021 at 07:26:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • The rolling landslide wheels are not difficult to find but it might be easier to find a salvage plow with a good and complete one than a separate wheel.

    I bought a new one from CNH (steel wheel only, not assembly) from CNH about 10 years ago but do not know if they are still available. Probably still have the slightly bent wheel around here somewhere.

    Did not look at ad links, but complete plows are not difficult to find this time of year but most are badly worn.


    Terry-Mo (T-Mo)    Posted 03-25-2021 at 04:09:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Dearborn versus Ferguson Plow
  • I just went to the CNH site, and if I'm reading it correctly, the wheel is $242.

    It was part number 103008 in the old plow parts book, but not it's part number SBP218098B.

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