Farmall Super A, AV, 1939 - 1954
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HEllo to all! Glad I found this forum! I hopefully will be the owner of a Farmall in the near future and I know I will find a wealth of info here. I have always loved these tractors. I grew up in South Mississippi and our neighbor had a Cub that he would use on his garden and ours. We had a large MF with larger equipment that we would trade out use of for the use of the CUb for our garden work. Some of my early memories are of the Cub in our garden.
So flash forward to the present. My wife and I are back on the family farm and need a good garden/row crop tractor. Sadly our neighbor has passed on and the Cub was sold. I am on the lookout now for a Super A as I feel it is the perfect fit for our uses. I recently found a SA for sale with cultivators, planters, Fertilize Side dresser,disk hillers, and some other equipment I am not familiar with. Although I havent looked at it closely as I have been out of town my wife has looked at it and talked to the seller. He claims it is in excellent shape with no known issues (I know it look sreally nice). He is asking 4500 dollars. IS this a reasonable amount to pay if all he says is true? If it is still available next week when I get home I will no more about it after I go see it. Any problem areas to check or symptoms of trouble I should be wary of?
In my part of the country (eastern Mo.) that would be a pretty high price, but finding one in really good shape with a lot of implements is also rare. If it has been well cared for, it may not be too bad.
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IMHO...that amount would be for a show room quality restored tractor....and still a tad high. In these parts, a good working Super A that looked resonably well would be in the 1800 to 2300 range. Add the implement and maybe 3500.... Welcome to the forum from north LA.
IMO that price is a little stiff unless it's really nice. If it has a big pile of implements it may not be too out of line though. Go look at it and post pictures. Check steering play, and does the left rear wheel wobble in the housing. That will tell you how much wear and tear it has.
Yeah, the price seems on the high side. But keep in mind that you are looking at a lot of value in the implements. That is IF they are complete and in good condition. If you are going to want/need a set of gardening implements, you can spend a lot of time and money finding and buying them. That list of implements in REALLY nice condition can approach half the guy's asking price.
It will be worth your time and expense to get the parts catalog or owner's manuals that cover those implements and make sure they are complete. If the currrent owner has actually USED the implements, he probably has all the parts. But keep in mind that key parts are often left behind because they are hanging somewhere on a barn wall (another reason to check with a book). If they are complete, it is a big plus. If you can verify that pieces are missing, you have a major negotiating point.
My thoughts and suggestions.
1) Spend some time writing down the tasks you want your tractor and machinery to do.
2) Spend some time writing down the features you want on your tractor.
3) Research tractors available, features, and previously sold in your area. Reason for this is that some makes/dealerships were dominant in one area and another make/dealership dominant 20 or 30 miles distant.
4). Is repair parts or service available within a reasonable distance.
Reason I bring this up is that there was a Ford dealership in town for many years, lots of Fords around. Several Allis Chalmers dealerships were dominant in the county for many years. Again, lots of Allis tractors still available for service or parts.
I have an excuse. CRS.
Well as far as ?'s 1 and 2, thats what brought me to the Farmalls. Always seemed to be the perfect tractor for my needs. ? 3 is a moot issue as at one time or another we had just about every type of tractor dealership. ? #4-- I will do my own maintenance/repair/restoration. Parts--Good Old Internet for those that I can't get from the Case Dealership.
Your initial post stated that you wanted a garden/row crop tractor and listed some cultivation equipment. I didn't see soil preparation implements or a mower listed.
Nothing wrong with a Super A, if it will meet your needs. Make a great garden tractor. As far as a row crop tractor, the Super A may be on the small size, depending on acres, crops and other tasks.
Consider a tractor with a 3-point hitch. A lot of 3-point equipment available, new and used.
Reason I mentioned past local dealerships is that if a lot of a particular make and model of tractor was sold locally, then implements matching the tractors were also sold.
I have an excuse. CRS.
Super A-100-130-140 with a Fast Hitch. Easy to swap between plow, disk harrow, and cultivating equipment
I have other tractors for the bigger jobs. A newer Kubota MX5100 and an '85 model MF290 with discs, section harrows, plow, subsoiler, bush hog etc, etc. My Row cropping will be mainly small acreage for Farmers MArket items. Couple few acres tops. Besides I just love the old technology. It makes sense to me more so than the modern stuff.
Love that fast hitch system!
That's what we have done in the family vegetable garden for years. The bigger farm tractors do all the tillage work, and then the Super A or Cub makes the rows and cultivates. It can be a tight squeeze but a 120 HP tractor with a chisel plow followed by a 14' field cultivator will make a nicer seed bed FASTER! than a Cub, Super A, or whatever. Seat time on the older ones is lessend of course.....
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