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I would go for a more modern tractor if you intend to do much baling. Ford is to light to handle a baler in hills, and the H is a good tractor (I was raised on one), but they are only 25 hp, which is low powered for a baler, plus pto is not live. The only hand clutch is an aftermarket one from M&W so far as I know an d they are rare.
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The hand clutch will serve as a work-around to not having live power. Unless you are dealing with some steep hills I would think the H would be preferable.
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The Ford NNA Jubilee is a bigger tractor with more features than the 8N.
Allis Chalmers, WD or WD45, has the hand clutch, foot clutch, live pto, one way hydraulics, easily converted to 3-point. WD = 36 hp and WD 45 = 45 hp. Both weigh between 4000 and 5000 lbs. In this area, central Missouri, they will sell for around $1000- in work ready condition.
Allis Chalmers, John Deere, IH, Minneapolis Moline and other brands manufactured tractors big enough and built to handle balers.
Suggest making a list of the features you want your tractor to have. Make a list of the tasks you want the tractor to perform. Find out which makes of tractors were popular in you area in the late 1950's - 1970' or so.
In this area IH, Allis and Ford were very popular tractor makes and dealership support is still available.
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I wouldn't bail hay with either of them. We bail hay with our Oliver 88 and it grunts pretty good under the bailer.
Is the H a wide front ? If you have hills you are intending to work I'd personally stay away from the narrow fronts....also if you have to cross wet ground all that engine weight is right there.
If the H was a wide front I'd be all over it for using it to rake and ted hay or if my ground was flat or slow rolling and it was a narrow front. Around here you can get an H for 1/3 of the price that you can the numbered Fords and the Jubilees go for even more.
If your looking for a tractor to do it all at an affordable price I'd look into finding a Super M or as Eugene mentioned an Allis Chalmers.
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