Well, it’s official… we are now farmers! Well, not exactly, but we’re one step closer after purchasing our first piece of equipment for the farm. It’s not physically in our possession yet, since my dad and uncle actually found the deal near where he lives in NY, but the tractor and equipment is now parked in his front yard waiting to make the drive to our (eventual) farm. We bought a 19?? Massey Ferguson 50 with a 4-cycle gas engine, which produces 34 horsepower from the drawbar and 38 horsepower from the power take-off. Some other equipment was included along with the tractor: brush hog, utility trailer, rear box blade, 2-bottom plow and a set of snow-chains for the rear tires.
My dad and uncle were shooting the bull with someone they used to go to high school with when the guy mentioned that his father, who had just passed away, had left his “pet” tractor to be dealt with. The guy’s father was the original owner, always kept it under cover, and took great care of it. Now that he had passed away, dad’s friend mentioned that he would have to sell it since no one in the family had a use for the tractor, and my dad’s ears perked right up. They arranged to go see it, and when they went to start it, it cranked right over and “purred like a dream”. When the guy said he’d take $3500 for the tractor and all the extra equipment, they could hardly believe their ears!
This is a smaller utility type tractor, useful for most of the odd jobs around a farm. The only thing it is a little under-powered for in our farm vision is pulling a hay bine or bailer/wagon combo. But for all the normal hauling, garden work, pulling trailers, etc it will be absolutely perfect. Not to mention its smaller size and increased maneuverability will come in handy working in the woods, and you can’t beat the price! By my math, the equipment alone is almost worth what we paid for the entire package. A tractor won’t play the central role in our farm plan, but it will play a very important one, nonetheless. I’m excited to take a concrete step forward towards the farm in purchasing our first real bit of infrastructure/equipment. Now we just have to find a place to bring it to!