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Tractor of the week. Week 40: 200


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I’ve fallen behind on tractor of the week but I had to jump on this one. My father bought one brand new when he was 14 in 1955. He even got a factory tour out of it. His father sold it while he was in the Air Force. When we were  growing up he talked about it a lot and wanted another one. About 10-15 years ago my brother, sister, mother and myself pooled our money together to buy one for him for Christmas. Bad weather prevented from being delivered in time so he got pictures for Christmas Day. When they tried to deliver it the driver had an accident and tractor was totaled. Dad got the insurance money and bought a 300, then a 100, then I found another 200, then he got a 400, a 600 and couple years ago a utility 300. I keep telling him he needs a W400 to complete it but so far he’s not excited about it. 
I can’t find any good pictures on my phone except this one from July 4 parade. Dad and three nephews. 100, dad on the 200, 300 and utility 300. The 400 hasn’t been properly restored and the 600 is too big for the trailer used to haul them. 

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1 hour ago, 1256pickett said:

I’ve fallen behind on tractor of the week but I had to jump on this one. My father bought one brand new when he was 14 in 1955. He even got a factory tour out of it. His father sold it while he was in the Air Force. When we were  growing up he talked about it a lot and wanted another one. About 10-15 years ago my brother, sister, mother and myself pooled our money together to buy one for him for Christmas. Bad weather prevented from being delivered in time so he got pictures for Christmas Day. When they tried to deliver it the driver had an accident and tractor was totaled. Dad got the insurance money and bought a 300, then a 100, then I found another 200, then he got a 400, a 600 and couple years ago a utility 300. I keep telling him he needs a W400 to complete it but so far he’s not excited about it. 
I can’t find any good pictures on my phone except this one from July 4 parade. Dad and three nephews. 100, dad on the 200, 300 and utility 300. The 400 hasn’t been properly restored and the 600 is too big for the trailer used to haul them. 

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  Mayville?  Someday when I update cars I would not mind making an afternoon of wandering around Chautuaqua County among other places in WNY.  

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This one I can respond to. The 200 was the tractor of my youth back on the farm. Happy to have been able to restore one and return to my childhood memories by playing with it when I can.

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It turns a very nice furrow. I participate in whatever plow days I can find.

 

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Also had the privilege of belting up to a 1907 JI Case threshing machine at the Guinness World Record of Threshing in 2019. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would relive that farm memory!

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1 hour ago, 766 Man said:

  Mayville?  Someday when I update cars I would not mind making an afternoon of wandering around Chautuaqua County among other places in WNY.  

Yes Mayville. This time of year is great just like most of the northeast. Summer gets pretty bad with the tourists but still manageable. Jamestown is getting rough, crimewise. 

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29 minutes ago, 1256pickett said:

Yes Mayville. This time of year is great just like most of the northeast. Summer gets pretty bad with the tourists but still manageable. Jamestown is getting rough, crimewise. 

  Jamestown getting rough, crimewise?  Hard to imagine.  Probably like a lot of locals around the region anymore.  Rochester not all that long ago was safe to walk around even downtown but not anymore.  It's just sad to think about.  I guess that I should not be surprised as any county that I can think of has spent money in recent times to add to or upgrade their jail facilities.  

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Can't hardly get to mine as I need to get my shed completed. Mine is a rescue tractor I bought at a sale. I think it was wrecked. It looked like it had been almost perfect except for a fresh gas tank dent, grill dents, and the throttle handle bracket freshly broken . Matching rear tires and pretty good shape, but I have only had it run for a little bit. I think the carburetor is in need of cleaning and a better battery would help. 

Hopefully the grill is fixable without too much grief. Fast hitch is nice on this one. Seat framework is tight yet also 

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My brother bought this 200 with a broken rear axle, fixed it, used it for a while, then sold it to me. 

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It was so handy with the fast hitch, when I saw another 200 at auction, I bought this one.

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They both made nice chore tractors, pushing up feed to the cows, moving wagons, plowing the garden, etc.

Several years later, they both needed hydraulic oil at the same time; I noticed that the casting dates on the platform were one day apart. I checked the serial numbers for the first time, they were consecutive! Both had come from the Otego, NY area, probably on the same railroad flatcar.

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Both set up with fast hitch, the narrow/wide fronts are the only differences.

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Later on, I bought this rusty 200 and 2 way plow from a friend. So now there are 3 200s here.

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10 hours ago, ny bill o said:

Later on, I bought this rusty 200 and 2 way plow from a friend. So now there are 3 200s here.

What's the story on the little front-mounted rake? Can't say I've ever seen anything like that around here. 

Mac

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Thanks for the pics. I've never seen a 200.

There was a terrible multi year drought in the mid 50s round here. Farmers were broke so very few new tractors were sold. Lots of letter series, almost no 00 and 50 series. A few 60 series. Then lots of 06-86.

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13 minutes ago, MacAR said:

What's the story on the little front-mounted rake? Can't say I've ever seen anything like that around here. 

Mac

its a windrow turner, made by Darf Co. Gently rolls windrowed/raked hay upside down without beating it to death. Main idea while running it is always turn to left. Dad bought it new to go with the NH 901 windrower in 1961.

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17 minutes ago, MacAR said:

What's the story on the little front-mounted rake? Can't say I've ever seen anything like that around here. 

Mac

Growing up we had a neighbor who had one like that.  Dad always called it a "windrow turner".  I thought that was just his term but I see Bill says that was what the manufacturer called it.  He borrowed it once in a wet spell to turn some oats.  It was nice for that application as you just flipped the windrow and didn't knock so many oats off.

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2 hours ago, ny bill o said:

its a windrow turner, made by Darf Co. Gently rolls windrowed/raked hay upside down without beating it to death. Main idea while running it is always turn to left. Dad bought it new to go with the NH 901 windrower in 1961.

  I've got one of those and mine is also made by Darf.  Spent many years on an Oliver 88.

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