Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2000-01-01Number of Hours: N/A
"The tractor is very dependable. It took some time to find a shop to purchase a starter for the tractor. The exhaust is modified from the picture, as it is used in an orchard. I kept knocking the exhaust stack off with branches. Easy to service, but some parts are difficult to obtain."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great for mowing, disc work, and spraying.Cons: No bucket / loader.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Fordson Major in New Zealand (not Australia)
by Doug Bell
Model year: 1958Date Purchased: 2014-02-01Number of Hours: huge
"This old dear tractor has been used originally on a diary farm loading feed (has FEL) and driving large silage harvesters. More recently has been on light duties, but NEVER fails to start, and without doubt is the most reliable and trusted tractor in our fleet. Engine has never been stripped down, only 1 valve grind over the last 56 years. Unbelievable! Wish they made tractors like this today."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: 56 years of hard and light use, only 1 valve grind, engine bottom end never apart. unbelievably reliable.Cons: All those 56 yr. old issues, limited gears, driver comfort etc.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: AUS OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Fordson Major Diesel
by Tom Twitchell
Model year: 1954Date Purchased: 2009-05-12Number of Hours:
"Bigger than a 9N, lots of power, has an automatic clutch release, (ACR) which releases the clutch if your plow hooks onto an underground root or boulder. Made in Dagenham England. 4 cylinder Diesel Engine. Parts available through Ford tractor dealers and other parts houses.
I use it for light grading, bucket lifting of heavy objects, and hauling large fir trees out of the forest for firewood. Without power steering, it does steer a little hard. Other than that, I am pleased with it and would recommend it to others."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Lots of torque and power.Cons: Steering arm comes back over your clutch foot when making a sharp right hand turn.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA IDI also considered buying: John Deere G, Advance Rumely OilPull G20/40, Farmall Super H REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Built to Last
by Old Major
Model year: 1955Date Purchased: 1983-06-01Number of Hours:
"I bought the major when I was 15 years old for GBP 130.00. It had been stored in a shed for 7 years. We towed her out with a Land Rover for about 3 yards and she started. It had been well looked after. The farmer said that it wouldn't start on the battery one day so he used another tractor and the major was forgotten.
Mainly used for pulling trailers, pulling trucks to my buddies scrap yard and had a spell logging. An amazing machine. Often out-working younger machines. Very easy to work on. Incredibly reliable. Live drive would have been nice but not really missed with most jobs that we took on. I eventually sold her 7 years ago when we moved to Thailand. Sadly missed."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliability, heavy front end, strong.Cons: If anything, no live drive.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: EUR OTI also considered buying: Nuffield 10-60 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Old Major Keeps on Going
by A.J. de Vries, fordmajor
Model year: 1954Date Purchased: 2005-03-20Number of Hours: 0
"We had a 58 Deutz two cylinder that really did not have the muscle for the job. A Fergie TED petroleum/petrol tractor proved not practical. So when I ran into the 54 Major I was pleasantly surprised.
It is a very solid design with cast/iron wheels that keep the nose down. Solid engine that gives 42 horsepower but seems a lot more. With good compression, it starts almost immediately---hot or freezing cold. The implement's lift is incredible strong.
My retired neighbor had a wage company. He used three Majors in the 50s and 60s and is still impressed by their power and endurance. Take care of oil changes and she will survive you. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Strong, reliable and simple to maintain.Cons: No live PTO and lift does not work with clutch pressed. Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: EUR OTI also considered buying: Fordson Super Major REVIEWER'S PHOTOS