Model year: 1961Date Purchased: 0000-00-00Number of Hours: 53000
"My father bought this tractor and a four furrow plough, both of which have lasted remarkably well.
With the internet, parts are easier than ever to obtain. Th diesel engine has been overhauled and fuel lines replaced. Hydraulic leaks seem to have been cured by installing all new seals. All original hydraulic valves are still working well. The engine is reduced in power but still has lots for power take-off equipment (e.g. baler, haybine and combine)."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: DurabilityCons: Old ageType of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Fordson Super Major
by Rodney Kelliher
Model year: 1961Date Purchased: 1974-07-16Number of Hours: unknown
"It is a front-end loader. With a 2-ton concrete block on the back. It has been re-powered with a Ford motor, but the original motor could have been reconditioned, as those motors can be re-sleeved. The motor was blown due to stupidity and not mechanical failure.
It has a 4-speed gearbox, with three forward one reverse. With a high low diff ratio, which doubles the gears to two reverse six forward. It has duel foot brakes, one for each wheel. The brakes are cable brakes. The handbrake locks onto an idler shaft in the gearbox and can be applied gradually to slow the tractor down without locking up the wheels. It is a very strong handbrake and the tractor will not budge if the handbrake is fully on.
It has an independent hydraulic pump at the front with twin 4-inch rams lifting and twin 4-inch rams tilting. It has both a bucket and forks attachment, a pin tow-bar welded on the back and a steel canopy frame over the driver. It is a non-synchronous mesh gearbox and was often used to tow a portable sawmill. It will lift a 3-ton log or heaver. If you put a dozer blade on the back to hold the back of the tractor down while you back the truck under the log.
It is a slow tractor and a high unstable tractor, but it is incredibly powerful and is foolproof. Unfortunately, it is not idiot proof, so I don't lend it to friends or relatives. My father bought it in 1974 and it has only been out of use because he lent it out to idiots. I have had it out of use for many years because I am working away from home, but I will get it going soon. It only needs a new battery and some fresh diesel.
My dad paid $1,400 for it in 1974, plus $600 for the steel canopy. I think he paid $2,000 for the re-power, but if he had not of lent it to an idiot that ran it out of water, it would still have the original motor. These tractors were built in England back in the days when a tractor was bought to hand on to your son to give to your grandson. Parts are still readily available and relatively cheap and it is still a family joke when the vintage tractor buyer turns up and you say, Ã¢Â€ÂœSorry mate we are still using it.Ã¢Â€Â
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Cheap to buy and run, very hard to kill in normal useCons: Not idiot proofType of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: AUS OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Carl Hansen
Model year: 1962Date Purchased: 2012-06-01Number of Hours: 1635
"Got my self a old major to restore. Haven't done a tractor before but it's taken over, and just about every minute is spent either researching or working on it. Got it running and it does require many new parts but it's easy to work on."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Great tractor and their reviews show these are built to last.Cons: Haven't drove it long enough to decide.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: UK OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Fordson Super Major
by Norman Esmonde
Model year: 1964Date Purchased: 2012-01-10Number of Hours: 6000+
"I purchased this tractor for general work around my property, and as a restoration machine. This tractor has a very strong and robust rear axle. I have utilized the hydraulics to operate my wood splitter, with good results.
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Rear axle strength.Cons: Steerings a bit heavy but have fitted power steering kit.Type of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: AUS OTI also considered buying: Caterpillar D4, Kubota B7100HST REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Super Major Diesel
by Chuck Bristol
Model year: 1956Date Purchased: 1985-12-01Number of Hours: 0
"Always starts regardless of low temps."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable.Cons: Not live PTO.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Fordson New Performance Super Major
Model year: 1964Date Purchased: 2008-04-12Number of Hours: 0
"This is a NP Super Major One owner from new given a full restoration in 2008. My late father had this tractor new on the 13th April 1964. Driven daily 'till about 1983 when he took possession of a new international 584. So this tractor ended up as the scraper tractor. Not good. Not good at all. Anyway back in 2008 I got my hands on it Which was good Last time I had driven it was in 81 What a shock I got when I saw here Check out the pic's
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: None.Cons: None.Type of User: Commercial FarmerLocation: UK OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS