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    JD 50 value

    Seriously considering making this my first tractor. Would be mainly used as a toy, but would like to use it to mow 4-5 acers

    any opinion on what I should be willing to pay?

    has a cracked exhaust manifold.

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    man with them square fenders on it, it's priceless I don't know really what u should offer. what's the owners price now??

    it looks like it's in good shape-right. them manifolds do that as they age. i had to replace mine yrs ago. not a bad thing to do.

    Craig's list has several around in my area for anywhere from $2 grand to higher, depending on what all is wrong. tires have gone thru the roof for these things as of late. if u like it-well that all depends on u. good luck! and i hope u get it. i really would like some pics on how he managed to mount them fenders. that is something some day i would love to acquire.
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    At least around my area, running 50's go from $2000 in 'work clothes' to $5000 in 'better than new' condition. Then again, those are asking prices. I think $3000 to $3500 would be a very fair selling price considering that replacing the manifold is potentially a $500 project requiring at least a day or two to complete. The tires look like they have decent tread to them, but if there is significant weather checking on the sides then you can use this to negotiate the price down.
    '50 Model M w/electronic ignition, 12v conversion, and a 3pt conversion plus a homemade snowplow, a Deere Model 51 trailer plow, a Woods RM59 finish mower, a Bark Buster splitter, and a few other toys.
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    thanks for the input. the fenders are a pretty great feature. They are asking $3500 which seems fair to me, but the cracked manifold scares me because of the amount of tear down to get it off. May offer a little less and see what happens.

    Bigjim, if I get it I can post some pics
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    Cracked exhaust manifolds are common on those tractors! I grew up on a 53-60 & other 60's in the family, 50's aren't that much different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipS View Post
    thanks for the input. the fenders are a pretty great feature. They are asking $3500 which seems fair to me, but the cracked manifold scares me because of the amount of tear down to get it off. May offer a little less and see what happens.

    Bigjim, if I get it I can post some pics
    don't let that manifold scare away. it is not a major item to change it. just replace the bolts on the exhaust pipe, and be careful of the others. their is no way it should take 2 days to change it. once u get it, soak the manifold bolts daily with some PBlaster for a week or so. they should turn out find than. go for it. offer them $3000. see if they will take it. only after checking the side walls of the tires-ok.
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    2-54inch jd snow plows, jd-5ft-pull brush hog,

    2018 835R gas model gator-"aka" the Cadillac i say!! 6ft jd snow plow-which already has a dtac out on it. i got just about everything on it i could at the time

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    That is a nice looking 50, but there is a few things i would consider first.

    Have you actually heard it run? They will run with a cracked manifold.

    You are going to mow with it, does it have live pto?

    What type of mower? a sickle bar or something like a brush hog or finish mower? A "stock" 50 will not provide you with rockshaft operation and hydraulic function at the same time.

    That is a nice looking 50, lot better looking than mine. but they will do an impressive amount of work on a nickels worth of gas, and as light as they are you wouldnt notice power steering

    Did you get it bought?
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    YEP! I brought it home on Saturday. I got it for $3000. It was about 6 miles from home so just drove it home. It sounds and seems to run amazing. Keep in mind I am BRAND new to this antique tractor thing.

    I do plan to mow about 5 acres of pasture with it. I am thinking 5' or 6' brush hog mower. It does have a 3 point. Any opinions on size here. from what I have been told a 6' would be on the edge of its capabilities.

    Not sure what you mean by this "stock" 50 will not provide you with rockshaft operation and hydraulic function at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipS View Post
    YEP! I brought it home on Saturday. I got it for $3000. It was about 6 miles from home so just drove it home. It sounds and seems to run amazing. Keep in mind I am BRAND new to this antique tractor thing.
    I know nothing about antique tractors but would have dropped $3K for that in a heartbeat! Beautiful piece of machinery! Enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipS View Post
    YEP! I brought it home on Saturday. I got it for $3000. It was about 6 miles from home so just drove it home. It sounds and seems to run amazing. Keep in mind I am BRAND new to this antique tractor thing.

    I do plan to mow about 5 acres of pasture with it. I am thinking 5' or 6' brush hog mower. It does have a 3 point. Any opinions on size here. from what I have been told a 6' would be on the edge of its capabilities.

    Not sure what you mean by this "stock" 50 will not provide you with rockshaft operation and hydraulic function at the same time.
    Your rockshaft (3-pt) doesn't work at the same time as a remote cylinder as the tractor was originally set up. Yours is an aftermarket 3-pt & the top link bracket is in the way of seeing the remote cylinder connections in the picture, so I can't tell if that's original or "Pioneer" couplers. Most have been changed to the "Pioneers"!
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