Here is an ad I ran across on Craigslist awhile ago and it's still up.
The ad says it's a 196? H3 John Deere tractor. I have never heard of that model and there is nothing on Tractor Data in either L&G or the Agricultural machines about a H3 model. When I look at the photo's the body pan doesn't look like a 1960's vintage model to me because of the shape, but I will be the first to admit I am not around many of the early machines and have never owned one. Yet the front hood has that "rounded edge" look of some of the early models. The steering wheel and column look like those I have seen on the early machines.
Check out the exhaust stack, and also the grill which now appears to be void of headlights, but they were round in the grill.
Someone put a lot of time and money into the loader and extra pump, hydraulic tank, etc.
Just curious is anyone has any idea what this machine is in terms of horsepower, engine, etc. or any details about it. It has a 3 point hitch and other features which I don't recall seeing on many of the earlier L&G tractors. Check out the side frame rails and the loader attachment points of the tractor frame from what can be seen in the pictures.
The discussion about loaders for older tractor and smaller tractor models comes up fairly often and I thought maybe some might be interested in seeing the loader on this machine. Is this an after market brand of loader which anyone recognizes or was this all custom built for this machine? I have a feeling it was purpose built for this tractor.
The owner certainly understands the need and use of rear ballast, which is good to see........
I figure someone will know some details about this machine.........thanks for replies. There are 4 pictures at the Craigslist listing showing more details and each side of the machine, linked below.....
John Deere H3 - farm garden - by owner - sale