Model year: 1951Date Purchased: 2009-12-31Number of Hours: ???
"I've had this tractor for a few years now. We use it around the farm for odd jobs, like grading our driveway (.75 mile minimum maintenance), brush hogging, etc. It is very easy to work on and parts are cheap.
We converted ours to 12V and added an electronic ignition to get rid of the points and provide better starting. I recently did an in-frame overhaul to correct some low compression. It is not bad considering that it was last overhauled in 1966 from the previous owner.
Mine has an over/under drive auxiliary transmission (Hupp) that was installed by the dealer when it was new, which is a great addition to make up for lack of gears.
The 1-1/8 inch power take-off shaft really needs an adapter/override clutch to brush hog with. You might end up going through a fence otherwise. Filled tires and chains are handy when we need multiple tractors pushing snow.
Other than that, it is a good little utility tractor for the farm. We probably put 20-25 hours on it a month. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Heavier than most, cheap to work on, simple and reliable, parts availabilityCons: No live power take-off, 3-point lift relatively weak, Z-129 block prone to crack if grossly overheatedType of User: Homeowner 50-100 AcresLocation: USA NEI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
My Little Tractor
Model year: 1952Date Purchased: 2015-07-24Number of Hours: ?
"After buying the property, I knew I needed a tractor to maintain the property. I found this one 13 miles away! It had a "handmade" canopy which makes it so campy! It has done everything I've asked of it. Very happy with it."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: DependableCons: I can only have one!Type of User: Homeowner 100+ AcresLocation: USA VAI also considered buying: Ford 2N, Ford NAA REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 1953Date Purchased: 2014-12-24Number of Hours: na
"Just bought it and haven't had a chance to use it much, but already love that it is simple, compact, easy access to work on, starts like a dream. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Has loaderCons: Has loader without power steeringType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Retirement Gift to Myself
by michael blake cole
Model year: 1952Date Purchased: 2014-07-26Number of Hours: not known
"I drove a TE 20, both diesel and TVO models, in England during my childhood there. Finally I own my own TO 30. It came from Holland, Michigan.
I just converted the PTO to inch and three eights to fit my US woods bush hog.
I am really pleased with the ease of working on it, and the power in the field.
looking forward to making it perfect, and it earns it's keep."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: All good.Cons: PTO not live (independent).Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA ILI also considered buying: Ford NAA Golden Jubilee REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Live and Learn
Model year: 1952Date Purchased: 2014-08-13Number of Hours:
"When I retired, I thought I wanted a project to keep me busy, but little did I know that the Ferguson TO 30 would give me more than I bargained for. When I purchased the tractor from a private seller, I did all the usual checks before the final deal: oil looked good (too good) hydraulics, trans. tires, sheet metal all good engine ran good etc.
So now I have it home and have been running it maybe 10 times. Time to check the oil, (uh, oh) oil is milky, (heart sank) we all know what that means. Sure enough---cracked block. So if you are considering a Ferguson, please double check the block as this was a problem with this model. Thanks for listening."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Nice size for snow removal etc.Cons: No power steering.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA WII also considered buying: Ford 8N REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Jeff Lyons
Model year: 1953Date Purchased: 2013-02-03Number of Hours:
"I got this TO30 to mostly cut our 15 ac pasture. It is a bit temperamental to start, but has run great. I have since learned that they are notoriously temperamental. I like the simplicity of the machine and its quality."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: A workhorse.Cons: Finding parts.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA CAI also considered buying: Ford 8N REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
1952 TO30 Best Value for the Money
by Ray McWayne
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2013-05-20Number of Hours: x
"Bought it freshly painted with new clutch installed. Used it for mowing pastures. 3-pt. lifts and handles a 5 ft Woods Brush Bull no problem. Needs a little maintenance, PTO seal, alternator replaced. Got the I and T manual, looks to be easy fix. Parts readily available online or at local TEMCO farm supply. Glad I found it, wouldn't trade for newest Deere or Kubota."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Power for it's size, gearing and 3-pt lift power.Cons: Not a live PTO.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: John Deere 2020, International Harvester 544, Allis Chalmers 6140 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
1954 Ferguson TO-30
by Mike Rogalinski
Model year: 1954Date Purchased: 2013-12-17Number of Hours:
"Don't know much about it yet."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Old and easy to work on.Cons: Old and it needs work.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA WAI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 1952Date Purchased: 2013-09-01Number of Hours: ????
"I read mostly positive posts about the TO-30, along with one guy that was complaining about having to do things to his that are common to do to any model. I picked mine up at a flea market store for $1,700. I paid that much because it had almost new tires, and because I could tell that all it needed was a valve job. I trailered it home, yanked the head off, and sure enough found 2 burned exhaust valves.
I ordered 2 new valves, a head gasket, 4 brake shoes, a muffler, points, plugs, and plug wires, a inline fuel filter, and a spin on oil filter kit. All the parts came to about 225 dollars.
I spent a few hours after work for a week, then the weekend getting everything done. I was right that all the engine needed was a valve job (I lapped the valves myself in my garage). It has really great compression now, and burns no oil.
I bought it to clear a 1 acre lot that I bought. The lot was in the natural state, and was covered with weeds and mesquite. I filled in rain cut ditches that were 150' long and 3-4 feet deep. I now have the lot leveled flat as a pancake (with the blade that I bought for $200), and I just put a "will build to suit tenant" on it. I couldn't be happier, and have been completely amazed at what serious work horses they are.
If you have any property or land at all, get one of these. They'll do far, far more hard work than you would guess just by looking at their small size. They're nothing but amazing. Happy hunting if you don't already have one."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Simple to work on. Parts cheap and readily available. Has a really good 3 point hitch system. Economical on fuel, yet has tons of power. Easily hauled on a fairly small trailer (I use a two axle car hauler trailer). Has very good gear ranges in transmission (it's quick on the road, yet in low gear it pulls like a D-6 cat). Visibility is good. The ride is comfortable, even with factory metal seat. It steers very easy, especially considering it doesn't have power steering. Has a perfect PTO (unless you insist on a live PTO, which I don't). The three point hitch handles heavy implements with ease. It's made in the good ol' USA, not Korean, Japanese, or Chinese. They are good investments with prices for them going up every year. The T-30 is a utility tractor, so is built lower to the ground as opposed to a farm tractor like the AC C model. This makes the TO-30 very easy to get on and off of.Cons: Doesn't have a live PTO.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NMI also considered buying: Ferguson TO-30 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Best Old Tractor in Class for the Money!
by Ray M.
Model year: 1952Date Purchased: 2013-04-16Number of Hours: N/A
"Bought it this spring for brush hog and general pasture work, fixing fence, cutting firewood, dragging arena. Was cleaned and painted when I bought it. Starts every time and hasn't left me out in the field yet. Mowed 7 acres of pasture too late this year so it had to drag a 5-foot Woods Brush Bull through weeds higher than the front hood and TO-30 never missed a beat! PTO seal been leaking since I bought it and found out last week the alternator stopped charging. Both are easy and cheap fixes to be done this winter. Glad I paid cash for this one rather than getting 60 months of payments something more expensive!"
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Best power and traction for size. Easy to work on.Cons: No hydraulic remote, not a live PTO.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NYI also considered buying: International Harvester 574, Oliver 550 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS