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Old 02-17-2014, 12:50 PM
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Default 50-60 PTO horsepower needed

Looking for tractors that have responsive governors in the 50-60 PTO horsepower range. I am leaning to the 74 or 84 series "Reds"; I really like 574s. I need a good governor as the tractor will primarily be used to power my Belsaw M14 circular sawmill. Of course, I will use it to pull logs, bush hog, etc.
I am open to other brands such as Ford, Allis, JD.

Anyone use their tractor for running a sawmill?

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Hey Trevor welcome to Net Tractor Talk. I'm glad you found us, and hope some of the guys with the bigger Iron jump into this thread. I have a 30hp tractor with a measly 25 hp at the PTO. While it does a good job for me, so I should not talk it down, just compared to what you are after this is way small.

What have you been using to get the job done? Are you looking for a brand new tractor or new to you?
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Welcome to the forum!

I haven't been around the Internationals in several years.

What's your budget? (I can spend a lot of OPM Other People's Money).

How about something like a MF-165 with a Perkins diesel? Dang things are bulletproof and can be had in nice condition for $5-7K.
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Default Sawmill power

Thank you for the welcome. I am currently building an old Belsaw M14 now. With my job and part time job it is very slow go for now.

I plan to be done with the sawmill build before Summer at least I hope so. I am planning and will begin building a pole barn to put it under first before I start assembly. I have all the parts to the mill now.

I might be able to try a friend's 574 on it the Summer before I buy a tractor. I will looking for an older tractor in the 50-60 PTO HP range and I am considering International, but I am not brand loyal.

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Welcome to the forum!

I haven't been around the Internationals in several years.

What's your budget? (I can spend a lot of OPM Other People's Money).

How about something like a MF-165 with a Perkins diesel? Dang things are bulletproof and can be had in nice condition for $5-7K.

Thanks for the reply. I like the Massey's pretty good, but I am not sure they are what the 574 is. I would buy a 175 or 185 if the dough is right. I have farmed with its newer brother the 275 and liked it.

I am anticipating on spending anywhere from 5K-7K.
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Stihlsawer, the masseys and the His are very similar, specifically with their sllllooooooowwwwww hydraulics, which shouldn't harm you much. Might as well get the 684 for the additional 10 hp and a bit newer.

May I suggest just setting up a stationary power plant. It will be desiccated and maybe cheaper in the long run.
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Stihlsawer, the masseys and the His are very similar, specifically with their sllllooooooowwwwww hydraulics, which shouldn't harm you much. Might as well get the 684 for the additional 10 hp and a bit newer.

May I suggest just setting up a stationary power plant. It will be desiccated and maybe cheaper in the long run.
Thank you for the advise. I plan on making my sawmill portable. I was initially going to make it stationary, but decided I might want to move it. I have a truck and trailer to haul the tractor, so that is no problem. I am leaning towards the 684 and 784 tractors. I have other uses for the tractor, but it will primarily stay at the sawmill. Also, like the lifting capacity for the IH versus others too.

Thanks again for the advise and have a blessed evening.

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