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 06-14-2015, 08:07 Post: 192952
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Well after seeing a lot of bad and less good comments about the Northern tool tractor. I decided to document and post mt experience from day one. I have a small Farm 12 Acres and I have been rough on my equipment. I was heavily wooded and have beaten the snot out of a Gray Market Yanmar 1600. Not a Bad tractor at all It has been beat to death by me clearing Land and have had trees fall on it I have Busted the gas tank. Have had it hung up in the trees more than I can count. Alas 14 years later the old girl has got to go. Parts are a big Issue Cost not finding them. I have a ford 800 for brush hogging. It has done this job well. But trying to find a front end loader is a bear and one that is in good shape even harder. So I went looking for a US Made Compact tractor.
I searched Maranida, Massey Ferguson. JD. New Holland and others. Sadly we in the US Done make any.
I Just now went with Nortrac Northern Tools branded tractor a 35XL It seems to be the biggest bang for buck with a Front end Loader and I popped for the 800 buck extended warranty. Per Bob at The Northern tools repair shop I was told the Warranty was 90 days on Site then up to the two year mark I would have to take it to Fairfield TX for repairs. The extended warranty put another year on top of that. Total 3 Years. Not great but not bad.

So far I just went trough the Buying part of it. I I hope was the worst of it. I have had root canals that weren't as rough.
Tractor is due in two weeks I will keep this updated as it progresses






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 06-15-2015, 16:21 Post: 192964
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 NorTrac 35XL Northern Tools Foton I think

I Think Nortrac tractor is no bad for the money but it's very difficult to find service. (This is the biggest headache parts)
-I owned one 20 hp on 2010 for $7,000.00 dollars. It last 4 years or 700 hours. Now it is dead, burn a lot od oil. It burn about 1 qtr. every 2-3 hours. No body in WA state want to fix this type of tractor.
-Keep in mind. Doesn't matter what brand you buy, make sure
there is service and parts are available when you need.

Good Luck

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 06-15-2015, 17:55 Post: 192966
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Hi Mai Lor
How long ago did you buy your tractor.I Called the northern tools repair warranty department. They have assured me Bob that 90 days on-site repairs are covered after that I have to get it to a repair center 80 miles away but labor and parts are covered . I guess I will see how that goes. Really I hope not to have to repair it for years.






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 06-17-2015, 13:50 Post: 192971
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Good News today Got a Call From Northern tools Bob that in the Tyler Texas Athens Area. And an Agreement was reached with
Jeremy at Smith and Sons a Large Massey Ferguson Dealer in Murchison TX was Now a Nortrac Tractor Tractor Warranty Repair Center in Texas. This is a very good news for me and others in the Area.
Just 3 miles away too. Beat the 102 Miles it would have been






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 07-01-2015, 17:53 Post: 193040
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The Nortrac 35XL arrived today. 1st Look not Bad Looks and handles OK after fighting a 1954 Ford 800 the power steering is sweet. Now. Bang For Buck features It had all the Items I was prepared to buy. Weights Wheel and Front Plate weights toolbox and a few tools. I was told the Drive would show me how to operate it. He was OK but not an expert. Hunt and Peck worked.Knocked some stumps out of the ground.NP and two dead trees.
I was surprised it wasnt a Jinma. Foton stamped all over it.
Some of the Nuts and bolts were loose. I ran around it with wrenches annoying but acceptable. No Oil Filters came with it. But the tool kit seemed compleate, So far So good I will add to the review as I go. 12 Acer Goat farm Its going to get a work out,






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 07-02-2015, 09:14 Post: 193043
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Gameman,

Interesting read. Hope it works well for you and the one suggestion I well say to make it last well is to really "like it". Ever notice a person who took a car that the previous owner said was worn out and it ran and ran and no problems for they "LIKED IT" and thus were not picking it to death.

On real side, do keep up with service. From experience doubt you will find tougher job for a farm tractor than working with clearing land. I have done my share but they are just not built for it. So you must be extra careful. A farm tractor is not built for hitting any much more than a corn stalk and any way you take it a 3 inch limb is much harder and tougher. Again you can do it just keep your eyes open and move slowly and you should be fine. God Bless. kt






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 07-06-2015, 13:04 Post: 193071
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I'm surprised it's a foton. I've got a 2006 40hp foton and I'm happy with it. One of the regular problems is losing electrical contact in the various plug ins. I keep a can of electrical cleaner and have to spray them every now and then, and the mostly the main dash and alternator to battery. I bought a backhoe attachment and I'm digging out the backside of a pond (60x40x8'deep area) right now. Went over to the neighbors and pulled two trees the other day. I brush hog, finish mow, plow snow, till, and grade and it does everything I need it to do. I'm happy to hear there's service available for them if needed - so far I haven't needed any.






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 07-23-2015, 18:03 Post: 193170
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Well I hit the 10 hr Break in Changes the oil and decided to put the 35XL through the ropes. I have babied it till today. Weird the hood wont stay Down. But thats a minor issue. A Bungie Cord held it down. Going to call Parts about it.Serious Pad building an Moving my Portable sheds around, It handles the Six foot Box blade very well. 4WD was handy in the swampy area.
I was worried about it being a Chinese tractor, Minor things are OK for the price, So far I am good to go,






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 07-26-2015, 17:14 Post: 193183
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Went under the tractor today. I just could not get the Hood to stay down thought it was me. the stub from the food that is supposed to catch in the latch is about a 1/4 inch to short. Once I unlatched it to change the oil is has never went back down. Using a Bungee cord for now but I gotta call the warrant-tee folks now.
Only Issue so far. Less than a month owning it hoping its the only Issue






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 08-19-2015, 14:37 Post: 193383
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Well Less than 60 Days and the Lift went out. Hood Latch Still out. 60 day on-site repairs are not panning out at all. Engine seems good Strong Loader is solid. Economy of fuel way beyond expectations.
So Far the Bad is getting some one to work on it. When you give 16000.00 for a Tractor not with 20 hrs on it and it starts to belly up. May Go ahead and Cancel the extended warranty. Looks like repairs are going to be on Me anyway

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