Anyone want to swap data, I'll compile it happily. You cannot find the exact date of construction, original dealer, or previous owners. Serial number lists almost always show the production year, not the actual calendar year the tractor was built. Make sure you have actually found the tractor serial number, and not one of these other numbers. If you're lucky you may be able to trace it back to the original buyer and the original dealer. Model years versus calendar years Tractors, just like automobiles, are manufactured on a model or production year. In general, they track sales, repairs, and stolen equipment.
Find out who they bought it from. The exact information available would depend on the dealer and brand, and what they are willing to release to you. Your serial number should lie between two of the stated numbers. The engine, front axle, and cab may all have their own serial numbers. John Deere owners can contact the to have their serial number researched for a fee. Your best chance at finding your tractor's history is to talk to the person you purchased it from.
The numbers on the list correspond to the digits after the letter. Some people have found that they can read the number off the back side of the plate A serial number is not a tractor's life story In general, you cannot determine anything but the year from the serial number of an older tractor. If the plate has faded very badly, try making a rubbing of the imprint. I would not expect the smallest ones to be turbocharged, but maybe at least the biggest ones? If you are really lucky, that dealer would still be around and have records of the sale. If it is, email me and I will post the information. This information is generally more useful, because major changes would have been made to a model at the start of the production year, not on January 1.
Another method is to color the number with a marker and then quickly wipe it off, hoping to leave ink in the stamping. Unless you happen to have the first first tractor off the production line, then your particular number will not be on the list. How to read a tractor serial number list: Tractor serial number lists nearly always show the first tractor built in each year. Also, ensure you have read the entire number. Just did and made a spreadsheet of it for 2017.
If you tractor was built around 1990 or later you may be able to have a dealer run the serial number. It's in Microsoft Excel and my system is clean, so there ain't no virus. The other tractors for that year will have successively higher numbers. I posted it below, but it's just a start. Your number will lie between two listed numbers. The list only shows the number from the first tractor built in each year.
The serial number was typically marked in only one location on the tractor. Read the number carefully On older tractors, the serial number plate has often faded. There are couple of exceptions. Make sure you do not confuse a 7 for a 1. The engine serial number is usually unrelated to the tractor serial number certain Farmall models are an exception to this. Place a piece of tissue paper over the plate and rub gently with charcoal or a pencil.
In most cases it is impossible to ever determine the original serial number. Newer tractors from major brands will likely be tracked by the factory and its dealer network on computer. . The stamping might be worn to the point that it is unreadable. I am not aware of this service being available for any other brand.
Missing serial numbers With an older tractor it is not uncommon for a tractor's serial number to be missing. Various components may have parts or casting numbers. The new production year usually starts around September. The serial number plate might be lost. .
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