Ferguson TO-30 Tractor: The Complete Guide

The Ferguson TO-30 is a classic and dependable compact tractor that remains popular with small farm owners and gardeners. In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know if you’re considering purchasing a used TO-30.

Overview

The TO-30 was introduced in 1951 as an updated version of the earlier TO-20 model. Manufactured by Ferguson Ltd. in Detroit, it featured a Continental-sourced engine and drive train specifically tailored for the US market.

These tractors are easy to maintain and operate. With a footprint small enough to maneuver in tight spaces yet enough horsepower for most small tasks, it’s no wonder the TO-30 found an enthusiastic following that continues today.

Quick Facts:

  • Engine: 129 CI Continental 4-cylinder gas
  • PTO Horsepower: 28 HP
  • Weight: 2,800-4,482 lbs
  • Original List Price (1951): $2,495

Finding a Ferguson TO-30 For Sale

Though the TO-30 hasn’t been manufactured for decades, there is an active resale market for those wanting to purchase one of these classic tractors.

Pricing varies considerably based on age, condition, included attachments, and even geographic region. Plan to budget $3,000 to $7,000 for one in good working order.

I recommend checking sites like TractorHouse and MarketBook if you’re in the market for a TO-30. Patient buyers can sometimes score an incredible deal buying from private sellers.

Common Ferguson TO-30 Problems

The TO-30 is known as a generally trouble-free tractor, but buying used equipment comes with some risk of existing or developing issues. Here are a few common problems to look out for:

  • Clutch problems – Sticking or slipping clutch if the tractor sat unused. Usually can be freed up or rebuilt.
  • Tire wear – Replacement tires can be difficult to source for this model.
  • Exhaust manifold cracks – The exhaust manifold is prone to cracking over time.
  • Engine cracks – Some reports of cracks between cylinder walls internally.

Inspect any tractor carefully before purchase to ensure it’s in good mechanical condition. Rebuilding a classic tractor can be rewarding, but undertake the project knowing repair costs may be substantial.

TO-30 Benefits and Drawbacks

Benefits

  • Easy to service and find parts
  • Ideal size for small property maintenance
  • Strong resale value
  • Simple, proven drive train design

Potential Drawbacks

  • May require mechanical work depending on age
  • Limited availability of some replacement parts
  • No modern safety features
  • Not suitable for heavy towing/large acreage

The TO-30 suits most hobby farmers or rural homeowners looking for a sturdy, no-frills tractor. With proper care and maintenance, it’s built to give decades of reliable service.

For more details on specifications, recommended attachments, and common replacement parts, don’t hesitate to ask! I’m always happy to chat Ferguson tractors.

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