Having a tractor was a great reliability record was very important to farmers back then. You have to remember that these farmers were dependent on their tractors day in and day out. If the tractor did not work, the farm would not be able to run. Most farmers could not afford more than one or two tractors, so if the one they had broke down, there whole business could be gone until it was fixed. And if the business is gone, so are all of the profits. That is why Ford 8n tractors became so popular. There good reliability record allowed farmers to stay in work, and provide themselves with money and the people with the goods that they needed. These tractors also ended up making good used ford tractors in the years to come.
When a farmer could not afford new Ford 8n tractors, they would turn to used ford tractors for all their needs. These used ford tractors could sometimes be found for half of the price of a new Ford 8n tractor. This was also a great plus for any farmer that was using a different brand of tractor. When a farmer used another tractor that was breaking down a lot, they would go search for used ford tractors to replace their current, not in use tractors. This helped to bump up the number of used ford tractors being sold across the country.
But most sales were seen in new Ford 8n tractors. From its inception in 1947 until it ended production in 1952, Ford sold 524,000 Ford 8n tractors. Keep in mind that this was in the 40’s and 50’s when times were tough and there was not a lot of money to be spent on extras.
Ford did a great job of releasing the Ford 8n tractors at just the right time. The United States had hit a peak in the farming industry and people were in need of this tractor as this time. If it would have been released a few years later the tractor may have not had the success that it did. This is because other manufacturers began to come out with their own designs, and were selling at a lower price.
These used Ford tractors can still be found today. Not only found, but also in service. That is amazing for a mechanical good that is over 50 years old. The way these tractors were built, I would not be surprised to see Ford 8n tractors in action for years to come. With such high levels of durability you will soon wonder if these tractors do breakdown at all. They almost seem to have a life long guarantee that they will not breakdown while you are using it. Even though they are 50 years old some of them are more then likely still working in perfect order.