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I'm new to the forum (see the intro forum for more on that). I'm interested in doing a frame up rehab of an older garden tractor. I have a Case 530C wide front utility tractor. It's from the late 1960's. I like the two tone paint and round headlights with the eagle on the front.

I am looking for a tractor to refurbish that can also be used. Not a show tractor, but one to use everyday in the garden and plowing snow, we get a lot in NW Wisconsin.

Also looking for one that would be able to use hydraulics and have a 3 point hitch.

What model, year, version would you suggest? Can you show me photo's of the ones you've redone so I can tell which model is looks like what? (I have looked at the restoration forum here, WOW) Any tips on which Case's (even if it's not the two tone late 60's early 70's version) would be the best for parts availability, cheap initial cost to get, and strength to actually do some work?


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Hi again Tom,
Though I suggested a 100 series for the sake of styling, if you're looking for a working tractor with a 3-point I think the most bang for the buck will be a 1971-up 444. They used the two-tone paint up until early 1976 and can be had at a reasonable price. All of the attachments from '71-'88 will work and the Kohler K321 is powerful enough to do some real work but inexpensive to rebuild. This model will give you the 16" back wheels, the snap-fast attachment system and the option of a category 0 3PH and hydraulic PTO needed to run any of the proprietary Case/Ingersoll hydraulic rear attachments including a tiller, finish mower, brush hog, chipper, or log splitter. All parts are readily available either new or used and they are simple to work on.
The bigger tractor is a 1974 model 446 that was repowered with a 16HP Kohler. The original engine was a 16 HP Onan twin, and while there is no better engine, they are getting a little pricey to rebuild. All of the 400 series have 16" rear wheels and can be fitted with 3PH and hydraulic PTO. The smaller tractor is a 108 which is a basic lawn tractor with 8" rear wheels. The 200 series are built like the 400 series, but have 12" rear wheels. They are very good machines also, though I prefer the ground clearance and traction of the 400 series. Most of the 200 and 400 series came standard with the hydraulic mid lift, and a sleeve hitch can be had that uses the belly cylinder. This is a less expensive route to go than a 3PH but the implement choices are not quite as vast. If you have a 3PH there is a sleeve hitch adaptor that will allow you to use either style implements. The tillers are set up for a sleeve hitch, so that adaptor is required if you plan to use a tiller on a 3PH.
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