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Antique Ford Tractor: Ford 8N with Tracks

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These tracks were one of the many options available for the Ford 8N tractor.

Ford 8N with Tracks Tractor

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larry veach wrote on Sunday, December 27, 2009 (PST):
  • would like to buy a set of half tracks 800-736-2985
    W.Litkeman wrote on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (PDT):
  • Hello there.....I recently bought a piece of property and located what appears to be a complete set of tracks for a 8n or 9n Ford......don t know what they are worth....looking to sell them....any offers...I can be reached at gletkeman at
    Earle Johnson wrote on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • Still looking for a set of half-tracks for our Ford 600. If anyone in Ontario or Quebec knows where I can find a set in good condition, it would be much appreciated.
    Mike wrote on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (PDT):
  • I have a set mounted on a Cockshutt 540, they work great.
    Richard Evans wrote on Tuesday, February 03, 2009 (PST):
  • I am looking for a set of ARPS half tracks 13 or 16 wide for 11 X 36 tyres on my David Brown 990 or 1956 grey Ferguson same as Ford 8N .
    Taber Geartz wrote on Sunday, February 01, 2009 (PST):
  • I am looking for half tracks for a 1952 Ford 8N. Does anyone have a track set-up for sale Thanks!
    R FRED SHOHAYDA wrote on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (PST):
  • i have tracks for 2n 8n 9n 650.00
    Dennis Kittel wrote on Monday, November 24, 2008 (PST):
  • Hi I have a 9 N and would be interested in getting a set of half tracks for it. I see that new rubber tracks are made for skid loaders. Are there any manufactors that make a set up or kit for old Fords
    Yvon wrote on Friday, June 27, 2008 (PDT):
  • I am interested in a Ford with tracks to pull out christmas trees. Anyone interested in selling let me know.
    William Smith wrote on Friday, February 29, 2008 (PST):
  • My dad had a Jubilee with parts of 3 sets of half tracks. I pulled the wagon with a chain under the Farmall M and corn picker through the muddy fields to keep the picker straight in the rows. I have it now with many of the toys, including the half tracks, loader, cab, Navy bean puller, and buckets for the Dearborn loader.
    richard richter wrote on Sunday, February 03, 2008 (PST):
  • where can i get these tracks for my tractor .do thay still make them thank you
    James wrote on Sunday, April 29, 2007 (PDT):
  • It s James again From Canada. My e-mail is cherisse at
    James wrote on Sunday, April 29, 2007 (PDT):
  • Hi my name is James I live in Lockport, Manitoba Canada. I have a set of Arps half tracks I can t get them to stay on the tires. I also have a set of skis for the front tires. If anyone has any literature for these tracks or can tell me how to set them up I would appreciate it. Also what type of tires do I need I was told I need turf tires but I don t know.
    blair mysko wrote on Sunday, April 08, 2007 (PDT):
  • I have a 1944 Oliver 70 Standard S/N 308828. It is a six cyilinder engine, should be 6 forward gears 1 reverse. I would like to know the shifting pattern, can anyone help me. We are thinking of selling this tractor 4,500.00.
    Jimmick wrote on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 (PDT):
  • I have a John Deere #9 sickle bar mower that I have used but know that I am mounting it incorrectly. It hook up to the 3 point alright, but the front end of the pull bars are not connected to anything and I cannot see any place for them to hook up to. Any suggestions? Thank you, Jim
    mike,IN wrote on Friday, June 02, 2006 (PDT):
  • I recently bought my grandpas 53 golden jubilee.It really works well. I would be interested in a set of tracks.Does anyone have any information . thanks
    Valley wrote on Friday, May 19, 2006 (PDT):
  • Hi. I am from Quebec-Canada the home province of J. Armand Bombardier who invented this device. In his brief description Bob is right and here are two links that will lead you to the invention itself. The first one show you the invention in motion while the second gives drawings of the patent itself (responds to Nathan's question). The invention at work The invention itsef ; As a kid I saw many of these rigs on farmer' tractors and wood yard hauling in winter. I have a 9N and in process to buy one. Have fun! Valley
    Otis Ellerson wrote on Sunday, April 16, 2006 (PDT):
  • I currently own a set but are going up for auction 4-22-06 at the 18th broome county farm bureau auction.
    COLIN RADFORD wrote on Friday, July 29, 2005 (PDT):
  • I am looking for a pair of tracks to fit an 8N ford tractor. please e-mail me if you have any,state price and location. thanks
    Jay wrote on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (PST):
  • I would like to know what keeps the wheels from spinning inside the tracks. Is it the tension of the belts or are there cleats on the underside of the plates?
    Earle Johnson wrote on Saturday, January 29, 2005 (PST):
  • I am looking for a pair of half-tracks & idler wheels for a Ford 600 or David Brown 1210. If anyone has a set for sale in Canada ( preferably Ont. ), please let me know.
    Rick wrote on Friday, January 07, 2005 (PST):
  • Does any one have a set of arps tracks for sale. I would like a pair for my 861. Please email me if you have a set for sale. Please state price and your location. Thank You
    Lew Munger wrote on Friday, December 31, 2004 (PST):
  • My father had a 1948 8n with a set of half tracks for it. This tractor was almost impossible to get stuck and when you did it was almost impossible to get it removed. He would this to do spring plowing, cleaning the barn yard out in the winter and most of all snow removal. I was glad to see this picture due the fact that no one I know has ever head of or seen half tracks for a tractor.
    Jerry Herman wrote on Tuesday, November 05, 2002 (PST):
  • Is their anyone out their that still makes tracks to fit modern tractors.
    Pete Berg wrote on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 (PST):
  • I am looking for a set of tracks or a manufacture of tracks for a tractor. I will be working in soft ground, swamp areas. Any help ... would be a big help. Company name, phone number, address, etc.
    Ed wrote on Thursday, March 08, 2001 (PST):
  • I have a set of steel lug wheels that bolt on the outside of the rear wheels. In the late 40's we used them to pull roots out of hedge rows. I've seen the front wheels 4ft. off the ground many times.9N
    Howard MCCollum wrote on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 (PDT):
  • I Have a 51 model 8N with a set of 20 inch Arps tracks work real well in the south in sandy land when you had a wet spring and you needed to get your tobacco set out.
    Howard MCCollum wrote on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 (PDT):
  • I Have a 51 model 8N with a set of 20 inch Arps tracks work real well in the south in sandy land when you had a wet spring and you needed to get your tobacco set out.
    Randy Merry wrote on Monday, August 07, 2000 (PDT):
  • Westley Taylor, What is your E-mail address and where is the half track located?
    Wesley Taylor wrote on Sunday, July 16, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a set of half tracks for an 8N Ford in good condition. They have been used very little. They are For Sale. Email with any questions.
    Wesley Taylor wrote on Saturday, July 15, 2000 (PDT):
  • I have a set of half tracks for an 8N Ford in good condition They were wsed very little . email your questions.
    T.S. Dye wrote on Thursday, January 20, 2000 (PST):
  • I have set of the arps tracks plus an arps front dozer blade.The tracks are 16 or 17 inches wide.I think they must fit a later model ford. My plans are to install them on an 860 or 4000.
    Charly Center wrote on Sunday, January 09, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 9n and would like to have a set of tracks for the old gal. Does anybody have a set for sale or know were i might be able to purchace a set?
    Charly Center wrote on Sunday, January 09, 2000 (PST):
  • I have a 9n and would like to have a set of tracks for the old gal. Does anybody have a set for sale or know were i might be able to purchace a set?
    Ger wrote on Tuesday, November 30, 1999 (PST):
  • I pull logs every winter with my 8N with Blackhawk (ARPS Corp.)halftrack. It works remarkably well-more traction, even in deep snow, than tires on dirt. It steers quite well using the brakes to assist and doesn't place much drag on the system. I'm looking for more info, manuals etc on the system.
    Nathan wrote on Thursday, November 04, 1999 (PST):
  • I would really,really like to add that system (ARPS halftrack)to my tractor.! I currently have landscaping tread a 16.5L-16.1 tires on the rear. And I HATE them. but they are easy on the yard grass, but lousy on snow, sand, and everyplace else that you need a little traction. So if anyone can send me plans or a source, that I'll motifiy to fit my tractor that would be very greatful.
    BRUCE wrote on Thursday, September 23, 1999 (PDT):
    Bob wrote on Sunday, August 08, 1999 (PDT):
  • It appears that this would be a fairly easy conversion to make (from the pictures anyway) The track is near identical to the tracks they use on "Bombadeer" snow rigs. People use them too convert vans to snow machines to haul fishermen on Lake of the woods, Minnesota. They are made from flat conveyor belt and "cleats". add a front axle and some matching rims and you have a good replica.

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