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Old 05-31-2010, 09:47 PM
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We recently bought a 1948 Ford 8N tractor. There is a lever on the left side of the transmission behind the clutch pedal (left side as you are sitting on the seat) and I don't know what it is for. We have a service manual for it, but there is no mention of it at all. My father in law restores tractors as a hobby and has done several Fords and he said he has never seen a lever there before. It is not a Sherman lever, as that would be at the front of the tranny. I guess I could just move the lever and see what happens, but figured I'd check around a bit first and see if I could find out what it is for. Any info would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
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I'm going to guess the PTO engage lever.

The draft lever should be on the right side if I remember.
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A few 8N's had an extra long lever coming out of the left side pto shifter cover. The lever operates a manual clutch pack between the transmission and the rear end pinion gear.

This allowed the tractor operator to start up normally with the pto engaged and then use the long lever to disengage the tractor drive and stop the tractor without stopping the pto. If you use the lever for stopping and starting and left the regular foot clutch alone you had a "live" pto

Or maybe it's something else, been a while...
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Check out might get some help there??
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Check to see if there is any writing on the lever.

Most tractors with factory pto (power take off) have a lever

Center is nutruel

Engaged - meaning the pto runs all the time to turn what ever you have hooked to the pto. (even with the tractor siting idleing; the pto will be engaged and turning)

Run - meaning that the pto will only turn when the tractor is moving (wheels) turning. the wheel turns then the pto will run (turn) also.

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I have an 8N Ford. The lever you are talking about engages the pto. Pushed to the rear, the pto is engaged. Forward is disengaged. You can disengage it without using the clutch, but must push in the clutch to engage it. The lever that is supposed to make the implement follow the terrain is a smaller lever on the right side, under the seat. (this is to the left of the lever that raises and lowers the implement.) I have owned 8Ns for about 30 years, but I have never seen one in which the terrain following feature actually worked.
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Im sure its the PTO. My Massey Ferguson 35 has the same thing.
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It's PTO. Single lever is engage and disengage. Double lever means you have "live" PTO. Very handy with a brushhog, mower or especially a small pto driven combine. It allows the PTO to remain at full speed while you disengage the wheels. Tough mowing is impossible without it
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I have a 1947 ford 8n which also has the lever on the left side which is the pto on or off lever.
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I can not get my PTO to disengage any suggestions! The lever on the left is not doing anything.

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I have a latter model ford and the reason people are use to seeing them without the lever is because they break easy.

If the lever is not doing anything, try following it back and checking that it haven't broken/wiggled out of the plunger. Many of the fords are without the lever and this plunger is manipulated in or out with a screwdriver or similar instead.


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