AgriLand paid a visit to Co. Cork to meet the owner of a stunning (and nostalgia-inducing) John Deere 3050 – a ‘classic’ tractor that’s especially recognisable for its (round-fronted) SG2 cab.
The tractor – alongside a more modern (but equally impressive) John Deere 7810 – is owned by Tim Troy (a budding collector who has featured previously on AgriLand).
In this video (below – shot by AgriLand’s own Kevin Farrell), Tim explained: “We’re here on a wet, wintery day to show this 3050, which is quite special to me.
“I’ve actually two collectible John Deere tractors at the moment. The 3050 was bought in 2016. Two-and-a-half years later I bought the 7810.
“I’ve always had an interest in [this model]. When I was growing up on the farm, our contractor used to have a number of these tractors – with the SG2 cab. They were a very unique cab at the time.
“They were also a very comfortable tractor…and unique because of the centre pillar going up through the windscreen in line with the exhaust.
“They always had a special draw for me.”
He added: “Back in 2016, I was interested in trying to source a 3050. Looking on the web, I came across this one…and got additional photos sent over. Once I saw the photos of the interior of the cab, in particular, I was hooked.”
Tim went on (in the video) to recount the process of buying the tractor – noting how the haulier’s early arrival (to pick up the tractor) almost created a minor conundrum.
He said: “It’s a 1990 tractor. It has [about] 8,500 hours on it; you wouldn’t think it to look at it. A very good nut-and-bolt restoration was done on it before I got it.
“The tractor really has the life of luxury now; it’s only going to do a few hours work for me every year.
“That consists of a few tractor runs…maybe drawing silage for a day during the summer. It’s good to use them occasionally – just to make them sweat.”
That latter event (in Kilbrittain) is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 29. Over 400 tractors are expected to take part.
He added: “The spec on this particular tractor…was good for the time; these 50 Series tractors were out from [circa] 1986 to 1993.
“The stand-out feature for me is the SG2 cab; it was way ahead of its time. It’s still a comfortable place to do a day’s work.”