How to Find the Date of a Tractor

by Tammy Dray

The key to figuring out what year your tractor was made depends on its manufacturer. Once you know who made your tractor, it will be easier to track down when it was made. The year of manufacture is essential if you're trying to buy or install parts. The same tractor built with a year or two of difference might require very different parts, so you'll need the exact year to ensure a proper fit. Unfortunately, finding a manufacturing year is not as simple as looking on a title or other paperwork, as you would a car.

Look for a serial number. Depending on the manufacturer, this could be a series of numbers or a combination of letters and numbers. The serial number could be located in a number of places. The most common are near the starter, on the side of the tractor, or right on the engine.

Check your owner's manual to help you identify the serial number. Some tractors have a series of numbers together, of which only one combination is the serial number. The other numbers might indicate things like motor number or production code. If you don't have your owner's manual, check the manufacturer's website to help you locate and identify the number.

Check the starting number. The first number on the list usually identifies the year. All tractors that start with that number were manufactured in a specific year. For example, for the John Deere Model 7520, all serial numbers that start with 1600 indicate tractors manufactured in 1973, while serial numbers that start with 3054 were built in 1974.

Check the manufacturer's website or call them on the phone to help you identify the year of production. You can also use a website checker, where you can enter the serial number to find the year of production (see Resources).

Call your dealer if you have a tractor built after 1990. Even if you don't know the exact year, you might be able to guess the approximate age of the tractor. Tractors that are less than 20 years old might be registered in dealers' computers, so you don't need to contact the manufacturer to obtain the year of production.

About the Author

Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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