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International B275 repair?

Posted by konrad___far_north 3..just outside of E (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 26, 13 at 22:25

Hi all!
This old diesel tractor I only fire up ones in the fall for plowing the garden, about 1/2 hour work, today it failed. The starter wasn't working,..then managed to fire it up with booster cable hocking up directly to the starter, then another thing, the clutch wasn't working,..couldn't put into gear, my guess,..seems like the clutch plates are rusted together.

What would something like this cost to fix, many hours labor?

I'm thinking, might be better to replace it with something smaller newer with rototiller only, please advise.

I like the deep plow, got a two bottom plow, it can pull up some roots growing into the veggie garden, in spring I just till over very easily.

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RE: International B275 repair?

The starter issue is usually around $100.00 at any local starter jobber (repair / rebuild) facility . I would 1st ensure your connections are clean , may only require an new switch. I f you can get it started and rolling you usually can get it into 2nd gear on a rolling start . If so you may be able to break free the clutch plates . Otherwise you will have any where from $200-$500.00 for a clutch R&R or 3 hr do it yourself job if your mechanically inclined.

RE: International B275 repair?

Thanks so much!
That switch looks like the culprit, starter works when hooked up with booster cable.

I'm a bit mechanical inclined but hate to do things without a step by step manual, there such a thing?

RE: International B275 repair?

Konrad: Try I see they have a Manual online for $25.00 . There are other sites online that perhaps other forum members can assist you with at no charge , I remember ordering online for our Old 1944 Cockshutt-40 when we had to change out the 1st / reverse gear cluster . Good Luck and keep us Posted !

RE: International B275 repair?

  • Posted by exmar 6 SE Ohio (My Page) on
    Sun, Nov 17, 13 at 11:41

Concur with ewalk, starter issues usually aren't too bad, a little time consuming if you have to trace wiring and find bad connections, but definitely "doable."

Clutch issues on I'm assuming a farm tractor are a whole 'nother issue. Depending on the vintage and model, you'll probably have to separate the tractor into halves, using special "dollies" to roll it apart to get access to the clutch. Then, again, depending on vintage, chasing parts can be very challenging.

If you only use it in the fall, consider selling it and just hiring somene to plow the garden. New cost of a tractor and rototiller will be very high for once a year use. If you're considering purchasing "newer" though used, you may be trading the headache you know for a whole bunch of new ones.

Good luck,


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