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#1 Farmall504#20

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:55 PM

OK since the other post I did got so much attention (Whats the worst tractor IH ever made) I figured I'd start another debate . "Whats the Best tractor IH ever made"? I know International made the best tractors in the Industry but in your opinion what tractor stands out as the best of the best . Thanks

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:58 PM

806 diesel. Toughest engine IH ever built.
Farming and Fixing, I fix and farm with red stuff, mostly. Usable tractors are 5288, 1466, 1066, 1206, 826, 806, 756, 656, 800 and 950 planters, 4800 field cultivator, plus other misc, and a yellow TR combine. Also an S1700 grain truck. Also a fun '71 Chevelle! And a '40 M to restore when I get time! 966 M&W turbo.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:00 PM

I know there is no way to pin point the best one tractor that IH made but in you opinion what is the best as far as( Reliability, technology advancements and all around popularity of the tractor. )

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:09 PM

M or 806, probably a tie...........

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

My dad's 806 was bought in 1971 with 1500 hours. (I would have been 11 years old.) It's had 2 or 3 TA's in it since we've had it. I overhauled the engine at just over 13000 hours, until then it had only had 1 head gasket and the pump and injectors gone through once. The rear end has only been apart for a replacement of the gear the park lock engages. It still has the original ring and pinion gear, and it has well over 16000 hours now. I believe I went through the PTO once and it may have been overhauled several times before I was working on it. I had a friend of mine chopping stalks with it a few years ago and he raised the drawbar up and bent the 540 shaft. :angry: My dad and our neighbor used to do custom silage chopping back in the 70's with it and my neighbor had a 970 Case. They had a 2 row Fox 2000 chopper. If my dad was running the chopper with the 806 and he was behind a hill you just had to look for the smoke trail!
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:30 PM

806 diesel. Toughest engine IH ever built.


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Posted 10 March 2012 - 10:54 PM

1206 first IH row crop tractor to break 100hp and have a turbo
Dad owns: 5488 serial number 0648, 5488 serial number 0835(the original 5488 on the farm), 1066, 806D, gas 190 allis, diesel 175 allis, 450
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

M or 806, probably a tie...........

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:18 PM

I don't own one but I heard the 1256 is quite the tractor.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

H. Period.



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