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656 hydro what is it worth

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Hey all just want to see if the 656 hydro I found is a deal or not it is gas has 3500 hours on it it is wide front and has a 2250 quick attach loader on it tires are in good shape paint is in fair shape fella wants 5200.00 for it I dont know that much about the hydro tractors is there anything I should look for any help would be appreciated

Josh

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Sounds like a good buy to me. Is it a rowcrop or utility ?

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Hey all just want to see if the 656 hydro I found is a deal or not it is gas has 3500 hours on it it is wide front and has a 2250 quick attach loader on it tires are in good shape paint is in fair shape fella wants 5200.00 for it I dont know that much about the hydro tractors is there anything I should look for any help would be appreciated

Josh

It is a row crop tractor

Thanks

Josh

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I'd have probably said that it was a fairly average price. Would be a good enough tractor to have but would be worth more if it was a diesel.

Make DARNED sure that hydro is GOOD before you go and buy it!

Go drive it and make sure that it has run for a good while and warmed up. Then put it through it's paces for a half hour or so to make sure the hydraulic oil is good and warm. Then see if you can pull it down using the brakes without the hydro slipping.

Even better would be if it could be kept in a heated shop overnight.

You DON'T want to find out later that the hydro is starting to go and you can only tell that when the oil is good and warm/hot.

If you have to put a hydro in, you will be looking at the better part of what you are looking at spending on the tractor in the first place...

-FT

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Arround here the loader if decent will bring $3 to 3500. Make sure you buy a hydro troubleshooting guide if you by the tractor. It helps solve a lot of problems. I have a 656 diesel hydro and love it. Eason

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Quick and eaasy test.

Full throttle, high range. Advance the hydro lever, you should be able to kill the engine.

Full throttle, low range. Advance the hydro lever. The hydrostat should by pass after pulling the engine down 2-300rpm

This is not the definitive shop test but it should tell you if the unit is on its last legs or not.

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check the hydro as gonzo said, using the brakes to see how the hydro responds. if it seems ok, i'd buy it in a minute. i've paid $3500-6800 for my 3 656 gas hydros (the last one was too costly). the loader and good tires are worth 3500-4000 by themselves. i love gassers because they start any time. we feed cows with ours. on mine, i've replaced the spindles and hubs with ones from 706/806/756/826/856 to keep from breaking those parts with using the 656s as a loader tractor.

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If the hydro's good I think that would be a steal. As mentioned the loader alone should be worth half that. We've got a 656 gas hydro and some said to go with a diesel because the gas is too thirsty but we ran it on a 10x60' auger all fall and when running the auger slow it was only using about a gallon an hour. Our's is a narrow front (for now at least) and I've got to say it's the handiest yard tractor I've ever used. I'm thinking about swapping a Cummins BT4 engine into our's next winter and if it works out like I think it should I'd like to do the conversion on a second 656 gas hydro for haying and yard tractors. If there was a way to disconnect the hydro without loosing the pto a 656 with a BT4 would be an extremely economical tractor for stationar pto work like running an auger.

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If the 2250 loader is good the loader is worth $2000 to $2500 retail. If the hydro is shot the tractor is worth $1500 to $2000 tops (salvage price). If the hydro is replaced or is top notch the tractor is worth $4500 to $6000 retail. Remember don't buy the tractor before getting it thoroughly warmed up and working on a load. Only then will you know if the kidney plates are worn and the tractor won't even move itself. I have seen people get burned buying one of these by road testing it only when cold and the hydraulic oil is cold.

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