Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:30 PM
I've basically been an IH man all my life. However, IMO, the 66 / 86 series tractors had to be the worst tractors IH ever made. I bought a new '75 1066, a new '76 1066, a used '78 1086 & a low houred '81 1486 in '83 or '84. Not one of those tractors ever had the engine turned up but all had major transmission / rear end problems. The '75 66 was traded for the '76 after one year but had less than 50 hrs on it because of being in the shop most of the year with tranny problems. Because of those for=ur tractors I almost had to give up farming. If it wasn't for a goo friend giving me a lot of custom work I probably would have had to sell out so you won't hear anything good coming from me concerning a 66 /86 series tractor other than they had good engines.. After going to a 7120 in '87 my repair bills dropped so much it wasn't funny.
My BIL ran 4430s / 40s at the time I was running the 66s / 86s. I know he had some isses with the 30s but the 40s were pretty much trouble free as I recall. However, johndeeregreen, I think if your friend trades his 1486 for a 4440 he's going to be very disappointed when it comes to hp & what it will pull in comparison to his 14. BIL & I ran together a few tims & I used his tractors several times when one of mine was in the shop. No way would his 4440s come close to my 1086 plowing pulling the same size plows o pulling same size field cultivators let alone the 1486. If he wants something that will do what his 14 will do then he needs to look at a 4640. We traded off a 4640 a year ago & it would pull rings around a 1486..
However, the 46s can be a money pit as well. When we bought ours it had less than 200 hrs on an $8,000 engine overhaul & when we traded it off we had just gotten it back from having almost that much put into the rearend. not to mention a $4,000 hyd repair bill the year before.
Maybe I'm biased but I'd be looking for a 71/7220. Will cost more out of the pocket but in the long run will cost less to own.
<p>IH tractors currently owned: '49 M, '49 BF Avery "V", '52 SM, '53 stage 1 SM, '53 stage 2 L-SM, '54 SMTA, '66 806D, co-own a '66 1206 with IHboog, store a '66 706 German for IHboog. IH / CIH equipmemt - ''13 Maxxum 115, 11 MX 275, '10 STX 435, '03 MX255, '14 7230 combine w/ 40' 2162 draper & 4412 ch, '07 3310 sprayer, '12 1250 16x30" planter, 12/23 1200 planter, 34' 330 True Tandem , 18' 870 , 7x16" 720 on-land plow, 7 x 16" 700 trailer plow, #60 4X16" Plow, #1300 3 pt 9' sickle bar mower