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1973 544 utility row-crop. Hydro is strong, motor runs great 3200 hours.

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Looks pretty nice yet for being 48 years old 

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That is a great find! I have always wanted a 544 Hydro utility diesel. How many were made of that combination?

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On 1/26/2021 at 2:41 PM, ihman1468 said:

Lookin sharp eason. Is she a gold demo?

No it's a late 72 model. It's Martha's tractor. After a friend of her's was stuck in a parade on a hill and had to manipulate the clutch and brake for about 15 minutes, Martha said she wanted a hydro for HER tractor.

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Very nice, hard version to find. 

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Local fella has one that looks almost identical to that, he custom crusted out poultry houses with it for years. When he bought it at auction it was a one owner tractor and had all records with it. Only one time did he have trouble with the hydro, I found a steel ball in "B" capsule had chrome flaking off it. Replaced the ball and she's still going strong. 

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I saw the tractor about 5 or 6 years ago at a repair shop near Carrboro NC. It popped up on facebook market a week and a half ago. The grille guard was on it when I first saw it 5 or 6 years ago and is coming off.

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13 hours ago, Rollie said:

Great find Eason! Love my hydro 656 for tractor drives as it's always in the right "gear".   What's the story on the heavy duty protection on the front end? Rollie

 

1 hour ago, 234-IA said:

nice find

 

what kind of work would that tractor have done set up as a kind of utility/row crop cross?  Doesn't look to have ever had a loader

The utility row crops were about were about $410 dollars cheaper than the Farmalls and basically had the same crop clearance.  That was a fair amount in 1973. There were a bunch sold in the southern and md atlantic states.

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