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Tractor of the week # 9 5488


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Great looking mohsheens.  Certainly better than the putrid looking over priced tripe any of the companies are producing today. I admit I’m old school stuck in the past.  But that still don’t change the FACT that these current day tractors look stupid in comparison. 

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The 2WD in the first post belongs to @IHC5488 I think I took that photo. It's at RPRU in Mansfield, OH in 2006. 

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Here are photos from an April 2006 issue of Harvester HIGHLIGHTS magazine where you can see the release of the last Farmall 5488 tractor from the Rock Island factory on May 14, 1985 .

Many readers of this forum know about this book with this article.
I wanted to let you know that this latest tractor produced at the Rock Island plant is the same model we are talking about in this topic.

There are other photos from internet on this last 5488 from the Rock Island factory ; but best not to be off topic is to post pictures of these 5488 tractors in the fields.

 

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One of the last photos of the 5488 imported to France by this collector of American IH tractors.
One day I will come to see these tractors on their American soil.
It's a childhood dream to discover IH brand enthusiasts like you.
Thank you to all the members of the forum for being able to share my passion for these tractors through this extraordinary forum ?
thanks again

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18 hours ago, SDman said:

Since you are covering the 5488, and this tractor just had its 36th birthday the other day, I’ll share some pictures of the 5488 that should never have been built...the last tractor built at Farmall. 

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Why do you say it never should have been built?

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40 minutes ago, Ihfan4life said:

Why do you say it never should have been built?

I think he was saying that a "last" one should have never been built ?

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Here are some pics of mine. Always wanted one since I was a 10 years old when I first saw one at the dealer when my grandpa would take me back in 85. I have been looking for several years to find a decent one. Several have slipped through my fingers, and saw a lot of iffy ones too. Finally found this one from a fellow forum member, it checked most the boxes. It has the inline pump, big front axle, 42 inch rubber and rack of weights. It needed new interior and I replaced the front axle pivot pin and bushing. Later this year I will give it a new coat of paint. Brian 

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7 hours ago, bitty said:

I think he was saying that a "last" one should have never been built ?

Correct. They should still be building IH tractors...without the four letter word in front of IH. 

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11 hours ago, SDman said:

Correct. They should still be building IH tractors...without the four letter word in front of IH. 

Best comment aside from picture comments on the thread

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Here's mine. I got it in Williston ND a few years ago. Square axle,165L tires 8800 hours.  The rear 20.8 38's have been replaced by Titans. KIMG0123.thumb.JPG.a9dde78b31d3f1f912cf8990a573a6e2.JPG

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46 minutes ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

Here's mine. I got it in Williston ND a few years ago. Square axle,165L tires 8800 hours.  The rear 20.8 38's have been replaced by Titans. KIMG0123.thumb.JPG.a9dde78b31d3f1f912cf8990a573a6e2.JPG

Was waiting for you to come to the party.:D I have that picture of yours and was going to use it, then figured I wouldn't steel your thunder.:D

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those sure are purdy!!!!

so being a novice on the 5488, what are the specs on them ? 

Engine? 

stock HP 

Trans? 

Inline pump vs? 

 

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ah ha!!! found it, its got the beloved DT466 in it - whoa baby, at 12gph you can hear the fuel tank side pop in from the suction 

around 180HP it looks like at the pto

same beloved trannie in my 5088 - including sentry - hmmmm i might call foul on the best tractor ever made ? 

i have no quams with my 88 but a lot of controversy around it and the trannie/rearend then add the sentry in the mix. 

if someone is cranking out 300hp i can only imagine the fuel cart in tow 

 

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1 hour ago, searcyfarms said:

 

if someone is cranking out 300hp i can only imagine the fuel cart in tow 

 

Good luck finding a tractor that can do the same work on less fuel.  Our 9270 or 7240 can't touch the efficiency of the 5488.

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1 hour ago, superih said:

Good luck finding a tractor that can do the same work on less fuel.  Our 9270 or 7240 can't touch the efficiency of the 5488.

i wonder what the neighbor has, he has 3 of those big articulating CASE IH one has steiger as well as CIH on it on the front. It was the smallest of the bunch the other two were about 1/3 bigger i shoulda took pix for u guys - such big suckers i didnt think folks round here would like them not to mention they had the 4 letter word on them.

they were burger king tractors ( whoppers ) 

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On 5/19/2021 at 9:04 AM, Gearclash said:

@INTERNATIONAL 1466  Do you know if my uncle (CJ) still has his 5488?  It was a pretty nice unit the few times I saw it, always in the shed unfortunately.  Not super polished up but nice looker in working clothes. MFWD.  

Yes, it is still there.

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Here are photos with a link of this French collector who owns this IH 5488 tractor; tractor that I presented to you in this topic.
It has other large models of American tractors.
It seems to me that he owns an IH 915 combine harvester.

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Check out this link below to see more photos.

https://www.farm-connexion.com/2018/10/28/une-collection-exceptionnelle-100-ih-americains/

 

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I have three of them, two in work clothes and one that was repainted before I bought it.   The loader on the second one is for sale, BTW, if anyone is looking for a good heavy duty loader. 
 

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