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13 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

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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Is that loader made out of flat plates instead of tubing? 

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2 hours ago, bitty said:

Is that loader made out of flat plates instead of tubing? 

Yes it is. I’m pretty sure you aren’t going to bend or tweak the arms. I load two 5x6 round bales at a time, once in awhile the back end of the tractor gets light, but that loader is solid!  Miller PL-3 is the model. 

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My dad bought his 5488 in December of 17. It has around 2,000 hours on a Reman engine. Some say they have trouble with these tractors staying cool but we've had the exact opposite experience. I've put by far the most hours on it since it's been on the farm and for what we do with it, I wouldn't trade it for a brand new tractor they make these days. My dad is a little partial to his 5288 since he's had it longer but I'm happy to take the 54 any day. We take the right side panels off the 88s so we don't cook the alternators.

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3 hours ago, Farmer in training said:

My dad bought his 5488 in December of 17. It has around 2,000 hours on a Reman engine. Some say they have trouble with these tractors staying cool but we've had the exact opposite experience. I've put by far the most hours on it since it's been on the farm and for what we do with it, I wouldn't trade it for a brand new tractor they make these days. My dad is a little partial to his 5288 since he's had it longer but I'm happy to take the 54 any day. We take the right side panels off the 88s so we don't cook the alternators.

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88’s are designed to run with side panels ON. Big pet peeve of mine seeing them without. Never cooked an alternator yet on any of mine. Have had them succumb to dusty field conditions though (baling cornstalks).

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6 hours ago, Farmer in training said:

My dad bought his 5488 in December of 17. It has around 2,000 hours on a Reman engine. Some say they have trouble with these tractors staying cool but we've had the exact opposite experience. I've put by far the most hours on it since it's been on the farm and for what we do with it, I wouldn't trade it for a brand new tractor they make these days. My dad is a little partial to his 5288 since he's had it longer but I'm happy to take the 54 any day. We take the right side panels off the 88s so we don't cook the alternators.

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Side panels actually help the cooling system work better for the forward air flow. 

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I have done a bunch of 5488’s hare are 3 of them first two are customers units . The second picture is one I put together a few years ago that is really the last one built . It came out of Hinsdale Engineering. The tractor was a rolling chassis and I ended up finishing the tractor . He had all the new stuff sitting there and I assembled it , dyno test , flow rate , paint and delivered it back .

The last picture is the one that Luke has all the pictures of . I sold it to him it was very low hour tractor and I couldn’t be happier that it went to a great home .👍😎

Danny 

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This is the very last new 5488 built , hope you guys enjoy it . It is sitting in my customers shop and they run it a couple times a year , change out fuel , they had me put this all together in memory of there dad . He never got to finish it before he got sick and I was honored to finish it for them .

When I took it back it had 4.4 hrs on it and today it has under 20 hrs last I talked to him . I had to promise him I would never tell anyone where he is located and I will always honor that , it is a great piece of history 👍😎

Danny

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That was a brand new cab still on the pallet from the Farmall Plant , this stuff was sold on the surplus auction up at Hinsdale after they closed the plant .

Danny

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15 hours ago, jass1660 said:

Side panels actually help the cooling system work better for the forward air flow. 

 

19 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

88’s are designed to run with side panels ON. Big pet peeve of mine seeing them without. Never cooked an alternator yet on any of mine. Have had them succumb to dusty field conditions though (baling cornstalks).

Yea I wondered if it tampered with how the forward air flow functions but they actually run cool and with all do respect we went through 2 alternators in consecutive years and haven't had a problem since we removed them. I don't like how it looks and have been tempted to put them back on but the tractors  technically aren't mine. It could be the brand he's getting. And I don't know what brand they are either

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10 hours ago, DirtBoyz07 said:

This is the very last new 5488 built , hope you guys enjoy it . It is sitting in my customers shop and they run it a couple times a year , change out fuel , they had me put this all together in memory of there dad . He never got to finish it before he got sick and I was honored to finish it for them .

When I took it back it had 4.4 hrs on it and today it has under 20 hrs last I talked to him . I had to promise him I would never tell anyone where he is located and I will always honor that , it is a great piece of history 👍😎

Danny

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Is that a windshield washer nozzle on the top of the hood?

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That tractor had a windshield washer kit on it , I had never seen that before 😳 Even had an IH washer tank , must of come from the truck division.

Danny

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15 hours ago, Farmer in training said:

 

Yea I wondered if it tampered with how the forward air flow functions but they actually run cool and with all do respect we went through 2 alternators in consecutive years and haven't had a problem since we removed them. I don't like how it looks and have been tempted to put them back on but the tractors  technically aren't mine. It could be the brand he's getting. And I don't know what brand they are either

We have killed a lot of alternators over the years all different brands but i noticed on a couple (i can't remember the brand) it had cast in the housing to wash out every 8 hours of use, we wash ours out every time we wash the radiator with a water hose and they been living longer plus Mike Links has a really good one he's selling now

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6 hours ago, 88power said:

We have killed a lot of alternators over the years all different brands but i noticed on a couple (i can't remember the brand) it had cast in the housing to wash out every 8 hours of use, we wash ours out every time we wash the radiator with a water hose and they been living longer plus Mike Links has a really good one he's selling now

Thanks. I'll look into that if we ever need another one. A guy should maybe just get one to have on hand because nothing ever breaks down when you don't need it 

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On 11/18/2021 at 8:16 AM, DirtBoyz07 said:

This is the very last new 5488 built , hope you guys enjoy it . It is sitting in my customers shop and they run it a couple times a year , change out fuel , they had me put this all together in memory of there dad . He never got to finish it before he got sick and I was honored to finish it for them .

When I took it back it had 4.4 hrs on it and today it has under 20 hrs last I talked to him . I had to promise him I would never tell anyone where he is located and I will always honor that , it is a great piece of history 👍😎

Danny

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Shouldn't it have the 20 suitcase weight bracket though?

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Yes it should of had the new style weights and frame but he didn’t have them . That was the weight frame that was on it so I just left it on there .

Danny

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