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2 hours ago, IHhogfarmer said:

I assume that one had fenders but removed for the strippers. 

Generally, most tractors here in west Texas never came with fenders, from the F series all the way up to the 56 series. Far as the green and yeller ones went, lots of 4010's and quite a few 4020's didn't have fenders either.

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38 minutes ago, twostepn2001 said:

Generally, most tractors here in west Texas never came with fenders, from the F series all the way up to the 56 series. Far as the green and yeller ones went, lots of 4010's and quite a few 4020's didn't have fenders either.

Do you own that 560 now?  That is a good story.

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Not a good close pic. But it's a aerial photo from the early 60s of the farm I now own. In the pic is my Great Grandfather's 560. All before my time but he had a 460 with a loader which was still around when he quit and we took over. It got sold to my Dad's cousin. The 560 was a Diesel from what I have been told and was traded in 73 for a 1466.

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6 minutes ago, TP from Central PA said:

Do you own that 560 now?  That is a good story.

No l don't. The owner's son offered it to me probably 10 years or so ago but l had just bought a house plus l retired not long after so l just didn't have the money. l did get some pics of my son with it plus a few weeks later l took 3 of my granddaughters to back there to show them the house l grew up in. Of course they wasn't very interested in the tractor but they thought it was pretty neat to see the house l lived in when l was about their age...lol

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I have a gas 560 and a diesel 560. Both have fast hitch and wide fronts, and take 1/2 acre to turn around.

The diesel is a horse. Makes a good match for the 412 plow. I let the engine get too hot once, the head cracked, and the rebuilt head cost me more than the initial tractor price. Lucky I found the head at all. 16.9x38 rear tires keep the FH from going down as far as would be nice. Glow plugs are a constant PITA. 

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I would like to put a narrow front on the gas 560, but I can't get it to run reliably long enough to change it. the fast hitch was always searching for the level where it wanted to be, so I run the FH off 1 remote. Fortunately, it came with 2 remotes. The gas 560 has the standard "whack your fingers on the gearshift in 3rd gear" steering wheel. Diesel steering wheel has smaller diameter wheel.

Neighbor (green guy) with gas 560/ 311 FH plow at plow day 10 years ago.

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If I had been in the market and able to buy a new tractor in 1960/61, I may have looked at green after trying out a 560. They make a nice set with my 140-240-340-460, but I would hate to have to do serious farming with them.

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32 minutes ago, Lars (midessa) said:

I don’t remember hitting my knuckles on the gear shift, but sure do remember scrapping my knuckles on the throttle.

Yeah, that POS setup is a PITA.............My right thumb was often caught on the bottom of the suicide knob on the throttle turning on headlands.  The diesel one here now I will not put a suicide knob on it for that reason, even when everything else here has one.  

Now the gear shift in 1st and 3rd are a PITA............with the seat where I like it, with the clutch coming out, my knee will get into it if I am not careful.  I assume they changed it on them compared to the earlier tractors because it was never a issue on them.  

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Got a video with sound?

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29 minutes ago, Rusty shackleford said:

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I like your muffler.

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9 hours ago, lorenzo said:

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Now that’s some tractor porn?

Kind of odd mix with hippie buses in the background 

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2 hours ago, hardtail said:

Now that’s some tractor porn?

Kind of odd mix with hippie buses in the background 

A body shop next door to where I assembled the tractor,  they did my paint . One of the employees has at least 40 different Volkswagens . 

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So do we love these things or hate them? I’m confused.  

and I never even knew I wanted one until I joined this forum.

They are very rare in this part of NY.  Lots of M’s still hidden in sheds, and lots of 1066’s still in the fields, but I don’t believe I have ever seen a 560 at work (and that’s over the last 40 years) and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more than a few of them in person at all.

  For these reasons I always just  assumed the horror stories were Real. 

-I want one. 

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They had their problems and an 806 is way nicer to drive but they weren't all bad. I didn't want anything to do with a 560 for the longest time either. Then I got to thinking I'd like to own one for a bit just to experience them and make my own opinion.  I do like it better than I thought,  but then again I like em all to some extent. It was a step in the evolution. 

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23 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

They had their problems and an 806 is way nicer to drive but they weren't all bad. I didn't want anything to do with a 560 for the longest time either. Then I got to thinking I'd like to own one for a bit just to experience them and make my own opinion.  I do like it better than I thought,  but then again I like em all to some extent. It was a step in the evolution. 

Nah, Tanker says you need an 8N…..

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5 minutes ago, jass1660 said:

Nah, Tanker says you need an 8N…..

Big 10-4 on that...................Will knife in NH3 and a blow haylage up a 80ft'er all in the same day with a 8N...............Has two arms with balls on the ends of them on the back so it must be true!:rolleyes:

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42 minutes ago, stronger800 said:

So do we love these things or hate them? I’m confused.  

and I never even knew I wanted one until I joined this forum.

They are very rare in this part of NY.  Lots of M’s still hidden in sheds, and lots of 1066’s still in the fields, but I don’t believe I have ever seen a 560 at work (and that’s over the last 40 years) and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more than a few of them in person at all.

  For these reasons I always just  assumed the horror stories were Real. 

-I want one. 

Probably were all hauled down here...........Seems everyone either had or has a 4/560 at one point.  And honestly they had a good reputation, I get put on enemies list's when I voice my less than legend opinion of them, and have one.  

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3 hours ago, stronger800 said:

So do we love these things or hate them? I’m confused.  

and I never even knew I wanted one until I joined this forum.

They are very rare in this part of NY.  Lots of M’s still hidden in sheds, and lots of 1066’s still in the fields, but I don’t believe I have ever seen a 560 at work (and that’s over the last 40 years) and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more than a few of them in person at all.

  For these reasons I always just  assumed the horror stories were Real. 

-I want one. 

More common in the corn belt I guess. 
When I was using dads as a kid everyone had one. Dad had two and other then an occasional 4020 somewhere I thought those were the only two tractors that existed . Thinking back I remember nine 560’s within three miles of home and most of them are still in use to some degree on augers, hay wagons, bailers, rakes, or some other small task. 
I find jobs for mine as often as I can even if it’s just to go get the mail. Lately mine  has been used to spread manure, pull logs, picked up bails, hauled kids on hay rack for fun, post holes, I even have an old two point blade and a three bottom plow for it. 
 

It’s not just a fashion statement at the coffee shop , it gets used but every time I take it into town for a farmers market or whatever it always draws a crowd of old timers that love seeing it.

It has been my experience in the last fifteen years of using it that the old timers I meet with it have fond memories and enjoy seeing it and it wasent until joining this forum and hearing from all the IH loving members that I found out what a worthless head splitting rear end exploding gutless knee busting knuckle gashing hard starting glow plug eating tractor affectionately also known as the 560 and now recently added to the list

“ Should have never happened” 

 

 

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3 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

They had their problems and an 806 is way nicer to drive but they weren't all bad. I didn't want anything to do with a 560 for the longest time either. Then I got to thinking I'd like to own one for a bit just to experience them and make my own opinion.  I do like it better than I thought,  but then again I like em all to some extent. It was a step in the evolution. 

  I would not mind a mounted picker project involving a 560 such as putting a 234 on top of it although I would personally prefer a 766.

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4 hours ago, stronger800 said:

So do we love these things or hate them? I’m confused.  

and I never even knew I wanted one until I joined this forum.

They are very rare in this part of NY.  Lots of M’s still hidden in sheds, and lots of 1066’s still in the fields, but I don’t believe I have ever seen a 560 at work (and that’s over the last 40 years) and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more than a few of them in person at all.

  For these reasons I always just  assumed the horror stories were Real. 

-I want one. 

  Around here I don't think that they were very common while they were sold new.  The same could be said for competing tractors of a similar size as the 560.  I know of 3 and perhaps 4 560's sold new in the immediate area around here.  Probably more once you get into the veg crop areas where they had more money to throw around.  Everybody grew a little wheat back then but there were extremely few true cash crop farms to justify a large fleet of tractors.  Then factor in poor crop years or low milk prices.  Really not a lot of older tractors around anymore around me.  The sheds have been cleaned out and you just don't see 1066's at work anymore.  The good ones got sold out of the area to big money collectors and the rest went to the parts yards.  I would be considered an oddball for running older tractors built 1985 and prior.  

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