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Probably one of the most popular of the 88 series tractors on midwest farms was the 5088. Seemed to be more of those around that I remember on farms back then when they were new. Not hard to locate them today either. Are any of y'all still farming with a 5088? Show and tell time. Let's go!

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My 5088 is my main tractor. Mine has 5500 ish hours is a great machine, one heck of an upgrade from the 856. It handles all my large implements with ease, and the nice cab makes a big difference on all those days when the weather isn’t all that greatFF86A0C0-43FE-4DE1-BB03-8B440D43EE43.thumb.jpeg.cecc818cc456dd7dc3d96c63c9e66f52.jpegD468D26C-1993-4FDF-ADAA-E5A40146C45C.thumb.jpeg.8748c95f08f6f6bb6383f178afbfb4f8.jpeg9D005A74-23E3-43CC-AC75-4F7A6FA0EC6B.thumb.jpeg.af583312c40124acc8e5362878691d81.jpegFC62DED6-56D7-493D-84B8-A848D606C06F.thumb.jpeg.c9d52f681e52d9999046d900674f5ca2.jpeg

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Dang that is some kind of rubber on that 5088 in the top pic. Makes it look like a 5488. Do you think they have the “tail twisted” (turned up) on that one? Lol…..

 

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That’s not a good picture but I had a 5088 for several years.  I used it on the sprayer and to spread dry fertilizer.  I put a 2-300 hundred hours a year on it.  Had just short of 10,000 hours when I sold it.  Biggest problem I ever had was a slow leak in the A/C I struggled to find.  I miss it sometimes.

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  Very few got sold around here as the tough 1980's was settling in when they were released.  IH's problems were getting to be widely known by 1983 so that further hurt sales.  JD's 15 speed Power Shift coupled with MFWD was very tough competition.  

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35 minutes ago, 766 Man said:

  Very few got sold around here as the tough 1980's was settling in when they were released.  IH's problems were getting to be widely known by 1983 so that further hurt sales.  JD's 15 speed Power Shift coupled with MFWD was very tough competition.  

Probably was an easier sell against the 40 series when they first came out with the 88's.................You had the duplex mack grind box setup with the Quad derangement or the 8 spd neck breaker, which the STS IMO was better than either, but once that 15 spd came along in what, '83?  That would be a hard sell along with that ZF MFD under the Deere's which had a pretty decent turning radius, even narrowed up.  Bunch of 4050's were sold around here, although they would have been a smaller tractor than a 5088 and I am sure a bunch cheaper, but anyone know for sure?

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14 minutes ago, TP from Central PA said:

Probably was an easier sell against the 40 series when they first came out with the 88's.................You had the duplex mack grind box setup with the Quad derangement or the 8 spd neck breaker, which the STS IMO was better than either, but once that 15 spd came along in what, '83?  That would be a hard sell along with that ZF MFD under the Deere's which had a pretty decent turning radius, even narrowed up.  Bunch of 4050's were sold around here, although they would have been a smaller tractor than a 5088 and I am sure a bunch cheaper, but anyone know for sure?

  As bad as 1983-87 was a bunch of new JD 4450 15 sp with MFWD got sold around here.  But JD also had the advantage of being well capitalized to finance those tractors unlike most of their competition.  IH could have had the money to build more tractors but it would not have mattered if they could not be financed to make a sale.  It would have been the Michigan State Fairgrounds during 1975 with Chrsyler all over again.  Lots of inventory sitting in a lot aging.

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We got one when I was a teenager in the early 90s. Dad traded the 656 gas hydro planter tractor in on it, moved the 856 to planter duty and the 50 became main tillage tractor. It ran good for us other the the usual transmission/sentry issues. I think it had around 9000hrs when it left maybe around 2010? After I was full time off the farm. I think it was traded in on a combine. Had a 9130 for a couple years before it left. 

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16 hours ago, 766 Man said:

  Very few got sold around here as the tough 1980's was settling in when they were released.  IH's problems were getting to be widely known by 1983 so that further hurt sales.  JD's 15 speed Power Shift coupled with MFWD was very tough competition.  

Same around here. 50 and 30 series tractors are rare as hen's teeth. Everyone bought in the 70s and when the 80s rolled around no one bought anything. The 50 series/30 series IH and the 50 series Deere are pretty much nonexistent. IH guys were running 66 or 86 series right into the 90s and traded on Magnums or Maxxums. Deere guys started buying end of 55 series/ 60 series run. But more bought the 7800/7810, 8000 series Deeres. 

There were 2 5088's in the area. Reason one was able to be bought by them was that they made bank in the 70s. Good farm prices plus part of the farm sat on the Scipio Albion oilfield so during the 70s oil shock they made damn good oil royalties off the wells on them. The other farm bought it because he worked for Kellogg's as his main gig. Never saw a 52 or 5488.

Both are gone now.

 

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42 minutes ago, Reichow7120 said:

Same around here. 50 and 30 series tractors are rare as hen's teeth. Everyone bought in the 70s and when the 80s rolled around no one bought anything. The 50 series/30 series IH and the 50 series Deere are pretty much nonexistent. IH guys were running 66 or 86 series right into the 90s and traded on Magnums or Maxxums. Deere guys started buying end of 55 series/ 60 series run. But more bought the 7800/7810, 8000 series Deeres. 

There were 2 5088's in the area. Reason one was able to be bought by them was that they made bank in the 70s. Good farm prices plus part of the farm sat on the Scipio Albion oilfield so during the 70s oil shock they made damn good oil royalties off the wells on them. The other farm bought it because he worked for Kellogg's as his main gig. Never saw a 52 or 5488.

Both are gone now.

 

  The guys who bought around here were fairly well insulated from the 1980's grain shock/ Farm Credit belt tightening.  Most were vegetable farms and some had excellent productivity while others had inherited money.  Like I said before JD was also in a position to finance where other companies could not.  Not many boxcar Magnums sold around here as Case IH really shot themselves in the foot with dealer closures.

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Our 5088 had it about 7-8 years now around 6500 hrs. Really like the way it shifts and the cab is nice after only having open stations or 66's with no doors. Put larger rubber on the front just for looks and every winter I say it's going to be painted but doesn't look like it will happen this year again. Been very reliable but I only use it for hay work. 

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Days late to this one, we've got a 5088 dad bought about '03-04 ish? It's got 88xx hours now, was the main tillage tractor till I got my 3394 in '15, then it became planter, fertilzer, sprayer rig. It got a good polishing fall of '20, and new rubber all around in Feb of '21, full LED lighting spring of '21. Got rid of the Crack prone 9 bolt duals and went full on cast duals.  Will put new dual rubber on this winter.

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