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I might be putting the cart in front of the horse here just a little but I was wondering which you guys think is the better tractor and/or would rather have. I'm thinking about buying one not because I need one but because I want one. I love my 806 so I'd like to see what a bigger one is like. I'd use it for probably some pulling,  plowing for fun and drives. I think the 1206 is by far the nicest looking tractor ever made when restored but I don't think I wanna pay the premium price for one and think the 56s look better with some patina. And out of the 56 series I was thinking 1456 because that's the biggest of that platform.

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They are both tough old tractors.   The 1456’s are bringing just as much if not more than a 1206 so the price is a mute argument.    Buy what you like and who cares what others think!

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Can’t go wrong with either 

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I would like to 1456 someday ....... starts as a dream, probably never obtain it though

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Both are good choices IMO. But if it was me I'd go 1206 but I'm a 06 series fan. You can't go wrong with either one thru.

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Both....

Most 361s are not as good of starters as 407s, 06 shifters are not the greatest thing, i like the wider 26/56 platform with fender extensions. 56s had more factory options. 1456 is just a brute and just heavier built front to back (the list of differences is extensive). Easier to find a 1206 than 1456. 1206 will always have its own paint scheme and identity. Most cant even name 5 differences of a 1256 vs 1456. Id take a good 1206 over a rougher 1456. Side by side both good condition 1456 all the way. 

 

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got both, but my 1456 would be the last work tractor I would ever sell. 

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26 minutes ago, Long Farms said:

Both....

Most 361s are not as good of starters as 407s, 06 shifters are not the greatest thing, i like the wider 26/56 platform with fender extensions. 56s had more factory options. 1456 is just a brute and just heavier built front to back (the list of differences is extensive). Easier to find a 1206 than 1456. 1206 will always have its own paint scheme and identity. Most cant even name 5 differences of a 1256 vs 1456. Id take a good 1206 over a rougher 1456. Side by side both good condition 1456 all the way. 

 

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Boy, id love to be able to walk out to the shed to see them bad boys sitting there. I can only hope to have one someday. We already have big 66 86 and 88 series to farm with so it would be a toy. Do either or both have the snort to them like a good 806 when you crack the throttle? I'd have to assume so. My 806 seams to have more attitude than even our 1066!

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Either one is a good choice. I have both 06 and 56 series tractors and I tend to favor the look of a 56 series but I’m partial to a 1256 as most on here know why. Price wise youll be in the same ball park as both are a hot commodity. You’ll have a few more options with a 1456 than a 1206 (ie, tilt steering, hydraulic seat, etc). Either way you’d have a great tractor with either one you chose!

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1206s always stand out because of the paint, but I'm partial to the 1456.  It's my favorite tractor and would be my choice.

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I played with a 1456 when I was a kid. Now I ‘m a big kid at heart and have the real thing. Still would rather be on that open station tractor on a nice fall day chiseling than the 9380 QT

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I'd say that is a question that only you can answer for yourself. 

Both are great tractors ,  but myself I went with what caught my eye 55 years ago when I was 15  and that was the white trim paint.

So I fixed up this old girl a few years ago. 

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18 minutes ago, Mark (EC,IN) said:

I'd say that is a question that only you can answer for yourself. 

Both are great tractors ,  but myself I went with what caught my eye 55 years ago when I was 15  and that was the white trim paint.

So I fixed up this old girl a few years ago. 

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Ooooweee that's a beautiful tractor!  I grew up with 66 and 86 tractors but it wasn't until I saw a restored 1206 at a pull that I started seeing tractors as not just a tool for a job, but a thing of beauty!

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You can add a Black Stripe 1566 to your list as that's a beast of a good looking open station tractor as well.  :)

 

I wanted an open station to play with.  I narrowed it down to a 1206, 1456, or a BS 1566.  I recently got a 15 but now I still want the 1206 and 1456 lol 

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1 hour ago, B.B. said:

You can add a Black Stripe 1566 to your list as that's a beast of a good looking open station tractor as well.  :)

 

I wanted an open station to play with.  I narrowed it down to a 1206, 1456, or a BS 1566.  I recently got a 15 but now I still want the 1206 and 1456 lol 

Yea the black stripes are definitely cool too. I'm getting the wife wore down to let me have 1 more, if I ask for two I'm afraid it'll blow up in my face! 

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