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I thought it was cheaper than a 56 series to compete with the 4020 as an 856 whooped a 4020 everyday and twice on Sunday

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24 minutes ago, bitty said:

I thought it was cheaper than a 56 series to compete with the 4020 as an 856 whooped a 4020 everyday and twice on Sunday

I thought the 1026 was the hydro version of the 1256.  I thought the 856 custom was the cheapo version.  The 4020 falls right in between the 856 and the 826 horsepower wise.  

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17 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

I thought the 1026 was the hydro version of the 1256.  I thought the 856 custom was the cheapo version.  The 4020 falls right in between the 856 and the 826 horsepower wise.  

On paper maybe but I think the 826 runs better. 856 custom was the 4000 answer 

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28 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:
30 minutes ago, Big Bud guy said:

I thought the 1026 was the hydro version of the 1256.

I always thought that too, till I saw a 1026 at RPU this past summer that had a cat 2 hitch, then found out that all 1026s did.

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16 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

Kinda like a 544. I had one.  Really really nice for what it was just doesn’t fit in quite right number wise. 

I thought I read once that 544 was for 54 horsepower and 4 cylinders.

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5 minutes ago, TractormanMike.mb said:

I thought I read once that 544 was for 54 horsepower and 4 cylinders.

Never heard that personally but you could be correct.  It’s 4cyl for sure and close on the hp. 

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The 826 is between the 756 and 856 hp wise. Remember that was a very popular sizes tractor when new. The 826 was available in gear drive, like the 756/856, or hydrostatic.

The 1026 was a 1256 with a hydrostatic drive and cat 2 3pt.

I have a gold demo 826 our neighbor bought new.

Thx-Ace 

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Like acem said, the 826 plugged a hole in IH's product line.  Also, the 826 was a good bit lighter than the 856 which made it priced more competitively against the Deere 4020 which was still often lighter than the 826. 

In manufacturing, weight = dollars.  Therefore, a lighter tractor is nearly always less money than a heavier one. With this comment, I'm looking Kubota square in the eyes.

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I knew the 1026 was a hydro, but available with a gear drive. Didn't think the 826 was available as a hydro?

And, good thread, I have always wondered about these models too. Hopefully someone can really explain them.

Would have been completely understandable if they had all been hydrostatic drives, or all gear drive. Either, high tech (for the era) hydro models... or a stripped down model made to compete with other brands... but not both. That said, they had the "X56 - Custom" models as price point tractors and sold them side by side with '26s. And if a X26 was a stripper, then how did they get to be gold demos? Confusing.

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25 minutes ago, Cattech said:

And if a X26 was a stripper, then how did they get to be gold demos?

Probably to show/convince the potential customer that, although priced less, it would perform the same in the field as an 856, (assuming it had the same sized rear axles) or pull 756 sized implements at a higher speed than a 756. The latter was one of the selling points JD used to promote the 4000.

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34 minutes ago, Cattech said:

I knew the 1026 was a hydro, but available with a gear drive. Didn't think the 826 was available as a hydro?

And, good thread, I have always wondered about these models too. Hopefully someone can really explain them.

Would have been completely understandable if they had all been hydrostatic drives, or all gear drive. Either, high tech (for the era) hydro models... or a stripped down model made to compete with other brands... but not both. That said, they had the "X56 - Custom" models as price point tractors and sold them side by side with '26s. And if a X26 was a stripper, then how did they get to be gold demos? Confusing.

1026 was Hydro only, 826 could be gear or Hydro.

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I've always figured the "26" series was intended to be the large frame hydros, as mentioned. At some point there must have been a demand for an 826 in gear drive, so they built them. I've always thought of a 1026 as a hydro 1256, from a hp standpoint, but it's more like a hydro 1456 with the longer hood and updated hitch, but lower hp 407. The 1026/1456 essentially replaced the 1256. 

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7 minutes ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

The 26 series was designed to showcase the new large frame hydro tractors.   The 826 was definitely available as a hydro (I own one) and as a gas.

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Aaron, are those both your tractors? An 826 gas, hydro, with NFE has got to be one rare bird!

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I think that the 826 came out instead of making an 856 hydro.  They wanted to use the 358 german diesel, so it really was NOT an 856 anyway. They already had a large capacity to produce the gear drives, so make both available. The 1026 was already covered by the 1256/ 1456 gear drive machines.

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