SDman Posted November 17, 2021 Share Posted November 17, 2021 This post relates to something I have wondered about for many years.....and it has to do with the marketing of both John Deere and IH in the 1960s. In short, both companies sure had a lot of holes in their lineup as far as HP was concerned. First, if you look at IH, when the 06 series started in 1963, the 706 was marketed at 72-73 HP and the 806 was marketed at 94-95 HP. Then in 1965, both gas and diesel models of the 706 were increased in HP to 76HP....the diesel engine was changed from the D-282 to the D-310 German diesel while the gas engine went from a 263 to a 291 in size. At the same time, IH introduced the 656 to fill the HP hole under the 706 at 65HP. However, the gap between the 7 & 806 was still quite a difference. This continued on with the 56 series as the 756 was unchanged from the late 706s in HP, but the 856 went up to 100HP. With the 826, IH had something to split the HP difference between the 756 and 856. IH also had something that was a more direct competitor to the John Deere 4020. Deere was in a similar boat. IIRC, the 3010 was originally 55-60HP, while the 4010 was 85 HP. When those morphed into the 3020 & 4020, the HP gap was still sizable as the 3020 was around 65 HP while the 4020 was 95HP. Sure seemed like both companies had big gaps in HP throughout the 1960s. In the late 60s, IH brought out the 26 series and the 1456, while Deere brought out the 4520, 4320, and 4620 to fill some of the holes in their lineups 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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