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While I love all my IH tractors on the farm, this one is my favorite. Her name is Bobbi Ann and she has been with us for 27 years. And yes all of our tractors have names, and they are all girls. How about y'all? Which one on your farm is your favorite IH?

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I only ever named two of my six tractors.

My 1980 Tri-Stripe 1086 was “Good Girl”

And I called my 1994 CIH 7220 “Cadillac”

All the other poor critters were just their model numbers: 

1456, 1456, 1066, 1466.

But they were all great tractors.

 

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Hard question to answer, I will say this, not my 826. Not a knock on that model, just that since it doesn't move it hasn't worked it's way into my heart yet. The others; 1066 really should be my favorite, it just gets the work done. 756, I smile a lot every time  use it! It was quite an undertaking for someone with my experience level! 856 is moving up fast! Hopefully get the clutch oiling problem figured out/fixed this year. It could become the favorite pretty easy.

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No favorites here.  They all just get slightly different love and respect for the things they do slightly better than the others. Even if it’s just as simple as one   has bigger tires or is set narrower than the other.  Deeper snow or mud, you take  the 14 on 20.8’ over the one on 18.4’s, etc.  

No names either, other than the “New 10”  (newest to us….better than ten years ago….with 1500 hr) (making it the “newest” tractor hour wise actually)  Practically new…76 style. 
 Oh and we do have “The Maxwell”, third one of the same name, as Maxxum was read off the hood by a guy that worked for us for a long time that had a slight bit of difficulty with reading comprehension. 3A75517B-068A-416A-AB96-7A01FE72652C.thumb.jpeg.96dbb3bebbc3b767b1c504444459ead3.jpeg

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12 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

Hard question to answer, I will say this, not my 826. Not a knock on that model, just that since it doesn't move it hasn't worked it's way into my heart yet. The others; 1066 really should be my favorite, it just gets the work done. 756, I smile a lot every time  use it! It was quite an undertaking for someone with my experience level! 856 is moving up fast! Hopefully get the clutch oiling problem figured out/fixed this year. It could become the favorite pretty easy.

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Even though I’m retired now and this tractor is now a trailer queen, not the same tractor but the one we farmed with in the early 70s was and will always be the best tractor ever owned. I ran the snot out of it back in the day and loved every minute of it. 

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I'm with stronger I like them all. Depending on day or task at hand they all could be a favorite at any given time. My first tractor owned is my 400. It's been around longer than either the wife or kids. The 826 with better power steering and brakes is nice. The 560..... well I like hearing that old diesel run. Grandpa's 1st tractor the regular. And Uncle Claudes MM M5 all are rough compared to many here but I still like em anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Only named two of them. My 806 is Gasbuggy & the 2444 is Lil ALco.

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I don't know if I can really choose between our 1456 and 1086.  I like them both but usually choose the 1086 1st.  Maybe that will change with some improvements made to the 1456.

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“The Cat”


 

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93B65AB9-50F3-4DDE-B155-6709842FB642.thumb.jpeg.3584edee0dafd1401f8d2bbdbde9998d.jpeg“The 9”

 

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“Killer”

 

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Except for the 966 and the M every thing else was bought new by my family. 
I don’t really play favorites cuz I don’t want them to fight but overall I would say the old M is my favorite. That loader has lifted a million things for me since we bought it in 1972 and has never needed anything except a few batteries over the years. 

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Out of the 4166, 1206, and Cub that are my favorite IH’s, the 1948 Cub is the only tractor I have at this point. I figure from casting dates it was built about February of ‘48. 
 

Some neat things make it a favorite, we know all its history of owners, one being my great grandpa from the mid to late eighties until 2001. I have the original BOS for the tractors and 1963 woods mower. I also have the original operators manual for the Cub. We’ve had it at our place since August 2014. I’ve fixed oil leaks and installed a new wiring harness for FFA projects since then. 
 

I’ve also been fortunate enough to be on the same grounds as the factory they were built in (now Louisville airport) and the location of the dealership where in was sold new. 
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That’s the Super C ,I can still climb up and get in the seat. Amen ! 
 

560D with three point is for a young man 

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My favorites are mostly traded off and gone as the operation has changed over the years but I bought a 5088 a while back for hay work and just because I wanted an 88 around again. I still have a 39 H awaiting restoration that was bought new by my great grandfather. My uncle also has his 52 Chevy pickup that he plans to restore in his retirement. Although I could spend all day in an 88 series and be completely happy I sure like our 380 half track lol

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