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Tractor of the week: Week 6. 856


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37 minutes ago, Steve C. said:

A previous post made me wonder whether the 856 Custom had one or two headlights in each fender.  Something makes me think one.

I'm not sure they had fenders with the IH cab. The lights  were on the front. That tractor got traded 15 years ago for a 1486. 

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29 minutes ago, FarmerFixEmUp said:

I'm not sure they had fenders with the IH cab. The lights  were on the front. That tractor got traded 15 years ago for a 1486. 

I was thinking of the open station model.

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I need to get with the pict. program some  time.  I have a Hi-Crop I use for spraying ,a std we use on the farm and a true wheat land. (getting engine work ,etc.). Would like a LP to add to the "fun".

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The Custom model was meant to compete with Deere's 4000. One light in each fender, 36 gallon fuel tank, one remote, mechanical seat, standard steering mechanism. I've seen quite a number of them in the wild and many have two remotes but it's not difficult to add one later. I recall seeing only two 756 Custom tractors and both were C291 gas powered.

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My 856 is a custom, I have two extra remotes that were added later, what’s left of the cab is after market too. Part of me wants to find a set of fenders and go back to true open station, but the sun shade can be nice in the summer…. My lights are on the cab, I put an led light bar on the front for baling at night, so much better than the two old dim sealed beams.

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A couple of my Favorite pics, and tractor stories. Farmall 856 bought new here in Ridgetown, Ontario in 1969. It was traded off in 1980 on a White 2-135 in Thamesville Ontario, and was shipped to the US. Thanks to sharing serial numbers on this forum, it has been found again! another member now has it in New York State and is in good hands!

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Tough week for me last week.  I missed this thread. I’ll add our 856 now. 7200hr, original paint,  M+W turbo, but it was too loud for me with a chrome pipe and the original muffler was long gone. 
I did just source a set of twelve 100lb weights this winter, so it will be getting a few of those on the front, for looks.  It’s only stays pinned to the tedder, but the weights will look nice 6AFBFEB8-83BC-4C26-9393-1E942AFD37AA.thumb.jpeg.3cb6d53662ddc4fc13c7550704785b92.jpeg166BDF18-F8E6-4EA4-A92D-984A4D93FB41.thumb.jpeg.d15d6e2055ad0354f023aa3f6a356e49.jpeg

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14 hours ago, Farmall Doctor said:

A couple of my Favorite pics, and tractor stories. Farmall 856 bought new here in Ridgetown, Ontario in 1969. It was traded off in 1980 on a White 2-135 in Thamesville Ontario, and was shipped to the US. Thanks to sharing serial numbers on this forum, it has been found again! another member now has it in New York State and is in good hands!

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Did this 856 come new with white front wheels?

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On 2/10/2023 at 12:40 AM, IHKeith said:

 

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This is my Great Uncles' 856, these Uncles ran a farm together for 40 years or more, farmed together as brothers their whole lives, one has passed and the other is long retired and over 90 years old, as long as I have been around they live(d) at the next door farm and the one next to that, they grew up in the house I live in, these pics are taken at my place, my cousin who grew up with the 856 still uses it to farm

I'm not sure on all the history of Uncle Jimmy and Uncle David's equipment, but a Case 400 was one of there first big tractors, then a 756, 1969 model, they bought it new or almost new, the 856 came along years later, to lessen the load on the 756, the 756 looks almost just like the 856 except it has 34" rear tires and original fenders with the Year A Round cab, the 756 has been on light duty work only for years, I don't know all the specifics but it can make some concerning noises from the transmission/diff, the 856 has still done a ton of work, but I'd guess 60% of the hours of the 756, the great blizzard of 77? (I'm an '85 model so I wasn't there) around that time in a year or two Uncle David wore out a new snowblower, as the story goes, I don't know which 56 series tractor was being used for that but maybe that contributed to the 756's high hour count, he was one of the first "contractors" blowing snow for people who couldn't move their own,  before the days of compact tractors and pull behind blowers, when our few miles out of town was remote and less popular to populate, I'd bet he happened into that enterprise in passing to log or collect sap

Uncle Jimmy and Dave wore out a 756, worked it hard, got an 856, worked it hard enough too, their tillage equipment was as big as you want with an 856, they have a 5 furrow Overum plow, 18? foot 45 vibra shank cultivator, similar size Bush Hog disc, not the cutting edge of today's technology and practices but in good going the 856 could pull that 18 feet and in tougher/muddy conditions might have the wings up, they never got bigger equipment then what an 856 could handle,  as other tractors came up for sale they bought them to compliment their fleet, they bought my Gramp's 1130 Massey in the late 80's, it was a good performer, the 1130 was cranked up as high as 160 horse in it's time, they had it for 15 years or so, when the crown and pinion went in the 1130 they opted not to fix it and we parted it out, around 2001, installed the engine in an 1105 and it was putting out 138 on the PTO, they also bought a used 1070 Case in the early 90s that didn't outlast or outperform the 856

This one has definitely been a good tractor 

 

 

 

 

 

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Between 15 and 25 years ago I remember seeing those tractors when I would pass by that farm a few times a year running between Carleton Place and Arnprior. I don’t go that way very often anymore but last fall when I passed by there I remembered the farm but didn’t see any tractors.

One of these days I may stop in to visit you… Don’t be afraid! Lol

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2 hours ago, superih said:

Did this 856 come new with white front wheels?

White wheel weights too. The early production 56 Series tractors often had white wheel weights. Not sure if it was a styling cue but I've seen enough so equipped that it makes me ponder. Also know of two 1967 806 tractors with factory white fenders and the heavier 856 three point. The In The Heat Of The Night Farmall 806 has white rear wheel hubs like a 1206 but the front rims are red.

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A lot of parts were switched at the dealer when a customer wanted a machine with certain options/ sizes.  Sometimes, the customer wanted parts swapped off their trade in.  This can account for color discrepancies and parts installed on a certain machine.

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I like the white wheel weights on a 806. 

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5 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

A lot of parts were switched at the dealer when a customer wanted a machine with certain options/ sizes.  Sometimes, the customer wanted parts swapped off their trade in.  This can account for color discrepancies and parts installed on a certain machine.

Dealers did that all the time but both of the late 806's are still with the original owners and both told me the tractors were new with white fenders. It's also interesting these tractors landed in essentially the same zip code. The heavier 856 three point was a running change starting with serial #23001, very likely the start of '67 model year production on 1 November 1966.

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On 2/14/2023 at 4:14 PM, Farmall Doctor said:

A couple of my Favorite pics, and tractor stories. Farmall 856 bought new here in Ridgetown, Ontario in 1969. It was traded off in 1980 on a White 2-135 in Thamesville Ontario, and was shipped to the US. Thanks to sharing serial numbers on this forum, it has been found again! another member now has it in New York State and is in good hands!

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Love the original pictures of the 856.

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12 hours ago, Qc.Can.IH man said:

Between 15 and 25 years ago I remember seeing those tractors when I would pass by that farm a few times a year running between Carleton Place and Arnprior. I don’t go that way very often anymore but last fall when I passed by there I remembered the farm but didn’t see any tractors.

One of these days I may stop in to visit you… Don’t be afraid! Lol

I think it's neat that you have noticed them passing by over the years, and make the connection seeing the 856 online

I believe the 756 is lurking in the cover all shed, not used often, last few times I have seen it out it was running a wood splitter, I don't think it leaves home, the 856 gets around, my cousin Neil who uses it farms the home place and more, his base of operations is on the North side of Almonte, the 856 has been next door most of the winter, with a modern drag behind snow blower on it

My Uncle David wore a hardhat almost all the time, his usual facial expression he had his lower lip out, seeing the 856 pic again tonight, the protected beacon light on top the cab and the front weights sticking out, it almost looks like him lol

As I typed that I remembered that Neil has a tattoo of the 856 pulling their Overum plow, so his commitment is in ink, I remember him loving on the 1130 back when, but I don't think he has a tattoo of it

Stop in anytime you are by, amongst all the farm equipment, head towards the corner of the yard with cars and you'll find me

Next time I'm by your place I'll stop in

 

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