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#1 Vol

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:12 PM

This one is for you Stack.....taken this morning by my son when hunting with his falcons with his friends. Their 3 falcons are perched on top the big iron while the dogs are working a rabbit.

 

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Pic stolen by photo bucket.


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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:15 PM

I can't figure out if that is ugly or pretty. Maybe so ugly it looks good?
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#3 Vol

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 06:25 PM

A freakin' beast!

 

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#4 deadmoose

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:13 PM

A freakin' beast!
 
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Yessir!

#5 stack em up

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 11:50 AM

I see it still gets used, otherwise it's be on its way to MN. AC used a 768 cubic inch engine with dual exhaust and twin turbos for agricultural work. That same engine is used in the construction side in HD21 dozers and some other things. They used the same block and all, but used a different crankshaft that increased the cubes to 900 and some. My old boss has an 8550 with the construction crank. Doesn't have much more power, but doesn't know whatever it's pulling is even back there.
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#6 Farmineer95

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:33 AM

Oh boy, I just had a bad flash back. A friend HAD one of those. We went through the power divider. Good power but was built before the days of ergonomics and quiet cabs. It looks good as long as its not in my yard.

#7 slowzuki

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:54 AM

Oddly enough those cabs were advanced in their day for noise levels.

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 11:00 PM

I was at a sale last year, had the 8550, 7580, 7080, 7060, 7045. Probably should have bought all of them. Once you get to looking at them, they are quite a tractor for the time. A decent cab, and hey stadium lighting and power mirrors!!
I bought the 7580, cause the price was right and articulated tractors are so nice to farm with. The hydraulic levers leave something to be desired for location, but closed center, they are quick. I think the rest of it is fine, I might change it to electric over hydraulic controls.
I think my 7580 has a 426 engine? I have been told to use it like 120 up tractor and it will run forever. It sure runs nice.
Any idea where to get a center hinge bolt Stack em up?
I really only need the big nut, but might just get the whole thing.




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