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Old 10-22-2012, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We are considering cat tracked tractor and have some questions about the 55 because we think it may fit our needs best. I noticed that the engine seems a little small for the hp, has anyone had one of these and please comment. Thanks
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought a 55 three years ago with 8,000 hours on it. I've put an additional 600 hours on it and its been running great. Twelve row corn planter in the spring and 840 bu grain cart in the fall. Very dependable, however, the hitch is too small for the cart and we have broke two of them now. That could be because of the man I used to have running it though.
I took it to Cat for an annual last winter and told them to run the overhead and check the main/rod bearings. They ran the overhead and told me it was fine and they didn't bother with checking the bearings because those motors don't go through bearings. In 600 hours, I've never had to add oil or coolant between changes. Mice do like the cab though, I haven't been able to stop them from getting in. I went with the Outback autosteer and their BaselineX for RTK. I'm not impressed with the steering on the tractor, its not fine tuned enough for small corrections.
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They are very durable. The 7.6 is a genesis motor... i actually was suprised with the power they have. The biggest thing for me is if i could find a wide track verison... its a good 225 hp but will pull like 250... if thats not enough to to a 65e.. just as versitile but with a larger engine. 10 speed and u can still get 3pt added after the fact.
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The 55 has a Cat 3126 engine in it not the New Holland.
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My bad... i got to see them being built.... the engine and tranny are brought in from outside together already.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We have the cat 65d and love it pull 50ft of air seeder no problem i really like the power shift and very very little slipage also we notice compared to other farmers with 4x4 that when seed is comming up its hard to see where our track were
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I think I have a 3126 in my combine and its putting out 300 - 320 hp.
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