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Case IH 885 Tractor

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02-21-2012 14:45:06

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Can someone familiar with a Case IH 885 tractor fill me in about these machines? Iím looking at a 1985 year with 4 wheel drive or assist. I was wondering about fuel efficiency, durability, parts availability and functionality. The tractor has been setting for several years now and the engine wonít turn over. If they are a good useful and fuel efficient tractor then it might be worth the effort to fix up. The only Nebraska test that I could find on these is from the early 70ís and it was for a David Bradley with a 3 cylinder engine. This one has a 4 cylinder engine and a shuttle transmission I believe.

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mike of muncy

04-27-2012 22:54:06

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor- buyer beware in reply to 21hunter, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  
I am a small time farmer so, I don't use tractors daily. I have owned an 885 since new. It was good till about the 2000-hour mark. The rear-end had a pinhole leak from the front trans to the rear-end that the dealer had never seen before. That caused the brakes to need rebuilt. The clutch went. The rear-end got a knock that I paid $5500 to get fixed and then an additional $2700 to get re-fixed because the guys said that I must be using it wrong.....what happened for the first 25 years? It has been back at the repair shop for the past 7-months because they can't figure out what is causing the problem. LEMON. My 706 diesel is cold-blooded (ether to start-a lot of times) but, I wish I had two of them!

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02-23-2012 01:24:24

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to JDseller, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  
Case IH did make an 885...built in Doncaster England, sold 1985-1990 for the North American market. D268 4 cyl,
An early 2wd 885 with a SIMS cab is "identical" to a late IH 884 with "factory" SIMS cab.

The later Case IH 885 had an XL cab, optional centerline fwa. It is rare, but not impossible to find an 885 with the offset ZF fwa.
Now, in the UK, there was an IH 885, which is identical to the "solid red" 884 sold in North America, we just didn't get the XL cab until the tractor became the Case IH 885.

All Case IH 885 were 16x8 trans with an electric shift hi/lo powershift, unless equipped with the 8x8 with the column mounted shuttle lever.
IH was never consistent in model numbers around the world....

The David Brown (Case) 885 is a totally different tractor, nothing in common except the number. There is also a Case 995 which is totally different than the CaseIH 995....

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02-21-2012 17:52:25

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to 21hunter, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  
I traded in a few over the years. They had a terrible shifting transmission. The clutch was also a weak link on a loader tractor. The dry clutch just would not last long on a MFWD and a loader. The last one I had was a open station,MFWD, IH loader, with less than 3500 hours, only five years old. It took me almost two years to sell it and I only got $12,500 out of it. Swore never to own another one and I have stuck to that.

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02-22-2012 03:07:56

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to JDseller, 02-21-2012 17:52:25  
I was hoping to use this in place of my 2-105 White for lighter duty work and save a little fuel. Looking at all of the replies; it looks like I should steer clear and stick with the trusty White. Thanks everbody.

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Bruce from Can.

02-21-2012 16:46:06

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to 21hunter, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  
I had the CaseIH 885 built in 1986,2wd with cab. It was the same basic tractor as the IH 884. If this is the tractor you are asking about, good points where, good power,good cold starter, nice overall tractor to use. Bad points where, short wheel base gave a very choppy ride in the cab, also if the air didn't work the cab was an oven. Like all of the tractors of this prodution run they did't have a good enought cooling system, need alot of clutch replacements were porone to coolant getting into the motor oil. My 885 liked its fuel too. I moved the one I had on at 2000 hrs, Next owner has had the afore mentioned troubles.

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02-21-2012 16:37:13

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to 21hunter, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  
Case IH 885 is about the exact same as the International 884 except for a more rounded grill. 884s were the best; kind of bulletproof. 268 cu in 4 cyl

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02-21-2012 16:23:18

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to dave2, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  

KEH said: (quoted from post at 19:06:53 02/21/12)
Wasn't that one of the models made by David Brown in England? Don't know anything about them either.

There are 2 distinctly different CASE 885 tractors, It causes all sorts of confusion.

An 85 4x4 would be and IH 885, of which I only have passing knowledge. BUilt in Doncaster England.

The David Brown 885 is a totally different animal, production on them ended in 83, but I have never seen one here newer than 1980. No 4x4 option on them. Built in Meltham, England
This post was edited by RGMartin at 16:25:45 02/21/12.

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02-21-2012 15:06:53

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to 21hunter, 02-21-2012 14:45:06  

Wasn't that one of the models made by David Brown in England? Don't know anything about them either.


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02-21-2012 20:35:20

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 Re: Case IH 885 Tractor in reply to KEH, 02-21-2012 15:06:53  
the one built by David Brown has a 3 cyl diesel...i use to know the Case model number but i've slept since then...good tractor tho.

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