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1010 dozer NONSENSE

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Posted by LJD on October 02, 2012 at 06:33:26 from (

In Reply to: 1010 dozer posted by carl reitnauer on October 01, 2012 at 14:43:18:

1010 crawler is a great little machine. Do not believe all the silly stories you hear. 1010 wheel tractor had many issues, but most did not exist in the crawler. In fact, the 1010 had many new innovations for Deere Co. First full size engine with wet sleeves, first overhead valve engine with positive-type valve seals, first hydraulic clutched “power-shift” reverser, and first Deere diesel to use a rotary fuel injection pump. The 350 that followed was bigger but not necessarily better. In fact, the 350s had many problems the 1010s did not.

I also would not believe every BS story that a Deere rep. has told. I worked for Deere dealers from the 1960s to the 1990s. Half of what those reps and Deere traveling engineers had to say - was nonsense.

I have a 1960 crawler-loader with a gas engine. Still has the original steering clutches. I got it from the original owner. 15 years ago his barn burnt down with the 1010 inside. Every bit of rubber, plastic and pot metal melted. Dealer wanted $8000 to fix so the owner sold it to me. I pulled the engine apart and resealed with new sleeve o-rings and gaskets. I honed the sleeves and put in new rings with Hastings repair shims. Crank, block and bearings are still original with many hours on it. Runs perfect.

Main short-coming to the 1010 series is lack of aftermarket parts support for the engine. All comes from Deere and most all the engine parts are still available. Not a huge issue. Fix the engine correctly the first time and it will likely last you a very long time.

350 followed the 1010 and was a heavier machine. 350 had just as many problems and probably more. As to someone’s claim about dampener problems? Nonsense. The 1010 flywheel spring-loaded dampener held up fine. My 52 year old crawler still has the original. Early 350s used the same dampener. Then – Deere changed to a drive plate and separate spring setup and had endless problems with it. It was our #1 repair problem with 350s. Finally when the 350D came out - Deere fixed it.


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