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Looking at a 706 w/cab

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Brent in IA

03-14-2007 04:27:56

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I am looking for a bigger tractor with a cab for plowing snow next winter. I have or have had at times an H, M, Super M, and 560 but never anything as new or big as a 706. The one on Ebay is not the prettiest but sounds mechanically decent, I would just like some more info on 706's before I drive up to look at it (only 3 hours from me). This one is a gas (which I prefer as it isn't used often) and has no TA from the factory.

Any information, caveats, etc.. you guys can provide would be great (including what it may be worth $).

Thanks in advance!

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Matt in Michigan

04-18-2007 19:28:54

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
Does anyone know if they made a cab for the 560?



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Kelly C

03-14-2007 21:15:39

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
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I have a 706 gas and like it alot. 75hp is what they run. I would suspect engine might need rebuild. They do burn up valves if you dont use 93 octain gas Minimum.
The price on the ebay 706 is about average for a running 706G. So dont think your getting a steal at that price. Very very cheap hourse power.
I have a 706 section on my web site if you would like to see more about them. My book though the Farmall H is still the best snow tractor.

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Owen Aaland

03-14-2007 21:38:52

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Kelly C, 03-14-2007 21:15:39  
You mention that you need a higher octane than regular gasoline or there are valve problems with these engines. What kind of problems are you seeing?

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flying belgian

03-14-2007 19:03:10

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
I have a 1963 (1st. year) 706 gas. Yes the motor needs to be overhauled often. I don't know why that is. Aside from that it is one of the best tractors ever built. With that fast reverse it makes a wonderful snow plowing tractor. Mine has over 6000hrs. on it. I overhauled the motor twice and replaced one brake seal. Not one other repair.

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Nat 2

03-14-2007 09:41:33

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
I don't know what edl's smoking down there... He's about the only one I know of that doesn't hold the 706 up as one of IH's BEST. I mean, heavy 806 rear end, wimpy 560 motor... How could it NOT hold up?

Yeah, the gas engine needs frequent rebuilds, about every 2500 hours if you're lucky, so assume this one is about ready.

One thing that'll save you money is the lack of a TA. That's another of those big-ticket items that could come around and bite you if it needed replacing. No TA saves you a $2500-4000 repair bill.

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03-14-2007 16:27:07

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Nat 2, 03-14-2007 09:41:33  
I remember a lot of 706's having problems with a good number of them in the weeds at the end of a field. I still cant figure this out as the same components in the 560 and 806 were great.

Could be that this tractor simply got beat too death. Could be that everyone thought this tractor had more than it did and pushed it too far.

Engines didn't last that long (gas or diesel) and i just remember a lot of them in for repairs when i was a kid. Did hear a lot about repowering them with the german diesel believed that worked reasonably well.

All the 806's and 560 I remember were in the field doing work.

I could be wrong but those childhood memories are hard to shake.

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03-14-2007 09:31:50

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
The 706 was not one of IH's better tractors. This model used the larger rear end from the 806 with the smaller motor from the 560 but didn't hold up like the 806 or the 560.

The gas enine should depress the price as you'll burn a lot of fuel pulling tillage equipment.

I personally would stay away from the 706 but you might have good luck with it for snow plowing.

I will tell you narrower tires work better and the more weight you put on the back the better.

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03-14-2007 08:03:46

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
there is a 706 gas here in our local paper, 706 wide front, 3 pt hitch, dual pto for 3000.00 phone 815-499-9009, located in il, probably near mendota by the area code and prefix, also has a 1486, good ta, new clutch, tires 80%, weights, 12000.00. he is also selling a ih460 good tires, fenders, new front, straight drawbar, ta good. maybe one of them will work for you.

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03-14-2007 04:50:36

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 Re: Looking at a 706 w/cab in reply to Brent in IA, 03-14-2007 04:27:56  
If you had a 560 gas the 706 gas is basically the same motor in different sheet metal and transmission.

The ad says pre1980.

It should read pre1968.The 06 series is what followed the 60 series.

But they are a good tractor.

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