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IH 350 Utility

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Paul A. Ramey

03-15-2002 13:55:01

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I stopped by my local tractor dealer today and he had a IH 350 Utility High for sale. It had a high clearance frontend and had 38 in rims on the rear with ajustable axals like a H on it.
Has anyone seen or heard of this model before? It is not listed in my 350 Utility shop manual.

Paul In Western WI

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03-18-2002 15:54:07

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 Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-15-2002 13:55:01  
I also have one of these, although there are not many. I have fast hitch, live pto, two sets of hyd, power steering, TA that works great, also have installed a meyers snow plow on the front, now I have a year round tractor. Awesome and very versitile tractor.

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03-16-2002 00:28:04

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 Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-15-2002 13:55:01  
I would like to know if any one knows how many 300 and 350 Hi-Utility's were built. I have found a 300 Hi-Utility and I am trying to buy it.

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03-15-2002 14:58:19

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 Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-15-2002 13:55:01  
Paul-- I think these are rather rare verisions of the 350U, along with the Wheatland. I think they come in gas and diesel, I don't know about LP. I was lucky to pick one of these up at auction years back it's a gas with fasthitch. Some of them had long axle in the back for diffrent row spacings. Was the tractor in good shape? What was the SN. I think you would enjoy a tractor like that as they are rather rare. Please post if you get it. Thanks

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Paul A. Ramey

03-15-2002 17:25:03

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 Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to CBL, 03-15-2002 14:58:19  
It is real clean and has a fresh paint job. The tires are about 70% and not dry rotted. The only mod I could see was a 12 alternator was added.

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don H

03-15-2002 14:55:44

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 Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-15-2002 13:55:01  
I have that same tractor. It's called a 350 hi-utility. Very rare tractor. It has all the advantages of a utility with the additional advantage of higher clearance and better traction. They were only made in 1958 and then were replaced by the 460 hi-utility which is itself a rare tractor. I have been told IH developed that tractor because of the risk of fire from the utility models in grain fields. By the way, mine has less than 1600 hrs on it. It had been sitting in a shed for 25 years when I found it.

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03-15-2002 15:06:11

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 Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to don H, 03-15-2002 14:55:44  
don H-- Nice to hear someone else has one of these, sounds like yours is like new, very good find. Have you got any pictures of it? Maybe we could share some info? CBL

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Keith B(PA)

03-15-2002 15:05:02

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 Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to don H, 03-15-2002 14:55:44  
I thought the advantage of a utility was that it did sit lower to the ground. What is the advantages of a 350 high-utility over a Farmall 350?

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Paul A. Ramey

03-15-2002 17:20:04

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 Re: Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Keith B(PA), 03-15-2002 15:05:02  
It is a lot shorter and not as wide as the stander size 350. Can be truned around in a barn or narrow feild a lot easier. It also is lighter and can get in and out of wet areas with out getting bogged down in the mud.

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Red Rider

03-15-2002 20:31:15

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-15-2002 17:20:04  
The Hi Utility is not any lighter that the Farmall version. The only reason the Utility models were lighter was the lack of the 2 1/2 inch longer axles, 38 inch tires, 38 inch rim and those heavy cast wheels. My 300 Utility weighs 4900 pounds without any wheel weights or fluid in the tires. My 300 Farmall with wide front, 16.9 rear tires and 14 inch rims with one set of rear wheel weights weighs 5800 pounds. 300 pounds for wheel weights, and I know each one of those cast rear wheels weigh at least 300 pounds each. So you see take 900 pounds of the Farmall and it would weigh about the same as the 300 U. If I also took off the wide front and put the tricycle front end under it you could get the Farmall lighter than the 300 U. Over all length is about the same. Wheel base is a little shorter on the Utility because the front axle is built back under the front a little and the axle angles back also. They sure won't turn around as short as a Farmall with a tricycle front end.

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Paul A. Ramey

03-16-2002 04:58:10

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Red Rider, 03-15-2002 20:31:15  
Hi Red,
Thanks for the info. As for turning, I agree that a Farmall with a tricycle front end can turn on a dime. I used to have to turn a wide front MD in a barn. Almost took out a wall each time. The 350U could be in and out and turned because it was shorter than the wide front MD. When I said lighter I was talking about a 350U that had 28 in wheels.

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03-17-2002 01:42:51

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: IH 350 Utility in reply to Paul A. Ramey, 03-16-2002 04:58:10  
I believe theres one nearby me .....I have a picture of one i recently took sitting in the boneyard,being taken for parts.Anyone is interested i could send them a picture.....

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