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Robin in UK

03-13-2003 04:08:42
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Looking at buying a 7610 2wd with column change - can this gear arrangement be a problem, or is it ok but not popular??

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JHEnt

03-16-2003 13:50:54
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Re: Ford 7610 - column change in reply to Robin in UK, 03-13-2003 04:08:42  
The column mounted shifter on a 56-7610 series is only used with a non cab or early roundtop cab with the syncronized transmission. On a large cab tractor 6710,7710 the shifters are to the right hand side with either transmission. Also late series II cabs on the small frame models have a flat deck and the shifters are to the right hand side with either trans.

The column shift works alright and the syncro transmission is much nicer but the arangement of the column shift takes some getting used to. The range lever LOW to REV is a straight shift but ussually you will want a lower rev gear than what you are using in fwd so you end up shifting both the 4 speed shifter and the range lever.

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kydavid

03-15-2003 17:23:18
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Re: Ford 7610 - column change in reply to Robin in UK, 03-13-2003 04:08:42  
Are you refering to a gear selector on steering column, if so I haven't seen one. Had a bunch of Fords in this series, was on a 7610 orchard model all day today spreading ammonium nitrate on pasture fields.

Really great tractors, trying to get 2 more as funds allow to trade out a couple of older Case-David Browns. Got a 7610, 7710, 7600, and 5600. All but the 7710 have a regular 4 speed+R with a high low shift (7610 has a creeper also). The 7710 has the 4 speed synchro on the side (with cab). Great machines, got from 3000-to 12000 hrs on them, never had to do anything to drive train. Just a clutch every so often, hydraulic pump, and replace the steering column ever 6000 hrs or so.

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JH

03-15-2003 10:31:25
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Re: Ford 7610 - column change in reply to Robin in UK, 03-13-2003 04:08:42  
Well Robin.

I have spend a lot of time on my dads two 6710 2wd and 4wd, and I later work at a farm, that got a 6610 with the column shift, and I must say I prefer the 700 series anytime. It must be said that the 6610 I drove was one of the models without the H shift, wich makes the change from 3-4 and 7-8 real difficult. Besides from that it was a great tractor that have clocked up nearly 8000 hours with no problems, not even the engine, that could be a problem on these early 80`s Ford 4 pot.

Good luck - JH Denmark.

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