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Topic: 8160 New Holland
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Kent in NB

05-15-2004 17:21:00

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I just bought a 1998 , 8160 NH Ford. Any funny things to watch out for? Had a chance to sell my worn out 8600 Ford for good coin, and wanted to replace it with something nice. Has 2300 hrs and was in from a lease. Thanks .

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05-16-2004 01:57:21

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Re: 8160 New Holland in reply to Kent in NB, 05-15-2004 17:21:00  
great purchase......i really like the 60 series and have spent man hours on all the sizes


not to many majors really, they are known for letting B range go (split the tractor to fix job)......but not with those hours!.....i know one which droped a circlip off a shaft in the back end.........destroying it (very first....early model)......i know another one which just was gutless......electronic fault......dealer replaced the tractor...

i know of one that had a front hub seal replaced........caution!.....don't over fill

i know another that wore the bearings out on the fanbelt pre tensioner.......breaking the belt (5 minute fix.....just have to buy the part)

i also ran one out of fuel on a hill cause i turned to fast and sloshed diesel to the wrong side of the tank....and it was half full (too cocky on step hills i guess).....by the way......great hill tractor

i know another which i ruined a fuel pump when my boss pumped fuel from the bottom of a portable tank into me machine......blocked all the fuel lines before the filter...and pump...oops (that is a no brainer! keep ya fuel clean!)

just remeber even green and read ones break down

on the good side!>......solid as a rock, take the abuse and will do the hours

great engine up front......will take a turbo easy like its big brothers......will turn 135hp if you want them too

great cab........great tranny......need calabrating every now and then.......it also has a good auto feature in high range for roading, and programmable preselect for reversing (see ya manual?......page 66??)

the front axle is great.......FIAT/NH origin......the terra lock diff lock is ok......the auto 4wd wasn't the feature you need to use on the hills (purely a flat land headland option)



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10-09-2006 07:36:05

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Re: Re: 8160 New Holland in reply to pudding, 05-16-2004 01:57:21  
Does anyone know about electrical problems with a 8160, we have no flashers or tail lights. Need help

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05-15-2004 18:20:51

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Re: 8160 New Holland in reply to Kent in NB, 05-15-2004 17:21:00  
Keep in mind that an 8160 is just 90 HP. Your old 8600 could have been running much higher.
If its been on lease I would change all of the fluids including the trans/hyd oil. Most tractors that are leased and then turned in rarely get proper maintenece. Many would have never had the hyd filters changed unless the leaser let the dealer do a 50 hour filter change.
If it did get good maintenece then it should be a good tractor.

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Kent in NB

05-16-2004 05:40:56

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Re: Re: 8160 New Holland in reply to JHEnt, 05-15-2004 18:20:51  
I had rented this same model 3 years ago, for silage making. We found it did all the same work as the 8600, and seemed to do the work easier. The dealer did full fluid change when the tractor came in, or so they say. Staight sale certainly made the deal go easy. Thanks again.

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