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Posted by ed1 on February 28, 2005 at 10:56:30 from (

In Reply to: CASE IH JX SERIES TRACTORS posted by BUFORD on February 27, 2005 at 10:04:27:

Been using a New Holland TL80A 4x4 with creeper trans. Engine and loader are great, plenty of power and a lot of torque reserve so to acts like it has 10-20 hp more than it has. I've heard that Fiat had good diesel engines. You know your buying a Fiat painted Red. 4x4 and diferential lock are electronic and work great. Loader is a little slow to respond but will lift almost 4,000 #'s

Throttle is in the worst place I've ever seen (have to reach out and back on the right side)although the foot throttle is in a great location - hydralic and 3 point hitch controls are equally in a bad location (almost under the seat). PTO control is a little better but not much. Forward and Reverse shuttle shifter should be on the right with the other shifters not on the left.

Tractor is NOT SHIFT ON THE GO. You have to clutch to shift gears. 4 speed trans and shuttle (forward - reverse) are syncronized so you can shift with out stopping but need to clutch to shift. 3 speed trans and creeper are not syncronized.

Reliability who knows but it's off to a good start with 50 hrs and no problems. It also starts easy even when the temp is in the single digets.

Overall a good tractor. Its sad to see all the great work IH did with their design and usability be replaced with a much less useful Fiat design.

I'd sit on the tractor and see where all the controls are. If the bad egronomics don't bother you it's a great tractor, If you can live with them it's a good tractor and if you can't maby a McCormik (Old CashIH design) or other brand is for you.

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