Review By : Mr. D on Dec 27 2009 12:00AM
Price Paid : $1,750.00
Years of Use : 3+ Years
Implements : tractor and plow
Purchased From : local used
Strengths Well powered, engine made by wauasha and used in several types of older tractors transmission is constant mesh shifts well, confusing to some people but is really simple.
Clutch and brakes are excellent. Hyd system well planned and efficient. Weight to power ratio close to perfect.
Good looking, fuel efficient, many parts are interchangeable with other brands.
Weaknesses Greatest weakness is front end is too heavy for steering system. The Shaganaw Steering is used on older Fords is not strong enough to withstand frontend loaders. Axel is too weak in the Super 55 but was beefed up and sufficient in the 550. PTO was too weak in the earlier models, there is 1 more clutch disk in the later models which accounted for a sufficiently strong PTO.
Overall Power steering in the later models solved the steering problems. Has the best brakes of any tractor made in the 50's and 60,s
Parts : 9 Performance :
Ease of Use : 10 Financing :
Reliability : Overall : 9