I thought the power shift was goofy-if you were in 5th or 6th field gears and pressed the clutch it automatically downshifted to 4th--and it wouldn't go from a dead stop in anything more than 4th. Poor lubercation and need to shim to get them to fit or something. But during this period was when most guys started switching to green. None of these tractors ever had the pumps turned up. I put less than 25 hrs on that tractor the first year, rest of the time it was in the dealers shop either being worked on or waiting for a factory rep to come look at it. Not meant to be a sad story, just the truth.
Posted this on the Allis Chalmers site as well: Just trying to get opinions from both sides. Currently our 3 main tractors are a '91 7140mfd, a 2005 B? There weren't many 4630's around, and I don't remember any 6030's, at least not around our town. Daily serviceability is better on the orange one with simple access to most things. You might notice, that I never once mentioned any engine work. He was the 3rd guy it had been to and he got it out the door and it hasn't been anywhere since.
Prolly should have included that in my post. Before I bought the '75 1066 I tried to buy a '75 4430 but wasn't able to get one until midway thru the planting season. Both companies seemed to be better at making hp at the time than making final drives to hold it. I thought it might suck in the winter letting in too much cold air. I admit I almost made the switch myself. Now the other one they had I had to either one morning in May.
The one a ran most worked real nice for its size, great power shift, fast hyd. Sounds like you just happened to stumble upon four lemons. The average flight time is 1 hour and 41 minutes. My neighbor owns it, but Norm thought it was a nightmare. Also I know a green mechanic.
I have been wanting another tractor for a long time, now i am actually starting to look for one. Guess they all need an overhaul from time to time. Saw a lot of them in their respective shops. He was grumbling about it so much I couldn't follow it all. . There weren't many 4630's around, and I don't remember any 6030's, at least not around our town.
If they could have orange hair or blood they would. Boog i dont think ive ever heard such a sad story about 1066s or 1086s. I owned a 4020 at the time which was an excellent tractor for it size. It's been a long time but I spent some time on an 8030 Allis. The latest flight took off on Monday, May 6th, 2019 with the flight arrival status being Scheduled on 15:45 See our above for more details. Our neighbors 1486 ran like a top all its life till he traded it a couple years ago, almost 10k on the tach and rebuilt one time at 7. As for the powershift, they are tough.
I currently have a 1066 and it has been a very good tractor to me. Both companies seemed to be better at making hp at the time than making final drives to hold it. They had several of that vintage. Getting softer as the years go on. In the last 30 days, the average delay of the flight was 40 minutes and the flight was on-time 43% of the times. Did some rear end work two years ago, and a clutch last year but it hadnt even gone clear out yet.
I like all the tractors you are comparing but the allis would be a touch more modern. Sounds like you just happened to stumble upon four lemons. The cousin that owns it still has it, I think it does mostly light work now. Tractor will be used for tillage work as well as making hay in the summer. I never owned a 5xxx series, went from the 86s to the Magnums. Just looking for a tractor that can handle tillage on a smaller farm and still is comfortable to bale hay with. I would be willing to go with an 8050 as well.
For the time it has about the best cab out there--very roomy. Really appreciate all the Info. Parts aren't a problem for me so far and the cab blows the 14's out of the water. It really didn't make much sence, but he knows his stuff as good as anybody on here and I wasn't going to argue with him about it. The 46s had a much heavier rear end. Biggest concern is getting parts for the Allis.