Posted 2/23/2021 07:14 (#8852448 - in reply to #8852334) Subject: RE: Case 1070 tractor
East of Broken Bow
Neighbor has a 1070 with powershift, and an 870 without (just a manual shift hi-lo). He FAR prefers the manual shift for pretty much every use except maybe moving bales with a 3 pt bale carrier. Not only is the powershift jerky, and VERY jerky when the oil is cold, and stepping on the clutch causes the 3PT and hydraulics to surge. I guess the gear shift grinds gears a lot less when shifting than the powershift, as well. His 870 just runs and runs, and has been cheap to upkeep. His 1070 needed work done on the powershift, and he said if he knew how much it was going to cost, he never would have had it worked on, as it cost way more than the tractor was worth. Now, keep in mind, this is a 30+ year old tractor, and as far as anyone knows, it was the first time the powershift was rebuilt, but he said some parts were hard to find, and this was 3-4 years ago. Neither tractor saw hard work for many years, as the guy has hired his row cropping done for many years, and these are just hayfield tractors. I don't know if they made the 1070 with the hi-low gear drive, but if they did, that's what I'd suggest. If you do get a powershift and run it on an auger, NEVER, EVER run the auger, with the powershift in the 'reverse' position. I'm told it can do many $$$ in damage, in a fairly short time.
It would probably be a good auger tractor, if you don't mind climbing up in the cab every time you start/stop the auger. As far as I know, there isn't a super easy way to turn the PTO on and off from the ground outside the cab, like on an IH 1066 or similar.
Pros: Cheap, cab is actually pretty good for the era, and as far as I know, they have pretty good engines.