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Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B


 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am looking at a used one. Are these good machines? Anything to look for on a used one?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Very good machines! Should be info on what to look for in the archives.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Neighbor has one that he loves! We had owned an IH 3444 together for years, and that machine did well for us. Mercifully we both got to the place where we wanted something newer/bigger and had the means to do it at the same time. I bought a Ford 655A X-hoe at auction. He got this 555B from an institution.(You know- one of those places where no one works too hard, and no expense is spared on maintenance!)
I would just make sure the torque converter drive works Ok, and that the hoe has some power.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Everybody thinks they have to have a case but for a cheaper farm hoe can,t beat the 555b. They offer a lot of hoe for the money.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:59 am    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Great machine, much better than the new New Holland backhoes.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The later ones, built I believe in France, were actually a C series with different fenders. Make sure you take the serial number with you when ordering parts. I think it was a couple months early in 88 they did that. A dealer can tell you what shift built it on what day with the serial number.

If the transmission only wants to work one direction, chances are it can be fixed with a few o-rings. But it takes disassembling most of the machine to get to them.

They'll lift more than a 580 super M, if you can counter-balance it. Also better in mud. with an extand-a-hoe, you can balance it on the rear wheels, and walk through mud like you wouldn't believe. In one field we were tiling for a neighbor, I drove our 555B out to where my dad was digging (and stuck) with the 580SM and set up where we could hook buckets so he could move.

If you have to do a water pump, you have to tilt the radiator and oil coolers forward, you will not get it in place without goofing up the gasket otherwise.

They aren't as fast as a newer machine, but for the price, as long as it's fairly tight, it's hard to go wrong with one.

One more thing, if there's a "<" or ">" on the stick above the "full" mark, if you are going to be working a lot of steep sidehills, fill it to that mark, or it could starve for oil.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:39 am    Post subject: Re: Opinions on Ford Backhoe 555 B Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had 2 case hoes , a 580 and 580b and both were good, but my buddy has a 555b and his hydralics are faster.for their time they were the best all around hoe.
 
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