1855 reliability?

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1855 reliability?

Postby Fred Miller » Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:47 pm

Hi,

In my quest to find a perfect (for me) 2255 I came across a very clean 1855 at a fair price. Does this tractor have any hidden secrets I should look for before I consider buying it? Thanks again!
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Postby Anita Predinchuk » Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:04 am

Good tractor to look at but to work with NO. Those engines normally blow up.
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Postby The Trustee » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:55 am

I disagree. If you are going to be pulling a 6 bottom plow, it probably will have problems. We have one that has 10k plus hours on it. Yes, it did blow up early after we bought it new. Yes, it has been overhauled. If it has the oil cooler on it now, it likely won't have the blowing up problem.

The transmission, over/under, PTO, etc are great.

If you are going to do the work you would do with a 2255, then it isn't enough horse for it. If its just for chore type work, it'll be just fine for you.
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Postby Anita Predinchuk » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:54 am

Yes it is a great tractor for light work that does not require a high rev engine. Never owned one, but every farmer that we talked to said that after it was overhauled it blew up in less than 10 hours. We figured that wanna be mechanics did the work, but they said not. I heard that there were up dates to the engines so maybe that wasn't done-I don't know. A farmer locally had one and it blew up and a licensed engine rebuilder had to line bore it and in 10 hours it blew. So that is why 1950-T ,1855, 1955 have a bad reputation.
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Postby The Trustee » Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:12 pm

Well, I don't know about that, but we overhauled ours and its still kicking. We used to plow with it back in the day with 5-16's and did just fine. These days, it runs a 10' mower, pulls wagons in the fall, and has recently ran a 18' finishing tool and purrs right along. Its our main workhorse for chore type work and gets far more hours on it per year than any tractor we have.

I know there were issues with these, but from what I have dealt with it is a good tractor. I've got a cousin with a 1955 that has never had one issue with the engine and there are several others around that have never been touched.

I know the 310 has a bad reputation in the turbocharged models, but from our personal experiences and local experiences, they did just fine.
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Postby Anita Predinchuk » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:51 pm

Sounds like WHITE painted most of their lemons Cockshutt red and sent them to Canada and kept the better ones Oliver green in the US.
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Re: 1855 reliability?

Postby smid_1 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:12 pm

I agree with 'the trustee'; i've heard about and have known people who had an 1855 blow. My brother in law had a 1955 that never gave a dime's worth of engine trouble, but the 1955 had a heat exchanger (or oil cooler), and the 1855's (at least the early ones) didn't. I've been told that the later 1855's did (have the oil cooler), and they were ok. One neighbor had one blow, and they put a Perkins in it. I believe it was out of a White tractor though - maybe a 2-105. The best I remember, they had to change the tub to accomodate the Perkins.
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