Runs great, has tons of power. Shuttle shift works fine, and it has several transmission ranges. I added the cement block to the rear to offset the loader and give me a 2 receiver. My neighbor manufactures them, they work great and are very durable. I did not have the right top link, but will pick one up tomorrow.
I do cell tower work here in the northeast and our tele handler broke. I was in a bind for a machine to help us lug our equipment up the mountain we were working on. It did its job perfectly, but a tlehandlper is better for what we do. I have not found anything that does not work yet. The lights, directionals, hazards, etc all work.The three point hitch lifts that 800 pound block and my dump trailer with ease. The loader works great, it does have some slop in the upper pins. I think the previous owner scraped his driveway with it, the cutting edge looks newer.
The right rear tire is the worst out of the 4, it has plenty of life left. One of them does have a cut in the sidewall, but it does not lose any air and appears fine. It is still cold here, but the tractor fires right up with no issues once the glow plug light goes out (5 seconds). It has some cosmetic defects. The previous owner ran it under a tree branch while mowing.
It bent the hood a little near the top and cracked some of the plastic retainers. Im gonna try to repair some of that this weekend. It doesn't have any effect on how it operates, I noticed when I was trailering it that the lower shroud was loose. I can probably fix this before it leaves.I thought the unit had a stalling issue, but if you take your weight off the seat while in gear it shuts off. Personally, I would disable this feature if I were keeping it. But, thats for the new owner to decide. The brakes work to stop the tractor, but the pedal seems low, Im not sure if they need adjusting or are worn. It held on a steep hill with my dump trailer full of steel.
Thats good enough for me. I encourage you to have the unit inspected by a mechanic. But I think you will find that its handy to have.I can load onto a flat bed trailer as long as you have a way to get it off. I have had lots of questions about the tractor. I wanted to add a ton more pics, but apparently I'm maxed out. I may re-list it with a ridiculous price just to add some engine and undercarriage pics. I shouldn't have wasted pictures on the tires, sorry. I did a full walk around and crawled under the unit. Engine and undercarriage are very dry for a tractor.
I did notice dampness on the pinion pivot, its not a drip, just tacky with oil. The engine looks good, the radiator could use a pressure wash or cleaning of some sort. I ran it for 8 hours straight and it never heated up, but it has some grass clippings in the lower portion of the radiator. The top part of the fenders are missing some paint, and it has many scratches.All the axle seals and four wheel drive components look fine. It shifts in and out of 4x4 with no issues. I have tried several range of the transmission, no issues. The clutch grabs at the top and appears to have plenty of life left. You don't use it much because its a shuttle shift.
The brakes do seem low to me, but they work. At idle the loader the lifts the tractor with ease, no smoke, no hesitation. The issues I have found. The hood is certainly pushed down on the upper corner, it has a good scrape where it looks like it ran under a tree branch like the previous owner stated.
The two panels that go below the steering column and connect in the middle could use some attention. It looks like the brackets that hold them to the transmission snapped off.
Believe it or not, the product q-bond works awesome on stuff like this. I will try to repair them and realign the hood, no promises. When i got the tractor, it had two junk lights on the hood. The guy told me that with the loader up at all, the headlights are useless.They shine into the backside of the loader bucket. I bought an awesome led light today, not a cheap one. Im not sure if I would put it back on the hood or the roll bar. I might leave this to the next owner. The hood has two holes where the bolts were, put the light back on the hood and it will fix the holes.
Or fill them, or leave it. Lastly, the upper loader pins that control the curl are worn. It works fine, but Im really trying to paint an accurate picture. I think I have over described the issues. A weekend worth of messing around and all of these issues could be fixed.
That being said, this is a strong machine. The turn spools right up, it doesn't smoke excessively. An occasional puff when you step on it, but normal IMO. I like this machine a lot, but its overkill for my two acre grass lot. My neighbors all have little home depot tractors, I don't want to be that guy.I want a 30 hp with a backhoe and belly mower. I forgot a couple things until I looked at my pictures. The loader shifter boot is torn. Looks simple to put on.
The draft control knob is cracked, it works fine. The front brush guard in-between the loader and hood had been modified. It looks like it had some sort of quick release, not it had grade 8 bolts. The cutting edge for the loader is worn more on the left than on the right.
It still has meat left to it, and it is a bolt on. Thats all I can think of right now. Im pretty fussy, but function is more important to me than beauty on a tractor.If your looking for a showroom condition unit, move on to the next guy. Im sure I have scared everyone off now and I will end up spreading mulch with my massive tractor. Honestly, it won't upset me to keep it. Im starting to get attached to the old girl.
I added another listing with more pictures. The item "New Holland TC55DA Diesel Tractor" is in sale since Saturday, April 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Business & Industrial\Heavy Equipment\Tractors". The seller is "honestjohnsgenerators" and is located in Alton Bay, New Hampshire. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.