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Old 12-20-2008, 10:12 AM   post #1 of 26
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Default Case 646

I have a chance to pick up an old case 646 and was wondering if anyone has one and what their opion of it is. Engine and hydro have been replaced , don't know size yet. Tractor appears to be in relatively good shape for age.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:13 PM   post #2 of 26
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I have the 644 which is the same thing with 14 horse kohler. Great tractor, very handy. Value would depend a lot on the repower. Power steering is a great asset. I think maybe the newer ones have it, I had to add it.
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:52 PM   post #3 of 26
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The 646 would have come with a 16 HP Onan, a CCKA.

Great little tractor, though I agree, P.S. would be a great addition. There is plenty of room under the council to add it, but can be expensive, as you need a priority valve and a larger pump.

I had one and was sufficiently impressed that I bought a 7020 LBH. 4WD and PS are standard on those.
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Old 12-20-2008, 04:17 PM   post #4 of 26
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This one was repowered with an 18hp vangard, not sure if it has the ps or not, have to check. I'm really tossed between this case and an old sears 16/6 with loader. So many decisions.
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All other things being equal, the 646 IS a LOADER tractor, not just a tractor with a loader. If you take care of what ever needs the 646 may have, it will be good for another 20 years, and WILL do the work expected of a CUT!
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:19 PM   post #6 of 26
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So I can assume that the Case would be built to more rugged standards than just a garden type tractor? Wasn't quite sure what it was since I've seen them advertised as loaders and garden type.
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The 200 series was a very heavy duty GT with 12 inch rear wheels, called the low profile. The 400 series was the same basic tractor as the 200, except it had the 16 inch wheels, and of course a lower rpm hydraulic motor to match the large wheels. The 600 series was what today is called a CUT, or compact utility tractor. It has a permanently mounted FEL, or front end loader. As I recall, it is rated at 600 plus lb capacity in the bucket. A back hoe was also offered for it.
As was (and still available) mower deck, roto tiller and other equipment.

Hope this helps! Youcan also go to the factory web page and down load or just veiw the parts manuals for all equipment. Scroll down under the "Illustrated Parts List."

http://www.ingersolltractors.com/catalog.htm
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:54 PM   post #8 of 26
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I'll contribute only one minor bit to the comparison of "toughness" or "heavy duty" on the 646 vs. Sears 16/6. OK ... the 646 was built by Case Tractor Company. Furthermore, it was built by the Construction Division, not the Lawn & Garden Equipment division.

Also has plenty of continuing parts availability, both through Ingersoll old stock and the vast quanity of used units going around in the market place.

Best of luck with it ... it's a very tough little tractor that is very portable.

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Old 12-21-2008, 08:53 AM   post #9 of 26
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As I'm still researching and deciding I do thank everyone for their input. While I thought it neat to have the old Sears, in reality I think the Case may win. I 'm not looking to do any real heavy duty work, just some snow plowing, hauling of mulch and dirt or some fire wood. What ever it be that loader is gonna be handy.
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:10 PM   post #10 of 26
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What was your decision I own a 648 and it is a much stronger tractor than a sears I think you will be happy with a 646
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Old 12-28-2008, 10:20 PM   post #11 of 26
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So I can assume that the Case would be built to more rugged standards than just a garden type tractor? Wasn't quite sure what it was since I've seen them advertised as loaders and garden type.
Kinda depends what Garden tractor your comparing it to. If comparing to an ingersoll 4K series then yes, I believe they are comparable. Some other GT's I don't think compare, IMO.
It's my understanding that the newer 4k series share the same rear axle, etc.

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Kinda depends what Garden tractor your comparing it to. If comparing to an ingersoll 4K series then yes, I believe they are comparable. Some other GT's I don't think compare, IMO.
It's my understanding that the newer 4k series share the same rear axle, etc.

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You cannot compare a Case 646 to any garden tractor. It was a commercial tractor built by the Case commercial division. It had reinforced, or gusseted trans axle housing and was available with a back hoe. I believe the new 4000 series tractors do share the beefed up trans axle, though I am not sure why. Never heard of one breaking from stress! The 600 series had a much heavier frame and front axle as well.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:50 AM   post #13 of 26
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I dream of the day I find a 64o series in any condition.
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I know! I dreamed for 60years, when I first became involved in loading the manure from 40 head of livestock in to a manure spreader each spring! Boy, what my old 646 would have done with that job!

So I was at an auction where they were having trouble getting a $1200 bid on a 646 with 700 lbs of 15 inch rails in the weight box and a plow blade mounted inside the bucket with one long pin. Had some issues in reverse, but forward was fine, so I knew it had to be linkage. and you could see the large aluminum love joy was about to shell completely. I threw in a bid and it felt so good that I stayed to 1500 and bought it.

A year later, I was in the right place at the right time to win a steeling bid on my 7020LBH!
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:48 AM   post #15 of 26
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Ya, Im waiting to find one for a good price also!!
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