Senior MTF Member
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Western Massachusetts
Ingersoll 7020 Loader Tractor
Review of the Ingersoll 7020 Loader Tractor
So far I have put on 280 hours on the machine (received with .8 hrs) with no major problems other than routine maintain and one freak hydraulic lift cylinder packing which was repaired at local hydraulic shop due to dealer turn around I needed it then and there and a few other minor issues covered in later in this review. It has been very versatile and digs very well. The quality of the tractor is excellent it is very well constructed and built like a tank there is no plastic or fiberglass to be found all solid American made metal.
We will start with the things I don't like are that they don't give a diesel engine option and the cat 0 3pt hitch which i feel is small for this machine and no 540 rpm P.T.O option. The exhaust comes out right on top of the left tire and can blow mud and dust off the tire and back on to the machine but it can easily be fixed by either moving the direction with a little work and some small exhaust pipe but that is no big flaw it just annoys me and gives me an exhaust to make a stack. It comes standard with power steering, Ingersoll's reversible hydraulic P.T.O mounted on the right fender but a “Case drain” must be added to use certain attachments (example Hydra-Cutter).The reversible feature is great because you can spin the tiller in either direction depending on your soil condition and preference something not easily done with a 540 P.T.O The machine powers the implements well and the rear category 0 3 point hitch capacity is estimated 600 pounds I could not find documentation of this just word from the dealer and there is down pressure and a float de-tent on this lever.
The loader is permanently attached to the tractor easily operated by a single lever with a lift capacity of 938 pounds and can dump into a truck at 78 inches high the fully raised operating height is 94 inches. Personally I have lifted over 1000lbs with the machine and it did it well but I had to be careful as it was getting quite tipsy when raised more counter weight would of helped. The bucket is 4 foot wide and has a 4.7 cubic foot capacity. The loader has beefy twin two inch lift cylinders and one 2.5 inch curl/dump cylinder. An option that I decide on getting which is worth every penny is an ATI mini skid steer quick tach which allows you to take the bucket off with two levers and curl it to remove the bucket (it literally takes seconds to change implements) and drive in and curl the bucket and lift up and put the two levers down on the other attachment and hook up the hydraulic lines if required. This option is one of the most handy because there are currently over 50 attachments including larger buckets, grapples, forks, blades, brooms, post hole diggers, trenchers, snow blowers etc all are available to rent or buy. All these attachments are commercial grade. You have great visibly and control over the attachment I have used a post hole digger on this and it was easy to see and control a lot better in my opinion than say a rear mounted 3 point post hole auger a trencher would also work great. With this option you can also buy or make the plate that the quick tach attaches to and create your own attachment or adapt and old one to be mounted on this. If you have an odd job you can rent just the attachment that you need and get in and out quick you can easily make money with this tractor
When grading or loading with this machine it has more adequate power to dig and load at a pretty fast pace despite its rather slow top speed. Its very operator friendly with the lay out of the control lever for the loader and directional lever are right there at your finger tips. The power steer makes turning the machine easy to turn even with a full load to can done with your pinky finger its so smooth. The power steering allows you to easily maneuver the tractor to tight spaces quickly. When your working it you can really work it there's no clutch to fuss with or gears to grab like a traditional tractor. An un-skilled can easily grab a full bucket and dump it safely into a truck with out the tipping the occurs in small skid steers.
The Hillard 4 wheel drive works excellent allows you to go place you never taught you could with a machine like this. I have not found the need for chains with the 23x8.50-12 front tires and 29x10.50-15 rear Titan agricultural deep lug tires in the snow or mud. The tractor is equipped with a two speed trans-axle which in low range has a rather slow top speed of 3 mph and high range 5.4 mph. The four wheel drive cannot be used in high range but in low range it works flawlessly and the speed is adequate for heavy grading and digging . I have a rear weight box which is recommended when using the loader to help with counter weight and reach the loaders full capability with approximately 200lbs in it. The machine weighs in just under 2000lbs and is fairly gentle on the lawn, pavement and can be towed with most small trucks the overall trailering length is 107 inches and wide for its class 49 inches wide. The machine is very stable when loading trucks due to it length and operating on a hill. Don't let the size of the machine fool you though it is very strong both built and operating.
Driving the machine is done by Case/Ingersoll's old time tested hydraulic drive system which is comparable to a hydrostatic but much more heavy duty. The lever on the left is for forward and reverse and is speed controlled by your left foot like a traditional loader but with out the throttle since it is mounted on the dash. The dash contains a amp meter, hour meter, directional lever, 3 point hitch rise/lower lever, 4wd switch,head lamp switch, key switch and the throttle and choke. The brake pedal and parking brake lever are located on the left along with the high/low range selector. The engine , only one offered is a Kohler Command Pro CH 20 with engine oil cooler which makes a good 20hp at 2600 rpm and a displacement of 38 cubic inches and max torque of 33 ft. pounds at 2600 rpms. The engine is fairly loud though especially when under a load but has good power and great torque and gets right through it. It has a adequate sized fuel tank of 6.4 gallons of 87 octane and spin on oil and hydraulic filters. The hydraulic fluid that powers the loader, drive, power steering and attachments is cooled trough a radiator for optimal performance and less ware and tare due to heat because hydraulic oil can get very hot. The seat is comfortable and has a fairly high back and is adjustable.
The machine is built to withstand abuse the body design is simple, steering components are greasable and very solid A hydraulic motor powers a small drive shaft which in turn powers the front wheels. The undercarriage is protected by a thick approximately a ¼ inch skid plate. The front axle is very large and thick for a machine of this size and has not failed me in any ways as I sometimes get the machine on the front two wheels. The high flotation front R-1 tires really give good traction in loose soil, snow and muddy conditions.
I've used the tractor for snow removal and plowing brush cutting, roto-tilling, and pulling a single bottom plow. The brush cutter attachment made by Ingersoll is a very heavy duty unit weighing 450lbs.It is constructed just like there tractors with thick steel. It easily cuts through brush and small trees up to 1 inch diameter without even flinching I've gone trough approximately 2 inch saplings successfully with it.. The tiller works especially well as I discussed earlier since you have the ability to spin it in either direction and it leaves an smooth finished seed bed in one pass. The machine is just the right size for my area we own 7 acres about 2 are nice grass 3 field and 2 woods. I do some side jobs with the machine on some jobs which I tow it on a dual axle trailer and a ½ ton pickup truck most of the time. The bucket size is adequate for snow and the design is well with a slight curl forward you can easily plow through a foot of heavy snow with out having to dump the bucket every few feet. I oil down the bucket some times in the snow which aids in operation. I've spread loam, cleaned up underbrush, rock, turned compost, dug holes to dump into, even spread blacktop with the tractor.