Ford 8600

Ford 8600 Technical Specifications

Ford 8600 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1972 – 1976.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for Ford 8600 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

Ford 8600 Production

Manufacturer: Ford
Original price: $15,200 (1976)

Ford 8600 Power

Drawbar (tested): 92.42 hp
68.9 kW
PTO (tested): 110.69 hp
82.5 kW

Ford 8600 Electrical

Ground: negative
Charging system: alternator
Charging amps: 55
Battery volts: 12
Battery AH: 128

Ford 8600 Mechanical

Chassis: 4×2 2WD
Differential lock: foot pedal
Steering: hydrostatic power
Brakes: differential hydraulic wet disc
Cab: Open operator station. Cab optional.
Transmissions: 8-speed
  16-speed partial power shift


Fuel: 43 gal
162.8 L
Hydraulic system: 16 gal
60.6 L
  17.3 gal
65.5 L (Dual Power)
Steering: 3 qts
2.8 L


Capacity: 16 gal
60.6 L
  17.3 gal
65.5 L (Dual Power)
Pressure: 2500 psi
172.4 bar
Pump flow: 12 gpm
45.4 lpm
Steering flow: 4.2 gpm
15.9 lpm
Steering cap.: 3 qts
2.8 L
Steering press.: 1500 psi
103.4 bar

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type: II

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO: independent
Rear RPM: 540/1000

Title serial numbers

Location: Inside tool box cover and on top of rear axle, near top link mount.
1972: C327200
1973: C367300
1974: C405200
1975: C450700
1976: C490300

how to read serial numbers…

What year is my Ford 8600? Serial Number Decoder

The serial number list shows the first tractor built in each year. The other tractors for that year will have successively higher numbers. Your serial number should be between two of the stated numbers.

The list only includes the numbers of the first tractors produced in each year. Your serial should be somewhere between two numbers.Unless you happen to be the first person to own a tractor, your number will not appear on the list.

Ford 8600 Engine detail

Engine Detail
Displacement: 401 ci
6.6 L
Bore/Stroke: 4.40×4.40 inches
112 x 112 mm
Air cleaner: dry
Compression: 16.5:1
Rated RPM: 2300
Firing order: 1-5-3-6-2-4
Starter volts: 12
Coolant capacity: 18 qts
17.0 L
  19.5 qts
18.5 L (with heater)
Intake valve clearance: 0.015 inches
0.381 mm (hot)
Exhaust valve clearance: 0.018 inches
0.457 mm (hot)

Ford 8600 Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Gears: 8 forward and 2 reverse
Oil capacity: 64 qts
60.6 L
Four gears with two ranges. The up-shift from 3-to-4 and 7-to-8 synchronized. Tractor must be stopped, and clutch used, for all other shifts.

Ford 8600 Dimensions

Wheelbase: 91.5 inches
232 cm (all purpose)
  108 inches
274 cm (row crop)
Length: 154.8 inches
393 cm (row crop)
  148.3 inches
376 cm (all purpose)
Width: 85 inches
215 cm
Ground clearance: 25.3 inches
64 cm (all purpose front axle)
  26.7 inches
67 cm (all purpose rear axle)
  24 inches
60 cm (row crop front axle)
  25.2 inches
64 cm (row crop rear axle)

Ford 8600 Weight
  8,033 lbs
3643 kg (all purpose)
  9,020 lbs
4091 kg (row crop)
Operating: 11,430 lbs
5184 kg
Ballasted: 14,790 lbs
6708 kg

Ford 8600 Height
Hood: 74 inches
187 cm (all purpose)
  73 inches
185 cm (row crop)
Exhaust: 106 inches
269 cm (all purpose)
  104.6 inches
265 cm (row crop)

Ford 8600 Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 1121

Nebraska Tractor Test 1121
Diesel Dual Power 2WD
April 2 – 14, 1973
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 1121 file
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed: 110.69 hp
82.5 kW
Fuel use: 7.3 gal/hour
27.6 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed: 99.32 hp
74.1 kW
Fuel use: 6.3 gal/hour
23.8 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power: 92.42 hp
68.9 kW
Fuel use: 7.3 gal/hour
27.6 l/hour
Gear 5PD used for power test.
Max pull: 11,363 lbs
5154 kg
Gear 2DD used for pull test.


Is Ford 8600 a good tractor?

The Ford 8600 is one of the great tractors in the Ford stable, and it has earned Ford a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a Ford 8600 take?

Check out the Ford 8600 oil capacity and oil type in the engine specs section as it may vary across the engines. Keep in mind, that older models might have their oil capacity increased over time. You may compare between the early and late oil capacity.

Do tractors have VIN numbers?

Every tractor has a VIN number. The number is usually engraved below the driver’s seat. Tractor manufacturers put the number in different places on the tractor body.

What was the last year Ford made the 8600?

The Ford 8600 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1972 – 1976

Where is the serial number on a Ford 8600?

Lookup inside tool box cover and on top of rear axle, near top link mount.

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