International Harvester 856

International Harvester 856 Technical Specifications

International Harvester 856 is a Row-Crop tractor that was produced by the John Deere between 1967 – 1971.

Below you will find detailed technical specifications for International Harvester 856 covering engine types, horsepower ratings, weight, height, fuel type and tank volume, oil capacity and type, hydraulic system diagram, wiring diagram, battery specs, etc.

International Harvester 856 Production

Manufacturer International Harvester
Built in Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Total built 2,113 (diesel)
  4 (gasoline)
Original price was $9,640 in 1971

International Harvester 856 Power

Engine: 87.2 hp
65.0 kW
PTO (tested) 100.49 hp
74.9 kW

International Harvester 856 Mechanical

Two- or four-wheel drive
Steering power
Differential hydraulic dry disc brakes
Open operator station. Cab optional.


Type open center
Pump flow 12 gpm
45.4 lpm

Tracktor Hitch

Rear Type II

Power Take-off (PTO)

Rear PTO independent
Rear RPM 540/1000

Title serial numbers

1967 7501
1968 7904
1969 9016
1970 9544
1971 9653

FAQ: How to read a serial number table.

What year is my International Harvester 856? 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.

International Harvester 856 Engine detail

Engine Detail
International Harvester D-407
Displacement 406.9 ci
6.7 L
Bore/Stroke 4.321×4.625 inches
110 x 117 mm
Air cleaner dual dry elements
Compression 17:1
Rated RPM 2400
Starter volts 12
Oil capacity 12 qts
11.4 L
Coolant capacity 24 qts
22.7 L

International Harvester 856 Transmission overview

Engine Oil

Transmission International Harvester sliding gear
Gears 8 forward and 4 reverse

International Harvester 856 Dimensions

Operating weight 10,290 lbs (diesel)
4667 kg
Ballasted weight 12,035 lbs
5459 kg

International Harvester 856 Tests

Nebraska Tractor Test 970

Nebraska Tractor Test 970
Diesel 16-speed 2WD
April 15 – 30, 1968
Link: Nebraska Tractor Test 970 file
PTO performance
Power at rated engine speed 100.49 hp
74.9 kW
Fuel use 6.6 gal/hour
25.0 l/hour
Power at rated PTO speed 94.29 hp
70.3 kW
Fuel use 6.0 gal/hour
22.7 l/hour
Drawbar performance
Max power 87.2 hp
65.0 kW
Fuel use 6.6 gal/hour
25.0 l/hour
Gear 1-Hi-TA used for power test.
Max pull 9,417 lbs
4271 kg
Gear 3-Lo-TA used for pull test.


Is International Harvester 856 a good tractor?

The International Harvester 856 is one of the great tractors in the International Harvester stable, and it has earned International Harvester a fantastic reputation.

How much oil does a International Harvester 856 take?

Check out the International Harvester 856 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 International Harvester made the 856?

The International Harvester 856 was an agricultural tractor model made from 1967 – 1971

How much horsepower is a International Harvester 856?

The 856 engine tested at 87.2 hp
65.0 kW drawbar and 100.49 hp
74.9 kW kW PTO horsepower.

How much does a International Harvester 856 tractor weight?

Depending on the engine type, the International Harvester 856 weight ranges from 10,290 lbs
4667 kg .

How much can a International Harvester 856 Pull?

The max pulling capacity of the International Harvester 856 tractors starts at 9,417 lbs
4271 kg but may be slightly higher depending on the trim.

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