Mine's probably a very similar vintage,different colour though!still working regularly,have considered upgrading but to be honest I only do a few hundred hours a year with it now and it is so reliable I am reluctant to change .
Both are low hour machines around 4500, whenever I get one first thing is all of the fluids and filters get changed then I tidy the paintwork up I don't do full paint jobs only the parts that need doing then a full grease up they get used on our small holding and go out on occasional jobs for other people sometimes self drive if I know who's going to use them !
Cut my teeth on a slightly earlier 555c in Australia back in the mid 90's,was a great machine on the front end,always interesting loading trucks with hardcore or stone due to straight loader arms meant dropping from a great height to fill the body!Did a couple of hundred hours on one of the first MF 750 out there as well but preferred the old ford at the time.
I think the MF 750 Is the same perkins engine apart from it is non Turbo where as the 860 is a Turbo and has the larger 7020 front wheels, It will go anywhere and really has plenty of pushing power. I would like a New Holland I had a very clean LB-85 but would like to have a LB-110 as they have a bit more power with the turbo engine.
Nick, I can never make my mind up over the Case machines, I picked up a Case 590 Super R series 2 last year it had the powershift gearbox which was good but a bit overkill for my small holding, I could not fault the machine apart from it was a big machine and certainly seemed to share a lot in common with the New Holland in the cab and the backhoe looked identical, My one had the pilot controls too (that was very nice) I decided to sell it on as it was worth too much to just have sitting around. I will dig a picture out later.
I never liked the 580 R diggers for some reason.first case was a 580b then a 580f then went to a ford 555 which was great.had the 590sle when i started doing full time digger work then a cat 432e which was a complete pile if shite and the treatment i got from finnings was terrible.they bought it back and then had a 590st which was ok but work dried ip and i sold it.only had one call in five years for a backhoe since i sold it.i do miss them though.
I share your sentiment,it used to be a lot of fun trying to do every job however big,small or awkward with a 180 and 5 buckets! Now I sometimes find myself deliberating over which machine,buckets etc to take to a job whereas you used to just go and get it done then move onto the next.
Back in the day I was quite happy tracking between jobs,even had a radio you could sometimes hear !I used to to have to do a fair amount of shovelling by hand back then so a did'nt mind a few road miles.