1956 New Holland SP 166











   This baler is a self-propelled square baler with serial number 1986. It is owned by Bob Hahs in Daisy, Mo. He bought the baler at a sale through Mecum Action in the fall of 2018. It was one of Mecum’s big sales in Davenport, Iowa. It was a no sale until at the end of the sale. Bob and the owner got together on the price. The man bought the baler a few years ago and he completely restored it and put a car finish on the paint. The baler is ready for the field. It has a 4-speed transmission and the knotter is in real good shape. The new balers were made with only one engine. It will be at tractor shows and fairs this year. It has 2 Wisconsin engines and they are 15 horsepower a piece. One drives the baler and one drives the transmission and transfer of the unit. The model baler was made in 1956 and 1957. There was only 305 units made in those 2 years. The baler was a New Holland 65 baler modified to be self-propelled. The transaxle and power drive were out of a Ford truck. The other parts were made by Cockshout Machinery made in New Holland Pennsylvania. It weighs 4,130 pounds, it sold for around $3,000 brand new in 1956 or 1957. You could put a wagon behind the baler if it was on level ground. Several years ago they only found 27 left still together. ∆
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