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International 550 Wheelloader

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by RLM, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Does any one know any thing about these. I know there no longer in production & were similiar to Hough's (I believe one in the same). I located one for a good price that appears decent from the pics. But I'm unsure of the size (from the pics apears at least a 4 yd machine), even, let alone anything else. Found a 560, said it was 100,000 machine, w 8.5 yd bucket, which is way to large for snow.
  2. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    The 550 would be in the class of a Cat 980C (from the 80's & early 90's), both loaders had around a 5 1/2 yard buckets. Now that 560 would be way to big for ya, it would be comparable in size to a Cat 988B. Largest Dresser loader I've seen in person was the 570.

    The old International loaders ( 500 series) were later bought out by Dresser, which was recently changed to Dressta. It's a company I think that is still owned by Komatsu.

    The 500 series loaders were very dependable machines, especially the dozer line.

    Now in my opinion that 550 is a little on the large side for snow plowing, those big loaders can be a hand full on icy ground due to the very wide tires. I have a co worker that slide a Cat 980G off the road after it became a little slick, he was no rookie.