PRACTICAL TEST: The IT1600 front loader from Polish maker InterTech was bought for around €4,200. Three years since fitting the IT to a Case IH 844 XL, we share our experiences.

When the owner of the restored 1986 Case IH 844XL tractor gracing these pages started to shop around for a suitable front loader, he found there was a very limited choice of second-hand booms. And what was available seemed overpriced, especially as many of the examples had been visited
with a welder or had sloppy pivot points.

After a bit of a head scratch he came to the decision to invest in a brand spanking newboom, brackets and the various hydraulic accompaniments. Ticking the boxes was the short arm version of the InterTech IT1600, which was duly ordered in 2020 from D&D Landtechnika in Poland. The price tag of around €4,200 included two accumulators for boom cushioning (these items are a €180 option). Six weeks later the loader was in the yard and ready for fitting.

In the intervening years the price has crept up, in Ireland expect to pay €6,750 plus VAT for a full spec IT 1600 (boom dampening, multi-coupler, mid-mount controlled etc.) fully fitted.

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