Random set of the day: Tractor

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Tractor

Tractor

©1981 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 8859 Tractor, released in 1981. It's one of 5 Technic sets produced that year. It contains 610 pieces.

It's owned by 986 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


14 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

I have very fond memories of playing with this set as a child. I think the parts may be squirreled away in the attic somewhere along with some other Technic sets from this era.

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By in New Zealand,

What a Beautiful Machine. Those solid tyres were the best.

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By in Canada,

I did not have the set, but I made it ones. My friend had it and I had 8860. We swapped just for building it. That was near the end of my LEGO playing days. Was a fun set to build, specially for a farm boy. I am quite sure this tractor represents an MB TRAC tractor.

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By in Latvia,

A week ago I was looking at Technic sets from the 80's and I saw this one!

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By in France,

Huwbot loves Technic. And Clickits.

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By in Turkey,

One of my all time favorites! I never had it but looked at it so much, I can dream playing with it anytime. Excuse me for a minute...

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By in United Kingdom,

Off topic a bit, but its been nearly 2 weeks now since the Huwbot contest ended, when we getting the results?

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By in United Kingdom,

I especially love the wheels in this set.
I had some on my 8860 Technic Car Chassis from the year before, and used them on so many different vehicles which I made as a kid.

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By in Venezuela,

It's likely been said before, but I'll say it again: that thing with the axle lengths is equal parts cool and considerate.

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By in United States,

Pure love. I bought this from a guy on rec.toys.lego before ebay and bricklink existed. MISB.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is is a trigger of nostalgia along the lines of Proust's madeleine for me. Never had this set but remember drooling over its image in catalogues etc. Seeing this got me browsing back through old technic sets - which made me realise how long these sets used to stick around for - or perhaps how long the took to reach the shop shelves of rural North Wales where I grew up. Sets I got given for birthdays etc in the mid/late 80s were from the late 70s!

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By in United States,

Another throwback moment. I like! I still have this set in its original box with all the plastic inserts; looks as good now as it did those Christmas' so many years ago. I recently built this tractor alongside the original red tractor (set #950 I believe) and there is no comparison. I always found the piston movement in the engine a bit difficult on this model I think due mainly to the "ladder" of gears up the front of the tractor to make it work. I never could find a better method. Definitely another classic set along with #8860 Auto Chassis and the #8858 Power Truck.

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By in United States,

The set as a whole is pretty cool. Like the 95x red tractor, it is designed with a lift mechanism for the attached component, which can be reconstructed in several different ways.

The parts in this set are a mixed bag. It includes several of the "toothed" technic parts, for which the teeth sometimes failed, including 4273a, 4265a, 4262, and 4263. The differential gear (73071) I have from this set broke a few years after purchase. It is actually created as two pieces and glued together at the factory. Unfortunately, once the glue fails it is unlikely that you will be able to recreate a bond that is strong enough to hold against the torque this piece endures. At least, that was my experience.

It also includes some very useful, very small steering pieces (4261) that can provide some of the tightest steering mechanism implementation I have seen, albeit without a lot of ability to counter bending stresses in the axle.

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By in United States,

I really have a soft spot for 80's LEGO sets, Im sure much of the fondness is nostalgia but I know some of it was the simpler designs and the interesting use of the limited part catalog they had back then.

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