The Ford 555 was built in 1983, but the series continued through the 1990s. The 555A started in 1984, the 555B started in 1985, the 555C started in 1988, and the 555D started in 1992. It is a diesel backhoe loader that can also be use as a loader in warehouses or barns.
Engine and transmission
The 555 engine was a three-cylinder diesel for all models until the 555D, when it was converted to a four-cylinder diesel. The 555 bore and stroke was 4.4 inches by 4.4 inches, the displacement was 201 cubic inches, and the compression ratio was 16.3 to 1. The 555 developed 57 horsepower at 2,200 RPM and developed 160 pound-feet of torque at 1200 RPM. It was liquid cooled with 15.3 liters of coolant and had a 7 liter oil capacity and a 12 volt battery. It had six forward gears and four reverse gears.
The 555 used 13 gallons of hydraulic fluid when used as a loader and 21 gallons when used as a backhoe. The pressure was 2,150 pounds per square inch. Valve flow was 27 gallons per minute and steering flow was 5.9 gallons per minute. The steering capacity was 2 gallons. The fuel tank contained 24 gallons, the steering contained 2 gallons of oil, and the rear axle contained 33.9 gallons of oil. The digging depth was 185 inches and the dump angle 55 degrees. The original 555 had a 14-foot backhoe, but starting with the 555A, a 15-foot backhoe became optional, although the 14-foot backhoe remained standard.
The 555’s weight was 6,000 pounds when used as a loader and 13,750 pounds when used as a backhoe. The front axle load was 10,000 pounds and the rear axle load was 12,600 pounds. The wheelbase was 80 inches, the loader length was 180 inches, the backhoe length was 276 inches, the width was 81 inches, the cab height was 109 inches, the backhoe height was 144 inches, and the wheelbase was ground was 12 inches. The front tread was 68 inches and the rear was 64 inches; the front tires were 750-16 and the rear tires 19.9-24.