I bought this 780 2WD with no prior knowledge or experience of FIAT tractors. After slashing 30 acres of 3' grass I stripped and restored the tractor to better than new condition. As such I have found out what breaks and what lasts, and am able to compare it to other tractors of the day.
It is a nice tractor to drive and operate. Great IVECO diesel engine (never been apart, yet starts easily, no noise or smoke and pulls well). Easy controls for everything. Comfortable for operator.
I rate it better than most 80hp 2WD tractors of the day. Maybe only the JD would be better. Well ahead of the technology and comfort offered by DB and MF at that time.