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MF 4253

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09-05-2012 07:05:46

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Looking at a clean one. Anything I need to look for? Don't want to find out something after buying it that model has a flaw.

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09-05-2012 11:53:09

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 Re: MF 4253 in reply to WAYNE-N-TX, 09-05-2012 07:05:46  
The 4200 series was generally a reasonable model. The earlier predecessor 300 series was better though, but finding one with low hours is getting difficult. The power shuttle in the early 4200 series had a few problems, cooling issues with the clutch packs and both the forward and reverse clutch pack "covers" unscrewing from the drum. The cooling problems were eliminated in the later models, and are distinguishable by the addition of an external hydraulic filter (only power-shuttle models) . Earlier models only used washable strainers and a centrifugal filter. The clutch pack issues were fixed under warranty by the addition of "Loctite" on assembly. Check the steering once the machine is warmed up to running temp, for any "heaviness". The tandem gear pumps were prone to wear and eventual failure. As with most Masseys, check that the PTO shuts off cleanly when disengaged. If you do buy it, I'd recommend the fitting of a pre-cleaner to the air box, as these were never fitted from factory and choked filters easily especially in dusty conditions.
Check the hours on the machine and it's service history before purchasing. Evan.

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09-05-2012 14:48:46

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 Re: MF 4253 in reply to Masseynut(Australia), 09-05-2012 11:53:09  
Thanks, I went ahead and got it, between 1200 & 1300 hours and very clean looking. For some reason the tires looks as if more hour than that. Thanks again.

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