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Re: 231 massey

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10-08-2012 08:57:40

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The 231 is the late 1980s/early 1990s version of the 135, which is a highly regarded small utility tractor.

The Perkins diesel versions are the most common and most desireable.

A couple of issues to be aware of: Dry drum brakes and fully UN-synchronized, sliding-gear transmission.

I have a 2007 533, which is the 2007 version. Aside from a few upgrades, 50 more cubic inches and a few more HP, it is much the same. It's been a good mowing work horse aside from a broken lower lift pin at 245 hours, which AGCO refused to repair under warranty, due to elapsed time, and a few other incidentals.

Note: You will need chains for MI snow removal.


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 Re: 231 massey in reply to Dean, 10-08-2012 08:57:40  
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Agree. Have a 240 here, the drum brakes either work great or not great, no real in between.

Double clutch between speeds in high range and be completely stopped going F-R or between speeds low range and you can cope with the gear box. I do find Low R fine for snow blower, but wish for a slower High R gear.

I hang a snow blower on the back of the 240. I don't run chains, however I could sure use them at times, especially blowing uphill.

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