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Massey Harris & Massey Ferguson Tractors Discussion Forum
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Re: Looking at getting a bigger tractor.....

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Jason S.

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The 165 was one of the best most reliable tractors ever built by Massey. I grew up with one and the hour meter quit working in 1980 and it had over 7000 hours on it then and we used it daily for all the heavier farm work until 1992 when we got a new 253. That 165 is still running to this day and it has to have close to 10,000 hours on it. The engine had never been worked on. Just a clutch, water pump and brakes in its lifetime so far. But it was serviced regularly. Your friend said diesels break down more than gas...he must not have been around very many Perkins diesels. They are far more reliable than most any other brand out there. The 165 also used the least amount of fuel than any other tractor in its class. I currently have a 175 and I love it. The 100 series Massey tractors are hard to beat. The main things to check is like everyone else said make sure the multipower works, check the steering real good because rebuilding the steering on a 100 series can get expensive and if it had a loader on it during its life it is hard on the front ends of those tractors. Get it out on a road and see if it tries to go from one side to the other from too much play in the front end. Outside of that check the brakes...they had dry disc brakes, but if it is a later built square axle 165 it can be converted to wet brakes. Only the English built late 165's had wet brakes. If it doesn't have hydraulic remotes they can be added easily enough. See if they have the original floatamatic seat as they are a better ride than those aftermarket seats like that. I have the same seat on my 175 and I'm rebuilding the original seat to put back on it because it's more comfortable.

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