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MF 135 fourth gear

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07-09-2014 16:32:07

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I just bought a 1971 model MF 135 that has the fourth gear. Does anyone know just exactly why they added this fourth gear. The gear pattern is really odd.

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07-10-2014 14:31:21

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to bayhollow, 07-09-2014 16:32:07  
The fourth gear was added for marketing reasons.

It was sandwitehed in between R and 2 for cost considerations.

The same basic design was used for many years and has proven to be be dependable if a bit akward.

My 2007 533 has the same 4 X 2 crashbox. It takes a bit of getting used to and fourth is a bit hard to find when shifting on the go but one does get used to it.


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07-10-2014 04:27:52

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to bayhollow, 07-09-2014 16:32:07  
Later tractors had a choice when new of the 12 speed MP or the 8 speed, which was cheaper. Dealer I worked for used the choice when customer was comparing with Ford, with the 8 speed. Early 100 series were either 6 speed or the 12 MP.

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Roy in UK

07-10-2014 08:58:05

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to Dieseltech, 07-10-2014 04:27:52  
I guess I would much prefer an 8 speed to a 6 speed but I would much prefer a Multipower to either, even though you can't tow start a MP tractor and engine braking only works in high multipower, a fact which frightens the life out of some drivers!

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07-10-2014 03:15:47

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to bayhollow, 07-09-2014 16:32:07  
It is a weird pattern,



Have an 8-speed 240 here,

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Stick welding

07-09-2014 21:47:07

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to bayhollow, 07-09-2014 16:32:07  
Don't know what year but later 135's had 8 speed transmissions. Good set up. More speeds to match the tractor to the job at hand.

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Roy in UK

07-10-2014 02:12:52

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 Re: MF 135 fourth gear in reply to Stick welding, 07-09-2014 21:47:07  
Not just the 135, the 8 speed box became an option on most of (if not all )the 100 series tractors.I remember I was baling some straw we had bought 'in the swath' from a neighbour with our 168 Multipower. One of the neighbour's men came over to have a chat with me at lunch time, he was cutting their hedges with, coincidentally another 168 . Looking at my tractor he pointed to the 'Multipower' logo and said "Ooh can I do you a swap?" then he pointed to his tractor and said "She's an 8 speed..... they are crap!" A matter of taste I guess. I have never driven one so I can't comment.

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