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Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end}

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10-06-2013 07:43:40

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Sounds like you pretty much know what you want.

I am no Massey Harris expert but definitely go with the "44 special" over the run of the mill "44". The "44" has the PTO shaft way up high which is extemely hard on equipment PTO shafts. The "44 special" I think (or the 444 for sure) had the PTO shaft moved to a more proper spot on the tractor to comply with SAE connection standards. If you plan to run PTO power then check where that PTO location is on the tractor.

Other than that the only other hurdle might be finding a "44 special" with 3 point hitch already on it. But there are aftermarket companies that make those hitch kits or you can make one yourself if you have a welder and fab skills.

Otherwise, I have heard reports that those MH 44 would outplow the Farmall M, or the MH "44 special" (or 444) would out plow the Farmall Super M and use less fuel doing it too. That said, I do not have first hand experience on either front.

Parts for the MH will not be as common as the Farmall, but parts are out there. Nothing wrong with having something

different than the rest of the masses either.
This post was edited by rankrank1 at 07:55:34 10/06/13 2 times.

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10-06-2013 18:54:09

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 Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} in reply to rankrank1, 10-06-2013 07:43:40  
Several years ago the neighbor brothers had some 44 or 44S, have no idea on that, but they pulled 4-14" with them and Never heard of a M or SM pulling a 4 bottom. Neighbor across the road had a 400 D and pulled the same model plow those MH did and it was a load, neighbor a mile and half down the road had a 450 and pulled 3 bottoms.

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David G

10-06-2013 08:05:37

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 Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} in reply to rankrank1, 10-06-2013 07:43:40  
44 Special has PTO up high, just like a 44.

I have a late 44 that is optioned like a 44 special, except the hydraulics are not the same. A lot of the standard items on a special were available as options on the 44 late 44s. I have cast wheels, disk brakes and live PTO.

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10-06-2013 08:14:07

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 Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} in reply to David G, 10-06-2013 08:05:37  
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Thanks for clarifying my memory David. If I was Original Poster then I would be looking for a 444 then due to the better PTO placement as a tractor that will be used. Additionally, if I am not mistaken the 444 has 10 forward gears instead of only 5 forward gears like the 44 or 44 special so that would be yet another advantage.

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David G

10-06-2013 08:21:53

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 Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} in reply to rankrank1, 10-06-2013 08:14:07  
I love my 44, but have WAY more money in it than it is worth. It was my dads and I grew up driving that tractor.

They have a weak bottom end on the engine. It is a high HP engine with 3 main bearings. They also only ran about 15 PSI oil pressure. The rest of the tractor is overbuilt and solid.

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