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961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65

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Tom Bond

11-29-2016 17:12:41




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Been looking for a decent 961 but just not having any luck. I see plenty of MF around that are in decent shape. Pro's, Con's?

Unless of course one of you want to part with your 961.........




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NWFORD

11-30-2016 13:42:14




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
I had a 960 ford and late 65 Massey Ferguson diesel. Wish I'd never sold the 65. Had good power to pull my square baler and haybine. The Perkins engine hardly used any fuel. Good weight to power balance, and the multipower was nice, kind of like a TA in a Farmall. Only thing I didn't care for was the hydraulics quick when the pto does and the pto is two stage clutch like the ford 960 will have. Clutch pedal half way down stops the transmission, all the way down stops the pto.

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centash

11-30-2016 04:25:37




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
MY 65 and 50 were pretty tough tractors, one of MF'S best at the time. Can't beat either diesel for fuel economy. Ben



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Tracto-man

11-29-2016 19:50:48




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
I had a Diesel MF 65 and absolutely hated it. It had a lot of power, but just didn't seems to have a good way to put the power into use. Worked with an MF gas 50 some, and liked it better. I have a 961 now thanks to some help searching from members on here. Pretty much my favorite tractor ever. Like the row crop, like the power, gearing, yadda yadda yadda. I'm sure Mf's are very good tractors, and a lot of people like them, I just like the 961 a lot better.

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Shaun Wallace

11-29-2016 19:47:12




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
MF 65s were made in 3 versions. Most popular was row crop like 9X0 and 9X1.



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showcrop

11-29-2016 19:04:55




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
My 961 is for sale for the right price. third party image



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Tom bond

11-29-2016 19:08:09




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to showcrop, 11-29-2016 19:04:55  
Price? Ah.... Probably couldn't afford it anyway........



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Tom Bond

11-29-2016 18:36:16




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
Hi Dean. Could you send me the CL link for your 961 so I can take another look? I lost everything when my computer took a dump awhile back. Or just email to me again? I tried PM on here but I can't get it to work for anything. Classic view, modern view, nothing. It won't even let me upload pictures anymore. Jpeg or any other format. Thanks, Tom



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Dean

11-29-2016 23:21:54




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 18:36:16  
As expected, my 961 CL ad has expired but my email is open here.

Send me a message and I can email whatever you might want.

Dean



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Dean

11-29-2016 20:13:40




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 18:36:16  
I believe that the ad has expired. I'll check when I get home but that will be well after midnight.

email is open. Send me a message and I can email the add, word doc and photos if you like.

Dean



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Dean

11-29-2016 18:13:03




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
The MF 50 is a bit less power than a 961, while the 65 is probably a bit more. Neither are particularly collectable.

Diesel versions of either are more valuable as workers as both have highly regarded Perkins diesel engines. Gasoline versions use Continental engines and parts are becoming more difficult to find and expensive.

Both tractors use sliding gear rather than constant mesh transmissions like the Ford and are known to stick in two gears at the same time if shifted out of reverse quickly. Usually they can be freeded up by rocking back and forth while prying on gears with a large screwdriver through the oil filler hole. You will find the MF sliding gear transmissions rugged but not as user friendly as the constant mesh transmissions used in the Ford.

I believe that live and non live PTO versions of each were produced.

PS systems are problematic and expensive to repair.

As workers, the 65 will probably do as much work than a 961 while a 50 a bit less.

Make me an offer on my 961 if still interested. The worst I can do is say no.

Dean

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maxwell99

11-29-2016 17:53:09




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 Re: 961 vs. Massey Ferguson 50 or 65 in reply to Tom Bond, 11-29-2016 17:12:41  
There is one for sale in the Louisville KY Craigslist And in the Cincinnati, OH Craigslist

Just did a search for Ford 961 only found those around, you are right not too many for sale
Both looked well used

Question why those narrow front high frame tractors, are you planning to do a lot of cultivating?



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