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Thoughts On A 175?

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Bryce Frazier

01-24-2023 18:44:47




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Looking at buying a 175 from a family friends estate. They tell me it is showing 9200 hours. They don't know much about it but say starts and runs great, everything works.

Anyone have anything good or bad to say about them? Or specific things to look at when I check it out?

Using it for hay work, 9 foot swather, smaller baler, small stack wagon.

Thanks all, Bryce




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ptfarmer

01-29-2023 09:22:20




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
Check the lube in the outboard rear planetaries, they get neglected the most since most don't usually know that they are lubed separately from the rear axle/rearend.



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db4600

01-28-2023 10:05:44




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
I have a 175 that I got reasonable, but still need to do work on. Check the multi-power and steering. The little bit Ive used it it reminds me a bit of a 4600 Ford I grew up on. Simple straightforward tractor. Handy for chores and big enough for fieldwork.



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hearnc843

01-26-2023 08:30:51




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
Its a solid tractor, can't go wrong with the diesel. Only thing that could be considered a disadvantage is the size for utility type work- its large better suited for field work. Its a nice balance between a big tractor like an 1130 or 1100 and the smaller 135.

Check the brakes too, those are prone to getting water-logged and falling apart- there's supposed to be a rubber boot on the front of the axle housing. If its dry-rotted you can assume it probably needs the brakes done. Not expensive, but cumbersome- about as much work as a split.

Also see when the clutch was last replaced. I did mine around 6,5xx hours and it had been done at least once before, not sure on the history mine.

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acadam20

01-25-2023 10:03:14




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
See if the multi-power works. Beyond that if it runs and that works snatch it up. If the multi-power is out then the price needs to be right but its still not terrible to fix it. The Perkins 236 is one of the best diesels ever made so no concerns if diesel, if gas at 9k hours I'd assume it was rebuilt at some point. Parts are plentiful for any of the motors used in those.



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jogl

01-25-2023 05:16:52




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
Good tractors, good engines, only weak point is the steering, but is manageable. With 9000 hrs. probably needs steering work.
Engine and clutch are easy to work on, we have done a few clutches and an engine overhaul on one when the head needed work (oil leaking down the valve stems).
There are a lot of posts on this forum (many by me) on 175s. Do a search here for lots more info.

If it is as you describe and the price was reasonable I would snap it up too.

We have four of them, good little tractors for in our vegetables.

JP.

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Bryce Frazier

01-25-2023 11:13:08




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to jogl, 01-25-2023 05:16:52  
Everything I have seems to have steering issues so it'll fit right in! Lol

They are asking 5500, it is a Perkins diesel, comes with a beat up brush hog and a somewhat light duty loader.



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miangus

01-25-2023 04:45:48




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
If diesel and a decent price buy it immediately. Thats what I would do.



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Bryce Frazier

01-25-2023 11:14:02




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to miangus, 01-25-2023 04:45:48  
Asking 5500, has a light duty loader on it, not massey brand. It is a Perkins.



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used red MN

01-24-2023 22:30:29




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-24-2023 18:44:47  
Hello Bryce, I was just thinking about you the other day we have another young man who just joined the forum in November posting as jd2cyl1943. He is maybe not quite as industrious as you but great to have someone young interested in these old machines. I believe you got married, cannot remember what occupation you settled into. I do not know enough about a 175 to give you any specific things to look for, I believe tierods may have not been the heaviest on them, all old tractor front ends tend to get loose. I do know if it is a diesel those Perkins will run a long time. Glad to hear from you!

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Bryce Frazier

01-25-2023 11:15:18




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to used red MN, 01-24-2023 22:30:29  
Thanks! Good on my end, life is just busier by the day. Not married but close, we have a little girl now as well. Working on finishing up building a house for us!



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anderson farms

01-28-2023 15:25:53




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to Bryce Frazier, 01-25-2023 11:15:18  
My son started his 175 today its going to be his main hay tractor. Its a diesel and we havent used it yet he bought it in late October but we are going to completely change all the fluids and use it this summer fix what needs fixed and maybe repaint it next fall. Seems to be a handy sized tractor



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504

01-28-2023 18:28:26




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 Re: Thoughts On A 175? in reply to anderson farms, 01-28-2023 15:25:53  
The 175 is big enough to do real work (4 bottom plow all day long)and is close enough to the ground to use as a utility.



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