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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:11 AM

I have saved up enough cash to get a Massey 12 that I have know about for a year or so.

Manuals didn't say anything about fluid in the transaxle or anything else. What are the major things I should look for on a 12 and the matching snow blower and rototiller? Any outstanding issues to be aware of? One I know of is the belts come off frequently (dad said this. Sold a 12. Kicks himself to this day about it.)

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 11:42 AM

I never had any belt come off my 12. I have run a deck, tiller and snow thrower with out any belt trouble. One thing I know, is check the rear end for water in the oil. I have had trouble with that.

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 01:23 PM

Ok. What kind of oil does the rear end take?

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 02:05 PM

I'd check the slop (play) in the tiller gearbox. I have run ATF tranny fluid in my 12 hydro. As for vari speed rear ends, I can't help. Good luck.


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Posted January 05, 2016 - 02:36 PM

I put regular gear oil in mine, 80w-90. I don't know what it calls for thou. I had a rear end freeze one time on a 12 parts tractor, because of water in it.

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 06:15 PM

I have saved up enough cash to get a Massey 12 that I have know about for a year or so.

Manuals didn't say anything about fluid in the transaxle or anything else. What are the major things I should look for on a 12 and the matching snow blower and rototiller? Any outstanding issues to be aware of? One I know of is the belts come off frequently (dad said this. Sold a 12. Kicks himself to this day about it.)

 

Are you getting a Hydro or Vari-drive (gear drive)?


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Posted January 05, 2016 - 06:30 PM

We need to know if its Hydro or gear to be helpful

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 06:33 PM

True, never thought of that. Just was going on what I have. Not many hydros around here. So, hydro or gear. ???

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 07:34 PM

Gear. Shoulda specified that... I remember hearing that massey ferguson 12 only came in gear. But I've seen hydros locally...
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Posted January 05, 2016 - 07:49 PM

Does it run or have spark?

Does it drive?

Does the shifter feel loose changing gears?

Is the steering tight, not sloppy?

Is the right front tire chewed up on the inside?



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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:10 PM

If the right front tire is chewed up on the inside, it has had a tiller on the tractor a some point. Maybe some other reason too.

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:14 PM

Does it run or have spark?
Does it drive?
Does the shifter feel loose changing gears?
Is the steering tight, not sloppy?
Is the right front tire chewed up on the inside?


Sadly I don't know. Doesn't run. It has sat outside for a while (several years). I haven't taken a look at it. I am planning on buying it for a parts unit if there is any issues like you described above

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:15 PM

If the right front tire is chewed up on the inside, it has had a tiller on the tractor a some point. Maybe some other reason too.

Noel


I don't see how that tire would get chewed up if it's not near the tiller... Can you someone explain?

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:32 PM

Like the guys said above
Also, Make sure the 90* gearbox and tiller shaft is with it. Without, its a parts unit tiller.
Check the tiller and gear box for excessive oil leaks and slop

If you plan on trying to start it, you'll need a batter and some choke cleaner.
Spark tester too

Sometimes, bad wiring van cause problems and you may have to jumper the solenoid to see of it will roll over.
Be sure not to try to jumper power to the spark circuit as that will damage the spark module.
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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:33 PM

Oh, and ask more questions about why he quit driving it after you pay if you're still wondering
Sometimes having payment let previous owners remember more
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