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#1 TomLGT195 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 10:30 AM

I'm looking at this loader backhoe tractor and know nothing about diesels. The owner says it runs and no major issues. It has a Perkins diesel, does anyone know if these are reliable? Thinking of picking this up to do yard work then resell it. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
I almost forgot to put the link. http://nh.craigslist...5758222747.html

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Massey used Perkins diesels in the late 60s and into the 70s. I don't know much about them but they seemed to have a good reputation and were easy to get parts for years ago. Look at the condition of everything. Check if there is a tractor dealer that handles that brand tractor. I'm used to David Browns beening from before the mid 60s. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 12:36 PM


I have a Massey 175 tractor that my dad bought brand new, I think it's a 1972 model. It starts/runs great, 4cyl diesel, sips fuel, rated at 63 pto horsepower. It's all original, about 42xx hours on it.  Used it pretty hard when he first bought it but has had a pretty easy life the last 30 years. I use it to maintain the farmstead, with brush mower, moving stuff.  It sits for months at a time but starts really well when I need it.  I think they are a very good engine.  I think Allis Chalmers had the same engine in their model 175 tractor.  Good Luck.



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#4 Bill 76 ONLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 02:13 PM

Perkins are very reliable engines and parts are available . They were also used in many sail boats. My concern is how well it was maintained. The oil on the dip stick will be black but that is normal, you can change the oil in a diesel engine and it will be black in a couple of days. I guess you will have to take the sellers word on how it was maintained .

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 05:50 PM

perkins are good motors, see if he will let you try a small test hole to see if it dig ok, get a load in both buckets, if they bleed down fast stay away, 

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 07:58 PM

Yes, Perkins engines are great engines, but like any make, can & do wear out, so be careful & check it out well.  

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Posted November 05, 2016 - 06:23 AM

Just saw this post and thought I`d add my 2 cents worth. My father had 2 Fordson Super Major Diesel backhoe loaders with Perkins, and it didn`t matter how long they sat, if the batteries were good, they would start. I have a 310G Case crawler loader with a Perkins, and the same thing, if it turns over, it`ll run. they are very dependable engines.

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