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#1 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:21 PM

Why do we do this to our selves? I have a current project going on refurbishing a 50” craftsman deck to use next summer, I have a 60ish Penncraft under a tarp awaiting, I need to do a winter service to RED the main mower…. And yesterday I received a call about this, a MF 85. Either I get it or it goes to the scrap yard…. yea I’m addicted.

Story goes, it ran but rough, was going to rebuild the carb….. gave up.

Taking up room so it has to go.

Complete except the carb is removed, and I got a box of misc carb parts. I really need more storage, and a small store bought storage shed is on my Christmas list.

 

Any info on this would be appreciated as I have never had a MF before.

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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:26 PM

Why do we do this to our selves? I have a current project going on refurbishing a 50” craftsman deck to use next summer, I have a 60ish Penncraft under a tarp awaiting, I need to do a winter service to RED the main mower…. And yesterday I received a call about this, a MF 85. Either I get it or it goes to the scrap yard…. yea I’m addicted.

Story goes, it ran but rough, was going to rebuild the carb….. gave up.

Taking up room so it has to go.

Complete except the carb is removed, and I got a box of misc carb parts. I really need more storage, and a small store bought storage shed is on my Christmas list.

 

Any info on this would be appreciated as I have never had a MF before.

Neat looking mower. 



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:47 PM

I like it and the price cant be beat



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 07:56 PM

​For an inexpensive storage shed put up a pallet building.  Several years ago I put up a 12 X 24 with new 2 X 6 rafters and new steel for around $300.  Google pallet buildings and you will find a bunch of different buildings used mainly up North.   And that MF85 don't look to bad, and the price is excellent.


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:04 PM

There is a place off of 38th st here in Killeen that has the crates for free. 



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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:14 PM

Massey's are neat, but this is a little one, VERTICAL engine, not on My list!  :(  The Dark Side!  More:  Just a lawn tractor!  Done. :smilewink: :poke:


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Posted October 31, 2017 - 08:46 PM

Yea, I know... but I couldn't let it go to the scrap yard. I have two or three options. Get it back in running condition with minimal funds and sell it, or go all out and take it to shows. These small mowers don't do well with 2-3 acre yards. But I am impressed with how heavy this is, and the cast iron front axle, and I suspect real bearings in the front wheels. I really need more info to make a decision like what year it was made and what manuals are available.Won't know till I get to it.


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 04:29 PM

They are a nice and heavily built  8 hp. lawn tractor 

They replaced the MF 8 when the new look came out, I like the old look better

Good entry tractor to get in the hobby

I have no use for a small tractor, I like playing in the snow and ploughing the fields with them.


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 04:52 PM

What info do you need? A B&S shop manual should tell you everything you need to know.


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 07:14 PM

Just the basics for now. I really don't need it, but I think it is a better candidate than the Penn Craft. Decal Sources, and Owners manual. for now Once I get the numbers off the engine I should know the year, and be able to get a manual for it. 



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Posted November 01, 2017 - 09:20 PM

They were made from 1977 to 1979

 

http://www.tractorda...erguson-85.html

 

For the manual I do not know 

Decals 

 

http://maplehunterde...ferguson85.aspx

 

  28 dollars

 

I got the MF 14 set and was happy with the quality


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Posted November 02, 2017 - 07:16 PM

Oh heck yea! I'll order this weekend! The Craftsman II decals ran me $125.00 Thanks for the links!


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Posted November 02, 2017 - 07:31 PM

I'm picking up a vinyl cutter at the end of the month with a bunch of fails I hope I can make my own decals. 



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Posted November 03, 2017 - 04:34 PM

Dang! Did it again. On the way home I passed a yard sale that was close to me. Been looking for a Cart for my Grandson's JD 165. There was a Agra Fab 10 with no wheels there. I dropped $25 on it then Used Hulk II to go back and get it. Hulk's governor isn't working correctly, I think it is the modified throttle cable. I'll have to look into that. Here is the cart. Going to HF tomorrow to find some wheels.

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Posted November 03, 2017 - 09:17 PM

The plan tomorrow is to pick up nuts and bolts, Paint and tires for the trailer, (hopefully a quick restore). Also a couple 15X6.00X6 front tires for RED. I'll swap his leaky ones to the Massey. The Massey's front tires hold air for 3.5 seconds before flat. This thread is for the Massey, but will have the Agra Fab 10 included, as I need to have it ready for Christmas.


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