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#1 Madcap30 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 23, 2017 - 07:31 PM

Hello, I am new here. I am looking for a massey GT. I have seen the models that I like listed as being in the 1966-76 year range. I am looking for a mf 12, 14 or 16. I like the ones with the grill that looks like the model 165 in the big tractors. What model years was this style of GT produced in and were there changes in that time?

How are the hydros compared to the variable speed drives? I have had a Wheel Horse Sunstrand pump rebuilt and i know that they can get pricey and hard to find somone that know them. 

Any input woul be great.

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Posted December 24, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Since you like the same style as I and may others do you will not be disappointed in the MF 14 or MF 16

Both basically the same but different HP

The MF 14 would be more popular than the MF 16 since it was produced for 2 years only.

The MF 14 and 16 are hydro only, great working machines when working properly

All mine are hydro's and wouldn't change for anything

​The hydro's are better for snowblowing, ground engaging equipment due to its infinite speed selection

​About the only drawbacks on these are the hydraulics,

​There is a hydraulic lift for all the attachments then a separate cylinder to operate the optional 3 pt hitch

​Have to use a lock out strap on one cylinder since they are hooked together.

 

​If you went with the newer series the 1450 and up is what you want

​different style, same size as the MF 14 and better hydraulics

If you can get the 1855 you will definite be impressed when working properly

 

​I have 3 MF 14's and a MF 1450 in the herd

​I have all the attachments for the MF 14 so need a few of them

1 is my blower, tiller, mower tractor

​1 is for the dozer blade

​The first one I got is my show tractor with factory Cat 0 3 pt. hitch and is my avatar picture

​I have a Brinley Cat 0, 12",  1 furrow plow for it that goes to the shows and gets used if there is plowing available

 

​I am not familiar with the smaller MF line up

I got a MF 14 package deal that got me started into Garden tractors so I haven't strayed away from them.

Attached is my show Massey

It has 3 rib front tires now and 23.5 x 10.5 x 12 rear tires

 

 

 

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Posted December 24, 2017 - 12:30 AM

Ive got a Massey 1450 that I love, looking for a  MF16 and an 1855,  Also liking the looks of older club cadet.  MY neighbour has a 128. also old kabuto are nice!

 

This is my 1450 winter ready (minus the dozer blade)

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Posted December 24, 2017 - 12:59 AM

Not sure off the top of my head about the MF10 years, but the MF12 began in 67.  I have the 44th built of the line.  Early 67's had points, as mine does, but the late 67's built had solid state ignitions.  I used to have an MF14 and sold it.  Should have kept it, as it mowed nice!  Very dependable machines....all the MF's are if maintained like they should be.


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Posted December 24, 2017 - 01:27 AM

Welcome to GTT. You can learn details about particular tractors by going to the Manuals Section and downloading the operators manual for a particular GT. Enjoy this: http://gardentractor...-color-brocure/ and this: http://gardentractor...-color-brocure/ Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 24, 2017 - 10:50 AM

I have a MF 7, 12, and 14. All great tractors. Welcome to the site.

Noel
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Posted December 24, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Thanks guys

So what year did production of that style start and stop?

I am guessing that the headlights were optional as some have and some don't.

Thanks

Adam



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Posted December 24, 2017 - 03:09 PM

You are correct on the headlights, some have, some don't

Need a battery for head and tail lights

The ones that have headlights are electric start, but some don't have headlights

12, 14 and 16 have headlights, please correct me if I'm wrong

for years, they vary 

 

MF 16 - 1975 to 1976

MF 14 - 1972 to 1976

MF 12 - 1967 to 1976

MF 10 - 1966 to 1976

MF 8   - 1972 to 1975

MF 7   - 1968 to 1973

 

In 1977 the new body style came out along with their bigger brothers and went to 4 numbers eg. 1450


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Posted December 24, 2017 - 07:10 PM

One of the downfalls with the MF 12 is the Tecumseh engine

They are well know for the coils to go bad, good replacements hard to find

When they work they work good, have one of them on a forklift

Coil went this summer, after trying 4 different coils finally found one that was good

 

The MF 14 and 16 uses the K series Kohler engine

They are a good engine and parts are still available but expense for genuine Kohler

Think I seen 385 USD for new Kohler K series starter



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Posted December 25, 2017 - 07:32 AM

I agree with the engines! I have lots of experience with the Techumseh engines on snow blowers. I have a K341 in my Wheel Horse C-160. That engine is tough.


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