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Massey Ferguson MF 650 22 inch and 38 inch Rototiller Informationmassey ferguson mf 650 rototiller tiller massey mf10 massey mf12
The Massey Ferguson MF650 tiller came in two different sizes. The 22" MF650 tiller was 22" wide and weighs 140lbs. The 38" tiller weighs 180lbs and uses an optional extension piece to give it the 38" width.
To be able to mount the tiller on to your Massey Ferguson MF10 or MF12 garden tractor you need a rear lift kit. If you don't have a lift kit on your Massey you can find lift kits for sale either in the classifieds section here at GTtalk or places like eBay.
Massey Ferguson MF10 garden tractors made before serial #6365 need a couple of extra modifications done to fit a rear lift kit. The rear plate needs to be drilled out and 2 holes added for the lift spring bracket. Massey Ferguson MF10 and MF12 garden tractors 1967 and newer do not need any modifications done and everything will bolt right on. If you need help identifying the year of your Massey Ferguson garden tractor you can use this serial number build date sheet in the GTtalk Manuals section.
There were two different gearboxes that were used over the years. One has a single output shaft and the other has two output shafts. Not sure what the extra front shaft is for on the second style gear box.
There are two different style drive shafts along with two different style gear box inputs for later and newer tillers. The later tillers had a square end at the tiller and a spline end on the gear box at the pto and the drive shaft had matching ends accordingly.
The newer tillers had splines on the gearbox and splines at the tiller. The drive shaft had splines at both ends of the drive shaft. The belt used to power the gearbox from the power take off is A34, 4L360 or Gates #2360.
There is also a difference in frame size between the Massey Ferguson MF12 Hydrostatic or Variable Speed models, the MF10 only came as a variable gear drive model. The hydrostatic drive garden tractors are longer then the variable drive sister. There is a small extension piece that mounts to the MF650 tiller to make up the difference in frame size on the MF12 hydrostatic model.
The 22" wide tiller uses 2 lift assist springs the the 38" wide tiller uses 3 lift assist springs. When mounting the tiller to your tractor the tiller goes to the middle holes on the rear lift brackets.
So far I have only used the 22" wide MF650 tiller. I have used it both on the Varidrive and Hydra drive garden tractors and it works good on both. I feel the gear drive tractors have an advantage in that the tractor moves at a slower steady pace. With the Hydra drive I feel it is a little tricky to do this but it can be done. The manual says to run the engine at 3/4 power.
I just recently bought a 38" wide MF650, searched for three years for it and it needs a good once over before I use it, which I haven't had time to do yet. Hopefully I will have time to do it this coming spring.
If you are looking to buy one it is very important to make sure that you get everything. There are a lot of incomplete ones out there. It doesn't do any good if you can't mount it.
Here are some pictures to show the various details as well as photos from the manual.
If you have a MF650 tiller or other Massey Ferguson tiller and have any questions post about in in the Massey Ferguson tractor forum here at GTtalk. For reference there is the Massey Ferguson MF650 Tiller Operators Manual and the Massey Ferguson MF10 and MF12 Service Manual.
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