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    Default Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Back when I bought my MF 150, it wasn't ever intended as a tillage tractor. I had a 5000 Ford then, later replacing that with a 2440 Deere. I never once hooked a disc to the 150. Had I, it would have been a model #25 MF disc. That was the best 3-point disc available back in the day when smaller tractors were still used as primary power on smaller farms. Time marches on.

    So, I finally quit farming for the most part. I'm just playing now. I thought it would be nice to find the plow and disc that would have matched up to my 150. Still haven't found the plow. (model #66, 2X14" or 2X16") But I DID find the disc. Searching a local "classifieds" paper yesterday, I found one. It a bit rusty, but intact, and ready to take to the field. In fact, I disced the sweetcorn field today when I got the disc home just to see if everything worked. And it DID!

    This winter, I'll dismantle it, sandblast everything, prime, then paint. New decals are on the way. I even found the serial # on the frame and I'm having a stencil cut to paint it back on. Obsessive? You bet! Gotta have it PERFECT!

    Here's a few pictures of (IMHO) the best 3-point disc ever built. This one is a 9' model.
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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmwithjunk

    Here's a few pictures of (IMHO) the best 3-point disc ever built. This one is a 9' model.
    Don't recall seeing one quite like this 25.
    Looks like it has some kind of setup to scrape the mud off the discs.

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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    If he makes them as nice as some of his plow's they will be ready to show.He has some that look's to good to put in the field.

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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher
    Don't recall seeing one quite like this 25.
    Looks like it has some kind of setup to scrape the mud off the discs.
    Back in the day when the 100 series Masseys were new, they sold like hotcakes in the Kentucky/Tennessee area. Small cattle and tobacco farms of the day made good use of them. The implements that sold along with them were quite popular. The #25 disc was a favorite. So. You'll find a lot of them in this part of the country still. Most of the #25's were either the 6'-6" version, or the 8' model. This one I found is a 9'-8" version. The biggest of the #25's. It gives my 150 a workout in plowed ground, but she'll handle it OK. Weight-wise, it's about the same load as my Bush Hog, so that isn't a big deal.

    The #25 came standard with scrapers as you noted. In clay soils, ESPECIALLY in fresh plowed ground, a disc will pack up with dirt between the disc blades without something to keep 'em clean.

    Also, the #25 has a bolt per each gang that can be removed to allow each gang to float. On rough ground, that keeps the disc from "bridging" over high spots. Those 2 levers you see by the hitch allow you to change front or rear gang angle while on the run.

    I've got 850 lbs of "pasture mix" grass seed in the barn, and my seeder lubed and ready for action. Next tuesday or wed., I'm starting to disc 28 acres of pasture for re-seeding. After that, the #25 disc will get dismantled, sandblasted, epoxy primered, painted, decaled, then start the long proccess of letting it get old and rusty again.

    LOVE that old stuff!
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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo36
    If he makes them as nice as some of his plow's they will be ready to show.He has some that look's to good to put in the field.
    Yep! Love to see shiney clean paint nowdays. It's destroying my reputation though. Might have to make a change.

    Hmmmmm? Farmwithfreshlypaintedjunk is a bit too long.
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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmwithjunk
    Yep! Love to see shiney clean paint nowdays. It's destroying my reputation though. Might have to make a change.

    Hmmmmm? Farmwithfreshlypaintedjunk is a bit too long.
    Looked at the MF website for the currently manufactured discs. Didn't see anything quite like the 25 there.

    Don't know if #25 discs are that common here in the North Valley. I'll have to ask around. Maybe I'll get lucky, as was the case with my recent MF-135 purchase.

    Can you recommend any currently manufactured disc that the MF-135 can handle?

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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher
    Looked at the MF website for the currently manufactured discs. Didn't see anything quite like the 25 there.

    Don't know if #25 discs are that common here in the North Valley. I'll have to ask around. Maybe I'll get lucky, as was the case with my recent MF-135 purchase.

    Can you recommend any currently manufactured disc that the MF-135 can handle?
    Take a look at John Deere's "Frontier" line. I believe they offer a nice 3-point model. King Kutter sells a heavy duty line. It looks fairly stout. I prefer a disc with the scrapers. I had one a few years back without. I ended up off the tractor with a spade in my hands, chopping dirt out from between disc's far too often.

    The issue of knotched vs. smooth disc's is HIGHLY over-rated. Makes little difference. (BTDT)

    Some will have roller bearings, some cast "boxings". I've owned both. Unless you're going to be discing 10's of thousands of acres, boxings are fine. They don't pull any harder, and they wear great if you keep them greased.

    If you happen on to one, Ford made a good 3-point disc in the 60's and 70's. Don't remember the model#, but it featured a "floating hitch".
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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by Farmwithjunk
    Take a look at John Deere's "Frontier" line. I believe they offer a nice 3-point model. King Kutter sells a heavy duty line. It looks fairly stout. I prefer a disc with the scrapers. I had one a few years back without. I ended up off the tractor with a spade in my hands, chopping dirt out from between disc's far too often.

    The issue of knotched vs. smooth disc's is HIGHLY over-rated. Makes little difference. (BTDT)

    Some will have roller bearings, some cast "boxings". I've owned both. Unless you're going to be discing 10's of thousands of acres, boxings are fine. They don't pull any harder, and they wear great if you keep them greased.

    If you happen on to one, Ford made a good 3-point disc in the 60's and 70's. Don't remember the model#, but it featured a "floating hitch".
    Thanks for the helpful info.

    I'll check out the KK discs at TSC.

    Checked today with the MF folks in Chico regarding the model 25 disc. They are aware of them, but have never seen one. Apparently there's not much call for these up here in the North Valley.

    There's a local guy with a really neat junkyard. Has a lot of vintage Case, Oliver, JD and IH iron lying around. May be able to find a usable disc there, although cleaning all the rust off one of them might be a challenge.

    BTW: getting to work on my MF-135. Got most of the sheet metal off. Ordered the paint. Got new temp and amp gauges and a new tractormeter. The radiator will have to be removed and cleaned professionally. Half of the air passages are really clogged.

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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    An older gentleman I go to chuch with and who lives down the road from the farm has one, I said whenever he gets too old to mess with stuff I woudl liek to have the first chance to buy that disc of his. He said I was too late it was already spoken for. It kinda saddened me till he told me my dad had already claimed it first!

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    Default Re: Massey Ferguson #25 disc

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher
    Thanks for the helpful info.

    I'll check out the KK discs at TSC.

    Checked today with the MF folks in Chico regarding the model 25 disc. They are aware of them, but have never seen one. Apparently there's not much call for these up here in the North Valley.

    There's a local guy with a really neat junkyard. Has a lot of vintage Case, Oliver, JD and IH iron lying around. May be able to find a usable disc there, although cleaning all the rust off one of them might be a challenge.

    BTW: getting to work on my MF-135. Got most of the sheet metal off. Ordered the paint. Got new temp and amp gauges and a new tractormeter. The radiator will have to be removed and cleaned professionally. Half of the air passages are really clogged.
    I'm sort of suprised that there aren't more 3-point disc's around in California with the numbers of veggie farms and orchards. Massey had a heavier 3-point disc. Model #39. I prefer the #25 though, as it's more adjustable.

    The thing is, these were all popular 25 to 40 years ago. Most of that sort of equipment is long gone to the smelter. This disc I ran on to was used on a small tobacco farm. It did a 5 acre tobacco plot every year from mid 60's 'till late 90's. Not a lot of them in this good of condition.
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