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    Bronze Member ArcherXC's Avatar
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    Default Need help understanding Massey Ferguson transmissions

    I'm new here and to tractors as a whole. I have a lot of auto experience so mechanical things come fairly easy if I understand how it works. That's my problem with MF transmissions. I am seriously looking at buying a MF 165 with multipower but I do not know what to look for in proper tranny operation. There is a lot of info on the net, but it is bit and piece in nature. Can someone please help me understand these trannys a little better? Here's what I would like to know.

    - Do all MF165's have two stage clutches even if they have multipower?
    - Can you shift these tractors while moving? I have read a couple of posts saying, "no."
    - Should a bush hog slow down when shifting gears? If not what would cause this issue?
    - I am assuming that depressing a two stage clutch would disengage the tranny first an then the PTO, am I correct?
    - How do I know if the multipower is working or not?
    - How far should the clutch be depressed before the tranny is disengaged but the pto stays running?
    - Is either one of the diesel engines better than the other?

    There are probably more questions but I don't want to be a pain. If anyone wants to explain more than what is asked please do so. I am really interested. I apologize if these questions seem elementary so thank you in advance for your time and help.

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    Default Re: Need help understanding Massey Ferguson transmissions

    i would suggest getting your hands on a operators manual for the transmission questions to go along with what others may know about the MF165. I owned a MF135 with multipower and two stage clutch. The first stage disengages the transmission, the second stage disengages the PTO. I never could shift the transmission while moving. Not sure how the multipower works but i do know that it gives you extra gear range in low and high range. Again, i would get the operators manual and read it to understand more about the tractor.

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    Default Re: Need help understanding Massey Ferguson transmissions

    I had a 165 with multipower and it really adds alot of difficulty when working on the tractor and can be very dangerous in hilly terrain if not working or understood.

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    Default Re: Need help understanding Massey Ferguson transmissions

    You can shift any trans on the move if you know what you are doing. You are right about the 2 stage clutch, tranny then pto. A bush hog would slow down if you press the clutch too far to the pto stage. Here is a link on multi power.How Does Massey Ferguson Multi Power Work | Vintage Tractor Engineer

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    Bronze Member ArcherXC's Avatar
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    Default Re: Need help understanding Massey Ferguson transmissions

    Am I correct that the MF165's that had the optional IPTO would not have the 2 stage clutch?

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