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Massey Ferguson 1533 Review



Overall Rating:
rating
 4.40
Build Quality:
5
Features:
rating
3
Performance:
rating
4
Value:
rating
5
Reliability:
rating
5


Not a Bad Tractor Posted by TreeGuyz on 04/22/2013

We grow choose and cut Christmas trees on 17 acres and we also produce compost (from horse manure, wood chips, etc). Our 1533 with FEL performs a variety of chores from ground preparation to snow removal and pesticide application to compost woodrow building and dump truck loading.

It's a good little tractor but we've outgrown it already. I'm regretting not getting something in the 65-80 HP range as this tractor seems to need a little more butt for my needs. It's probably a great tractor for the hobby farm. It does work hard and isn't afraid of much. Very reliable and I've never had an issue with it---it's better than most people I know.

The only thing I dislike intensely are the ergonomics of the controls. It's difficult to keep an eye on the three-point mounted equipment with knocking my knee into the FEL controller (and commanding it to dig into the ground causing an abrupt stop) or dragging a butt cheek into the PTO control and disengaging it. Sometimes I can do both :)

This tractor is simply not engineering for large males (I'm 6'1" and 240 lbs) to operate comfortably. I wish it had a hydraulic remote... Other than that, I've generally liked this tractor and can continue to live with it if my accountant says I can't upgrade... Honey?

ITEM INFORMATION
Model year: 2007 Date Purchased: 10/15/2007 Number of Hours: 550
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Pros: Reliability, guts, fit and finish. Cons: Control layout/ergonomics. Type of User: Commercial Farmer Location: United States Maryland I also considered buying:
REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
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