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    Looking to downsize for 2nd tractor

    Hello, I learned quite a bit from my initial tractor purchase and now I am wanting to do it "right." I currently live on 11 acres of mostly wooded, partially hilly and rocky land, about 1.5 acres of which is not wooded and is a mowed weeds kind of "yard." Prior to last summer, the smallest...
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    New-to-me 1987 MF 1030L

    I recently purchased a Massey-Ferguson 1030 MFWD with about 3400 hours from a local seller. He bought it at a farm auction from an old man (probably the original owner) to do some loader and blade work and then got done with the job and decided to sell it as well as the Woods 165 loader and the...
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    New MF 1030, a few random questions

    I just got a 1987 MF 1030 FWA and have a few questions as I am going about servicing the machine and becoming familiar with it. 1. I got a manual with the tractor that shows it is supposed to have a 3 range (H/M/L) 4-speed transmission. My tractor has four ranges (two sequential two-range...
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    Tractor weight vs. finish mowing

    I will shortly be moving to about a dozen-acre piece of property with about an acre of "horsey" areas that need rough cut, eventually about two acres of mowed-weeds lawn, a good-sized garden I'll till with a borrowed 3 pt tiller and the rest is trees, some of which I might clear out. I got a lot...
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    Buying Advice Old utility tractor vs. newer compact tractor?

    Hello all, longtime listener but first-time, poster. I recently had the luck to buy a house on a dozen mostly wooded acres in southwest MO not terribly far from Springfield. There is about a half acre of open lawn as well as about an acre of fenced-in paddock the current owner is...