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    Finally ... I'm back!

    Thank you, it's great to hear you all are doing Ok. I share your thoughts on grandchildren - we're starting down the same track! It's a good thing though. Hope all stay safe.
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    That's Ok, don't rush anything, much less taking any short-cuts. Disconnect brake linkages, lighting cables, remove foot-rests, etc. Look at the drive couplings of both transmission shafts so you can picture what needs to happen whilst reassembling halves. A dry run in reassembling halves...
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Haha, and a heap of other hazards, like having half a tractor slip off a jack and fall onto you! But seriously, it could be a good idea to also mention he blocks F & R of both front wheels. I do worry about people hurting themselves, but he seems capable.
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Drain gearbox oil from both plugs - about 5-6 gallons. Remember to put wedges in both sides at the front axle to prevent the front half tipping to one side after it's separated. You should only need about a foot of space to repair whatever is wrong. Remember gasket, sealant, and cleaning of...
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    I understand you mean R-1 & 2-3, referring to the lock-out mechanism, but why does he mention four springs and plungers? Here's a picture of an 8- and a 6-speed shift cover from a 135 book. Could it indeed be an 8speed? Or are they a different design in the bigger tractors?
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Harry's explanation is all correct. Can you post a picture from above of the selector rails? I expected to see one rail for H-L and 2 rails for the main gearbox, but isn't there another? As far as a trial run, just temporarily refit the cover with 2 or 3 bolts and see how that H-L selector works.
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Note: Each spring has a steel ball, or maybe a tapered slider, beneath it. If you move gear selectors while the cover is off, they're likely to jump out - hence the idea of selecting neutral before removing the cover.
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Is that an 8speed gearbox? If so, it looks like a spring is missing. The ball? Or tapered slider? may still be in the hole. Either way, a small mechanic's magnet should find it - that's from repeated experience. Keep the springs in place with grease down the hole. Some pics from a 135 service...
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    That's good, glad I remembered that I had them. IIRC, try to put both levers in the neutral position before you lift the shift cover off. I'm hoping you find the locking screw beneath the range lever has come loose. If that isn't the problem, it will be on the rear of the gearbox at the range...
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    Just remembered that I have some pics of the gearbox from a friend's FE35 when I renewed all the bearings in it. I found these, thinking they might give you an insight to what yours looks like - it's the same as this one. They aren't as specific as I expected, but they're the only ones I have...
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    Finally ... I'm back!

    Good news all round by the sound of it! Great times when they are small - so interesting and just so much fun. Fingers crossed for you all for some soaking rain.
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    S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi all, to prevent unnecessary head-scratching, here's the link to a parallel thread in the Ford-New Holland section. It's the same tractor, and they've got onto some helpful info for me. This could also assist other owners of S320s or NH 1220s. Some enlightening pics too...
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Additional scary pics: If this isn't enough, I also have to remove the diff pinion shaft for repair - another several days' work!
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi guys, some good news after a protracted effort on Sunday. Harry's link to the Case-New Holland parts catalogue was a help, and a lot easier to understand, even though the Shibaura PDF I downloaded was describing the parts also in English, on the C-NH site you only need to shadow the part to...
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    1975 165 stuck in neutral range.. How to Unstuck it?

    I reckon first checking if something is jammed with the neutral start switch. It's directly forward of the small lever, beneath the throttle lever area. Yes, in the cover plate is where the lever is located, but the selector rail itself moves reaches right to the rear of the main gearbox, to a...
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi Harry, thank you, that's a great help. This didn't show in any of my searches. The descriptions are more helpful, but the pictures aren't as clear and focused - at least on my phone. I'll try looking on my laptop, might be better. Anyway, thanks again for your help.
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi, the tractor is actually a Shibaura S320, they made the same tractor for Ford New Holland, a 1220, and even put blue paint on it. More people know about a 1220 - that's the reason I'm hoping to find some help here.
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    So far I have tried to understand the exploded view of the relevant section on my laptop screen, but it's still not as easy as it sounds. Fortunately, the part names are also in English, but only as "shaft" or "bearing" however I am not even near giving up! I would really love a workshop...
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    DL250 FEL broken bolts!

    I do like the idea of studs and nuts - set deep and installed solidly they would be more reliable than bolts. It does depend on the design of the attachment and whether it can be fitted onto studs, otherwise it may need to firstly be positioned, then the studs installed through the mounting...
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    Finally ... I'm back!

    Congratulations! Wonderful news - a little one about the house is great, livens us up a lot too! Hopefully the drought breaks gently, and soon, before the summer has ended. We usually have a few drier months as the days warm up, sometimes with the occasional afternoon storm too. Water shortages...
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Thanks for your reply. Good info and great ideas - in fact I found a parts catalogue late last night. I haven't looked closely at any diagrams yet, but it is in Japanese 😅 could be useful but hard work! I reckon putting in some high-load bearings - at least where that one has failed. A closer...
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    Finally ... I'm back!

    Thank you mate, I hope you and your clan are all well too. My Mum passed away almost three years ago at the grand age of 95, and apart from that I'm happy I can say we're all doing Ok. Haven't been allowed to do much in the last couple years, thanks to this dictatorship they call our State...
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    Ford NH 1220 / Shibaura S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi all, not at all new to machinery or tractors - just to Shibaura tractors. I recently bought this one, cheap, in its current condition to repair and keep. It is what I need - 20BHP diesel, 60" mid-mount mowing deck, HST, 3PL, PTO, P/ST and 4WD - a lot of attributes for a guy who has to look...
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    S320 Gearbox bearing failure

    Hi all, not at all new to machinery or tractors - just to Shibaura tractors. I recently bought this one, cheap, in its current condition to repair and keep. It is what I need - 20BHP diesel, 60" mid-mount mowing deck, HST, 3PL, PTO, P/ST, and 4WD - a lot of attributes for a guy who has to look...
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    Help please Shibaura S318

    Hi, I just saw your request for help - did you locate a replacement part? Is the shaft damaged beyond repair? It may be a batter idea to repair it, especially if they're that scarce. I was searching for information for a NH 1220 I recently bought, which requires gearbox repairs. Your post...
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    DL250 FEL broken bolts!

    My thoughts: It can be not just a reliability issue, but also a safety issue as well. If something on one side fails suddenly, an unexpected accident, maybe even a roll-over could easily occur. I wouls suggest ensuring Grade 8.8 or better still 10.9 bolts are used where strength is paramount...
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    Mf202 backhoe and hydraulic help

    Hi, I'm only guessing, but from the little I know about hydraulics I feel the backhoe needs a good supply from the pump, and a free return - best return I can imagine will be to the sump, via a good-sized fitting in the PTO lever mounting plate seems the best option for other purposes such as...
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    Mf202 backhoe and hydraulic help

    Hi, I'm zero help with your hydraulics questions, but if I can I'd like to offer a bit of advice on another point about the mounting of your backhoe. The top mount as shown in your first pic is attached to the usual top link attaching point on the tractor. It needs to be relocated to the...
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    Finally ... I'm back!

    Hey All, and most sincere apologies - I finally have a computer new enough to see a TBN page on! Embarrassed, but glad I can finally begin to catch up. I really hope everyone is well. I'm also hoping nobody has been harmed by bushfires, tornadoes, floods, or anything else. That said - we've...
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    Help Identify model/year of older MF tractor!

    Hi, apologies for slow the reply, but better late than never! Firstly, you lucky devil! A free MF is ALWAYS a good thing ... it has to be really rough to be only good for spare parts! It will certainly be worthwhile repairing and then you've got a usable and versatile machine. Just be careful...
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    MF135 Perkins Gas seized

    It is a considerable amount of work, but the satisfaction of having it working like a new one really does make it worthwhile. It gives you the opportunity to sort out other engine issues as well - all in one job. I hope it all goes smoothly.
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    Off-topic - Apologies for recent absence

    :thumbsup: Thrilled to be able to share with you all .... Jenny received the Bronze medal in her event! :D We were woken by our phone ringing at :confused2: 2AM to be greeted by a excited young lady full of bubbles who couldn't wait to pass on the news! She's sure to remember this last two...
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    Off-topic - Apologies for recent absence

    Hi All! Just a quick one to say thanks once more for all your positive vibes. :thumbsup: Jenny had another high-resolution MRI last Monday and we were thrilled to hear there is "no current evidence of any regrowth" which is about the best news we could dream of hearing. The Children's Hospital...
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    Off-topic - Apologies for recent absence

    There's been a bit happening recently. Here's some much better news: Here she is with her car: She passed her driving test - first attempt :thumbsup: last Tuesday. I'm not at all surprised ... she's very capable. Now we have to stop at the green traffic lights too! :D Today we all went to...
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    Identifying an MF40 industrial loader

    Yes, that's the best option - to keep the TEA as well. It's a lighter and more nimble tractor, and more appropriate for those jobs. There's no sense in using a mallet to swat a fly! :laughing: The industrials - especially if there's a backhoe with that loader - are worth good money if they've...
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    Identifying an MF40 industrial loader

    Looks extremely similar to my MF40 - I paid $2500 about 5 years ago, but had to recondition the engine due to a spun con-rod bearing. That cost another $1000 plus a few days work, but it sorted out a lot of engine-related leaks etc, and it's back to as-new condition now. Compared to my 135, it's...
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    Building our new dam

    I thought it's about time to show how things have progressed, although watching grass grow is a rather uneventful hobby. :laughing: Her's how it looked just over one year ago, with grass seed just sprouting: Last weekend I trimmed the mostly kikuyu and cooch grass with a slasher (brush-hog)...
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    TDC flywheel mark on an AD3 152 in a 135

    Hi, I had one of those pumps apart recently off a 4cyl Perkins to clean water, rust and all sorts of ugly c**p out of it, washed it up and fitted a seal kit and transfer pump vanes, back onto engine with filters and cleaned-out fuel system .... runs like a Swiss watch. I also learnt to overhaul...
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    The Massey Ferguson Picture Thread

    It's winter here ... by "winter" I mean overnight gets down to around 5degC on a cold night :laughing: So I've been restocking firewood at the house so it's nice and warm inside. The loader makes this so much easier. My wife especially appreciates a warm house, so does Jennifer. It is important...
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    The Massey Ferguson Picture Thread

    A couple of the more unusual jobs our machines have helped us with. Needed to remove a good engine and transmission from a 300SE - sold to a deserving enthusiast: Had to remove a heavy cast-iron wheel with water-filled tyre from our loader - for replacement lower arm mount and brake repairs...
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    Massey 230 front pto shaft removal?

    Geez Dave, that bucket must have been rough - even compared to mine! :laughing: It looked like this when purchased: :eek: After I straightened it with a couple strong steel beams, chains and a truck jack ... I couldn't believe the strength of the cutting edge, :shocked:I thought I was going to...
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    Massey 230 front pto shaft removal?

    Hi Dave, Sorry for the delay - life got in the way a bit. Looks like a makeover, but I reconditioned the engine because it needed it. I only painted it at our youngest daughter Jennifer's suggestion. She would quite often bring me a coffee and biscuits or cake, and asked me what I was doing...
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    Massey 230 front pto shaft removal?

    Check it out - it might be quite reliable, although now is the time to determine so. The best idea may be to weld the replacement shaft in place, otherwise find another drive hub. Certainly renew the fan belt. I went through some of these hassles when I reconditioned my engine. I didn't know if...
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    Building our new dam

    Hi All, Back on topic with finally an update on progress with the dam. We've had an exceptionally hot and dry summer, plenty heat and almost no rain. As a result I've had to give the wall a light watering almost every day because the "soil" doesn't absorb moisture quickly at all. Adding some...
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    Off-topic - Apologies for recent absence

    Many many thanks and loader-buckets of gratitude for everyone's support, encouragement and kind remarks. It is indeed wonderful to know there are so many tremendous people in this world who I've not yet met, but through various means have been helped with expertise or just worked, chainsawed...
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    Off-topic - Apologies for recent absence

    Mod: Feel free to move this thread if needed - I read usually only MF threads, so I started it here. G'Day All, not sure if anyone has noticed, but I've not visited for a few weeks. Our start to the New Year has been among the worst I can remember. I do realise many families have had to come to...
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    3pt hitch drops too low, gets stuck.

    I understand your thoughts, but as I said I think they are intended to lower until they linkage contacts the axle housing. Moving the arms down one spline on the rocker shaft might reduce the lifting height, but it won't change the lowest height. What it will do is reduce the distance the piston...
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    Is it just me?

    Hi Kyle, it means you can take a pee in the paddock out in the scrub (woods) but no chance in the city (of getting away without being caught). Re Cajuns: Reminds me of my younger days in military reserve training (yes, as a truck driver, recovery wrecker driver and truck mechanic) we spent one...
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    Building our new dam

    Hi, Your tractor has controls a little different to mine, but the operation is mostly the same. The noise you tell me I think is a knocking or a hammering sound? Like you hit a thick piece of timber with a hammer? Does it also seem related to engine speed? The outer lever with the round...
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    Is it just me?

    Yep, she's tellin' me it's tea-time now, but he'd better whack it back together pretty smartly - he's got to put on the slasher and level them thistles in that front paddock. Then there's half the veggie patch needs the rotary hoe through it; and that long flat's waiting to be chisel-ploughed -...
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    Is it just me?

    Strewth John :p That fuel sender must be worth an Opera House Lottery ticket! :D I hope our overseas friends are catching on to at least some of the on-going Australianese - they'll be looking for their local pub before we know it! :laughing: Nothing beats a bit of good old Aussie ingenuity -...
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    MF 165 brakes and power steering

    Doesn't seem to want me to edit my previous post, but here's a few pics I found of the brake I referred to - before, during & after: The last is a pic of the huge rear gears and PTO drive shaft - utterly bullet-proof. You can only wear them out after around 50 years! :D
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    Is it just me?

    Mate, you've just just summarised almost all the things that give problems in these tractors. :laughing: Just about everything else is at least nearly bullet-proof! :D Removing the steering wheel: - Did you see my post (No 3) in this recent thread...
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    Power steering kit for MF 175

    Geez, I'm sorry mate, I wasn't watching and didn't get an advice or see your reply. :confused: There isn't much about putting a seal kit in these pumps that you can term scary - most importantly, take lots of pics so you can see how parts were fitted, and reassemble it the same way. The worst...
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    MF35 Utility - repairs for winter

    Just an observation regarding your hay-handling attachment, which I reckon is a great piece of equipment :thumbsup: you'll use a lot: Where the tilt cylinder attaches to the bale lifter - I feel it would be much better to connect it to the top pair of holes rather than the lower ones. This will...
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    3pt hitch stabilizer

    Here is what I have. To show original equipment - our 135 is an agricultural spec tractor and thus equipped with swaybars ex factory. Note the 3rd hole I mentioned earlier to suit 31.5" lift arms on earlier models. Here is my set-up on the loader - currently a case of "Necessity is the...
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    Replacing gauges on my 165 Diesel

    I removed three steering wheels on tractors here (two of mine and one of a mate's) the same day - while I had the use of a heavy-calibre puller. The wheel mounts on a rather small tapered shaft with a key, and is unbelievably tight! There are no threads in hub for puller bolts. This is how I did...
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    Local Country Town Machinery Display

    I recently went to see a display of restored, preserved or merely cared for and valued machinery, exhibited by a few rather enthusiastic owners. It was actually a fund-raising event to support a local non-profit organisation. As you may notice, I'm just a little one-eyed, but I do genuinely...
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    Building our new dam

    Hello there Lucky, :) I'm glad you are finding it interesting too. You're right - there's more than a bit of work involved. ;) I've seen over a dozen dams built - mostly for water for cattle, but that was decades ago :shocked: when I was a boy, growing up on our family dairy farm. I'd never been...
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    Building our new dam

    All the troops are home, enjoyed their holiday but glad to be back home. I survived - didn't quite starve - but had enough of my own company too! A couple of pics - a definite green tinge visible. These were taken last Sunday. Although rain-showers seem to always be forecast they haven't...
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    Building our new dam

    Happy to oblige! Thank you ..... I shall pass on your encouragement and support. Her name is Jennifer Schneider. And yes, she can (and frequently does) drive our tractors - has for several years. :laughing: Same applies to our elder daughter Katrina. Jennifer also now has her car driver's...
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    Unusual Uses for Tractors

    I saw a brief story on last Sunday's local TV news and was very amused ..... also surprised to hear the same event was held for the second time - the first a few years ago! Seems to be a local ag machinery dealer expo. Best way to describe it? I would say :laughing: Agricultural Chess. Couldn't...
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    Building our new dam

    Hi Shaeff, you're correct there! The "Pucker" level is at times notable though, even with tracks. It scratches and squirms a bit because of the loose surface, but generally drives up the bank better with a full bucket - the weight must hold down the front of the tracks a bit so the machine...
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    Building our new dam

    Was a bit woosy for a day - Ok again next morning, and had a lazy Sunday just doing a couple of small jobs, so no real work done, also Olympic Games causing some added lethargy :D I'll be into it next weekend - I want it finished! :licking:
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    Building our new dam

    Yeah RaydaKub, my neighbour liked that idea too - genuine Mercedes Benz x2 :D Dead engines from work. Knocks and/or spun bearings - results of not changing oil! :thumbdown: The clay is really dry and hard, and needed loosening before digging out, even with the Komatsu. The ripper is on our MF135...
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    Building our new dam

    Thought I would share what I've been busy with the last few weeks, as far as spare time goes. We do like to grow some vegetables, we also have a couple dozen fruit trees as well as the gardens and grass around the house always look nicer when they're green. There is a distinct "dry" season from...
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    Backhoe Attaching a Backhoe to the 3-Point Hitch

    Yes, amen to that! In this day and age efficiency is a must, and it's not getting any easier to achieve either. While we speak a somewhat different dialect, it all seems to add up to the same answer ..... we need the appropriate machine for the job. What you're describing as tillage which seems...
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    Backhoe Attaching a Backhoe to the 3-Point Hitch

    Having read posts in this thread each day, I thought a few constructive comments were needed. I would treat a 3PL mount backhoe very gently. Take a few minutes to understand the forces, shock loads and stresses which are not just applied, but in a lot of instances multiplied, to points which...
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    2016 "Grey Fergie" Rally

    Enthusiasts of the "Little Grey Fergie" which we all love to see might like to keep an eye out for this event, held every 3 years here in Australia, and scheduled for early July this year. I will really try hard to attend this - it isn't something that occurs every year. 60th Great Flood Rally...
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    Gday All

    Thought I'd better show up & say Gday (Australian for hello). I'm Pat, joined yesterday, always busy doing something or other. We live on a small acreage just south of Brisbane Australia. I grew up on a dairy farm, and still seem to have wisps of hay in my hair! We have my late father's MF 35...
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