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(2/24/2013 6:58:02 AM)
RE:Family tractors remembered - gone but not forgoten
Here's another family combine - remembered but not forgotten!!! This MF 500 or maybe 510 replaced our MF 780 Special. It seemed like the height of sophistication at the time particularly with its hydraulically swinging unloading turret. It also had an automatic table levelling device - several arms underneath the table which "sensed" the height of cutting. It worked fine on hard land but on sandy or peat land was nothing short of a curse where it would drag stubble out of the ground and play havoc with automatic level control. In the end we abandoned it, took it off and went back to manual.
My Dad and uncle bought it second hand from the Oxford area - maybe two or three years old. They did a deal with a haulier to transport it back to us in Manchester. But when he arrived with it he wouldn't unload it unless we paid him extra mileage because he had had to divert because of a low bridge! His problem we thought - he should have known his routes.
We were not overly impressed with the machine for performance or reliability and it went after only a few years. This series of combines marked the end of Massey's domination of the world combine market. But it was easy to drive and operate one has to say. We then moved to an Italian Laverda which was just about 100% trouble free and as I think I have mentioned elsewhere was bought from their retiremnt sale and exported to Syria to end its days. Ironic that now Masseys in recent years have taken over the Laverda plant and are fighting a good comeback in the market place!
This not too good pic - but the only one we have shows it beeing driven by Dad's driver Jackie Eccleston. I also drove it a lot.
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