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Posted: 6/6/2014 2:26:58 AM
   

MH 55 Ricelands etc

Can anyone clarify to me how many MH Western/Hillside/Riceland 55D tractors were made.  It is not clear from the serial number data in KO's MH data book.  Also was there any significant difference between these three types other than the tyres?

Are there many to be found in N America?

I'm asking because I have just purchased one.

Thanks
John


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Posted: 6/6/2014 8:09:32 PM
   

RE:MH 55 Ricelands etc

John,

I think the back axles were wider as well.  The front axle should have a higher arch to it.  I have attached a picture of another 55G1WH and it's the front axle.

There could be more differences, but that is all I know.  I will yeild to the experts....

Drew

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Posted: 6/7/2014 1:08:05 AM
   

RE:MH 55 Ricelands etc

Thanks Drew,

What I am really interested in is the difference between the ricelands, wheatlands and hillsiders.  I bought this 55D because it has the wide rear and high front axles which I like, and are clearly different to the regular 55s.

I just wonder was it the big wide lugs on the rice tyres that differentiated that from the other two, and maybe the westerns and hillsiders were the same.  Some had hand clutches and others didn't but I see from what limited literature I have that hand clutches were an optional extra.  But people have told me that these defined a western??

So --- what is the truth??!!

John


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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:12:46 AM
   

RE:MH 55 Ricelands etc

I am a bit surprised that no-one seems to know anything about these tractors so can I ask another question?  Does anyone have a sales brochure specifically for these tractors?  The only note I have of them is that they are mentioned in a small way, almost as an option, in some of the general tractor brochures of the day but with nothing tooo detailed.

I'm ever hopeful of finding something out!!

Thanks
John


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Posted: 7/3/2014 2:26:24 AM
   

RE:MH 55 Ricelands etc

I'm still trying to fathom out the differences between ricelands, westerns and hillside 55D tractors.  Referring to Keith Oltrogge's data book I see that at the end of the book he has the codes for the MH post war tractors.

Of relevance to this are only H for hand clutch and W for wide axle.  There are no suffixes for the three types.  This I thing begs the question were they all the same except for the tyre equipment?

Strangely mine has the H but has a foot clutch.  In the specifications details hand clutches are optional so why would the H be on the serial number plate?

HELP please!!!!

John


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Posted: 7/10/2014 12:27:04 PM
   

RE:MH 55 Ricelands etc

Well I am absoulutely despairing!!!  Surely there is someone out there who knows about these tractors???????

John


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