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Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby herofan » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:54 pm

I'm looking at a 1994 Massey Ferguson 383 with loader and canopy with 4400 hours, and the guy wants $13,000.

It obviously doesn't look like it just rolled off the assembly line, but I guess it just looks like a tractor should at that age; there are no glaring negatives about the appearance, and the tires are near new.

My concern is the hours. I'm no expert, but that seems like a lot of hours; however, I have a friend who is a farmer and a mechanic who bought a 393 from the same guy with over 4000 hours, and he acts like he has a gold mine; he says the hours are no issue because he knows the guy and he has taken great care and serviced them regularly.

If I get it, I will mow and rake 30 acres of hay once a year, put out rolls of hay in winter, and bush hog around 70 acres once a year. Of course, there will be other odd and end jobs I will do, but it's not like it will be worked to death.

So, what are opinions about the hours. If I had owned the tractor all along and it had 4400 hours and still going strong, I'd just keep trucking and not give it a second thought, but I would hate to buy one and it be new to me and then have to start repairs every few months.

I know there is no way to say for sure, and a new tractor could have repairs every few months too, but in general, is this tractor getting to a point that things are going to start breaking down just due to age and hours? Is this a tractor that could last 15 more years with proper care?

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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby Nesikep » Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:32 pm

That's NOTHING for hours.. I've seen several that have rolled over the 10,000 hr mark

A few things might come up on it at this point.. Alternator, starter, water pump.

Both my Masseys have 3500 hours on them, both run like new.

Good thing about these tractors is fully mechanical fuel injection still... less problematic and cheaper to work on, and you can do it yourself..
Sounds like it'll have a pretty easy life around your place, the bushhogging probably being the hardest part of it
I think it sounds like a decent deal.
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby herofan » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:19 pm

Thanks for the reply. As I said, I'm no expert, but for whatever reason, I had the idea that 4400 hours was a lot, but according to what others have told me, I'm wrong. I assume hours matter to some degree and serve some purpose so, what would you consider a lot of hours? At what point do you say, "ok, this tractor runs great now, but according to the hours, it could go anytime."
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby littletom » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:38 pm

Not that many for age at all. History would be more important me. I know of a Kubota with 14000, and a cheaper xx03 model deere with 22000 neither been opened up.
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby jltrent » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:24 pm

Those are good tractors, a neighbor had a MF283 and it was abused for years and held up and the 383s are better than them. If maintained well there is a lot of life left maybe more than a new tractor would have.
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby Nesikep » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:24 am

I usually consider over 8000 a high hour tractor.. Not that they're time bombs necessarily, but they're usually in the general condition that a major repair is not going to be worthwhile... Repairs can happen on anything at any time, but on a low hour tractor you can be more certain it's worthwhile to do it, and the investment will pay off.
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby herofan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:49 pm

Thanks for the replies. I decided to make the purchase.
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Postby Nesikep » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:46 am

herofan wrote:Thanks for the replies. I decided to make the purchase.

I think that's a good decision!.. hope it treats you well!
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby cfpinz » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:10 am

4k hours can be a drop in the bucket, and 4k hours can also be plumb worn out. Just like a truck with 200k interstate miles on it that's been well maintained can have a lot of life left in it, whereas the same truck with 75k miles on it with a bale bed on back can be completely trashed.

It's all in the use/maintenance.
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Postby herofan » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:13 pm

I attempted to post a picture, but having difficulty. No success with photobucket.
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Postby Nesikep » Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:00 pm

can't use the upload image here?
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby herofan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:37 pm

Nesikep wrote:can't use the upload image here?


I guess I’m behind. I haven’t posted a picture in ages. I thought we had to go through something like photobucket with a url. Can we upload from our computer? If so, how?
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Postby herofan » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:40 pm

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Oh, I got it. It was right under my nose. Here it is.
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby Nesikep » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:24 pm

Nice, looks good! should do your for a very long time
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Re: Massey Ferguson 383 opinions.

Postby jltrent » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:44 am

Nice looking tractor that looks like it has been taken care. It looks like it has been stored in the dry and those BH loaders are good.
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