THE Massey Ferguson 135 wants no introduction, it’s arguably top-of-the-line tractors ever produced and one of many prime promoting tractors of all time – with greater than 340,000 tractors produced.
The successor to the Ferguson TE-20 and MF 35, the 135 was launched in 1964 as a part of the brand new line up of the 100 sequence ‘Pink Big’ Massey Ferguson tractors produced on the Banner Lane manufacturing plant in Coventry.
Curiously, a complete of 1,098,025 MF 100 sequence had been constructed over a 15-year interval at Banner Lane. The primary and solely British constructed tractor vary to cross the 1m milestone, the 135 made up simply over 30% of all models produced.
The bulletproof Perkins three-cylinder 3.152 engine produces 45.5hp (and later 47hp), energy attainable by a modern-day heavy industrial lawnmower, nevertheless it was this horsepower determine that made the tractor so profitable.
Within the Sixties, the 135 was a direct competitor to the Ford Tremendous Dexta 3000, whereas greater horsepower calls for had been primarily for contract work or heavy tillage work had been catered for by the MF 175 and 188 fashions. Nevertheless, the horsepower of the 135 discovered a function on each farm within the 60s and 70s, the place the 135 offered ample grunt for many duties on the time.
The 135 boasts purposeful styling, with a sq. nostril and bonnet.
Earlier fashions had spherical mudguards which had been later revised to a sq. model. Maintain a watch out for tractors throughout this transition interval with bolt on seize handles that are fairly fascinating by fans, later changed by handles moulded into the mudguard. Mudguards and bonnet had been produced and painted by Sankey for Massey Ferguson and fitted at Banner Lane.
There are a lot of different quite a few tweaks of the 135 over its manufacturing life, most notably the change from a swept again to straight entrance axle, and spherical to sq. rear axle half housings. Two gear levers on the transmission casing play host to 6 velocity gear field with three gears used by way of a Hello-Lo transmission. Massey Ferguson additionally supplied a Multi-Energy choice which doubled the gears and offered the tractor with a major velocity benefit. Within the late 60’s energy steering was additionally added to the choice checklist.
Along with a hearty engine and the superior Ferguson System draft management, the reliability of the 135 has stood the take a look at of time and has led to the tractor receiving a legendary standing.
Massey Ferguson 135
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