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Tony Bular
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:02 am    Post subject: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hello, I'm looking for a Massey Harris 44 special with a narrow front end. Gas or diesel? witch ever has the same power as a supper M.
Power steering, 3pt hitch, live pto, and live hydraulics. Are these avable on a 44? And this tractor needs to be a fixer-upper. Need a new project and that keeps the cost down. Thanks for any information you can give me. Tony
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:08 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Everyone is looking for that tractor apparently as I have people all the time that want an old
'fixerupper' with 3pt,LPTO,hydraulics etc etc at a cheap price.I'm looking too BTW.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:16 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wow, what a coincidence. So am I!
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:19 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

is the 44 about the power as the supper M?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:44 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Look in the photo ads. MH 44 special diesel located in wisconsin, been sitting 15 yrs. (sounds like just what the Dr ordered)
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Eveybody is looking for a bargin. A guy stopped at my place yesterday looking for a tractor with a loader. I asked him how much he was going to spend and he said up to $5000. Oh, Yes he would like it to be a diesel with four wheel drive and between 45 and 50 HP.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:50 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Does supper rhyme with upper?
Or does Super rhyme with yooper?
good luck
Kenny
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hey,I've got a 1020 Deere that fits that description. Cheap to a good home.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like an M to eat.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its a gas most want a diesel today. rrlund your JD 1020 with a loader will not sell for much more than a Ford 800-900. I know it has a lot more features but the market does not reflect that.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You are picking a tractor that is hard to find parts for. A "super" M is a lot easier to find and get parts for.

Any particular reason?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:07 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Well I have never seen a MH 44 with a factory three point hitch. Maybe they made one but I have not seen one. I think they had Independent PTO. The hydraulics where live. Power steering was an option I believe.

As far as value. A good running one will not sell that well. Rarely breaking $1500-2000.

You have to watch as the parts can be high priced. A friend has several MH he has restored. He complained that the engine gasket set was real high priced on one of them. I can't remember if it was a MH 44 or not but the set was like $300.

It is real easy to get more than any old tractor is worth in repairing a fixer-upper. The MH tractors just are not real collectible as far as high value goes. So the price is not sky high like some are. It takes a rare model to be high priced.

I will not tease you over what your post sounds like. EVERYONE wants a CHEAP tractor with the features you are asking for. Therefore there are not many CHEAP ones with what you are wanting.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:16 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have one. I think the frame and the front tires are the only thing that will not need to be replaced. Has a loader with it and the 3pt lift is there, but it does not have the arms. If I gave it to you, it would cost to much to fix.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That's fine. It's going to be a one of a kind painted Oliver green when I get around to it anyway. We'll see how much value the Deere lovers think it has when they start chewing my azz for "ruining it".
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:43 am    Post subject: Re: massey harris 44 special { narrow front end} Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like you pretty much know what you want.

I am no Massey Harris expert but definitely go with the "44 special" over the run of the mill "44". The "44" has the PTO shaft way up high which is extemely hard on equipment PTO shafts. The "44 special" I think (or the 444 for sure) had the PTO shaft moved to a more proper spot on the tractor to comply with SAE connection standards. If you plan to run PTO power then check where that PTO location is on the tractor.

Other than that the only other hurdle might be finding a "44 special" with 3 point hitch already on it. But there are aftermarket companies that make those hitch kits or you can make one yourself if you have a welder and fab skills.

Otherwise, I have heard reports that those MH 44 would outplow the Farmall M, or the MH "44 special" (or 444) would out plow the Farmall Super M and use less fuel doing it too. That said, I do not have first hand experience on either front.

Parts for the MH will not be as common as the Farmall, but parts are out there. Nothing wrong with having something
different than the rest of the masses either.
 


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