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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:55 am    Post subject: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm keeping an eye out for a small square baler and there is a farm sale around here this weekend which has both an MF 124 and an MF 128.

I was trying to work out the difference between these models. As far as I can tell they were both made around the same era, but the 128 was a higher capacity baler with wider pickup than the 124, would that be about right?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:10 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There are two manufacture's of balers and Massey Ferguson is not one of them.

Save your money and find a John Deere or New Holland.

I'm for sure the flood gates will open up and I will hear about how great that the Massy and Agco balers are. Just drive around and see how many Massy, Agco, Case, or IH balers are out there and then take a look at how many John Deere's and New Hollands are out there. The numbers don't lie!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Balers were like most implements...regional. I used to live in a state where most all the balers were Massey Ferguson and they made some very good balers. I remember a reply on this forum saying that his MF baler would out bale his NH baler. However, sorry I can not answer your question. Have you googled baler specifications?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Great video of a 128 in action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED8IAoaDV7U
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ran a 124 for years for it's era they weren't bad balers by today's standard they are small.Trade up to NH 570 it was like going mini pickup to a 1 ton
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

But the numbers you see in one area hardly
tell the whole story, either. There are
many places, especially in the west, where
AGCO in-line balers hold a significant
market share.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Big squares around here are mostly Massey!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a massey 124 it was the worst baler ive ever owned , one out of 10 bales would tie... just my 2 cents
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:33 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-mike448105 wrote:
(quoted from post at 02:08:55 07/11/19) I had a massey 124 it was the worst baler ive ever owned , one out of 10 bales would tie... just my 2 cents


Was that new or used when you bought it?

Donovan from Wisconsin
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:33 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hay hay hay wrote:
(reply to post at 10:39:45 07/11/19)
Balers were like most implements...regional. I used to live in a state where most all the balers were Massey Ferguson and they made some very good balers. I remember a reply on this forum saying that his MF baler would out bale his NH baler. However, sorry I can not answer your question. Have you googled baler specifications?


Thank you. I've found a comparative report. Pickup on MF124 is 5' wide, 6' 8" on the MF128 and some differences in optional vs standard equipment.

I agree about regional differences. I'm in Australia and old square balers advertised for sale around here mostly seem to be NH and MF, with a few IHs. Old JD square balers seem quite rare here, as far as I can tell.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:47 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

DiffLock wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:03:58 07/11/19)

Thank you. I've found a comparative report. Pickup on MF124 is 5' wide, 6' 8" on the MF128 and some differences in optional vs standard equipment.


Whoops! I quoted an incorrect measurement for the MF128 (should have proof read a bit better).

That should read 5' for the MF124, and 5' 8" for the MF128.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:04 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The MF knotter has two great advantages over NH and JD. first, due to its design it has no tucker fingers. Tucker fingers areknown to be JDs weak point. Second, It has no twine wipers which are known to be the NH weak point.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:43 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anything MF for the past 30 years forget it. Was hard to find a dealer even gt parts less a new machine. Dealers verry scarce. Havent seen a MF square baler since the late 60's or was it the 70's? Was a round baler setting in edge of field I went by daily for 3-3 years that you could tell was abandoed. Haven't seen a McCormick since the IHC-Case flop.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I Have a MF120 baler smaller and a 124, great knotters keep them clean and greased work great year after
year. One quirk they like big windrows and when you hear ca chunk you are feeding it a little to much
LOL. Bought mine at a farm sale 15yrs ago for $500 have only broke one spring and a needle get the book
and run the timing.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Balers - MF 124 vs MF 128 Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hesston was a good machine until fagco/ fiat cheapened em up and put the mother f****r name on the side . Lots of Hesston big balers and in-line balers . There is one new Massey Ferguson in-line baler and you can hear the plunger knock from a mile away Agco can?t fix it or they haven?t and now it?s almost out of warranty
 
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