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 10-30-2010, 19:48 Post: 174874
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hi everyone,

we have recently purchased 95 acres and with it we received a diesel mf 135 with a allis front end loader, bush hog, snow blower and blade. The data plate is gone and there is no manual, so I am totally out in left field on what year it is or even starting this tractor up. My guess is it hasn't been run in at least a year. I am able to crank it over, albiet the bat. is weak. What are the trick to get this 135 to run? Nothing is labeled on the dash.
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 10-31-2010, 09:47 Post: 174880
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Welcome to the group. You don't want to start an elderly diesel the first time using trial and error.

You have the make and model so do some internet searching to get documentation for it. Or find a farmer or mechanic who's familiar with that type, and can check it over and show you how to operate and service it and advise where to get servicing and repair parts.

You'd be welcome to come by (I'm in Kitchener-Waterloo) for some tractor basics although I don't know that one specifically.






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 10-31-2010, 12:36 Post: 174883
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I wouldn't be too concerned about that old girl if rolls over ok on a weak battery.

The two likely issues though between you & some happy fracturing is;

Fuel shut off, between fuel tank and pump on the side of the motor. While you're there a pump or two on the primer lever (on pump itself) won't go amiss

Next is the engine kill knob. A push/pull cable affair on the lower right (if memory serves) of the dash. If it's not pushed in there will be fuel to the injectors. They key only turns on & off the gauges, etc., and the starter. Conversely, you need to pull it back out to shut off the engine.

Like Auerbach said, whistle if you still need help, I'm about an hour east of you, near the south end of Lake Simcoe.

I'm over that way often, to the airport at # 10 & King Road.

Welcome to the board neighbor.


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 10-31-2010, 19:40 Post: 174886
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thx for the welcome neighbors.
Got brave today, charged the battery up, checked her all over, as best I could anyway, and kaboom(just joking) she started right up!Wow! Impressed! Hydraulics up front work, she moves forward and reverse, pto turns. Clutch and brakes seem ok. Accelerates fine. So now I need to learn how to actually drive this girl and how to hook up the bush hog asap. Winter is upon us (snow up there today)and I need to clean up the fields asap. So if anyone can direct me to mf 135 class 101, that would be nice. Do these tractors have a brake for when your idling? like an emerg. brake on a car? Either of you are close enough, that I would love to come visit at some time. I am sure I have a ton to learn not only about the tractor, but farming as a whole.






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 11-01-2010, 10:11 Post: 174896
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You don't know how long and for what reason it was sitting, so get the fluids, grease points, tires checked before starting again. It's not quite a classic antique but it is a well-known venerable model that you should be able to get manuals and local help for.






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 11-01-2010, 11:05 Post: 174898
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I have a MF135 gasser and assume most of the operation is similar. You have a high/low range gearbox and must be in neutral to start. In low range, this thing moves rear slow, even in 3rd gear and has lots of power. I dislike the clutch since pedal movement is nearly straight up and down and is on the left side, so starting is always cumbersome and jumpy. The right pair of pedals are brakes. A flip over tab is at the top allowing you to connect them so, both operate simultaneously or by unlatching they can be operated independently. For rear sharp turns, crank the steering wheel and stomp on the inside rear brake pedal. It will rip us soild, etc. Your unit should have power steering assist. Mine don't provide that much assist anymore. I believe the tractor is mid-seventy's vintage. My rear tires are loaded and I have a backhoe on mine. I also have a different brand of loader up front.

I only start mine up once or so a year and it fires right up. Mine has about 3700 hours on it and looks real tough. The original owner used it around manure and the urea took a toll on the paint job.

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 11-02-2010, 06:51 Post: 174912
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I was able to figure out how to move her.Have to figure out where this parking brake is. She rolls when on inclines.Have to agree the flat type clutch pedal is a piece to work on! Kind of like leaving the line at the drags races! Laughing out loud. 2 tires are soft. I have to see if the rears are loaded. Would you check by depressing the tire valve, if liquid comes out it's loaded? If so, Can you top up the air (1 is soft)or do you need to fill with ??? I have ordered a manual for her. Is it better to bush hog with the bucket on or off? It doesn't appear to have quick release hyd. lines on the loader frame, unless I just didn't see them. The fields are relatively flat( just loaded with Golden Rod) so I have a good place to hone my tractor skills.Anyone know a video link for a step by step on the pto hookup and operation? I have to scout for some parts by the looks of it. The accessories are scattered here and there in the fields.She only shows 581 hours on the clock.I thought this was pretty low mileage!
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 11-02-2010, 08:07 Post: 174913
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HP;
Welcome to the board.
I used to change work with a neighbor who had a 135. It was a pretty neat little tractor, a Perkins diesel, I think. I sometimes did his chores in the winter using the 135 and I do remember that it started easily in the cold. I don't remember where the brake latch was, there no doubt is one but it may be rusted fast. Pretty sure his had a Freeman loader, I don't think he ever took the loader off being it was a chore tractor. Your loader may have never been off either so there may be no quick disconnects.
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 11-02-2010, 11:40 Post: 174916
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It's been a very long time since I was on a 135, but I think I recall it being a dog or catch you flip, to apply it you flip it over and step on the brakes, the dog engages a ratchet along the brake arm. It's spring-loaded so when you want to release them you just push the brake down a little further, the ratchet dog releases and the spring flips the catch clear by itself.

It doesn't matter for just adding air if the tires are filled or not, just give them air. But be sure if you are going to check the pressure, to have the stem at the top of the tire, if not your gauge will get a shot of liquid ballast when you push it over the stem.

The bush hog hook up isn't something that you should really try by trial and error, an error is more than an ooops, on these things.

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 11-02-2010, 14:18 Post: 174918
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Boy was the 135 a major tractor used in the tobacco fields here. They were and probably are one of the most durable tractors ever used here. NAPA here is a good source of parts FYI. Might seem a little strange source but look at youtube for videos on PTO and such as there are some that might help you. Also look at the ones of what dumb things to avoid. Totally agree with Murf, the pto is not a trial and error deal. If there is error often their is damage to machine or person even limbs lost and people killed. A rough cut mower is not safe either if not in good shape and you again are aware of what is going on.

As to the clutch pedal some of you don't like the farmers here like them, why with that straight down design, a child too short to depress the more modern design could stand on that clutch pedal to work it. No kidding. As to the clutch if not badly mistaken it is a too stage clutch and you need to get use to only depressing it the first stage for gear changing so when you are using something with pto power it keeps running when you use the clutch. As Hardwood said they are Perkins engines. The last I know they were still building some in England and boy were they still a great looking tractor compared to the workmanship on some built in other countries. The last I know the current model was 235 but that was like 15 years back.






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