Case 1056xl vs MF 3120

deere66

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Location
York
IMO the 3120 is the best MF ever made, never heard a bad word about them. Bulletproof Dyna box, sweet engine, lift controls all in one place. Finding one is another thing entirely. Doors and wings rot, but can be replaced or mended if you're good with welder not like the plastic jobs. Lift arm cross shaft wears but easy to swap.
Last of the 56's are proper tractors, 40k, air con. Sadly a lot have been turbo'd. I can't comment on the reliability of this but I do know that the 1255's had stronger pistons and con rods in the same block to cope with it. Again trying to find a good un is getting harder, 23 years old now. Cabs prone to rot, wings and bottom front of cab in particular. Probably have to pay more for the 56.
 

deere66

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Location
York
I'd agree the driving position is better on the MF but like you I was born with red/cream blood so it's a tough call. Just enough electronics on the MF without going mad. IMO I don't think the Maxxum comes close, too cramped and dark in the cab for my liking although the cummins is a beut.
 

deere66

Member
Location
York
are the 3120 40k? i really dont know a lot about mf! case and jd are more my kinda thing
Yes all 40k AFAIK
5150 be twice the tractor of the Fergie,imo..
I half agree with you. Know of 3 round here, all had problems with clutch packs and hydraulics. I know of a 31 with 14k hrs on it, engine and Dyna never been touched
MF is very modular in design, everything can be worked on easily. Hydraulic pump comes out the side, easy access to handbrake if you need it. All the different PTO options just slot in as do creeper gears
 

mtx.jag

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Location
pembs
Yes all 40k AFAIK

I half agree with you. Know of 3 round here, all had problems with clutch packs and hydraulics. I know of a 31 with 14k hrs on it, engine and Dyna never been touched
MF is very modular in design, everything can be worked on easily. Hydraulic pump comes out the side, easy access to handbrake if you need it. All the different PTO options just slot in as do creeper gears
After owning 5 X 51 series maxxum I've only had one clutch pack fail on a 5150 plus,which was more to do with driver error.
We sold our 5130 turbo with 13'800 hours ,never been split,had starter motor,alternator and set of brakes..
Alot depends on operator and luck,but I've always found the maxxum a better tractor than the Fergie..
 

Will 1594

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Arable Farmer
IMO the 3120 is the best MF ever made, never heard a bad word about them. Bulletproof Dyna box, sweet engine, lift controls all in one place. Finding one is another thing entirely. Doors and wings rot, but can be replaced or mended if you're good with welder not like the plastic jobs. Lift arm cross shaft wears but easy to swap.
Last of the 56's are proper tractors, 40k, air con. Sadly a lot have been turbo'd. I can't comment on the reliability of this but I do know that the 1255's had stronger pistons and con rods in the same block to cope with it. Again trying to find a good un is getting harder, 23 years old now. Cabs prone to rot, wings and bottom front of cab in particular. Probably have to pay more for the 56.
Did the 956/ 1056 have different engines ,was chatting with mike stokes about this other day 956 stood turbo better he had 6/7 out to Richard longs But I would prefer 3120 Or dig deep and buy a 6280/90
 

deere66

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Location
York
I think everyone has good and bad experiences of all tractors, you only hear about the bad ones. After a brief dalliance with a JD I wouldn't be in a rush for another.
Did the 956/ 1056 have different engines ,was chatting with mike stokes about this other day 956 stood turbo better he had 6/7 out to Richard longs But I would prefer 3120 Or dig deep and buy a 6280/90
Very early 955 had a 5litre 6, but not for long. All 9 and 1056 had D358 just tweaked pump. If you could get a 31 with power shuttle that would be a great tractor
 

Speedstar

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Location
Scottish Borders
I think everyone has good and bad experiences of all tractors, you only hear about the bad ones. After a brief dalliance with a JD I wouldn't be in a rush for another.

Very early 955 had a 5litre 6, but not for long. All 9 and 1056 had D358 just tweaked pump. If you could get a 31 with power shuttle that would be a great tractor
Find a 955XL & you have a rare tractor.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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