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MF 500 Series Utility Tractors


March 12, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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mf_500The
new line of Massey Ferguson utility tractors, the 500 Series, includes
seven new models ranging in size from 44 to 85 PTO horsepower.
Along with upgraded features, the
new 500 series tractors contain a number of engineering improvements to
give users more versatility for a wide variety of applications.

mf_500The new line of Massey Ferguson utility tractors, the 500 Series, includes seven new models ranging in size from 44 to 85 PTO horsepower. Along with upgraded features, the new 500 series tractors contain a number of engineering improvements to give users more versatility for a wide variety of applications. At the heart of the new 500 Series tractors are the high-torque Perkins® diesel engines; efficient 3-cylinder engines powering the 533, 543 and 563 tractors, with 4-cylinder Perkins engines in the 573, 583, 593 and 596 tractors. The 500 Series has a wider platform to give the tractor operator more room and comfort. The new, wider platform also allows room for added heat shields to deflect engine heat away from the operator. The new dash panel design groups warning lights and digital hour meter for easy observation and quick checks of engine operation. The improved cab includes a roomy interior with plenty of window glass for all-around visibility, and built-in HVAC controls in the headliner for easy reach. Platform models include a handy covered storage compartment at the operator’s left, for storing tools, manuals, etc. All 500 Series tractors feature hydrostatic steering and adjustable, spring-suspension operator seats. Transmission options for the 500 Series give buyers a full range of choices to fit specific job needs. An 8×2 sliding gear transmission provides eight forward speeds and two reverse speeds, with two slow gears, four fieldwork speeds and two transport gears. An 8×8 synchronized shuttle transmission provides the operator with ease of driving, especially in applications such as loader work. The shuttle lever is conveniently located on the left inside of the steering column. Four of the 500 Series models are available with a factory-installed creeper option, offering extra-slow ground speeds for jobs like transplanting, livestock feeding, vegetable harvesting, etc. The powerful Ferguson hydraulic system built into 500 Series tractors provides plenty of lift capacity for category I and II 3-point hitches, with lift capacity up to 4,200 pounds on the larger models. Hitch controls give the operator precise control of draft, depth and implement position. Low profile models are available in the 573, 583, 593 and 596 MF tractors, for use in limited clearance sites. Integrated tail light/warning lights are mounted into the moulded rear mud-guard for protection and lower profile.

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