Can the Massey Ferguson 390T Still Compete In a Modern Market?
By Tom Seest
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The MF 390T can be equipped with one of two transmissions. A Multi-Power, partial shift gearbox offers 12 gears forward and 4 in reverse when traveling forward; alternatively, there’s the new and popular SpeedShift transmission offering 18 gears in reverse.
The MF 390T can be fitted with various attachments and is compatible with front-end loaders from various manufacturers.
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Massey-Harris and Ferguson joined forces in 1953, creating Massey-Harris-Ferguson. Based in Toronto, then Brantford, Ontario, until 1988, when it relocated to Buffalo, New York – now owned by AGCO (American Industrial Agricultural Equipment Conglomerate).
This company was the pioneer in producing a line of tractors powered by gasoline instead of diesel, providing farmers with greater speed and less risk in the field. This innovation earned the company an enormous market share within agriculture.
Massey Ferguson produced many models of tractors during its history. These included 20 horsepower tractors from its Massey-Harris GP 15/22 series, 25 horsepower “Massey-Harris Pacemaker” series, 35 horsepower model 101 series, and Sunshine drills/disc harrows sold under their brand. Furthermore, in 1959, Massey Ferguson purchased 100% ownership of Italy-based Landini tractor company, which produced vineyard tractors as well as agricultural applications like growing grapevines or fruit.
In 1957, Massey Ferguson introduced its iconic tractor design, MF 35. Known for its iconic Ferguson look, this tractor quickly gained immense popularity throughout Europe and Australia and was even marked as their first Massey Ferguson model tractor.
The 390T could be fitted with different gearboxes, such as the chunky mechanical shuttle inherited from the 600 series or the new 18X12 SideShift transmission. Both provided H pattern gears with an easily operable splitter located near their lift controls for easy H pattern gear changes. A HiLine cab was also available, providing access to low-roofed farm buildings. Anglo Agriparts UK stocks PTO and transmission components for Vintage and Modern Massey Ferguson, John Deere, Case International Harvester Fordson Ferguson Fiat, and David Brown Tractors – either shop online or contact our team now if your digital subscription auto-renews 24 hours prior to expiration! Digital subscriptions automatically renew unless canceled 24 hours in your subscription area 24 hours before the expiry of the current term; otherwise, your subscription automatically renews each term.
A new hydraulic shuttle was added to the gearbox, which could be used for shifting up and down in an H pattern or by pushing through a gate for selecting high, medium, or low ranges. Additionally, this model offered SpeedShift transmission derived from the 600 series that provided 18X6 gears as well as SideShift transmission that allowed drivers to shift through gears by pushing a button-operated splitter located either on the gearstick or next to lift controls – or both! HiLine and LoLine cab options were offered, with the latter being ideal for accessing farm buildings with low roofs.
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This Massey Ferguson 390t classic tractor comes equipped with an 18-speed shift gearbox and HiLine cab. Additionally, new oversized tires have also been installed for improved ride quality. It was well taken care of by its previous owner(s), so it is currently in great shape overall.
In the 1950s, Massey-Harris and Ferguson companies joined together to form Massey-Harris-Ferguson, later shortened simply Massey Ferguson. At the same time, retaining two separate dealer networks for each brand of tractor production.
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