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Old 11-03-2010, 10:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am thinking about buying a massey ferguson 540 combine for a guy who lives close to me. I know absolutely nothing about a massey. I currently plant about 70 acres of corn and soybeans and I am harvesting it all with two john deere 40 combines. I am looking to upgrade to a larger combine and was wanting to know if a massey ferguson 540 is considered a good machine. I believe i can get the combine for around $3500 with a 4 row 38" corn head and a 13' bean head. I am just wandering if anyone has any experience with these combines and if there is any thing in particular I should look for before I buy the machine.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Make sure the seperator clutch and counter shaft are in good shape,just replaced one on a 550 mf. the price of the clutch wasnt bad but the shaft and bearings were pricey.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think they're decent combines. But you'll have trouble getting a narrow corn head for it.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advise. The combine is close enough that I can drive it home so that is a big plus. I am not set up to plant narrow row corn so I guess if I decide to go to 30" rows I would have to get a new planter and combine. What I am really wondering is does the 540 have a variable belt drive similar to my 40s or are they hydrostatic or what. I am having a hard time finding much information about these machines on the internet. Thanks for any help.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To the best of my knowledge a 540 is a smaller version of the 550 (which we once owned). They should have a 3 speed gear drive with variable speed or could have a hydro. On a side note to tf9500 about the separator clutch and counter shaft, if you look behind the big pulley that runs the A/C compressor there is an unmarked grease zerk. It took 3 clutches going out to figure this out. The bearing on that counter shaft would go out and take the clutch with it. You should be able to use a 43 or 1143 corn head on it. You may need some weight on the rear to hold it down. Hope this helps
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I farm 250 acers of corn and soybeans with a MF 540. Our combine has 5500 hours on it and I think they are a very good little combine. The 540's never had a hydro, it will be a 3 speed with variable speed. The 4 cylinder Perkins diesel is very fuel effecient. They are also a very simple machine. There is no counter shaft on a 540. The seperator drive is engaged by an overcenter tenshioner pulley. The cylinder vari-speed drives off the rear beater shaft. If you have any questions about the 540 please feel free to e-mail me at St.linefarmer@yahoo.com we have had this combine sense it was new.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it is a modern version of the 300
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Old 12-04-2010, 06:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Actually it is a more modern version of a 410,not a 300.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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hammerman the 410 was a smaller version of a 510 w/coutershaft & machine clutch, the 300 & 540 are the same machine with overcenter belt pulley drive.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Does the 300 have a 37 inch cylinder like the 410 and 540?
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