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Old 05-04-2009, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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please compare 2001 mx270 and mx285 both 4wheel drive with front duals. I have hear 270s have some electerial promblems.
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Have a look at the front housing between the engine and transmission. If it has a large cast hole in there, they were the early series that did have quite a few electrical problems. The later models with a much smaller cast hole were a better build with better harnesses and components in the electrical circuits. Also if you were comparing a 270 with a 285, I would go with the 285. Later model, more hp, better resale. The basic tractors are identical, but there were a few changes (can't think of them off the top of my head). At the end of the day the Magnums are a fantastic tractor. Good luck.
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hate to disappoint you but they are both pieces of crap. you will pay more outright for a deere but trust me you will NOT have the repairs
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The MX 270 was made from '99-'02. Tested Draw Bar HP @ 207, Tested PTO HP @ 270.

MX 285 was made from '02-'05. Tested Draw Bar HP @ 203, Tested PTO HP @ 276

Both have a wheelbase of 118 inches.
TractorData.com says the MX 270 weighs 20,900 lbs; while the MX 285 varies from 21,630-31,500 lbs.


My neighbor has a MX270, and has nothing but bloody heck with it. He is currently looking for a JD 8410 or 8420 to replace it.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Have owned several mx285 still have one, along with a Mag. 305, and 2 deere 8030 series. We have had no major problems with the 285, have run them hard 500 600 hours per year.
Front duals are the only way to go with MfWD. I would go with the 285 for the money. The Deere are great tractors with alot great features, auto steer great fuel economy, but they are pricey and if off warranty and you have any major repairs hang on for a large repair bill.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have owned one of each of these tractors in the past. Before you buy either one, go to a shoe store, get some new running shoes, and get as far away from them as you can. IMO the Deeres are sooo worth the money.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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lol potatofarmer! good point.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My brother in law recently traded his 8110 for an 8130...the new owner of the 8110 scored a piston within 50 hrs..for no appearant reason...around 3000 total hours and it was maintained very well. His brother also dumped an 8300 that was the biggest lemon..it needed major transmission repairs four times I think.. Are the early MXs perfect? No..but a friend of mine is a case ih mechanic and was telling me how disappointed he was because he had already been in a total of 3 mx trannys..one was a creeper used exclusively on a big pto ditcher..versus the 71 71 89 magnums where the shop where he works had NEVER been into one...out of hundreds..
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Why does this turn into a color bashing message? This site used to be useful but now is so opinionated in a bad way.
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Old 05-09-2009, 03:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The difference between a 2001 270 and a 285 are somewhat cosmetic. Probably the most noticeable would be more hydraulic flow on the 285. A little more hp 285 engine hp 240 pto..tier 2 compliant emissions on the 285..? higher hitch lift capacity..a late 2006 285 would have the updated A-post..I believe.. Shipping weight should be nearly identical for similarly equipped tractors. The CAPS fuel system used on the 240 270 255 and 285 has caused its problems.. I believe front axle suspension became an option on the series II mxs..not sure if that was available on late 270s..
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