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Is there much life left in these tractors after 10k-15k hours? I've seen a few with renewed under carriages and transmissions, are they worth a look or run away? Non scraper tractors of course.
 

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how much are they asking for it, you can buy one from our dealer with 8000 hours for 100000,- canadian which is $34 american or so :D no would be around $67 which your better off buying than tractor with 10-15k hours.
 

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WindmillFarms they wanted just under what your dealer is asking. Can I ask what your dealer has for sale? I need an Mt855 or bigger.
 

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WM is right, your dollar will go further up here for sure and better to buy an 8000 hr machine than one that has sat in the sun in Florida or California. I'd trust a high hour mt800 before any other brand. In fact, I would trust a new mt800 above any other brand! Near 800 hours on mine and the transmission has been calibrated once....that's it!

AgWest is the MB dealer.

Edit: see if this works.
http://www.agdealer.com/pages/index.cfm?startrow=121&SearchID=207067334&PageNumber=1&PortalID=1329
 

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Got a friend that ran one to 15ish and bought a new versatile, times got ruff here so he dumped it and went back to a 865B with 18,000 hrs and to my knowledge it's been trouble free.

Heck, right now the highest hour tractor on the farm right now is a tree row steiger revived and I have been running it on and off all season. Used about a pint of brake fluid. Pretty good for a tractor bound to be melted into Toyota's!
 

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ya seen several mt's with high hours but man its a ticking time bomb, knowing your going to have to drop 30-40g's into it, but if price is right for it i wouldn't be scared but at those high hours, hydraulic pump, transmission, breaks and idler wheels bearings and main bearing are numbered to go, I think he'd be better off buying an 8000 hour machine in canada for 67 u$.

know 2 guys that run the old challengers into the 14k-17k hours and they actually put more hours on them then on their quadtracks because cost of running hour.

we have 2 challengers but all under the 7000 hour mark. they are rough on the road compared to the mt's but they are bullet proof tractors
 

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I would second SWMan's comment about trusting this brand over any other for high hour machines.
We ran two MT845B's in the early 2000's.
We bought both of them from a big farm down in Texas. They were pretty decent. The most trouble was with little things like the fan blower for the cab air.
Actually, when I think back to the hot days that I ran it with no AC, it didn't seem small at the time, lol.
Anyway, we just bought another Challenger, after having other brands of tracked machines.
We got a new (first new tractor in 14 years) MT 875E.
Oh the torque. We have two hundred hours on it so far and love it.
Hopefully I can say the same thing in another 5000 hours.
After running it this little bit of time, I can't see why not.
 

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We got a new (first new tractor in 14 years) MT 875E.
Oh the torque. We have two hundred hours on it so far and love it.
Hopefully I can say the same thing in another 5000 hours.
After running it this little bit of time, I can't see why not.

I'm just like you. My 875E has around 800 hours now and I really like it. Since 1980 I have owned 4 new Versatiles and I can say I will NEVER buy another wheel tractor as my primary big power. I will Like the Challenger a lot more when I have made my last payment to AGCO finance!
 

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Just about hit 4000 hrs on our 865b, still running good!
We are doing some track repair right now on it because the boggies should be a little wider for the 36" belts, they bend up toward the inside of the tractor during road travel causing the rubber on the inside of the tracks to wear out to the outside of the wheels. A few spots the cables were becoming exposed so we got some repair kits for gravel conveyor belts to repair them and are rotating the tracks.
See how long it lasts but the tread is good and the center lugs are still nice and all intact, I know according to the book we are at their life expectancy but if I could get to 5000 hours before I buy belts it will be a good move IMO
 

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Ya, we are up to 800 hrs now. Still liking the tractor a lot.
I should have stated, only problems to date are one injector failed at 800 hours and now the tracks are off we had one idler wheel with a bad seal. I keep hearing I am past my track arm bearing life expectancy but I do change the oil very frequently.
While I have the tracks off I added a hose to the grease zerks on the front idler wheels, kinda funny a few guys that own these tractors in the area never knew there was zerks there. I only grease them every 50 or so hours nut for those that don't know there is a grease zerk on each side where the tension cylinder goes between the front idler.

Only complaint about the tractor that I hope was updated at some point is the location of the A/C condenser. It's not sealed off well and mine is in the bottom behind the batteries, it eats so much dirt and is always a pain to clean. Every winter I pull it out and the air to air to wash everything out. Everything is pretty well done in that cooling package but the condenser is a complete failure.
 
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