The Massey Ferguson 245 tractor enjoyed a 7 year production run from 1976 until 1983. It was designed as a replacement for the Massey Ferguson 235. It was itself succeeded by the Massey Ferguson 250. The engine on the MF 245 was a choice of 2 different models. The first is a Continental gasoline engine with natural aspiration. This 4 cylinder, 2.4 liter engine is liquid cooled and is started by a 12 volt battery. The other choice of engine is the Perkins AD3.152 diesel engine. This also has natural aspiration but is a 3 cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.5 liters. This engine is also liquid cooled by a cooling system that needs 10 liters of coolant to operate optimally. This engine needs 7 full liters of oil to full lubricate the engine from empty. It’s air intake is filtered with paper and felt elements to prevent dust and other particles entering the combustion chamber. The maximum power output from the engine is 45 hp.
The fuel tank on the Massey Ferguson 245 holds 48 liters (12.7 US gallons) of fuel. The engine of the MF 245 sits on a 4×2 2WD chassis. Power from the engine reaches the wheels through a choice of 2 transmissions. This can either be a Massey Ferguson ‘Multi Power’ partial power shift transmission that gives the MF245 12 gears when traveling forward and 4 gears when reversing. Or you can go with a gear system that provides you with 8 gears going forward and 2 in reverse. The maximum speed of this tractor is 22.3 mph while in reverse it maxes out at 11.3 mph.
The hydraulic system on the Massey Ferguson 245 requires 25 liters (6.6 US gallons) of hydraulic fluid to function correctly. When in operation, the MF 245 weighs in at 1769 kg (3900 lbs) if it’s got the gasoline engine installed, while if it’s got the diesel engine installed, then it weighs more at 1837 kg (4050 lbs). At it’s widest point, the tractor measures 1.89 m (74.5 inches), while it is 3.21 m (126.5 inches) in length.
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