The Massey Ferguson 50 is often referred to as the Massey Harris 50 as it was originally manufactured by Massey Harris when production on it started in 1957. However Massey Harris and Ferguson tractors merged while it was still rolling off the production lines, so the name changed to Massey Ferguson 50, which it is more commonly known as. This model stayed in production for 7 years until production on it shut down and the Massey Ferguson 150 took it’s place. The model that the MF 50 replaced is the Massey Ferguson F40.
There is a choice of 3 different engines that power the Massey Ferguson 50. The first is a Continental LP gas engine. This 4 cylinder, liquid cooled engine has a displacement of 2.2 liters. Another choice of engine is a Perkins diesel engine that has 3 cylinders and a displacement of 2.5 liters. This engine is also liquid cooled. The last engine choice is a Continental Z134 gasoline engine that has natural aspiration. This 4 cylinder, liquid cooled engine has an engine size of 2.2 liters. The maximum power from any of the engines is 38 hp. It is transferred through a gear box that gives the MF 50 6 gears when moving forward. The engine sits on a 4×2 2WD chassis.
The total operating weight of the Massey Ferguson 50 is 1784 kg (3933 lbs) when measured with the Perkins diesel engine installed. This increases to a maximum safe ballasted weight of 2729 kg (6017 lbs). The MF 50 also features a rear PTO rated at 540 rpm. The 50 was quite a popular tractor when it first came out in the late fifties among small and medium sized farmers. The fact that it’s not a massive tractor meant that it was perfectly adequate for farmers who had small fields and didn’t require a tractor to pull a massive plow. You can still find the 50 in working condition on many farms today.
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