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I am considering buying this used
Massey Ferguson 290 2WD Ser. # 722711
with Bush hog loader 2400 QT ( bucket and spear included )
Condition good.

Can anyone tell me the model year and approx. value?
jerry
 

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Jerry here you go

How to find tractor serial numbers:
TractorData.com lists tractor serial numbers under the individual model. Use the menu at the left to select your tractor manufacturer and model, the serial number list will be on the tractor's data page.

How to read a tractor serial number list:
Tractor serial number lists nearly always show the first tractor built in each year. The other tractors for that year will have successively higher numbers. Your serial number should lie between two of the stated numbers.

Example serial number list:
Year
Number

1980
501


1981
879
<<< 900

1982
1034

1983
2103



Example: if your serial number is 900, then your tractor was built in 1981.

The list only shows the number from the first tractor built in each year. Unless you happen to have the first first tractor off the production line, then your particular number will not be on the list. Your number will lie between two listed numbers.

Find the REAL serial number
There are usually a lot of different numbers on a tractor. The engine, front axle, and cab may all have their own serial numbers. Various components may have parts or casting numbers. Make sure you have actually found the tractor serial number, and not one of these other numbers.

Model years versus calendar years
Tractors, just like automobiles, are manufactured on a model or production year. The new production year usually starts around September. A tractor built in October of 1955 would have been considered a "1956" model. Serial number lists almost always show the production year, not the actual calendar year the tractor was built. This information is generally more useful, because major changes would have been made to a model at the start of the production year, not on January 1.

Read the number carefully
On older tractors, the serial number plate has often faded. Make sure you do not confuse a 7 for a 1. Also, ensure you have read the entire number.

If the plate has faded very badly, try making a rubbing of the imprint. Place a piece of tissue paper over the plate and rub gently with charcoal or a pencil. Another method is to color the number with a marker and then quickly wipe it off, hoping to leave ink in the stamping. Some people have found that they can read the number off the back side of the plate

A serial number is not a tractor's life story
In general, you cannot determine anything but the year from the serial number of an older tractor. You cannot find the exact date of construction, original dealer, or previous owners. Your best chance at finding your tractor's history is to talk to the person you purchased it from. Find out who they bought it from. If you're lucky you may be able to trace it back to the original buyer and the original dealer. If you are really lucky, that dealer would still be around and have records of the sale. There are couple of exceptions...

John Deere owners can contact the Two-Cylinder Club to have their serial number researched for a fee. I am not aware of this service being available for any other brand. If it is, email me and I will post the information.

Newer tractors from major brands will likely be tracked by the factory and its dealer network on computer. If you tractor was built around 1990 or later you may be able to have a dealer run the serial number. The exact information available would depend on the dealer and brand, and what they are willing to release to you. In general, they track sales, repairs, and stolen equipment.

IH owners: look for the U
Many International Harvester tractors will have a long number sequence with the letter "U" in the middle. The numbers on the list correspond to the digits after the letter.

Missing serial numbers
With an older tractor it is not uncommon for a tractor's serial number to be missing. The serial number plate might be lost. The stamping might be worn to the point that it is unreadable. In most cases it is impossible to ever determine the original serial number. The serial number was typically marked in only one location on the tractor. The engine serial number is usually unrelated to the tractor serial number (certain Farmall models are an exception to this).

As Green Magazine's "Mr Thinker" column has stated many times, "If you want a tractor with a serial number plate, you should buy a tractor with a serial number plate".

http://www.tractordata.com/farm-tractor ... n-290.html

Massey Ferguson 290
1983 - 1986
Previous model: Massey Ferguson 275

Next model: Massey Ferguson 390
Massey Ferguson 390

Larger: Massey Ferguson 298

Smaller: Massey Ferguson 270




Overview
Engine
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Dimensions
Photos
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Production:
Manufacturer: Massey Ferguson

Factory: Coventry, England

Original price (USD): $21,100 (1986)


Massey Ferguson 290 Engine:
Perkins 4.1L 4-cyl diesel
full engine details ...

Capacity:
Fuel: 21 gal [79.5 L]

Hydraulic system: 11 gal [41.6 L]


3-Point Hitch:
Rear Type: II


Power Take-off (PTO):
Rear PTO: live (dual clutch)

independent (optional)

Rear RPM: 540

540/1000 (optional)


Dimensions & Tires:
Wheelbase: 84 inches [213 cm] (2WD)

90.2 inches [229 cm] (4WD)

Weight: 5512 to 9070 pounds

Front tire: 6.50-16

Rear tire: 16.9x24

full dimensions and tires ...

290 Serial Numbers:
Location: Instrument console on right side

1983: 386453
1984: 389947
1985: 393422
1986: 723909


how to read serial numbers...



Massey Ferguson 290 Power:
Engine: 80 hp [59.7 kW]

PTO (claimed): 65 hp [48.5 kW]

Drawbar (tested): 55.32 hp [41.3 kW]

PTO (tested): 65.92 hp [49.2 kW]

power test details ...

Mechanical:
Chassis: 4x2 2WD

4x4 MFWD 4WD (optional)

Steering: hydrostatic power

Brakes: differential hydraulic wet disc

Cab: Open operator station. Optional ROPS. Optional canopy.


Hydraulics:
Type: open center

Capacity: 11 gal [41.6 L]

Pressure: 3000 psi [206.8 bar]

Valves: 1 to 3

Total flow: 14 gpm [53.0 lpm]

17 gpm [64.3 lpm] (optional)


Electrical:
Ground: negative

Charging system: alternator

Charging amps: 32

45


Battery:
Number: 2

Volts: 12


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Last update: October 19, 2012

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Thanks guys, that's a great site and was very helpful.
He is asking $12,000 and I offered 10.
Does that sound reasonable?
jerry
 

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JerryCooper":2hqdjy2i said:
Thanks guys, that's a great site and was very helpful.
He is asking $12,000 and I offered 10.
Does that sound reasonable?
jerry

depends on condition of the tractor. I buy tractors and resell so it wouldnt be reasonable for me lol If it does what you need it to do and you are happy with the price then sure.. worse they can say is NO and that doesn't hurt much. :)
 
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OK, here is my problem.
I was set to buy this tractor, then realized it only has one hydraulic hookup and it is being used for the loader. So I can't uses the tractor for bush hogging and the loader at the same time.
So, does anyone know if there is a kit to add another hydraulic hookup available? If so $$$$?

jc
 

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JerryCooper":h3euswkh said:
OK, here is my problem.
I was set to buy this tractor, then realized it only has one hydraulic hookup and it is being used for the loader. So I can't uses the tractor for bush hogging and the loader at the same time.
So, does anyone know if there is a kit to add another hydraulic hookup available? If so $$$$?

jc

If there is a kit yesterdays tractor company would probably have it.
 

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JerryCooper":2doezbii said:
OK, here is my problem.
I was set to buy this tractor, then realized it only has one hydraulic hookup and it is being used for the loader. So I can't uses the tractor for bush hogging and the loader at the same time.
So, does anyone know if there is a kit to add another hydraulic hookup available? If so $$$$?

jc

Bush hog uses a hydraulic outlet? Not just PTO? Anyways, most important question is condition and hours on the tractor. Tell me those two things and I can tell you what is a fair, good and steal price.
 

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hours don't mean shyt what matters is the pm that was done on the tractor. I look at hours when I buy a used machine.. other than a look hours are not a part of the equation as to buy or not.
 

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highgrit":2xtm7xhj said:
I wouldn't pay 10k for a old used Massey Ferguson.

I agree but to each their own. There is better deals out there. I personally like going to farm sales you can get good deals there if you know what you are looking at.
 

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skyhightree1":2l66oz9f said:
hours don't mean shyt what matters is the pm that was done on the tractor. I look at hours when I buy a used machine.. other than a look hours are not a part of the equation as to buy or not.

pm?

Hours don't mean anything except on used machines? Then what are we talking about here, a new tractor? Me thinks you been drinking Sky...

highgrit":2l66oz9f said:
I wouldn't pay 10k for a old used Massey Ferguson.

If less than 1,000 hours and in good shape, that tractor is worth more than 10k. New they were 21k. And they were made in the Coventry factory, so they are bulletproof.
 

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Aaron":wq58alup said:
skyhightree1":wq58alup said:
hours don't mean shyt what matters is the pm that was done on the tractor. I look at hours when I buy a used machine.. other than a look hours are not a part of the equation as to buy or not.

pm?

Hours don't mean anything except on used machines? Then what are we talking about here, a new tractor? Me thinks you been drinking Sky...

Aaron here in the us we call pm preventive maintenance .. in other words hours are not something I think about when figuring on buying used equipment. I buy and sell used tractors and equipment all year long. Often used old tractors hour meters stopped working.
 

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skyhightree1":3ogqspwl said:
Aaron":3ogqspwl said:
skyhightree1":3ogqspwl said:
hours don't mean shyt what matters is the pm that was done on the tractor. I look at hours when I buy a used machine.. other than a look hours are not a part of the equation as to buy or not.

pm?

Hours don't mean anything except on used machines? Then what are we talking about here, a new tractor? Me thinks you been drinking Sky...

Aaron here in the us we call pm preventive maintenance .. in other words hours are not something I think about when figuring on buying used equipment. I buy and sell used tractors and equipment all year long. Often used old tractors hour meters stopped working.

Ok, never heard it abbreviated before. If the hour meter quits working and isn't fixed properly, I wouldn't touch those tractors - that in itself is lack of maintenance. Also big difference in value between tractor with 1,000 hours and one with 15,000 hours.
 

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JerryCooper":34yfqbr7 said:
OK, here is my problem.
I was set to buy this tractor, then realized it only has one hydraulic hookup and it is being used for the loader. So I can't uses the tractor for bush hogging and the loader at the same time.
So, does anyone know if there is a kit to add another hydraulic hookup available? If so $$$$?

jc


You can get a multiplier valve that will plug into an existing set of remotes and convert it into two or three sets by using electric solenoids where you either flip a switch or hold a button to select a different circuit. I am including a link that I hope works or it is also called a Fasse valve and should be available from your John dealer but is probably cheaper through A&I. If you use the link below go enter hydraulic multiplier in the search bar on the page and you should find listings for both two and three remote set ups.

https://www.allpartsstore.com/index.htm
 
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