Overview & History
The Massey Ferguson 35 (MF35) officially entered production in 1960 and was a continuation of the FE35. But its history can be traced all the way back to 1957 when, after over 73,000 units were produced, the FE35 was rebadged as the MF35. While the previous model had a grey shell and wheels as well as a bronze finish for the body, its successor was repainted to red and grey.
Two years later, in 1959, Massey Ferguson acquired Perkins Engines, and began using the Perkins 2.5-litre, 3-cylinder diesel engine in the MF35. It gave 37 hp at a rated 2000 RPM, 3 hp more than the FE35’s engine can produce. It had liquid cooling, its bore/stroke measured at 91 x 127 mm, and its compression was at 17.4:1. Farmers saw this as a welcome improvement, as the FE35’s 23C engine was known for its poor starting performance.
The standard MF35 had unsynchronised gear transmission, with six forward and two reverse gears. Meanwhile, the De Luxe models were fitted with a dual clutch, which allowed the operator to disengage the rear wheels while keeping the power take-off and hydraulic pump engaged.
The MF35 was available in 4×2 two-wheel drive, with manual steering, differential shoe brakes, and open operator station. A swivel catch was fitted on top of the bonnet lid. The tractor also had a 12-stud shaft housing. A raised air cleaner intake went through the bonnet and must be removed before the bonnet can be lifted.
In 1962, Massey Ferguson gave the option of power-assisted variable track (PAVT) wheels to speed up alteration of the rear wheel track. They also introduced the swinging drawbar in the same year. Another revision made was the mudguards, which were changed from the shell design to the extension mudguards that connected to revised footplates. This last change was done in order to ensure health and safety compliance.
After over 200,000 units were sold, production of the MF35 ceased in 1964, when it was succeeded by the Massey Ferguson 135. Despite this, many of these units are still being used on small farms to this day.
Because of the MF35’s popularity, Massey Ferguson continued to supply kits to foreign manufacturers until 2002. Other countries licensed to build this tractor, such as TAFE in India from 1960 to 2002 and Yugoslavian firm Industry of Machinery and Tractors, which marketed it as IMT533 and IMT539. In 2015, it was relaunched by AGCO in the East African market as the “People’s tractor”.
Massey Ferguson Replacement Parts
G.W. Tractors specialises in sourcing replacement parts for all Massey Ferguson models. Call us on 1800 062 790 to find tractor parts for your Massey Ferguson 35. We may also have Massey Ferguson 35 tractors in our yards for wrecking, and if we do they will appear below. Check out all the tractors we are wrecking.
Who should buy a Massey Ferguson 35
The Massey Ferguson 35 tractor remains to be a reliable machine that’s perfect for all-around tasks on small farms.
Buy a used Massey Ferguson 35
G.W. Tractors is the best place to buy a used Massey Ferguson 35 in Australia. If we don’t have any in stock at the moment, give us a call on 1800 062 790 and we have a better chance than anyone else of finding you one. Below are the used Massey Ferguson tractors we have in our yards now. Check out all of our used tractors for sale.
Massey Ferguson 35 Specs
|Years made||1960 to 1964||Type||Utility tractor|
|Factory||Coventry, England||Previous model||Ferguson FE-35|
|Next model||Massey Ferguson 135||Engine overview||Perkins 2.5L 3-cyl diesel|
|Engine capacity||2.5 L [152.7 ci]||Cylinders||3-cylinder|
|Bore/stroke||91 x 127 mm [3.6 x 5 in]||Compression||17.4:1|
|Rated RPM||2000||Firing order||1-2-3|
|Starter volts||12||3-point hitch – Rear type||I|
|Engine power||37 hp [27.6 kW]||Transmission type||Unsynchronised gear|
|Gears||6 forward and 2 reverse||Clutch||Dry plate|
|Rear PTO||Transmission (special)|
|Standard tyres – Front||6.00-16||Standard tyres – Rear||11-28 (Grass option)|
|Weight (Operating)||1,402 kg [3,093 lbs]||Length||297 cm [117 in]|
|Wheelbase||183 cm [72 in]||Chassis||4×2 2WD|
|Steering||Manual||Brakes||Differential mechanical expanding shoe|
|Cab||Open operator station with pressed steel seat||Number of batteries||2|
Accessories, consumables and more
G.W. Tractors also has a huge range of accessories and consumables for all makes and models of tractors. We have everything you need to keep your tractor working.