Just said id come on here to ask if anyone who may have or know a bit about using a Massey Ferguson 4255 as a loader tractor. We currently have a 2wd one, but we are considering changing it for a 4wd one with the addition of a front loader.
Our only concern is the front axle on them, Would it be considered strong enough for average use of say a bale of silage or 1T of fertilizer. Have been warned of other tractors as loader tractors having quite a weak front end so was advised to stay away from them. As said above, having a 4255 already we quite like the tractor so if anyone can give us some pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Contractor I worked for years ago had a 4wd 4255 as the loader tractor stacking over the thousand bales of silage every year. I had a 4270 myself and I'd say it's the same axle and zero issues that way. Biggest issue of any like that is now the age and hours worked and what abuse they got.
Have a 4345 here as loader tractor for last 12 years, same tractor pretty much. No issue with front axel, but always keep it greased here especially center pivot (i think thats what its called). Bit light on rear end with a heavy silage bale up front you'd need a weight or be a bit careful maneuvering its easy lift a rear wheel.
Have a 4wd 4255 here for past 10 yrs with a loader on it. Bought the tractor, then added the loader later. No bother with axel and no signs of wear/slop and we would be feeding out 400/450 bales pa with the front loader. We have a bale shear on it for the past 2 winters - no bother but we do have a rear weight block on since we got the bale shear. Put 2,000 hours on it in 10 years, 5,000 hours on the clock now
Only issues I have is it's the standard bonnet and an 18 x 6 speedshift model, so no shuttle. Buy a model with a shuttle, ideadly the wet clutch one. The gearing ratio's on the 18x6 in high gear are waaaaaaay too fast for yard work, medium a bit slow so lots of revving if you want to make progress. For me the gearing is actually a bigger pain than not having a shuttle and contributed in no small way, I feel, in having to put a replacement clutch in 5 years ago. I have a feeling that we might be looking at another one again soon (aprox 1000 hours put up since)
Try buy a snoop bonnet, with a wet clutch shuttle & no loader on it to start. Then put a self levelling, soft ride loader on it after. Soft ride more important than self levelling IMO. Soft ride can be retrofitted to any loader for €250/ €300 if the one you buy doesn't have it.
If you like the Massey and are familiar with them, you are prob as well to stick with them.
Great post and I think that’s as good of advice as the OP could hope to get.
Yeah our current 2wd 4255 is the Snub nose version and we were thinking of sticking with the same as I find viability is slightly better.
Thanks for all the insights lads, appreciate it 😉
@Jim Simmental has a 4255 as a loader tractor here too
Imo they are too old now ,snoopy nose had cooling problems .they only are manual shuttle .the same tractor as a 390 no comfort slow gearbox .Grand tractor if you are not in a hurry and not doing a lot of work .
For similar money you probably buy a 10 year newer superior landini vision or mccormick
4255 was common with power shuttle and most were 40k out of the factory.
How's the McCormack going for you? I think they're a nice type tractor but not common around here.