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Hi Folks,

Registered so I could pick ye're brains over the coming while.

I've just got myself a MF8 Hydro, saw it in the classifieds and was lucky to get in first. These are very rare here, First one I've ever seen in the metal.

It has been re-powered with a MAG GS300 engine. I'd never heard of MAG before now, but it seems they were a swiss motorbike and engine manufacturer and seem to have been taken over by kubota.

I bought it as a non runner. It needed fresh petrol, the spark plug cleaning and a new starter cord to get it to run. the throttle linkage was badly done on the repower which compounded my attempts to get it going.

I dont know what I'll do with it yet. it didnt come with a deck and I'm not sure the vertical belt arrangement will easily suit adapting another modern deck with horizontal belts.

Some pics attached.
 

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:wave: Welcome to the forum! Thanks for the pics. Not a bad looking tractor. Never heard of a Mag engine!
 

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:welcome: to GTTalk
I have only heard of a MAG engine once before, one of our members has a MF ELF that he restored and he mentioned its original engine had been a MAG, but since they were out of business for many decades, he went with a Briggs.

The 8H looks nice, glad you were blue to get her. As for modding a deck, it should be doable with a set of pullies to re route the belt. Possibly a rightangle drive mounted underneath even.
Toughest part would be engineering engage and disengage setup.
 

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I got a deck in my barn. Just a little too far for you to come and get. I haven't decided whether to sell it or put it back on the mh8. I really only got the mh8 for a cart tractor around the yard.

You have a nice project there good luck on the restore. :thumbs:
 

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Welcome to the forum! That's a nice looking Massey.

Hope you enjoy that Motosacoche Acacias Genève engine. I've always wanted to find one.

Ben W.
 

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Thanks for the pictures! So a HYDRO MF8??? That is new to me! Pretty cool! I thought they were are variable speeds. Welcome to the forum!
 

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Welcome to GTT johnboy. Lots of good help here. Would like to see some more pics of your corner of the Emerald Isle...? I'm not far from Belfast... maine....
 

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Welcome to GTtalk johnboy, glad to have another member from across the pond. You have found a nice tractor to restore. Ask any questions you might have and we'll do our best to answer them.
 

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Hi JohnBoy

Welcome to GTT.

Those are a nice lawn tractor. Nice tight turning radius.

Just so happens, I'm in the middle of refurbishing a MF8H right now.

If you need any detail pictures, just ask, and if you've got questions

hopefully we can help too.

Nice to have you aboard.

Will
 

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Welcome. The Mf 7 and 8 are great mowing tractors. Easy to use. What year is it?
If you don't know give us the serial number one of us can find out.
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:welcome: aboard glad to have you. Looks like a solid restore project. Keep us posted on what your doing & any questions.
 

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Hi Folks,

I came, I saw, I went!

now though winter is coming and it's time to head back to the shed and tinker :)

So I plundered the engine from the massey for a merry tiller as the garden needed some work and the massey was going nowhere fast.

I'm not overly bothered about putting the MAG engine back on as it's not like it's original anyway.

That got me to thinking about engines. I could get a honda clone for okish money, but it will only leave me with drive to the wheels. I've no hope of finding a deck for one of these over here and I've never seen another deck with the vertical belt arrangement.

Which got me to thinking...... Has anyone put a vertical shaft engine in one of these? rotten small rideons are readily available for small money and the input pully on the transmission is horizontal so I'd only need to figure out a tensioner for that, then I could adapt a more common horizontal belt deck maybe too.

So, has it/can it be done?

also what's the most powerful engine I should be putting into the 8 hydro transmission?
 
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