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#1 ChrisNY

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:45 PM

Friend of mine is interested in a MX135 at HTR Services in Narvon PA. Anybody know these guys and their reputation? Straight shooters?

He wants to get something bought fairly soon and doesn't have time to get down there.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:43 PM

Seems like the ones in their ads I've seen in the Lancaster farmer  paper are all European tractors....... wide tires lights and fenders give that away...Everything I've heard from Mechanics around here that got joy working on ones like them is RUN


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 06:30 PM

Seems like the ones in their ads I've seen in the Lancaster farmer  paper are all European tractors....... wide tires lights and fenders give that away...Everything I've heard from Mechanics around here that got joy working on ones like them is RUN

+1............Euro Specials.  I inquired about a couple that had creepers...........Sent me pictures and they were "Alien" to the states, asked if they had any American versions and never heard anything back.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:10 PM

Good to know, will pass that on to him, Thanks!


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:58 AM

Yep, a good amount of Euro imports.  You can see the farm from the Turnpike.  A co-worker of mine got a 5240 with European bloodlines from him.  He had decent luck with the tractor while he had it, but there are some distinct differences vs. our machines.

 

I can't say that HTS is bad to deal with, you just may have some additional hassles finding parts if something breaks.  The internet is a beautiful thing for things like that.

 

Funny story about that place...Hurst Tractor had a significant barn fire a few years ago.  Another one of my co-workers responded to the fire.  He and his firefighter brother had a hose turned onto the barn rafters as they were battling the fire.  The pressure of the water began to peel the metal roofing back...and all of a sudden a few tractor cab doors tumbled out to freedom.  One brother turned to the other and said, "Only on Phares Hurst's farm would something like that happen!"  That fire didn't seem to phase them since HTS has expanded quite a bit since that day.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:18 AM

Better have someone knowledgeable go look at it, them tractors have a lot of high hours. I've seen guys burnt on tractors from him. We put over $10,000 dollars in the tranny of a "field ready" MX series tractor from HTR. A fair amount of the Euro tractors have the suspended front axle and with the high hours they are worn out so check it over really good as they are expensive to repair.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:10 AM

I passed on the info you guys gave me and I believe he is going to look elsewhere now


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:53 PM

I passed on the info you guys gave me and I believe he is going to look elsewhere now

Best idea he could have IMO.


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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:19 PM

I agree tell him keep looking  Morrison farms over in ohio had sharp 5240 and mx135 listed


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:07 AM

Ah yes my mate met a man in a pub who`s 3rd cousin twice removed heard that .....
I am very pleased to say I know Phares, first met him years ago when visiting Pa from the Uk where I am a farmer. I had been to Beilers auction (the mud!) looking for antique tractors to ship back to England. Someone said if you are running Case tractors on the farm will find it good to visit Messicks, Hoobers and Phares at HTR, this was the best visit by a mile.
Only last week I phoned him with a noise on one of our MX135`s ,he diagnosed it on phone , a straight forward winter fix for us saving being in the main dealers hands and £££££ (or$$$$$$ in the US!).
If you are in the US and looking for a tractor I cannot understand why you would not at least look at what HTR have listed. I only wish they operated in the UK, they have great knowledge.
On the parts issue, as HTR and others have told me the tractors are really the same, Messicks, Hoobers have the parts or Phares will get them for you. Why would you not want 25+mph, shiftable pto etc ?
To the fellow with the axle repair, hmmm, did HTR refuse to help, how long/many hours after purchase, what work had tractor been doing (loader ?)more details to be fair please. The early suspension axles had no grease zerks (!) so did wear but its just bushes and perhaps a shim from local machine shop, when Phares rebuilds them he puts the zerks in, no big deal.
Anyway to fellow looking for tractor, get on the road and look, I went from Pa to the Adirondacks on a motorcycle last year in well under a day on the back roads (fantastic even on wrong side of road !)
I enjoy this friendly forum from afar but these replies are not what I would expect.
By the way on farm we have MX200, 8950, 8930, MX150, MX135, MX120, 5250 x 2 + plus a few of the wrong colour.



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