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How did a massey 300 combine compare to the 410 or 510? What were the good and bad about them? How many bushel was the grain bin?  What engines were offered?

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I saw that on CL when I looked for the tank spreader. looked nice from the picture.

according to my 1983 Official Guide to Tractors and Farm Equipment, the 300 was the second smallest of the 205-300-410-510 family. 300 and 510 made from 1969- 1978. 205 and 410 had shorter runs. I have Dad's 410 and my 510 stored under cover. the 410 was a good machine and the 510 would eat the 410s lunch. my 510 needs to find a new home. the 410 made a super clean grain sample. 3 speed trans with a variable speed belt drive. the 410 and 510 have hyd swing unloading auger. pretty advanced for the day. not sure on the 300.

300 had  58 bu grain tank. wt says 9930#. can't go wrong for the money. and it has a cab.

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FIL had one.  An ok little combine and actually better than the 550 he traded it in for.  Had a Chrysler slant 6.

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300s were pretty small. I'd say the 410 was about the biggest seller here followed closely by the 510. I knew of one 300 locally. I have an original brochure for the 510, 410, possibly the 300 but can't remember for sure. 

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3 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Thanks Bill. Tempted to go look at it but need it like another hole in the head. Lol

thats no excuse. if i thought like that my head would be swiss cheese.

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3 hours ago, iowaboy1965 said:

How did a massey 300 combine compare to the 410 or 510? What were the good and bad about them? How many bushel was the grain bin?  What engines were offered?

The 300 was comparable to the JD 55.  It actually came out a year before the 410/510 around 1962 or 63’.  I’ve only seen one.  You could get a Perkins 205 diesel or the Chrysler already mentioned.  

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I had an MF 300 years ago.  It had a 30" cylinder and would compare to a Deere 3300.

Mine was a 4 cylinder diesel (Perkins).  

It had a swingout unload auger like a 410 and 510 but it wasn't hydraulic,  there was a crank behind the seat.

The late 300's had quick attach heads....early ones had the style where the feeder house stayed on the head.

Mine was a QA....if I remember right mine was a 1972 model.....it had a 10' grain head and a model 24 (2 row wide corn head).

It was a pretty good little machine

It used a rethrasher on the side (like the bigger 410-510-750 combines).  The 300 only had two sieves unlike the later 410-510-750's that had a triple screen shoe.

I also ran a 510 and 750 years ago,  I don't have much good to say about them (300 was the best of the bunch).....as far as the bigger ones are concerned I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I got my first Axial Flow.

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Well i went and looked at the one on craigslist. It had been his dad and uncles. He was getting ready to build a new house on the old place and cleaning up. If nobody buys it in a couple weeks a guy with a dozer is gonna dig a big hole and burry it sounds like. Its too good for that i think but i have lot of projects going already. Sounded like a couple younger guys called today. I said let them have a chance first and if that doesnt pan out give me a call.

Engine wasnt stuck and clutch and brakes didnt go clear to floor. Gonna need a lot of tinkering tho, been sitting a loong time.

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We still have a massey harris 21A has a 12 ft header with electric lift pretty rough shape thou 

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1 hour ago, dumbfarmer said:

My dad had a 510 when I was little there was a nice place for kids to ride behind the seat. It was my job to swing the auger in and out 

This one has a pretty big shelf behind the seat to, tho the crank for the auger is right in the middle so would have to be a pretty small kid to have any comfort at all. Lol. This one is probably closer to you than me. If it had been in my neighborhood it would have followed me home. Might call him back in a week and see what happened.....then again if im smart i wont. ?

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There was a lot of the 300s around here, they are a decent little combine, all I’ve seen had the slant 6, I’ve been around 10 or so and never saw a diesel, the crank for the unload auger does impede the shelf behind the seat vs the hydraulic swing lever on the bigger models, when the ones we serviced were decommissioned they were still valuable because it has the same/similar transmission as the 410/540 and 510/550.  I’ve only seen one 205, my cousin used to own it and my friend does now, it’s got a slant 6, kinda oddball Massey combine, looks kinda like a 540

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My dad had a 410 gas. It had a 292 Chevy 6 cylinder engine. It would burn about 2 tanks of gas a day. It got pretty much retired when I bought my first combine a TR70 New Holland. A few years later a farmer who was running a 300 MF bought it. It had a 4 row corn head and a 13' platform. (The 410.) 

I remember the 510 gas machines had 327 and later on 350 Chevy engines. Sounded cool with those straight pipe exhausts. Hot rodders wanted those engines because they had forged steel crankshafts and the 350's were 4 bolt main blocks. 

I still have my dad's MF windrower in the shed. It has a slant six Chrysler engine. Hasn't ran in years. 

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On 5/27/2018 at 10:57 PM, axial_al said:

FIL had one.  An ok little combine and actually better than the 550 he traded it in for.  Had a Chrysler slant 6.

There weren't many combines that "were not" better than a 550. I bought a new 550 after harvest of '78. Delivered in Jan '79, only thing I ever owned that broke down before I ever used it.Didn't take long to understaand that the big "MF" on the front didn't stand for "Mighty Fine" if you follow my meaning

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You couldn't farm in my area of southeast NC if you didn't own a Farmall Super A, 100, 130, or 140 and a 300 combine.

Local MF dealer sold a LOT of them back in the day.  410s and 510s too but I think the 300 was most popular.

They were a great 2-3 row corn head machine.   Mostly 2 row. Most ran a 12" grain head.

The gas models were prone to fire.  Diesels were much better.  They seemed to be a little hard to work on. The whole threshing mechanism ran off the beater shaft which wasn't the world's best design.

By the early 80s everybody was going to Deere.

I have a soft spot for 'em.  My dad's first combine in the late 70s was a used gasser, with the non-quick attach heads. It burned in the field, replaced it with another used quick-attach diesel.  When they were running good they were corn eating little devils, and gave a good sample. When they got older the routine was harvest half a day, work on the combine half a day.....

Al

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