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  • Joined Sep 2009
  • Rathfriland, Co.Down
Tipping trailer for MF35
« on: November 22, 2012, 10:05:39 pm »
What maximum size of tipping trailer could my wee 35 cope with?
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  • Joined Dec 2010
  • Carmarthenshire
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Re: Tipping trailer for MF35
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012, 10:19:29 pm »
Depends what you want to use it for. On the road or just on your own land. 

When I was seriously farming back in the 70's we regularly used a Fergie 3.5 ton (from memory) tipping trailer on a MF35 but I'm sure we would use it to move much larger trailers around on the farm. You wouldn't want to use it on the road with a bigger one though because of the brakes.

If you can find a good example of one of those old MF trailers would be a good match.



  • Joined Oct 2011
  • Huddersfield
Re: Tipping trailer for MF35
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2012, 06:44:14 pm »
"As I understand", the MF trailers were made Humberside way by a firm call Weeks. I have one that I re-bodied. It is on 5 stud Land Rover wheels with 7.60 tyres, so I rate it at two tonnes with these tyres. I use it on my 885 (45hp approx) and was carting conventional bales this time up to six high but still damaged a trailer tyre. Most of the work was up hill with one long decline, using low gear it coped but I would not like to have been heavier.
Obviously the Fergy 35 is an earlier tractor of mid 30s hp?  We used to cart up to 7 high in the 1970s with a 35 and 135, but that farm was flat and we punctured tyres.
Another limiting factor on small tractors is the tow bar, look at a few to see how badly worn they are.
Apparently one on my DBs has a 780 tow bar in good condition which is rare because they were all overloaded and damaged because the tractors would pull the load (as I was told by a DB expert).   :tree:

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  • Joined Jan 2012
  • Bedfordshire
Re: Tipping trailer for MF35
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 01:14:22 pm »
As Henchard says it all depends.  On level tarmac with high pressure tyres you could pull 10t.  Across a soggy field with low ground pressure tyres 3t could be a real struggle.  Add a hill and it's skin off a rice pudding time.

Don't forget braking either.  Being pushed downhill by a trailer is very unfunny, and the weight on the towbar will reduce the weight on the steering wheels and controllability.   
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