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Before you buy a Massey Ferguson tractor in Uganda

by Edwin

Massey Ferguson Tractor
Massey Ferguson Limited is an American-owned major manufacturer of agricultural equipment until recently based in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Massey transferred its headquarters to Buffalo, New York in 1997 before it was acquired by AGCO new owner of former competitor Allis-Chalmers. The current business was formed by the 1953 merger of farm machinery manufacturers Massey Harris of Canada and Britain's Ferguson Company under the new name Massey Harris Ferguson. In 1958, the name was shortened to Massey Ferguson. Today Massey Ferguson is only a brand name used by AGCO but its machinery remains a major seller around the world.
Today let’s look at the Massey Ferguson tractor while in Uganda.

Before you buy a Massey Ferguson tractor in Uganda

Pay a visit to all the traditional schools in Uganda and one of the things you notice is the Massey Ferguson tractor. They have done the job for ages and still going. They are used to slash, dig, haul firewood and so on.

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Buying a foreign used Massey Ferguson tractor from a local Ugandan car bond

There are a number of car bonds in Uganda specifically Kampala from which you can buy your Massey Ferguson tractor. However, you have to do good research in order to find a reputable car bond or dealer who will be able to provide you with the car that will meet your needs and above all genuinely imported into Uganda.

You need to look out for prices and discounts. Local car bonds may not charge the same prices for the same car. Prices of the Massey Ferguson tractor may be affected by the condition of the tractor. You may have to look out for rust, damaged or missing parts and areas that require serious repair because you really don’t want to be on the losing end.

Importing a foreign Used Massey Ferguson from Japan or other parts of the world

In case if you prefer to import your own Massey Ferguson tractor from say Japan or from Europe, things change a bit. First it would require you to find a trusted dealer or seller in that regard, determine your specific car features and requirements, expected budget you plan to spend on buying the car and well calculated taxes to be paid to the tax authorities in order to clear Massey Ferguson tractor.

It is also very important to examine the car upon arrival to check and see if all the car components are included in the car as it was shown to you before buying it. You need to watch out for car spare tires, car jack, radio, navigation systems, window power buttons among other things.

The taxes charged by the Uganda Revenue Authority include Import Duty, Value added (VAT), Withholding Tax, Environmental Levy, Infrastructure Levy, and Registration Fees basing on the CIF of the Massey Ferguson tractor from abroad.

On arrival to Kampala, Uganda, you will have to clear the taxes at The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), apply and pay for a number plate and then the third party license. You will also notice the some of these charges or fees differ from private cars.
Farm machinery and tractors are levied different taxes. So you need to know this before you can actually

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General Massey Ferguson tractor reviews for Uganda

Today we are going to look at the 2016 Massey Ferguson 1739E. The Massey Ferguson 1700E series consists of three economy tractors, ranging from 24 to 38.5 horsepower. reviewed the 34hp 1734E in March of 2014 and the 24hp 1726E in June of 2015 and came away impressed with both offerings. Since all three tractors are based on the same chassis, we wondered how the higher-powered 1739E might perform and if those extra ponies were worth the added cost.

The 1739E is powered by a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5L engine manufactured by Shibaura and rated to deliver 38.5 gross horsepower at 2800 rpm. Using electronic fuel management, indirect low-pressure injection, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), the engine delivers good power while complying with EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4) requirements. Power take-off (PTO) ratings are 32.8 for tractors equipped with gear transmissions and 30.9 for those equipped with hydrostatic transmissions.

Manual transmission purchasers get a constant mesh 9 X 3 unit that has three forward and one reverse gear over three ranges (rabbit, neutral, turtle, and snail) and uses a single, dry clutch. The range lever is located between the left fender and operator seat while the gear shifter is found on the transmission hump just below the steering wheel. For those preferring a hydrostatic transmission, as our test tractor was so equipped, there is a three-range unit controlled by an r-shaped treadle pedal. Hydrostatic transmission equipped tractors still get a clutch pedal, which is used to engage and disengage the PTO. Hydrostatic transmission equipped tractors also get a single brake pedal located on the left side while gear transmission tractors are located on the right.

Hydraulics run through an open center system flowing 7.2 gpm for implement demand and 4.1 gpm for power steering requirements (11.3 gpm total). This is a bit more than on the 1734E (6.2 gpm implement, 3.8 gpm power steering), but the three-point hitch (3PH) lift capacity remains 1600 lbs 24” behind the lower link ball ends. If you’re thinking at least the loader lift capacity should benefit by the extra gallon per minute, it doesn’t, as 1700E series tractors get L105 loaders vs. the L100 our test 1734E was equipped with in 2014. More on this later.

Lower link arm ball ends are fixed with outboard turnbuckle-style stabilizers. The hydraulic system will support up to two rear remotes as an option. A 540 RPM rear PTO transferring power through a 1-3/8” diameter six-spline shaft is standard and for hydrostatic tractors is transmission driven with an overrunning clutch for safety. There is no mid-PTO option.

Climb up onto the operator platform using the single left side step and grab rail (there is no step on the right, nor is there a grab rail) and slide into the mid-height vinyl suspension seat. There is a fairly large transmission hump, but once it’s straddled, there’s plenty of room, even for those with larger shoe sizes. On the left floor there is a clutch pedal with a latch for extended periods of non-use along with a PTO lever with detents for engage and neutral. On the right floor, there is the above-mentioned treadle and brake pedals, a lock lever for the parking brake, and a right heel pedal for differential lock.

Between the right fender and seat is a lever with marked graduations and an adjustable knob for position control of the 3PH. There are also slots where levers used to control the rear remotes would be located if so optioned. The steering wheel is fixed, but to our testers it was comfortably positioned, though some dashboard visibility might be a bit blocked depending on operator height. Speaking of the dashboard, it is a combination of analog and digital with pleasing colors and quite legible even in full sunlight. A push/pull 2WD/4WD lever sits just below the operator’s left knee and close enough that it falls within easy grasp.

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Availability of Massey Ferguson tractor Spares parts in Uganda

Massey Ferguson tractors have their spares imported into the country. There are major authorized distributors and importers of the spare parts in case you need some.


Massey Ferguson stands behind each 1700E series tractor with a full five years of power train coverage. For an agribusiness, homeowner with real estate, contractor, municipality, or hobby farmer in the market for a 39 horsepower tractor offering a lot of premium features at an economy price, the Massey Ferguson 1739E would be well worth considering.

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