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885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:45 pm
by Oldgustav
Just got myself an 885 with a cab, which seems very luxurious compared to its predecessor, a MF135. The 135 had a second stage to the clutch pedal to enable you to engage the PTO smoothly. The 885 doesn't seem go have this. It's bang and it's on. Is that correct?

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:07 am
by philedge
If you follow the link below, you'll find yourself an 885 manual that should detail clutch operation
https://sites.google.com/site/deerebrow ... wn-info-ii

As far as I know the 885 has a 2 stage livedrive clutch and there shouldnt be any banging in or out of operation unless your clumsy with your foot!

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:41 am
by dbiow
The clutch is 2 stage. The pto clutch is adjusted on the flywheel through a inspection hole in the bottom of the bell housing, you will need a Allen key and spanner to do so but I can’t remember the tolerance off the top of my head. It’s not a difficult job to do.

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:04 am
by Oldgustav
Thank you both. Will have a go...

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:32 pm
by db2d
Be aware that if the clutch requires adjusting as described it indicates that the TRANSMISSION
PLATE has worn down to approximately its minimum thickness and requires replacing.
If adjusted the plate will continue to wear down through the rivets until it destructs, usually requiring a complete new,expensive,clutch assembly.

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:55 pm
by Oldgustav
db2d wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:32 pm
Be aware that if the clutch requires adjusting as described it indicates that the TRANSMISSION
PLATE has worn down to approximately its minimum thickness and requires replacing.
If adjusted the plate will continue to wear down through the rivets until it destructs, usually requiring a complete new,expensive,clutch assembly.
Oh dear. Seems I've bought a load of trouble. I'm guessing that replacing the transmission plate requires splitting the bell housing. Well beyond my mechanical skills...

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:10 pm
by db2d
The tractor has to be split to renew the clutch.

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:14 pm
by Oldgustav
db2d wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:10 pm
The tractor has to be split to renew the clutch.
Oh dear, that's a bit depressing :(

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:58 pm
by philedge
If the PTO clutch isnt releasing it may just be stuck with some light rusting if its not been used for a while- the manual recommends operating the PTO clutch regularly even if the PTO isnt being used. Before you get too depressed Id start and warm the engine, stop the engine, hook up the PTO to an implement, engage the PTO, fully depress the clutch pedal and then try restarting the engine. Hopefully that would free things if thats your problem

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:42 pm
by dbiow
db2d wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:32 pm
Be aware that if the clutch requires adjusting as described it indicates that the TRANSMISSION
PLATE has worn down to approximately its minimum thickness and requires replacing.
If adjusted the plate will continue to wear down through the rivets until it destructs, usually requiring a complete new,expensive,clutch assembly.
I didn’t know that, sorry for any miss information given

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:20 pm
by Oldgustav
philedge wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:58 pm
If the PTO clutch isnt releasing it may just be stuck with some light rusting if its not been used for a while- the manual recommends operating the PTO clutch regularly even if the PTO isnt being used. Before you get too depressed Id start and warm the engine, stop the engine, hook up the PTO to an implement, engage the PTO, fully depress the clutch pedal and then try restarting the engine. Hopefully that would free things if thats your problem
Thanks. That's pretty much what I did yesterday to no avail. In the end, I started it with PTO engaged attached to the finishing mower. Used to do this with the 135 until we fixed the PTO clutch problem on that one. PTO problems seem to haunt me.

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:09 am
by cobbadog
The issues you have mentioned may be time consuming to fix and a bit pricey but your tractor certainly looks the part and once running properly will out perform the old 135 Fergy.
I would keep at it and get it running right.

Re: 885 PTO Engagement

Posted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:28 am
by Oldgustav
cobbadog wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:09 am
The issues you have mentioned may be time consuming to fix and a bit pricey but your tractor certainly looks the part and once running properly will out perform the old 135 Fergy.
I would keep at it and get it running right.
Thanks. We'll get it sorted gradually and everyone here is very helpful and knowledgeable.