Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2005-08-30Number of Hours: 2000
"I purchased the tractor new in 2005. When the tractor runs it works well.
The front axle is not attached to the frame very well and has broken off three times. The amount of material that is used to attach the axle mount is way undersized. The rear axle housing has broken and it took four months to get the parts. The seat is a joke and was replaced two times under warranty. The front-end loader cylinders where replaced four times under warranty. Cruse control has never worked correctly. I believe the ratings for the capacities of this tractor are over rated.
I have used this tractor to square bale hay. I run a two-drum mower that was sold as a compatible unit to the 1528 to rake and tend hay, do dirt work, and front-end loader work. It just wore out before it should have. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Worked well when it was newCons: No part support any more, Agco did away with too many of the dealersType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA FLI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Frank Burnett
Model year: 0Date Purchased: 2016-04-10Number of Hours: 305
"I bought a new house. Well, I found I was sitting on an old stone quarry with perfect slabs and wall stone. She was put to the test with no issues at all . No joke. I moved mountains of big stone. I bought a rock bucket and paid for the machine the first summer. It still looks and runs like a new backhoe and works perfectly."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Easy to useCons: NoneType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA CTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Best Tractor For The Money
by Big "B"
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2006-05-16Number of Hours: 365
"I looked thoroughly at all of the major brands. At the time, I wanted a hydrostatic tractor. My brother-in-law, who has worked for John Deere for over 20 years, told me to avoid them. He stated they had lots of repair issues and robbed a lot of horsepower.
I really liked the Massey because the deck was all open (no shifters and levers to trip over or get stuck on). I bought the Massey and never regretted it. It has lots of power and will out-lift my brother's John Deere and my neighbor's Kabota of equal size.
I don't like the loader bucket because it is wide and short. I can't fit much in it. I'm looking to upgrade to a narrower and taller bucket. But other than that, I would buy another one just like it.
It is small enough to haul on my flatbed trailer, and large enough to run a 5-foot brush hog, lift up a car, or drag anything I hook up to it. "
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Does everything I ask it toCons: Wide and short quarter-yard bucketType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MII also considered buying: John Deere 790, Kubota B3300SU REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Steve Johnson
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2008-05-20Number of Hours: 250
"I purchased this tractor new. I needed to do some landscaping in a newly purchased home and.I ended up testing the limits of the tractor. I purchased a six foot backhoe attachment for the 3-point hitch so I could remove trees and bushes. I purchased a power tiller, cultivator, and row makers for a garden. I have a rotary cutter to clear brush at the lake, and I have just put front bucket teeth and a brush grappler on the 1520 loader.
My wife says I am a cowboy. If I can't do it from the seat of my tractor, it don't get done. I believe every man needs toys. This MF 1528 is a toy in my toy box."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: With the quick hitch, it is easy to use and cheap to operateCons: Need to have ability to spread the wheels widerType of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA SCI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Tough Little Tractor
by Noel Olebos
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2007-01-30Number of Hours: 160
GB600 rear blade
Rhino GX 500 box
Value Leader 6" chipper (Jinma Clone)
Absolutely no problems since purchased.
Operates all implements well.
Reliable (well maintained and kept indoors)."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Reliable. Low maintenance.Cons: None.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA COI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Wayne Eymann
Model year: 2008Date Purchased: 2013-08-01Number of Hours: 583
"HST is creeping in reverse. Makes gear changes impossible and likewise locking the posi. Standing on the forward HST pedal while driving on the road is tiring. Imagine all day ploughing a field."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Easy to get on and off of either side. Wonderful engine.Cons: Hate the HST tranny.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: CND OTI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Nathaniel Foss Jr
Model year: 2005Date Purchased: 2007-12-15Number of Hours: 250
"I was looking at used machines when we saw this unit. I wanted a tractor with a backhoe for projects at my place and small jobs. I can't believe how much power this tractor has for a small 28 HP unit as I used to run much bigger machines before retiring.
I also use the tractor in the winter when we have snow too heavy for my snow blower and have never had a problem with starting. The tractor uses about 5 gallons of diesel all winter."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Everything.Cons: Haven't found one yet.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA MEI also considered buying: Kubota L3010 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Massey Ferguson 1528 for Snowblowing
Model year: 2009Date Purchased: 2011-04-10Number of Hours: 40
"Looking for a compact tractor for snowblowing, primarily, and other chores on a small country property. I considered Massey, Kubota, and New Holland. I will admit to being biased toward MF, and that's what I bought---a 1528 hydrostatic.
The tractor was nearly mint with only about 4 hours on the clock. It came with a 60" mid-mount mower and is on turf tires. The 1528 now has a Massey 1410 63" snowblower and Curtis cab. Still to be installed are a windshield wiper, cab heater, and a defogging fan.
It has more than 30 hours of blowing snow now, and has performed mostly very well: after one blizzard I (eventually) got it through a drift nearly as tall as the cab. On lesser amounts it chews through without working too hard. We've had record snow this spring. I can't imagine living in rural North Dakota without a good snowblower. Even without heat, the Curtis cab has been comfortable, although noisy compared to a factory cab, but I always wear ear protection.
Reliability has been 100%, although of course it's still young. Downsides are few, but a bit annoying: my main beef is the lever-operated differential lock. It can be very balky to engage and is awkward to use. A pedal (as on the gear 1528s) would be far superior; this is an odd design choice.
Getting the PTO lever in and out of gear can be balky, as can the front-wheel-assist lever, but both will go in without too much coaxing. Other than that, a great, tough tractor so far. I was worried it would not be up to really heavy snow, but so far so good.
On balance I am very well pleased with this tractor. It's the right shade of red, too."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Power, handling, dashboard PTO switch, hydro-static transmission.Cons: Balky diff-lock lever, balky 4WD lever.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NDI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
Model year: 2007Date Purchased: 2012-02-10Number of Hours: 180
"Massey built the 1528 like a tank! It is only a 28hp tractor, but built like an upper 30 hp tractor from other brands. It is quieter than either a JD 790 or a NH 1520. It has more features for the same price as JD.
The only complaint I have is that it could have a little more PTO hp, but because it is a hydrostatic the parasitic loss in the driveline is higher robbing the PTO hp, only has 22 PTO hp from a 28 hp engine. Which is more than double the normal 10% difference between engine and PTO hp. Even though it has lower PTO hp, it pulls a 5' bush hog, 4' tilller, or a 5' aero-vator just fine. Very happy with this tractor, hopefully many more enjoyable hours to come."
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Build quality, quiet, open platform.Cons: 3 point hitch is low (like other compacts), kind of narrow tread width for working on hills.Type of User: Homeowner 1-10 AcresLocation: USA NCI also considered buying: John Deere 790, New Holland T1520 REVIEWER'S PHOTOS
by Jack Champlin
Model year: 2006Date Purchased: 2007-07-01Number of Hours: 375
REVIEWER'S ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Pros: Manuevers well, always starts, plenty of power for size, will do all I want it to do.Cons: PTO has (in my opinion) a flaw in the design of the case. The inside of the middle case holds a bearing that the pto shaft runs through. This is bearing is pressed into the housing, the casting broke that holds the bearing. This resulted in what would have been a $6000 bill but the dealer reduced the bill by $1000. Quite an expensive fix. What I thought to be a heavy duty designed tractor by using cast iron didn't turn out to be for me. I have an old Ford 841 that has been used for over 50 years and never this kind of a problem. And yes I still would tell you to buy. Just buyer beware.Type of User: Homeowner 10-50 AcresLocation: USA ILI also considered buying: REVIEWER'S PHOTOS