The advent of the Ferguson FE 35 Tractor introduced many improvements over the TE series, many of which made the tractor much more user friendly. Side by side independent wheel brakes which could be locked for road use, improved hydraulic lift system with duel lever control and a fine setting for the draught control lever, tachometer with built in hour counter, tip-back drivers set with back rest and cushion. Deluxe versions were equipped with live power take off and hydraulics, this transformed the usefulness of the tractor when using power take off driven implements such as balers, root crop diggers etc. Despite being fitted with a pre-heating system the optional four cylinder indirect diesel engine fitted to the series gained a reputation for being difficult to start in cold weather.
In 1957 Harry Ferguson terminated his interest in the Massey Harris Ferguson Company and "Harris" was dropped from the company name. The gray and gold livery was dropped and the tractor was renamed the Massey Ferguson 35, the colour scheme was changed to red and gray and the familiar triple triangle MF badge was introduced.