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#1 GT Man OFFLINE  

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:17 PM

Back in the early 70's I sold the Hesston Front Runner mowers made in Hesston Kansas. My son just purchased one I sold which came with 48" mower, vac system, Snothrower, blade and steel cab. Has the manuals, shields complete done to the mower deflector shield and mulch plate. After a minor tune up and rebuild of the fuel pump it runs!

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:25 PM

Great score!! That looks like a nice machine! That's awesome that he bought one that you sold new back in the 70's. thanks for the pictures and good luck with it. :thumbs:

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 08:11 PM

That looks like a great machine! I've never seen one of those before. I think it's great that he now has one that you originally sold...kind of a legacy piece for him! I also love that it came with all the great attachments. That should be a useful tractor for him for years to come!

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 04:17 AM

Congrats to your son.Nice looking machine.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 05:16 AM

In thinking about this tractor and GTTALK, If enough are interested, when I get time, we could scan the parts-operator manual and it could be posted here for others to review. Yesterday after brunch we got out old pictures...found pic when we sold these as well as a picture of me and A.J.Foyt taken at the early days of EXPO when Bolen had him as a spokesman. It is signed!!
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 05:43 AM

That's cool. I saw a few of those when I lived near there in Newton, Ks. Hesston was big then. Lots of folks worked at the plant.

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 12:45 AM

I picked up a Hesston 180 Front Runner a couple of months ago.A friend called and was going to load it in a big dumpster so i grabbed it for $100 . Use it every day. If anyone can inform me how to upload pictures i will send them and a manual too. thanks, Mike

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 01:30 AM

I picked up a Hesston 180 Front Runner a couple of months ago.A friend called and was going to load it in a big dumpster so i grabbed it for $100 . Use it every day. If anyone can inform me how to upload pictures i will send them and a manual too. thanks, Mike

Try this:
http://gardentractor...file-uploading/

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 04:18 PM

Attached File  3311-3531 HESTON.pdf   12.09MB   817 downloadsAttached File  3311-3531 HESTON.pdf   12.09MB   817 downloads
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:57 PM

My father in law worked for Hesston for 30 years and my wife came from that town. Any idea where I could buy a Hesston articulated Frontrunner?

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Posted September 11, 2012 - 01:53 AM

hello i am a new member of gttalk, scanned the ads and found some very usefull information but was excited to see your pics and artical on the hesston tractor, i bought one recently and am looking for any info i can find to restore mine. no one up here in canada has seen one of these and there is no info at all i cant even find model numbers, it has a 23 hp kohler all hydro, for a 70's machine it was way ahead of its time. mine has a 60 inch mower deck and a vac-sweeper. i have no mounting hardware for the vac ,just 1/2 the pto sticking out, if you happen to have a few minutes and a pic of the mounting hardward could you please send it to me, any other info would be great as i want to get this baby back as close to original, any leads on attachments would be great especially a snowblower my email is mtaylor at 295.ca thank you for your time

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Posted September 11, 2012 - 02:09 AM

Mikey I took the liberty to upload your manual for you. It is located under other equipment as we do not have a Hesston section.
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Posted September 11, 2012 - 05:20 AM

farmer john,
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Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:40 AM

What became of the Hesston company?

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Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:45 AM

What became of the Hesston company?


Hesston (owned by MF now) concentrates on hay and forage equipment.
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