I picked up what I thought was a deal and could use some guidance from guys who have spent some time with the 448 and 446.
I was able to pick up a 448 ('84) and 446 ('86) with two mowing decks, a snow thrower and a pto on the rear of the 446 all for $1500. The 448 was originally set up for competition pulling (which isn't what I plan to use it for) and the Onan on the 446 is apart (but I was told it ran). I've since picked up a front plow for $100 on craigslist. I'm using the 448 around my house to mow, remove snow and haul stuff around. It's a great machine and does everything I need it to. I've had to have some work done to it like replacing a hose that blew and currently the PTO clutch isn't engaging the belts so it's at the shop getting fixed.
Here's my questions:
1. I did my HW before purchasing them and am pretty sure I did OK. Did I make a deal?
2. I can't seem to locate the pin that the plow blade arm attaches to to lift and lower the blade. Is there a plate that may need to be added?
3. Is it possible and what might it take (time and materials - as someone else will have to do it) to put the PTO from the 446 onto the 448?
4. What other sort of "maintenance" things might I start to look to have to take care of (hoses, clutch and the like) on a machine that's approaching 30 years?
Thanks for your input.
Edited by Cozmic1, May 08, 2012 - 08:29 AM.