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#1 whyaretwo OFFLINE  

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 12:25 AM

Hello all,
I'm going to look at a Sears Super 12 in the next couple of days and I'm just wondering if there are any known problems to be aware of or components that tend to fail and are hard to find replacements for?

Also, how wide is a Super 12 with dual wheels? It will have an impact on how I transport it if I do buy it.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 05:33 AM

The only real problem is if the tecumseh engine has the solid state ignition module. They dont fail that often but they are hard to find and expensive when they do. There is an alternative, you have to build an ignition setup.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 07:08 AM

Yes, the ignition is the big soft spot on these if it has the electronic.
This post http://gardentractor...seh/#entry76536 shows an easy way to tell if it has points or electronic. If it's running, that's a good sign. They usually fail all at once, can be intermittent, but not the norm.

A couple other things. Check the steering. The slop is a sign of wear that is overcomable, but will require some bushing work. Same with front axel slop.

A lot of grills were broken or cracked at the base, just in front of the engine. Also, If the removable grill piece is missing, they can be a challenge to find a replacement for.

One last thing, while these trannies are nearly bullet proof, both my SS12 and SS10 had loose mount bolts. One of the bolts had broken and another had worn the case hole.

Good luck, and we need pics :)
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Posted May 23, 2012 - 09:28 AM

They aren't terribly big, but if you want pictures, you got 'em.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 11:00 AM

They aren't terribly big, but if you want pictures, you got 'em.

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I like that it is just like the one I bought new in 1970.I now have a GT18 of that same series.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 11:31 AM

Nice looking rig. Deck, Blade, Duals. Great condition too.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 11:44 AM

I think so too. If it is as good in real life as it looks in the pics it will definitely be coming home with me.

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 06:12 PM

There's also a common problem that no one has hit on yet.

Once you get one, you will want more. :laughingteeth:

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Posted May 23, 2012 - 08:21 PM

If that's true then considering my personality the lack of storage space may be the only thing that saves me.

I own 27 film cameras, 8 bicycles, 2 motorcycles and a slew of antique tools. I hope I can stop at 1 tractor. Accessories and implements might be another story though. :D

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Posted May 27, 2012 - 09:29 AM

Well it did seem to be worth buying. The ignition had already been converted too. As soon as my buddy with the trailer drops it off I'll have much bigger pictures.




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