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When Does A Tractor Become An Antique?


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Poll: When Does A Tractor Become An Antique? (33 member(s) have cast votes)

When does a tractor become an antique?

  1. 25 years old (1987) (3 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  2. 30 years old (1982) (7 votes [21.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.21%

  3. Voted 40 years old (1972) (15 votes [45.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

  4. 50 years old (1962) (7 votes [21.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.21%

  5. 60 years old (1952) (1 votes [3.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.03%

  6. 75 years old (1937) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#31 Amigatec OFFLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 12:59 PM

As far as I know the earliest were made in the 1930's or before. Kinkade and Gravely were both made in the 30's. Also with GT's how many wheels do you need, some had just 1, many had 2, some had 3, and most have 4.

But al of these do 1 thing common, 1 cyl air cooled motors.
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Posted August 02, 2012 - 02:06 PM

I would agree that the cut off for an antique should be by year and not are. The 1959 and earlier number sounds about right to me and then through 1979 for classics.

Since there are no established guidelines concerning what constitutes an antique, classic or modern garden tractor it is up to each person to call it as they see it. Same for the condition of the GT. The old "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." axiom kicks in.

Many early GT manufactures were like many early snowmobile manufactures in that at one time there were over 100 brands of snowmobiles but many of them simply bought parts from parts suppliers, built a snowmobile or tractor and put their own name on them.

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 02:08 PM

...Many early GT manufactures were like many early snowmobile manufactures in that at one time there were over 100 brands of snowmobiles but many of them simply bought parts from parts suppliers, built a snowmobile or tractor and put their own name on them.


I think the MTD 990 is a great example of that.

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 02:17 PM

Not sure myself of what the age limits should be but there were several riding GT manufactures in the 50s and many of them were instrumental in the design of tractors made from 1960 to today. I went to Tractordata.com and found only three manufactures listed that built riders in the 50s. They were Mayrath, Panzer, and Simplicity but I do believe there were more.

Perhaps a poll is in order and since this is the worldwide premier GT site maybe this group should be the ones to make the designation of what the cutoff should be for the antique, classic and modern classes. Someone has to do so why not us.

Then there would also need to be a standard definition of what a GT is, what a LT is and what a "farm" tractor is. Some John Deere folks I know call the JD L the first garden tractor since production started in 1937.


Dont forget Bolens :D
They came out with one of the first 4 wheel tractors (Ridemaster) in the 40's
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Posted August 02, 2012 - 02:35 PM

Cars are at 25 year's so I consider anything 25+ an "antique"
I always tell my wife, she's lucky I like older woman :rofl2: :love:

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 04:00 PM

Fawn Grove tractor pullers consider anything 75 & older as an antique garden tractor.
http://fawngroveotd.com/?page_id=26


Well then, all of my tractors are antique, as the 2 newest ones are 1975's!
Wait, you do mean 1975 and not 75 years old, correct?

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 04:00 PM

Many early GT manufactures were like many early snowmobile manufactures in that at one time there were over 100 brands of snowmobiles but many of them simply bought parts from parts suppliers, built a snowmobile or tractor and put their own name on them.


My RotoHoe tiller is like, mostly over the counter parts.

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 04:09 PM

Well then, all of my tractors are antique, as the 2 newest ones are 1975's!
Wait, you do mean 1975 and not 75 years old, correct?


Yes, we mean the year 1975.

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 05:05 PM

Dont forget Bolens :D
They came out with one of the first 4 wheel tractors (Ridemaster) in the 40's


Bolens was makeing GT's before most GT makers were even around.
Bolens out dates most..... 191*-1987
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Posted August 02, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Bolens was makeing GT's before most GT makers were even around.
Bolens out dates most..... 191*-1987


And another thing that made them unique was they machined many of their own parts including their own transmissions. :thumbs: :D

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 09:14 PM

The state of PA defines a classic as 15 years up to 24 years. They define antique as 25 years or older. They do stipulate that to have classic or antique plates, the vehicle must have been either maintained or restored to a reasonable semblance of the manufacturers specifications. Seems a little young to me considering I'm older than adding a classic and an antique together
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Posted August 02, 2012 - 09:18 PM

The state of PA defines a classic as 15 years up to 24 years. They define antique as 25 years or older. They do stipulate that to have classic or antique plates, the vehicle must have been either maintained or restored to a reasonable semblance of the manufacturers specifications. Seems a little young to me considering I'm older than adding a classic and an antique together


I agree! That does seem a little young for a classic. With that logic, anything from 1983-1997 is a classic. In the tractor world that is getting into the MTD takeover territory! LOL!

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Posted August 02, 2012 - 10:36 PM

I agree! That does seem a little young for a classic. With that logic, anything from 1983-1997 is a classic. In the tractor world that is getting into the MTD takeover territory! LOL!


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Posted August 03, 2012 - 12:09 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antique
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Posted August 03, 2012 - 04:14 AM

Not too sure even the best of GT's will be around when they are 100 years old!
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