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#1 CharlieBonz OFFLINE  

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Posted August 16, 2012 - 07:07 PM

I just found this forum & thought I'd show you my 254450. I've no idea when it was made or how old it is, but it is well used. Regardless of that, the it starts right up, smokes a little, but runs like a champ. It's missing the mower deck, but came with a Sears Craftsman tiller and is complete with an electric 3pt hitch that is not quite cat 0, wheelweights, and a section of railroad rail for front ballast! In addition to the tiller it came with a homemade blade that I used to move 3 yards of gravel for my driveway. I'm planning on rebuilding/refurbishing it in the near future...

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Posted August 16, 2012 - 07:30 PM

Welcome to the forum. I like that setup. I was just eyeing one of those Craftsman tractors up earlier today. They look pretty stought. I'd prefer the tiller over a mower deck anyday. Gary
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Posted August 16, 2012 - 07:33 PM

NIce tractor. Welcome to the forum.
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Posted August 16, 2012 - 08:03 PM

Awesome front bumper, heavy and stout, never thought of it, I like it. Should protect the grill. Welcome to the forum.
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Posted August 17, 2012 - 04:45 AM

Charlie,welcome to the forum.Nice looking tractor.

Edited by mjodrey, August 17, 2012 - 04:45 AM.

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Posted August 17, 2012 - 05:13 AM

Nice tractor. I'd say it was an early 90's as the shifter is on the fender. Lots of attachments available for the Sears 3-point.
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Posted August 17, 2012 - 05:25 AM

Those Craftsman tractors are a nice machine. Have you had a chance to try the tiller? Just wondering how well those self powered tillers work.
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Posted August 17, 2012 - 06:41 AM

Welcome to GTtalk , love using a rail iron for a bumper :thumbs: I can see us all keeping an eye out for ones for our own tractors , Al
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Posted August 17, 2012 - 11:41 AM

I have a piece of railroad track somewhere in the weeds. Maybe i need to dig it out.
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Posted August 17, 2012 - 12:52 PM

Hmmm, the Railroad track is a pretty good idea. When I have my box blade on the rear it is very easy to do a wheelie so I need to put some weight up front.
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Posted August 25, 2012 - 12:29 AM

Brian, that tiller runs like a champ. I just put the tractor in low gear, throttle back to an idle, and the momentum from the tiller keeps me moving forward slowly. The tractor actually acts like a brake for the tiller.

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 12:46 AM

I just found 23x8.50-12 turf tires at Sam's Club for $51.12 each! Item # 459656 Gotta go get my baby new shoes!

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Posted August 25, 2012 - 06:52 AM

Just saw this, somehow I missed it earlier.

Great looking II, they are well built machines. As for a guess on year, I'd say late 90's Styling is very similar to my GT6000 that was built in 95, but it has a newer style tranny in it.

:thumbs: on the tiller. It's the wider one and they are workhorses. The extra engine sure beats routing a bet thru the tractor and gives the unit plenty of down pressure.

Nice rig!
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Posted September 12, 2012 - 08:54 PM

Charlie Nice Craftsman, I have the same model, posted a couple threads up. Never thought this one would support a 3pt hitch. The back plate seems kinda thin as compaired to the 917. 255919 model.

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