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#1 A.C.T. OFFLINE  

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 12:48 AM

I ran across an article about a Richard Petty lawn mower and it made me think. What is the rarest Garden Tractor?

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 01:43 AM

I guess I never knew Petty had his name on a LT. Thanks for sharing that.

I'd say the rarest GT would be the one that you want, that you can't find, and you can't afford. An "ELF" comes to mind, but think it's personal preferance.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 03:58 AM

I started a thread bout a week or so ago titled "long live the king", it has a picture I posted of Richard Petty actually kneeling down to sign the Rugg LT that is in your picture. Someone painted their tractor to resemble his car, took it to a race track and had him sign it. Very cool. The "holy grail" would be whatever you like personally. Everyone of us has that ONE tractor we pray will be sittin in our shop/garage/barn/man cave someday........ :worship:
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:08 AM

I think every brand has their own 'Holy Grail'. Trying to get folks to pick one out of all those would be rather hard, due to personal preference. I have 2, a Sears FF or a Ford/Jacobsen 195.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:30 AM

Oh man,that is a hard question to answer,at least for me.I think there are a lot of "Holy Grail" GT's out there.Tjhere are quite a few I'd really like to have.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:14 AM

.. Someone painted their tractor to resemble his car, took it to a race track and had him sign it. ...


That tractor was marketed with that paint job. Lowes had a sponsorship deal going with Petty at the time.

As for me...I'm picking up my "Holy Grail" on Sunday...the Bolens HDT1000 :D :D :D
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:15 AM

I have a lot of tractors that I'd consider holy grail models. Up here the older JD400 GT's are very rare. I was talking to my salesman at the JD dealer and he asked me for info on loaders for a 400 because one of his clients had been given a 400. Arghhhh. I have never seen one but really would love to have one. The big MF's -1655/1855s are high on my list as well. Anything with a diesel in it etc.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:34 AM

I think the holy grail depends on the person as many others have said. There are a few that I would venture a guess are universal among most collectors. For example, a true Deere fan's holy grail might be a 318 or a round fender 110. Me? I'm into all brands but my main affection has been Economy/Power King and Wheelhorse. For me, a 1946 chain steer Economy or a tiller steer Economy would be considered a holy grail, same as a lever steer Pond but the Deere guy would have no interest in any of those. My personal holy grail I think would be shared with a majority of garden tractor collectors, no matter what brands they are into. A Shaw Du-All is on the very top of my grail list. I believe that one to be somewhat universal to all collectors. A Bantam is on my grail list. Not near as rare as the Shaw but they do tend to be unattainable due to price. The Bantam is personal for me. We had one when I was a kid and I learned to mow with it. So, I would say that the holy grail is much more a personal thing depending on the collector.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 08:11 AM

I think right now my "holy grail" wold be finding and affording an Oliver or a Minneapolis Moline.

In my area there were not many of those dealers around. Of the ones around, they didn't sell lawn and garden items.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 10:01 AM

Depending on the person really. Everyone has their own brand they like and know. Me personally is finding my fathers bush hog, that's the holy grail to me. Gaining back those memories means the world to me. The thrill of the hunt keeps me going.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 10:46 AM

The true Holy Grail of Bush Hogs may be the HW12 as I've never spoken to anyone who has EVER seen one!
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 11:25 AM

My holy Grail would be a FF20. I let one slip through my fingers a couple of years ago. Still kicking myself.
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:11 PM

As with most Wheel Horse collectors, my holy grail would be an early RJ25 or RJ35. I have seen a few of them around and may have the chance to pick one up. I just hope the funds will support the purchase :D
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:08 PM

I'd like a Crosley Just to drive around at the shows
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Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:33 PM

I'd like a Crosley Just to drive around at the shows
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Now you're talking! Oh, i thought you meant the car!
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