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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 02:40 AM

I took advantage of the warm weather today and put some new front tires on my Bolens HDT1000.

Since It was warm, and I haven't had a change to 'play' with it since I bought it close to a month ago, I decided to take it for a spin.

In the Bolens Large Frame Service manual they give the 'top speed' of the 1886 and HT series tractors. One thing that I noticed is that the HDT1000 is listed as being a lot faster than all of the others.

I live on a nice, quiet, little used stretch of street, and the College has big parking lot just across from my house, so I decided to "see what she will do".

Made sure that the trans was in high range, firewalled the Mitsu 3-cyl, and awwwwaaaaaayyyy we went. :D :D:D:D

I gotta say I was impressed, and I believe the 'posted' number of 13.8 MPH/22 km/h number. It's a lot (almost 4 MPH) faster than the HT23 that it's based off of, and I'm thinking that may be because it was meant to be sold in Europe where they tend to drive their GTs on the street a lot.

Anyway what are the STOCK top speeds of some of the other tractors?

Here's a pic of the specs for the HDT1000 with the speed highlighted.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 02:59 AM

Sounds like you had some fun! imagesCAGKO7PC.jpg

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 05:24 AM

I can't remember for sure,but I think my old Massey 1655 would go 15 MPH in high range.Must be close to 20 years ago since I checked it.I have not checked my current 1655 ,to see what it will do.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 06:41 AM

I used to have an old Case 224 with the big rear wheels that would pop wheelies if you didn't feather the tranny control lever. My wife jumped on it one day to mow the lawn and she decided not to after pulling a huge wheelie in the yard! The look on her face was priceless!!

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 10:08 AM

well the yard machine is faster in the 7 reverse than in any of the 7 forward gears. the cub 126 has been modified by the po to be used as a pulling tractor all i know is its quick even with the snow plow(if i dump the clutch itll pull the front end off the ground)

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 11:09 AM

speed listed for the Wheel Horse D250 is 10.7mph/17 km/h but sure feel faster when going down the road

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 11:16 AM

13.8 mph that's moving! That's the same as the rated speed on my JD2320 in high range which feels pretty fast. It makes high range too tall for most work though.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 11:55 AM

When I was a kid and my dad had a Sears SS16 for his garden, we'd haul it to his garden spot in a small trailer. One time, when we were getting gasoline at a station, a teenage kid asked my dad how fast the SS16 would go. He replied, "55 MPH..... backwards!" The kid went away looking pretty impressed.

(Obviously, he was joking about it riding in the trailer....!) That's what came to mind when I read this post. Good memories!!

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Not sure what my MF14 does but I know it's faster than the 1650 or at least it feels like it's going Good Morning Judge fast.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 01:00 PM

My Homelite T15 (Simplicity 3415 & AC 415 clone) goes about 6 mph. Not sure if that is what it is supposed to go, but that's what it does.

The Bolens G152 does 8.

The Jacobsen T422D does 8.5. And it can mow at that speed. And yes, it does have a seat belt.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 01:16 PM

Here are the specs for the power kings.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 01:36 PM

panzer i believe is around 6-7mph. my friends bolens tractor that has a modified pulley setup does 12mph

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 02:14 PM

The Caterpillar sporting it's 26x10.5-12 rear tires is about 3 mph faster than stock in the highest gear. Craftsman gt18

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 02:44 PM

The old Jacobsen's and Fords have a wopping top speed of 6.32 mph in 4th gear. The Hydro units are 6.8 mph.

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Posted December 04, 2012 - 03:14 PM

On the other end of the scale, The craftsman II hydros have probably the slowest top end I have ever seen on a garden tractor




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