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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2013 - 09:03 PM

Might be looking to buy a Simplicity SunStar 20 , engine has a bad oil leak but supposed to run & drive , p/s , 2 speed rear w/dif lock , no deck or rear hitch . Does anyone know of  issues with this model tractor ? Thanks,Al



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Posted January 03, 2013 - 09:13 PM

Al, I like that model.  I haven't heard bad things about the Sunstar.  The power steering is supposed to be a big plus on them.  I looked at one, but got my 318 instead.

 

I hope you make out well if you get it.


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Posted January 03, 2013 - 09:24 PM

Basically the same hydro/diff as the JD318, so heavy duty drivetrain for sure, and frame is plenty strong.  I know of no issues.


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Posted January 04, 2013 - 01:55 AM

Al, They are a very well built GT, just not the following that JD has.



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 06:39 AM

Glad to he you guys thinks it might be a good model , now comes the hard part of checking it out before buying , I'm too trusting at times, didn't check out what I was buying the way I should have and after buying thought to myself " why did I buy the piece of sh** " lol , Al ,
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Posted January 04, 2013 - 09:10 PM

Went to look at the tractor this afternoon , right off the bat it didn't have a differential lock that he said it was supposed to have but I looked it over because this was the first one I looked really close . Not a bad model but this one had a lot of play in the steering besides the engine dripping oil. I'm glad I did  look at it because  I'll know some of the things to look for on the next one , Al



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 09:44 PM

I thought all Sunstar 20's had diff lock!  Mine does.



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Posted January 04, 2013 - 09:54 PM

This one didn't ,and there was another one I called today at a dealer that didn't have one either .  From the little surfing I did on these the some used some type of posi traction rear . Hope someone would explain how they lock up the spinning wheel and how well they work , Al


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Posted January 04, 2013 - 11:00 PM

Just for your information the Allis Chalmers Ultima is the same tractor. These were made in 16, 18, AND 20 horse power. The 20 HP. models in both makes should have the diff. lock and power steering. The 18 HP. models came with and without depending on how they were ordered. It is good to check the bushings in the front end, and power steering parts are expensive. If you feel a high speed vibration there is a good chance the rear universal joint is in need of attention. This can lead to damage to the front hydro shaft. This is located under the tunnel cover and gets neglected. Don't let me scare you off as these are good machines. Good luck in your search.


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Posted January 05, 2013 - 07:30 AM

Chris I was surprised to see so much play in the steering linkage on that tractor I looked at yesterday , the hour meter was under 800 hours  but who knows if it was working or not .  Thanks for the other items to check . Here's the one I looked at and the one I called a dealer on .Al

http://cnj.craigslis...3467576794.html

http://lancaster.cra...3390969451.html



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Posted January 05, 2013 - 10:04 AM

The one thing I have to keep reminding myself of when looking for a GT is not to get in a hurry. And I still get bit once in a while. :mad2:

When you find a good one you should have it for years and get a lot of use out of it. My wife's cousins own 5 of these Sunstars and love them. I had an Ultima and my Son has been using it for several years now with a loader. 


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