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#16 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted February 09, 2013 - 09:18 PM

Here are some in your price range in your general area:

Bolens G10 with attachments, manual lift:  http://columbus.crai...3579359444.html

 

Wheel Horse B80:  http://columbus.crai...3474573512.html

manual lift

Wheel Horse C81: http://columbus.crai...3519871506.html

 

Bolens 1050:          http://columbus.crai...3510984444.html

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And the best so far I can find is this Kubota G4200.  2 cylinder diesel with true 3 point hitch.  Just a little over your budget at $1200, but not bad at all really:      http://columbus.crai...3501579487.html

 

And the one oldbuzzard posted is a good candidate as well.


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Posted February 09, 2013 - 09:21 PM

this looks promising. im gonna do some reading on these as im not familar with them and how they work. thanks for the suggestion. I see your a bolen fan.


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Posted February 09, 2013 - 09:26 PM

this looks promising. im gonna do some reading on these as im not familar with them and how they work. thanks for the suggestion. I see your a bolen fan.

 

I'm not into Bolens at all really, but that's all in your price range on Craigslist in your area.  I own a Kubota G4200 though and I absolutely love it.

Runs on way less fuel than a gasoline engine of the same HP and has way more torque also.  


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 01:38 AM

I would have to say that everyone so far has given you great info. There are so many good GT's you can still find parts for. I wouldn't be afraid of any of these brands, each have there good and bad points. If you are a decent mechanic, I wouldn't be afraid of any of them. Several of these brands offered Diesel models also.

A/C- Simplicity

Bolens

Case/Ingersol

Cub Cadet

John Deere

Kubota

Power King/Economy

Sears/Craftsman

Wheel Horse

 

Any of these can be picked up with attachments for less than 1,200.00

 

This is just my opinion and I wish you the best of lick finding something to fit your needs.


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Posted February 10, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Thanks, im looking and reading up on the pro's and cons of these, thanks all for the guidance

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:41 AM

What can you guys tell me about the bolens G14 and the bolens G10?

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 10:41 AM

What can you guys tell me about the bolens G14 and the bolens G10?

 

Wait for one of the Bolens pro's....they'll be along shortly.



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Posted February 11, 2013 - 01:00 PM

I would have to say that everyone so far has given you great info. There are so many good GT's you can still find parts for. I wouldn't be afraid of any of these brands, each have there good and bad points. If you are a decent mechanic, I wouldn't be afraid of any of them. Several of these brands offered Diesel models also.

A/C- Simplicity

Bolens

Case/Ingersol

Cub Cadet

John Deere

Kubota

Power King/Economy

Sears/Craftsman

Wheel Horse

 

Any of these can be picked up with attachments for less than 1,200.00

 

This is just my opinion and I wish you the best of lick finding something to fit your needs.

 

Texas hit the nail pretty well. I am personally a Sears fan, but I also have a MF 1855 I have yet to even drive. I got a killer deal on it, so I thought, after I got home, starter came lose which requires motor to be removed upon I discover carrier bearing on driveshaft and ujoint locked up....i.e. custom driveshaft...i.e. mucho $$$$$ I bought it in July, still have yet to get it back together.

I have 3 sears, I work the dog poop outta my 1977 16/6 single. I custom made from winch and snow blade and dump bucket, but I have 3 point with disc, plow and will may rear grader blade. It does everything I ask. I can run a 3 point tiller with a separate motor also if I wanted, but I have a troybilt so no need at this time. I do like the Masey though, the hydro foot control is great over shifting. I'm not a JD fan, but the 318 seems to be about the best well rounded tractor, has hyrdualic controls and ports to add equipiment, but IMO, they are overpriced, at least for my budget.

The best advice is tough, search CL, if ya see something that might fit the bill, ask and reearch that model. There are enough experts that can give you sound advice. You too will have to remember, your price range puts you into an older used tractor, repairs are expected.

The sears 18 in the for sale section is a decent tractor. Not sure how easy to find 3 point lift for rear, but it's a good starter.

 

Here is my sears working. ( we all like tractor porn no matter make/model :rocker2:  )

 

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 01:26 PM

What can you guys tell me about the bolens G14 and the bolens G10?

 

Given the choice, I'd take the G14 over the G10.

 

The G14 has a couple of things that the G10 lacks.  It has a hi/lo range in the transmission with a lever to change from one to the other.  The G10 uses a belt that you have to manually move to change from hi to lo.

 

The G14 has a clutch while the G10 just uses an idler pulley to put tension on the belt to transmit power to the rear end.

 

And most importantly, I think, the G14 has the controlled rear differential and the G10 doesn't. Being able to lock the rear end in low traction situations is a huge plus on any tractor.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 03:12 PM

I see. So the only negative on the G14 is the valve being on the top? Is it manual lift? And all bolens implements will work for it? All tube style implements work right?

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 03:31 PM

Thanks tahoe. Cool rig you got there

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Posted February 11, 2013 - 03:54 PM

I'll put in word for Wheelhorse in the Automatic or 8spd versions. Later models like 520, 414 and 3** series are newer and not real expensive. Tons of attachments around, and lots of interchange over years for parts. Good support on-line and thru Toro now.

Also like the Sears heavier models and they are strong for less money. Prefer the twins over the older Tecumsehs, which can have ignition problems and parts harder to get. For new and not too expensive, the Cub Cadet 2000 series seem to be good buys at Farmstores around me anyway. Watch for sales. Buy biggest you can afford.


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Posted February 11, 2013 - 04:31 PM

I see. So the only negative on the G14 is the valve being on the top? Is it manual lift? And all bolens implements will work for it? All tube style implements work right?

 

I don't know if OHV is a negative.  It is manual lift, but there is an add-on hysro lift available for the gear driven tube frames.  The hydrostatic tube frames have hydro lift as standard.

 

For the most part, all tube frame attachments will work with all tube frame tractors.  There are some that won't but that's mostly because of horsepower requirements.


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Posted February 12, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Ok, gonna look at a 1978 G14 over the weekend. Also found a simplicity broadmoor but cant seem to get additional info on it. And a 1966 massy MF10. Any favorites listed here?

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Posted February 12, 2013 - 09:30 PM

If you decide to get the G14, this might be worth getting as well:

http://www.ebay.com/...=item337fe078fa

Recently, these attachment have been selling in the $200.00-250.00 on eBay.

 

Your arms will thank you if/when you use attachments like the snowcaster, tiller, etc.






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