This just followed me home, and I'm pretty happy about it. It's a Gard'n Mast'r JR tractor with the original sickle mower. I got it for a good price, so it just had to come home with me. The engine serial number says it's a Nov. 1953. Needs all new tires (current rubber just isn't doing it for me) and paint (part of it was painted at some point and is now peeling), and a few other odds and ends, but all in all it isn't hacked up or modified (nothing that can't be just unbolted). Seems like it's in overall decent condition. It was running a few years ago when parked. Dodge transmission and rear end, and a Briggs model 23 crank start motor. Motor seems to have sufficient compression. Brakes work well. Something tells me I'm going to be a big, big fan of Gard'n Mast'r tractors....
All of the other attachments were thrown into the deal too. The front mount rotary mower with the Tec engine (originally it had a Clinton motor on it, but he replaced it) on it is interesting. While it was used on this tractor, I don't think it's Gard'n Mast'r, but I could be wrong. Any ideas what it came off of? Second, the front blade worked well he said, but I'm pretty sure it was from something else, modified to fit this tractor. The plow and the cultivator are from some sort of walk behinds. Mostly, I just want to know if anyone recognizes any of these other attachments and can tell me what they're off of.
This brings me to my next point: if anyone comes across a Gard'n Mast'r and doesn't want it themselves, please let me know. I don't mean to be greedy, but I'd love to have another one, particularly an SR! I could work out a trade or cash offer.
Lastly, does anyone know where I can download a manual for this machine and also where I might be able to get decals for it?
Thanks, thanks and thanks!
Edited by jtrojek, March 15, 2013 - 04:33 PM.