I've had this tractor for a couple years now. It is a 46" cut, manual transmission tractor with Briggs power. In my research, I've found out it was made by Murray. The date under the seat puts it as a 2003 model tractor, sold new from Wal-Mart for $1748. Two Wal-Mart price stickers are still intact under the seat as well as what I'm assuming is the original Ever-Start brand battery. It basically came with our house. The fellow we bought it from was moving to an apartment and wanted rid of it. I gave him $300 for it and a small plastic dump cart.
The old tractor runs very good and mows good enough. It is also unique in being the only piece of equipment that we refer to as a male. Everything else is female.
I'm not very familiar with this stuff, but I know it is not meant to be a working tractor. It was designed as a lawn and garden tractor, with emphasis on the lawn part. It does have 12" wheels, but they are on the slip-fit spindles and not bolt on hubs. We use it to pull some trailers around the yard. One is the small garden style dump trailer and the other is our 5x10 utility trailer.
I've notices that the transmission appears to be "slipping", for lack of a better word. You can let out on the clutch and it is as if it takes a second or two to take up the slack in the transaxle before it begins to move. I'm curious about this mainly because I want to try to find or build a sleeve hitch for it and get a terracing blade for it. We live on the lower side of our road and all the rain water goes into our yard. I need to be able to scrape up the gravel and dirt that washes down our drive way and builds up in front of our property and causes water issues with the house. Nothing really strenuous, literally just scratching the surface.
Did Murray make a sleeve hitch for these tractors? If so, how hard would it be to find one?
I will try to get some pictures of it up tomorrow. I just decided tonight to write this out tonight.