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#1 mattsse OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2013 - 08:14 PM

Hello all, I'm new to the forum and wanted to say hello!  I have a question for the forum and I appreciate any help you can offer.


I have a 5 acre hobby farm and I do a lot of mowing, I presently have:


- JD RX75

- JD 111

- Kubota B6100D with a 48" PTO driven finishing mower


I use the kub quite a lot but I use the two JD's often too.  I like tinkering with mechanical things and I was wanting to pick up a new garden tractor.  This is what I have in mind:


-  Something older that's built tough

-  Something reasonably affordable because it was very common

-  Something I can still find parts for


I'm sure you all know more about these things then I do.  Could you suggest a make and model?  I like the JD's but I would look at anything.  Diesel would be even nicer but I do know it's a bit pricier.  I really like the old 60's tractors but I don't think they really fit my requirements.


Thanks again and I look forward to hearing your opinion!




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Posted July 13, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Welcome to the forum, Matt!  We're glad to have you!



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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:13 PM

:welcometogttalk: Welcome Matt! 

So many colors and models to choose from. :D  It depends alot on what all you want to do with it, just to mow or do you want more options to add to it. Parts availability in your area can be a big factor to.



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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:14 PM

I would say the 70's Sears, but the parts for the Teccy Engines are getting a little harder to find, and as with any 40-50 yr old attachment, the decks have enough years on them that most are showing their age too.

The JD and WH tractors with the Kohler engines are still pretty plentiful and the attachments cross decades in compatibility.

Honestly, I wouldn't be afraid of any of the major brands especially if you are accepting of the challenges of finding older parts.

And if you find just what you want with a blown engine, a diesel conversion is always a possibility.


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Posted July 13, 2013 - 09:50 PM

:welcometogttalk: :wewantpics:

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Posted July 13, 2013 - 10:44 PM

Hello and welcome!

#7 mattsse OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 06:44 AM

Thank you all for the welcome!


I really would prefer to avoid a conversion at this time and I would like the parts to be plentiful.  In Canada here there seems to be less selection then in the States and the prices tend to be high, so if something is really common it'll be much easier for me.  For now I want to mow grass and tow small wagons but I would love to add a loader some day.


Thanks again,