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#1 wilberj ONLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 11:10 PM

Name the 5 main brands of GTs that were made and sold no order just the main ones...

 

 

My thinking

 

Bolens

John deere

Wheel horse

Cub

 

I have yet to pick number 5 maybe there were just 4?

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 11:33 PM

Simplicity, Sears,Allis Chalmers, Bolens, John Green (Deere)


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Simplicity
John Deere
Sears
Cub Cadet
MTD
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Posted September 20, 2013 - 01:32 AM

asolutely MTD, known all around (the world?) - but well known



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Posted September 20, 2013 - 01:50 AM

Don't forget about Jacobsen and all the companies they built for.
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Posted September 20, 2013 - 06:30 AM

Name the 5 main brands of GTs that were made and sold no order just the main ones...

 

 

My thinking

 

Bolens

John deere

Wheel horse

Cub

 

I have yet to pick number 5 maybe there were just 4?

I believe you should give a time frame because many of these brands have changed over time.


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 06:45 AM

I'm thinking MF should be on the list. Around here there are more older MF number series showing up for sale than Cubs. In that initial list I think JD is the only one who is still making GT's. Nobody has mentioned Case/Ingersoll. Simplicity is the other long term maker that comes to mind but I don't think they were ever sold in this area. 


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 06:50 AM

Region makes a lot of difference too...

 

Around here:

Cub

JD

Sears/craftsman

WH

Cub again because there more of them around as there of all the others combined.


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:17 AM

All the above listed add Montgomery Ward in my area.
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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:54 AM

My list for manufacturers of GTs: Bolens, Cub, John Deere, Simpilcity, and Wheelhorse. Many brands didn't make their own and MTD made lots of LTs but I've only seen  few of their GTs. Its an interesting topic. Maybe a few statistics like: heaviest, most powerful, most attachments, and longest(or most) made. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 09:14 AM

AMF/Dynamark would have to be one of the big ones, since they made the MF and many of the Wards machines(and any Chain that would buy a big lot to label as their own). Since they were in Des Moines, back in the day there were a lot more of Dynamark,& Wards than the MF in this area.


Edited by JD DANNELS, September 20, 2013 - 09:19 AM.


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 10:20 AM

How about the ones that got in early and bought out by big business.

Quick Manufacturing Inc. (Springfield) - sued by Simplicity (who will be cut from my list lol) - bought out by Toro (who later bought Wheel Horse).
David Bradley - who was extinguished into Sears (built by Roper) - later became Craftsman (built by AYP).
Cub Cadet and John Deere are grouped together because both gave up and subsidized their riding tractors to MTD.
Case / Ingersoll - haven't changed their product lineup in almost 50 years.

That is my list, good luck with the rest of yours.

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 10:23 AM

How about the ones that got in early and bought out by big business.
Quick Manufacturing Inc. (Springfield) - sued by Simplicity (who will be cut from my list lol) - bought out by Toro (who later bought Wheel Horse).
David Bradley - who was extinguished into Sears (built by Roper) - later became Craftsman (built by AYP).
Cub Cadet and John Deere are grouped together because both gave up and subsidized their riding tractors to MTD.
Case / Ingersoll - haven't changed their product lineup in almost 50 years.
That is my list, good luck with the rest of yours.


So if you wish, my list is up to date with the companies worth their salt mostly.

Toro
AYP
MTD
Ingersoll (the true survivor of a time gone by)

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 02:56 PM

My list for manufacturers of GTs: Bolens, Cub, John Deere, Simpilcity, and Wheelhorse. Many brands didn't make their own and MTD made lots of LTs but I've only seen  few of their GTs.

 

I agree!

Cub Cadet and John Deere are grouped together because both gave up and subsidized their riding tractors to MTD.
 

John Deere is made by MTD? Really???.....        Really??!!  

 

Well, that explains a lot!


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 03:22 PM

I'd say Bolens, Cub Cadet, Wheel Horse, and john Deere for the top four.

 

Number five would be one of the manufacturers like AMF, MTD, Jacobsen, Roper, and others that made a lot of tractors that were marketed under names like Massey Ferguson, Sears, Oliver, Farm King, etc.






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