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#16 Lance Skene OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2013 - 01:41 AM

My manual is for MTD tractors and it says the 10hp model no is 144-860A, and the 16hp is 144-960A, I also have the manuals for the mower, tiller and snow blade, but none of them have any date or even copyright date shown. My engine is dated May 1974, so likely a 1975 tractor.

 

Ive come across a couple guys on forums with a Columbia hydro but not many gearbox ones, and all 16hp, never an 8 or 12, they seems to be pretty hard to find anywhere. I had never heard of them when I bought mine, I could see that it was heavy and a well built tractor tho, and came with five attachments all of which I use, didnt take long to make me a fan, they are a tough tractor.



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Posted December 02, 2013 - 08:13 AM

MTD model numbers use the first two digits for product line (14=garden tractor / 13=lawn tractor / 19=accessories) and the 3rd digit is the year, so '74 for yours.

That's good to know about the 860 being 10hp in '74. I noticed the 860 manuals show different HP ratings a few years and some years the 860 is missing from MTD's manuals website completely.

Edited by Canawler, December 02, 2013 - 08:14 AM.

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#18 Lance Skene OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Cool, didnt know what the model #s stood for... since my engine is May '74 I just guessed the tractor would be a '75, so I was close..lol.

 

My mower manual is 194=962A, blade manual is 195-963A, tiller manual covers 194-966A, 194-967A, 195-966A, 195-967A,

 

Cant see the road or even my driveway out the front window this am, think Lance is gonna have a snowday.

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Posted December 05, 2013 - 08:40 PM

If your engine is from May of 74', more than likely it is a 74', from all the serial numbers I've documented ,it doesn't seem to be more than about a 3 month difference from engine to tractor. There are always exceptions, but it doesn't seem that the engines sat around long before the build of the tractors.

 

Most Columbia's are found in the north, they were offered to Columbia snowmobile dealers , so they had something to sell in the summer, problem is ,where you get that much snow, there isn't a great need for a mower.

 

The 8hp ,that Dad has was bought new by my grandfather, who worked for a MTD distributor . He needed a tractor late in the year and they told him if he didn't care what name was on it he could get a blow out price , the Columbia is what they shipped



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Posted December 06, 2013 - 05:51 AM

Pretty neat deal gettin that 8hp like that, nobody could have known back then how popular they would become. You should get some pics up, I'ld like see it. 

 

Mine was snowbound in the shop after mondays storm but got it out and scraped the driveway a bit yesterday, The International loader can move alot of snow but the 960 leaves a much nicer finish to drive on.






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