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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 04:57 PM

What was your first gt? Do you still have it? How did you get it? Mine is a 1962 simplicity 725. Its all original. Came with a blade and tiller. Has the bigger drive pulley to slow it down for deep tilling and heavy snow blowing. Never even knew that was an option until I looked on simpletractors.com  Got it from my uncle who wanted it junked. It had a blown head gasket. His mechanic friend said it wasn't serviceable anymore (he just wanted to sell a new one). So that's how I got it. I used it for some time. I still have it. Its setting idle. Needs some motor work. Rod knocks on and off.  Hopefully gona restore it in the future.

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 06:34 PM

The first one I have ever drove was my Grandfather's 1965 Bolens 1000

Its been in the family since 66'

 

Still has its original Engine which I rebuilt about 4 to 5 years ago.

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 06:48 PM

I would love to find the first one I ever drove. A David Bradley Suburban Riding Tractor. I believe it was a 1961. I have posted the manuals on here. I have no idea where the GT went. It was owned by a neighbor and used by my family for mowing and snow plowing. My Dad did all the maintenance on it and I abused it properly as a young teenager. The first Gt I owned is my Cub Cadet 129 and I really don't see it going anywhere in my lifetime.

 

 

 

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 07:20 PM

The first one I ever drove was 40 years ago when I was 14, my Dad had a old Farmall Cub. It had a belly mower on it.  Not really a garden tractor, but not full size either.  The first garden tractor I owned was a Sears ST 10. Both are long gone.


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Posted December 15, 2013 - 08:03 PM

First garden tractor I could say I own "forever and ever" will be my Gravely 5260.  It was my grandfather's, immaculate condition.  It earns its keep now pushing snow and moving equipment as well as doing some trimming with the mower deck. 

 

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 08:42 PM

First garden tractor that I remember us having was a wheel horse was a ride-a-way jr with the kohler k90 engine right in front of the seat My dad started out with wheel horses before we switched to collecting bolens Have no idea where that tractor ended up First bolens was a 56 ride-a-matic bought in 1986.
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Posted December 15, 2013 - 08:46 PM

What was your first gt? Do you still have it? How did you get it? Mine is a 1962 simplicity 725. Its all original. Came with a blade and tiller. Has the bigger drive pulley to slow it down for deep tilling and heavy snow blowing. Never even knew that was an option until I looked on simpletractors.com  Got it from my uncle who wanted it junked. It had a blown head gasket. His mechanic friend said it wasn't serviceable anymore (he just wanted to sell a new one). So that's how I got it. I used it for some time. I still have it. Its setting idle. Needs some motor work. Rod knocks on and off.  Hopefully gona restore it in the future.

 

Very nice!  A venerable GT, and one that utilized engineering that Simplicity would keep using and revising for nearly 40 more years.

 

Mine is my Grandfather's 1968 Allis Chalmers B-110.  He bought it new near Zanesville, OH, and brought it with him to Michigan in the late '70's.  It became semi-retired during the '90's after he purchased an Ariens for their 2 acre lawn.  In 1997 he decided to strip it down, over the winter, and repaint it AC orange.  I participated, though I was more concerned with working and buying my first car at the age of 15.  My Grandfather died less than a year later, and the fresh, orange B-110 sat mostly idle, as the hydrostatic Ariens was much faster at cutting the lawn.  Occasionally, to speed things up, the B-110 would get ran, but I always refused to mess around with the 'slow tractor'.

 

Fast forward to 2007, and I was buying my first home.  My Grandmother gave me that old Allis to maintain my lawn, and I began to appreciate it.  I mowed an acre for 5 years with it, and very quickly became interested in finding a snow blade, tiller, etc, etc. 

 

I've had over 50 Simplicity built machines since, and even tracked down my Grandfather's 1968 Simplicity 2110, which he had bought shortly after the Allis, since he liked the machines so well.  It had been given to my father in 1979, and I learned to mow and push snow on it, and it stuck around until he sold it sometime in the early 2000's.  When I reclaimed it, it needed a new transmission, but has returned to mowing and snowpushing duties, and resides at my Father's house again, on loan. :thumbs:

 

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Here is dad's MM 110.  He got it brand new in the 60's.  He got a lot of implements with it that I don't find the pictures with now.  

 

He got a tiller, snow blower, cultivator and deck that I remember.  It served many many years.  It resides in retirement for now.

 

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 11:09 PM

My first tractor was an old 11hp lawchief that was given to me when my father replaced it with the JD 200 that I now own, gave it to my uncle in 2009. I moved to NY that year and my uncle died the following march at 55 and I lost track after that.
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Posted December 16, 2013 - 12:12 AM

My first tractor was a 1956 Farmall Cub. I have owned it for about 7 years now but haven't used it much in the past year due to having a bunch of gt's and it needs some minor work. I hope to have it ready to use again for next summer.

 

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 12:36 AM

My first GT is the 1964 Cub Cadet 100 I dragged out of a pasture.

Went through it every nut and bolt, took me 11 months to complete. This tractor will be with me till they chuck me in the ground. :thumbs:

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Posted December 16, 2013 - 01:11 AM

No pics of Dads tractor. It's in the garage after sitting out for 20 years.
1968 Sears Custom Six


I guess the first GT I ever owned was the 2004 GT5000 that moved down here for mowing duties.
Here is a pic with it set up for gravel and the stuff I have for her to play with.
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The first GT I intentionally wanted was my SS12. Here she is the first day we met. It was love at first site.
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Posted December 16, 2013 - 06:38 AM

My first GT is my 1968 Raider 9 Wheelhorse. I bought it for $50 in 1980 with a blown engine. It came with a mower deck and for $15 more I got the WH dump cart. I bought a new Kohler K181 and installed it. Later bought a plow and adapted a Craftsman self powered rototiller. The engine is now in need of serious work so it hasn't been used in years. Good Luck, Rick

 

My son and I plowed with a 725 Sunday afternoon.


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 10:31 AM

I had a 1964 Sear custom 7 pull start 7hp with a deck and a blade i had that lil thing for some time then gave it to a friend who had it for a few yrs then it  came back to me an i parted it out after the motor went. The first one i ever drove was either me great grandfathers Cub "O" or the Gravely L with a sulky






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