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#16 trowel OFFLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 07:50 AM

My father's Sears SS12, frount mount snow/dozer plow, wheel weights, rear weights, front weight, 36 inch snow blower he sold after a while and the 42 inch custom mowing deck he had a machine shop weld up replacing the original. The deck was a lot heavier due to of thicker steel.

Gave it away to someone who restored it and currently has it in his collection of Sears.

Miss that old tractor, the replacement Craftsmen only lasted 5 years.


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 08:26 AM

Mine was a 212 Deere

 

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Mine was a house-warming gift from my FIL when we bought our current home in '07.

 

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 08:38 AM

1968  J.D.  112.   Bought it at a garage sale for $125, drove it home 6 blocks away.  Rick

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 09:10 AM

Mine is a 68 Wheelhorse Raider 9. In 1980 It was $50 with a blown Lauson engine and for $15 more I got the dump cart. A new Kohler K181 and a 1" id x 1 1/8" od sleeve on the pto and I had it running. Picked up a plow for it and made an adapter to mount it. Used to plow an 1100' shared driveway with it. Rebuilt the transaxle around 1990. Picked up a Craftsman self powered tiller attachment and adapted it to the Raider 9 but it was too much of a pain. Couple of years ago picked up the correct tiller for it. Still have the Raider but need to rebuild it.


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 09:46 AM

My 1st GT was a Cub Cadet in the early 80's.

I got it from a buddy on a package deal. He had put a different engine in it and had cut some of the frame and re-did the steering.

It was cobbled up and didn't steer very well, and was hard to start. The clutch disc was also a problem. Probably was due to the engine swap....Anyway, I didn't (couldn't) put much time or $$ into it, so I sold it to a guy that collected Cub's.

Really didn't "get into GT's" until about 4-5 years ago when my wife's nephew gave me a Wheel Horse B-80. Now I have 9 WH GT's (8 run & work). Wife has no-one to blame except her nephew!


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 10:39 AM

Mine was a hand me down from my Grandfather.

I think I started driving it at around 2-3 years old :D

Been in the family since 1966 and still going strong :thumbs:

 

 

 

 

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 11:07 AM

mine was a 1973 Ford 100 lgt bought at auction mowed with it a couple of years sold it to a friend he kept it a couple of years I bought it back restored it also the first one I ever restored still have it with no plans to ever get rid of ( my wife said she would kill me) . Now own several Fords 145lgt,165lgt with three point, 145 closed side and a ford rmt 65.  


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 11:35 AM

My first tractor was a bolens 1050 with Johnson 10 loader. I bought it to do some projects around the house and couldn't justify the payments for a compact diesel.



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Sorry not a great pic but it's the only one I could find for now. The girlfriends boys were scooping compost into the wagon to haul( with wheelhorse 701) to the garden.
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Posted January 18, 2014 - 01:28 PM

My first gt was a Sears ST-10.  I found it in the bone yard at Arnold's Lawn and Garden in Kansas City, I gave $75 bucks for it.    I spent another  $75 bucks on a new carburator for it and it ran great.   That was at least 20 years ago.  I sold it 13 years ago when we moved to the house we are in now.  Thought I did not have room here for it.  Went and found a Sears Suburban 2 years later, only garden tractor I kept for another 7 years or so.  I used it to plow my garden mostly. Back then I used a walk-behind tiller.  I have owned at least 15 or so gt's since...The John Deere 140 I have now does it all. I have a tiller, sleeve hitch, plow, snowblower, snow/dozer blade, rear blade, and mower deck for it.  I miss the old Sears, but a hydro tranny with hydraulic lift are great features, and I will probably hang onto this one.


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 03:06 PM

Mine was a Massey Ferguson 7 it was well used when I got it so after a couple of years replaced the original 7 HP Tecumseh with a brand new 9 HP. Sold it in 2009 was a very reliable machine. Cheers Mike

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Posted January 19, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Mine was this 58 Deluxe Ride-a-Matic.

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My Grandparents gave it to me when I was 8 or 10. I gave it a paint job back then. My dad made a front blade for it that I used to push snow. I drove it around quite a bit, my grandfather had made a utility trailer to tow with it, so it did a bunch of yard work.

A few years ago, it came to my house, and I've used it to plow and disk my garden.
I want to do a refresh/restore on it someday, maybe this year.

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Posted January 20, 2014 - 06:54 AM

My first tractor was a CC102 that I bought for parts for a "future" project. The first running GT was a JD212, that I still own.


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Posted January 21, 2014 - 12:29 PM

My first garden tractor was a 1971 Allis-Chalmers 314 Hydrostatic that my father bought for me at an auction. Still have it.

 

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 03:38 PM

First GT I ever got to use was dad's AC HB212. I guess I was about 8 when he started let me drive it. I was a very lad, but with the hand controlled hydro, I was able to use the tractor.

It's been in barn since '90 with busted rod, I just found a possible motor for it so it maybe resurrected in the near future. Pic from this fall when she saw the light, first time in 23 yrs

 

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The first GT that was actually mine was given to me by my wife's uncle before he past, '68 sears SS12. It's in storage now, maybe one day I will restore it. He used it to plant a 1/4-1/2 acre garden every year plus cut grass, about 2-3 acres every week.

 

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 04:01 PM

No great back story, just the tractor that started my love for these things... and diesels.

 

1980 (or so) Kubota B5100... man I wish mowing season would hurry up!

 

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