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#1 Eric79 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 12, 2014 - 04:27 PM

I'm new here and only using the forum to get info regarding my fathers older tractor. I know it was last used 30+ years ago and I just drug it out either to sale or restore it.
I know nothing about it.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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Posted February 12, 2014 - 11:40 PM

:welcome: to GTTalk,
You have an early 60's 725. Manufactured by David Bradley for Sears and Roebuck, they were based on the mechanics of the popular Walk Behind tractors.

Attachments were connected to the tractor with a proprietary 3 point hitch. You have a nice family piece there, if it were me I would try to get it running and see if it grows on you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the capabilities.

Operating Manual: http://gardentractor...-725-op-manual/

Thread on one of mine: http://gardentractor...283#entry163283
Video on one using a sickle bar.


The DB gurus will have better / more complete information than I do. I think you have a keeper there.
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Posted February 13, 2014 - 12:26 AM

:welcometogttalk: Good looking machine. If it was mine, I would try and restore. Nice peice of family history.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 01:08 AM

Hello there and welcome :wave:



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Posted February 13, 2014 - 07:10 AM

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Posted February 13, 2014 - 08:24 AM

Welcome to GT Talk, glad you joined,

Lauber1 is the going expert with Suburbans, he should be around this evening.

I am still a little iffy on the DB riding tractors, know more about the walk behinds.

If i was you, i would keep it, fix it, paint it, run it and preserve it.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 08:48 AM

Welcome to the forum. 

 

That tractor looks complete (although Jeff Lauber would be the best judge of that) and it was owned by your father.  I know from personal experience that tracking down a family machine is hard to do later on.  The quality of that tractor once you get it going will outdo anything else you can buy.  Those two thoughts combine in my crazy head to say don't sell, restore and let your kids ride what your Dad bought.

 

Just my half penny.

 

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Posted February 13, 2014 - 09:24 AM

Hope you restore or at least refurb it.  I had a 59 model & regret trading it off over 25 years ago.  Had mine been Dad's, it for sure never would have left my hands.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 09:58 AM

I sure hope you decide to restore, looks to be very complete.

 

I can't tell from pics, it's either a '63 or '64 model and I'm still learning the subtle differences between the two.

I think round front axle= '63, Square axle= '64

 

Jeff would be able to give an exact year.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 07:45 PM

it looks to be a 64 model.  also its listed on ebay right now.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 07:54 PM

it looks to be a 64 model.  also its listed on ebay right now.

I guess he made up his mind as to what to do with it.     



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Posted February 13, 2014 - 07:59 PM

I guess he made up his mind as to what to do with it.     

 

Such a shame not to restore a family heirloom.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 08:10 PM

I'm new here and only using the forum to get info regarding my father's older tractor.

 

I just drug it out either to sell or restore it.
 

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item233612fe8d

 

IMO, the tractor would be worth going over and checking the mechanical condition. With the help of the members here, you could turn that into a family keepsake. With your initial bid price set where it is, there is a good chance you can rethink your options six days from now.


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Posted February 13, 2014 - 08:50 PM

ya I agree its a waste to sell it for $200, as it looks to be savable, going by the one and only picture. Sure the fan shroud is missing, but there easy to come by, and the rest is mostly just clean it up and go. Even if the coil has gone bad , its still not the end , as there are other ways to make it spark. In all fairness is might just be to much project for the owner, not everyone here has a full blown shop to over haul the world with.  I'd take it for that price, but not interested in going to the coast after one when there's dozens of that model sitting out here in the Midwest.






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