It seems there are less and less new garden tractors being sold these days but plenty of old ones out there. Are the Deere models form the 80's and 90's a living up to their expectation or are new garden tractors just too much money? If you do buy new is it worth trading the old one in or keeping it?
What do y'all think?
Hi There MuttonPower. You may have seen the thread that I started about building me a tractor from scratch and if you have, you might be interested to know that you might have changed my mind.
I just saw the ad you have attached to this post and was wondering where you live at. For what you are asking for some of the ones you have listed, all I could get around here would pretty much be junk. I forget now even what make it was but the last one that you listed says it has a six speed gear transmission. Does it have a transmission and a separate read end or is it actually a transaxle?
I am wondering how well it would fare if I removed the mower deck and then swapped the drive pulleys so that it would be geared about half of what it is now and put larger tractor lugged tires on it. I mean as far as the transmission and rear end holding up to the stress.
By gearing it different, I mean let's just say it now has a 4" drive pulley on the engine that drives a 8" pulley. I would go with something more like a 3" drive pulley and a 12" driven pulley. That would in effect change the ratio to the wheels exactly 2:1, but then the larger tires would take some of that back away from it, which would leave it with about a 1.5:1 ratio, which in essence would allow the 15 H. P. machine to do the work of a 22.5 H. P. machine, albeit at about 2/3 the speed.
I have no idea if you are following me here because I don't think I even understand what the hell I just said myself.
What it boils down to is that I want a small tractor that will last and that is why I wanted to build one with an automobile rear end and transmission to start with, but you have me wondering now.
Does the rear end in this machine have a top or front pinion gear, or shaft, or whatever the case may be?
Thanks for the time.