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#1 VintageIronCollector ONLINE  


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 03:37 PM

I thought it would be cool to have a question like this pinned in the garden tractor forum page so everyone could answer. Along with what their first garden tractor was they could also share a story on how they got it. If something like this already exists just ignore this thread.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 04:47 PM

My first "real" garden tractor was this 1969-140 H1: 






I had a couple "lawn tractors" before, but not heavy enough for ground engaging implements!  ~~  Lowell

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 05:15 PM

It hooked me I needed , bigger, heavier, and more implements. Tom
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Posted May 12, 2014 - 06:08 PM


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 06:43 PM

Sadly I have no pics from back in the day, but my first true GT was a 1959 or 1960 David Bradley Suburban, similar to the pic below which I pulled off the net.  Mine looked identical to this one, but I added a hydraulic pump & 3 point hitch.  I cultivated 2 acres of sweet bell peppers with it.  I'm kicking my butt still for trading it off!


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Posted May 12, 2014 - 08:23 PM

mine was and I still have it a 1974 JD 110 that I got in 1985

got a JD 212 - it become mine main GT for tilling. plowing and snowblowing

that a got a front end loader and it is on the JD 110

so I wanted/needed a second GT for general work - got a JD 214


I have brought, fixed and sold several other JD's 112, 2 -  210, and 212

and a 214 that I am rebuilding now - full restore

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 08:32 PM

My first  tractor, besides the one Dad had (WH 1257) that grew up on was a JD 314 that I totally restored in 1990 and about a year later I traded it for a tired JD 318 which I later sold when I went thru a divorce.. I then years later (1999) went back to a WH and got the Auto 14 which I still own and mow with on a regular basis.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 09:07 PM

A MTD built Ranch King. This isn't the tractor, but the ones in these pictures, look a lot like the one I had.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 09:13 PM

My first GT was a sears 14 HP that I bought in 1970. We owned 4 acres and my wife sent me to Sears with a charge card to get a lawn mower as my sister was coming to visit and the grass needed to be mowed. I came home with the 14HP tractor (witch I thought was the most power full one they had) a 54" mower deck and I was ready to mow the grass.Needles to say she was unhappy , but we keep it. I later bought used plow, disc, culivater, snow plow so I used year around. we had  a nice garden ,and a long driveway. when we moved to Fla later I sold it and have regretted ever since. I now have a GT 18 built by Roper.

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Posted May 13, 2014 - 04:13 AM

Back when I was much younger I bought a 1980 sears LT10 36 from its original owner. I paid $95 for it. I was in my very early teens when I got it, a friend of mine, Bob helped me with a lot of it. He passed away going on 4yrs ago now. I still have the tractor and even his his truck.

Through out this little machines life it's been abused and loved. I've sold it several times and it keeps coming back. This tractor sat for the last 3yrs untouched after I replaced the engine. Now this year I'm getting it all tuned up and ready to go as its back to being the main mower. I had to put fixing my suburban on the back burner due to cost of repairs.

Here in the picture it was nicknamed the "Bill Dozer" I do also have the mower deck for it. That blade I made from a snow blower that was in too bad of shape to repair. I can't seem to find any pictures of it not taken apart except for this one.uploadfromtaptalk1399972308094.jpg

sent from my telecomunication device, from the seat of my imaginary tractor, working my imaginary feilds.
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Posted May 13, 2014 - 10:28 AM

1959 David Bradley Suburban and an early 1960's Speedex S-17. Gave $10 for the pair at a yard sale.

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Posted May 13, 2014 - 10:42 AM

The first rider I used as a kid was my parents 3108 Simplicity rear engine rider.  The first one I bought was a 4212 tractor with mower and snowthrower in my teens.   I have owned most major brands over the years and have gone back to Simplicity tractors.  Mike

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Posted May 13, 2014 - 11:53 AM

My 1st came from an uncle in the late '80s, back then it had a homebuilt plywood/plexiglass cab but I dont have a pic with the cab, I still use it but try not to push it too hard

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Posted May 13, 2014 - 03:15 PM

It just dawned on me that I started this topic and didn't tell you my first garden tractor. My first garden tractor was a 1972-ish Allis-Chalmers 314 Hydrostatoc that my dad purchased for me at a collector's auction because he was selling out. It is in original condition except for the rear wheels and tires but are what would have came on it originally. When I got this the rear taillight was smashed out so my dad tracked down a NOS Allis-Chalmers taillight that was still in the box. Still have it and plan to for a long time (even when I get married!)





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Posted May 13, 2014 - 04:32 PM

I had a 112 john deere not 100%sure on the year. No pics of it because a tree fell on it
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