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#16 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 08:49 PM

Unless you're handy with fabricating parts, I recommend you stick with a tractor with parts readily available. Case/Ingersol & Cub Cadet are about the easiest to get parts for, and Cub Cadet the easiest. Most all parts can still be ordered or gotten on the spot at a dealer, and the Case/IH dealers are usually great to deal with.
I love my Massey's, but lots of parts are NLA, and with the Bush Hogs...totally NLA, but then I always like a challenge! LOL
I'd say it's best you go with either the Case or Cub Cadet line. Both are superb tractors.

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 08:55 PM

So it looks like tube frame is good for lighter work where the large frame is better for ground engagement. Which I guess it makes sense for heavy duty plowing ect. i guess you need a heavy duty frame and weight. Thanks for the help and info Dr. Bolens.


The tubeframes will surprise you as to how much work they can handle.

But yes if you are going to be doing heavy duty work get a Large frame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jmZR3AYxdA&feature=BF&list=ULi8EmD2ETPzw&index=2

Here's a video of a tubeframe and large frame plowing

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 09:02 PM

Man I think the tube frame in this video is doing a better job . I would love to have a gt that would do just that !!!

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 09:47 PM

The Tubeframes use a Sleeve hitch to mount the Plow, The Large frames had a 3pt Hitch.

Here's a pic of when I plowed in the Fall with the Bolens 900 (Tubeframe)

It has a non original Briggs engine (6HP) And it still got the job done no problem.

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 09:54 PM

Ah, you obviously need a John Deere 420, Josh. It's what I have so everybody else must be wrong.:flamewar::rofl2:

I really don't think it matters much. I ended up with a JD because everything else is harder to find around here. John Deere and Kubota are pretty much the choices, and when it comes to older stuff the orange paint costs even more than the green paint. There are some old Cases around, but good luck finding anything at all for them and they cost about as much as a JD.

That's how I'd pick where you are too. Look around and see what's common and what you can get things for. I'd worry more about size and horsepower than manufacturer...make sure it's big enough for what you want to do and not to big to fit where you want to do it.

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 09:54 PM

The Tubeframes use a Sleeve hitch to mount the Plow, The Large frames had a 3pt Hitch.

Here's a pic of when I plowed in the Fall with the Bolens 900 (Tubeframe)

It has a non original Briggs engine (6HP) And it still got the job done no problem.



Brian, it's that red paint that got the power to the ground! LOL

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 09:55 PM

Brian, it's that red paint that got the power to the ground! LOL


I knew I would pay for putting up those pics :wallbanging:

LMAO :D

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 10:41 PM

Well nobody has asked what are you gonna do with it?

My first GT was a Sears suburban 12, the price was right ($300), no real problems, came with attachments and 3PTH, parts and implements are available (Ebay) and I did not know that this would turn into a major hobby at the time. I used that Sears to break new ground and start a garden and then another one an expand the first. After I realized that I was addicted to GTs, cruzing Ebay and CL daily are symptoms, I upgraded to a snapper 1855 and modified it th use my Sears impliments. I cannot recommend the Sears (not craftsman) line of old GTs strongly enough as a good start into the hobby. Besides they are on of the most plentiful out there.

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 11:18 PM

Look for a tube frame bolens or cub cadet. Theyre CHEAP, abundant, simple, will pull your house

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Posted February 05, 2011 - 11:28 PM

Thanks guys I am definitely keeping my eyes open for a good deal.

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Posted February 06, 2011 - 08:52 AM

My Ford LGTs are no slouches....only 10 and 12 hp.......They are old and pretty worn out, but have done everything I have asked of them.....

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Posted February 06, 2011 - 09:22 AM

Brian, it's that red paint that got the power to the ground! LOL

:D:D

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Posted February 06, 2011 - 10:32 AM

poncho62 that is a good looking ol ford!!!

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Posted February 06, 2011 - 07:12 PM

Josh, check out Mh81 post on his Sears SS/12 he got hone today. This is the kind of deals that are out there, you just have to keep looking..

http://gardentractor...4483/#post42810

read down through it, you'll like it

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Posted February 06, 2011 - 07:28 PM

poncho62 that is a good looking ol ford!!!


Actually....That is 3 different ones......lol




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