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#1 DanO OFFLINE  

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 09:05 AM

Need Some Info On the Sears GT 18 Tractor ( Grey Color) ....I have an opportunity to pick up a Sears Gt 18 and just wanted to know if any of you are familiar with this tractor. I never actually seen one up close, going to see it tomorrow and wanted to know how it compares to the SS16 Suburban tractor? Pros & Cons? It has a 18 HP Onan engine, Told it runs good and comes with plow and deck. Asking Price is $500

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 10:23 AM

I bought a 1995 GT6000 a year ago for $150. It had a good deck, but no plow. It's problem was the input pulley to the transmission. Mowed all summer with it. The GT 18 was similar, but I believe a little heavier. More like the SS series. Mine has the vert shaft engine, I think that one was a horizontal. Any idea on year or do you have the XXX.XXXX model #? The first 3 digits would at least tell us manufacturer. As for $, I think they're high unless it's showroom kept.
Does it have wheel weights & chains?
Hydro or Gear?
Dozer type plow (trip springs & heavy mount) or just snow blade?

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 01:13 PM

Don't know much just yet, hope to go see it tomorrow. It's a 3 speed with High & Low , I'm told that the GT 18 with the Onan engine is basically the same as the SS16 but I'm not convinced of that until I see it. That is my biggest concern because I have some old implements from my SS & St 16's Suburbans and want to be sure I can use them.

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 05:08 PM

I think you're right about the compatibility with the attachments. The frame should use the same attachment points up front, measure before you go. I got a chance to see a pic on here of a gt18, & it looks to be the SS design style.

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 05:29 PM

I paid 250 for mine, no deck and the hi/low selector didnt work, little penetrating oil and it freed right up. Has 18 hp opposed twin briggs. I have since sunk couple hundred in it.

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 07:25 PM

Dano don't worry.The gt18 you are getting will use the same attachments as the ss and st16.They look pretty much the same just a bigger motor and different side covers for the oil filter.Some of the cons are the carb and air cleaner are hard to locate as they are specific to that motor if you ever need them also the pto cover is a hard one to find the one from the ss and st16 will not work.Pretty much everything else should be pretty much the same as the others.

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Posted February 24, 2011 - 08:51 PM

the gt18. ifd it has an onan then its a suburban style tractor. they are a bit rare. if its light grey then its the less rare Briggs powered GT18.

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Posted February 25, 2011 - 06:25 AM

I have a GT/18 Hydrodrive. Its a 1978. They are basically the same tractor as an ST or an SS, but black with an 18hp B48M Onan twin. Nice machines, but the 16's tend to run smoother, as they have a lower compression rating.

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Posted March 21, 2011 - 01:32 PM

I paid $500 for a GT19.9 no deck but everything else. Love my SEARS

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 06:49 PM

Wondering if you can help me out. I also have a Sears GT 18 Model # 917.257061. Who is the manufacturer? I can't seem to find who "917" represents. Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted May 18, 2011 - 08:19 PM

Roper made the sears tractors beginning with 917.

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Posted May 22, 2011 - 11:40 PM

Roper made the sears tractors beginning with 917.


Uh, David Bradley was sold by Sear in the 40s and 50s before Roper entered the Sears picture, and those DB's also used the 917 prefix. And I think 917 is the beginning of all of Sears' gardening stuff, not to burst your bubble, just don't want to see incomplete information.




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