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#1 aevansgatech OFFLINE  

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Posted December 03, 2014 - 01:39 PM

I've been intrigued by these 2 local tractors for sale. As I can't find a decent affordable mower deck for the Ford YT16H, I'm considering fixing up a dedicated mower tractor and leaving the Ford for snow.

 

First off, Simplicity 4112 Hydro for around $150/200. I like the look of it, but were they considered a low end brand? I figure with bearings, a battery, and filters/tuneup I'm in another $100.

http://detroit.craig...4787795719.html

 

And a 63 Wheel Horse 33R. This one is quite a bit older and looks great. What would you say about the quality of Wheel Horse tractors? This one's also more of an unknown as far as how much work and money it actually needs. I would consider it if I can land it for $200

http://detroit.craig...4773560130.html

 

 



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 01:56 PM

This is my 2 cents I have a simplicity just like that one . The simplicity will be Easyer to find parts for it's got a lawn striper kit in it all ready they mow real nice the one I have it had a 42 inch deck but it was shot the hydro still works great
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Posted December 03, 2014 - 02:41 PM

Simplicity's give the best mow job by far. The Lawn Ranger is pretty small and not real practical for much other than taking the kids for a ride.  


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Posted December 03, 2014 - 05:57 PM

I gotta agree here, simplicity for a mower , but the wheel horse is cool , nice tractor to add to the collection though . Tom



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 06:17 PM

there was a deck for a Ford GT on Chicago CL a few days ago



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 06:22 PM

there was a deck for a Ford GT on Chicago CL a few days ago

YT decks are different from GT decks! Two different animals!



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 06:26 PM

YT decks are different from GT decks! Two different animals!

OK OK  I honestly don't remember which model it was and I am not up on Ford tractors.  I just remember seeing a deck advertised for a Ford... and it was a belly mower somewhere about 48"  thought it might help...



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 06:40 PM

post id: 4774794233  on Chicago CL  $75.00  Chicago CL   listed from New Carlisle IN.  there is a pic  it looks decent IDK what model Ford it fits



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Posted December 03, 2014 - 07:02 PM

Both tractor BRANDS are good machines. This Simp is gonna be much nicer to start, drive, and cut that that old of a Horse. HOrse Guy's might like that one, just because it looks all orig and good shape. Parts not so easy on those, much easier on the later models of the Horses. Pull start? Nah!  Manual? Nah!   Little wheels and SMALL engine in that rig for sure. Ruff riding with those little wheels and probly not good on slopes if you have those.  ON the Simp, I don't really care for Vertical Briggs that much, but that is a popular size. I have one of those on my Speedex late model, and it always strarts and runs good.  If that is the hydro conrtrol between legs there, not sure I would like that? Even my old Speedex has a foot control.  Controls on dash might be better, but not sure, haven't really tried one like this. Hope you have small yard, these ARE simpler, lighter tractors. Probly not much good for plowing snow then either.


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Posted December 03, 2014 - 07:14 PM

Mine has the hydro between legs . It's really no to bad to run
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Posted December 04, 2014 - 09:39 AM

that Ford deck in New Carlisle looks good. Anyone know if that's the right one for a YT?

 

Also, can anyone tell from just the pic if it's missing something? The belt looks bad to me and maybe there's a part missing from the right top side where there's a few holes..



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Posted December 04, 2014 - 10:21 AM

I have to agree with what's been said here. Realistically the Simplicity is the way to go. 



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Posted December 05, 2014 - 08:59 AM

that Ford deck in New Carlisle looks good. Anyone know if that's the right one for a YT?

 

Also, can anyone tell from just the pic if it's missing something? The belt looks bad to me and maybe there's a part missing from the right top side where there's a few holes..

That deck is for the early Ford/Jacobsen.  It will not fit your Gilson built machine.


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Posted December 05, 2014 - 04:50 PM

Well I have a 416 h and a 520h wheel horse and a 4040 simplicity and a 4041 and the simplicity is the king of the 60 inch decks IMHO





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