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#31 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 07:27 AM

My favorite tractor is my Bolens 1050. It's my favorite because it's reliable and has never let me down. It can sit for 6 months without being run and still fire right up with no problems, it's also a beast of a tractor and can do a lot considering it's only 10hp.

I don't have a set go to tractor. Normally if I need a tractor I'll go to the shed and take out the one closest to the door, depending on what task I need done. Also most times I only have 3-4 tractors out of 10+ that are turn key and ready to go.

This my story too....I have 20+, 18 or 19 are turn key, and a dozen or so are in a rotation to be near the door when duty calls. I love to burn petro through all of them, whenever I can come up with an excuse to do so.

My go-to is my Allis B-110. My first, and best IMO. Its short wheelbase, 10hp Briggs, hydrolift and gear drive makes it a real mule for anything. It has that "patina" mentioned earlier that makes my garage queens drool.

I have found great utility from my late model tractors, but they dont give the same simplistic feel of the old Allis. She still gets called up for 1st string snow team duty!

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:06 AM

I have multiples, but only a couple that actually run so my go to is my Sears 16/6 single. It's not been fail safe, but it's my go to whether thats mowing duty, snow plowing, using the dump bucket, pulling trailers or plowing garden.
My favorite though in the barn is still the old Allis HB 212, Hasn't ran since 1990, but it's the tractor I grew up on.

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:24 AM

Well, I hate to say it but I have three go to tractors for different tasks but I can, however, narrow the favorite down to one.

 

The favorite will always be my 54 Pond because dad bought it new.  We lost it for 11 years and then I found it and bought it back.  So many childhood memories on that tractor.  How can it not make favorite status?  Here's a picture of it with dad next to it, taken a couple of years ago.

 

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My go to for mowing is my 315-8 Wheelhorse.  This was dads tractor as well and I bought it from him when he could no longer get on and off the thing (he is 90 afterall).  It does winter duty up at his house with the blade.

 

 

For plowing and pulling stumps or any ground engaging work, it has to be the Satoh Beaver.  It's just a beast with its 2 cylinder diesel engine.  I tell people when I idle it way down its as close to a John Deere as I have ever owned.  Here I am at a plow day with the Beav.

 

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For everything else, it's the Massey GC1705.  Fel work, snow duty around the house, just about everything.  It's my firewood tractor as well as it helps me take the pieces that I can't lift and stack them on top of each other.  Otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it.

 

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That's it.  To be honest, my favorite just happens to be the one I am on at the time but the Pond trumps all.

 

 

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:47 AM

My favorite is my John Deere 318.  She mows great, pulls a 3-point 12" plow with ease,  runs a tiller, and pushes snow too.  What ever I ask of her, she does for me. 


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 04:03 PM

Of the several tractors I have my go to tractor is my MF14 with a JD deck adapted for mowing.100_0708.jpg A few of the reasons is this is the first of my Massy's I purchased, it is the one I spend the majority of seat time, and reliable. Right now I mainly use it spring thru fall. Once I can locate a snow blower for it I would be using it year round.  
For the winter time my go to tractor is my MF8 with the snow blower. So far I have not had to use it this year for snow removal, and I would not be upset if I didn't have to use it this winter.
 

 


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:15 PM

Well my favorite is our 'ol102, it has been in the family since 74 or 75 and I have beaten the crap out of it but it hasn't let us down.

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it doesn't do much these day but I grew up on this machine and love it very much, lol.

Now I have 2 go to tractors and on top of the list is my 2086 cub super, it does all the mowing and snowblowing and it also has a 3 point.

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And last but not least is our 2072, it does all the lifting and wood hauling and it's a super and fit me well.

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:47 PM

I guess it is my turn now considering I am the one that started the thread. I have three favorites out of the five that I have. However until I get the front end loader hydraulics worked out on the Massey 1655 I can narrow it down to having two favorites for now.

 

For my go to tractor it would have to be my Massey MF12G. It was the very first garden tractor that I bought and at the time I needed something for mowing duties. Throughout the years I have acquired a few things for it along the way to make it even more useful. One would the a snow blade, another would be a snow blower and the third would be the sleeve hitch. Between mowing the grass during summertime and then clearing the snow in the winter it is definitely my go to.

 

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I have to say though my absolute favorite tractor our of the group would be my Bush Hog HD-12. I think it has the best looks out of all of them, I like the larger tractor frame as it makes it more comfortable. The sleeve hitch and belly lift is done with hydraulics even if the control valve for it is in an awkward position. The foot pedal for the hydrostatic control is a huge plus and now that I have it adjusted just right with the tension having the handle control with the foot pedal is also nice for when you get a kink in your leg. I have used it to brush mow in different areas at the house, and also plowed with it at a couple of different plow days. The latest one being down at Daniel's in Kentucky.

 

The only thing it hasn't done and why it isn't my go to is I can't do anything for snow removal. I do have a snow blade which Scott made that happen but I believe the blade is for the Bush Hog D4-10. 

 

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One of these days maybe my Massey 1655 will become the go to once I get the hydraulics worked out for the front end loader. I do have a snow blower and mower deck for it, along with the three point.

 


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 10:48 PM

For everything else, it's the Massey GC1705.  Fel work, snow duty around the house, just about everything.  It's my firewood tractor as well as it helps me take the pieces that I can't lift and stack them on top of each other.  Otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it.

 

Not to derail anything, but I am curious about your snowblade on that GC1705.  How hard do you find that thing to take on and off?  I see you have a loader on it too.  Does the subframe interfere with the loader operation at all?  I know it would interfere with the mower deck. 

 

Reason I ask that is for one, I have never personally seen a Massey GC1705 snowblade.  I am trying to sell one and I hate questions that I can't answer.

 

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 11:05 PM

The blade is actually very easy to install. The hardest part is I have to take the front brush bar off. That's the only time I need tools. I don't have a mower for this tractor so I can't speak to anything there. I really don't think there would be any interference with anything to be honest.
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Posted December 07, 2014 - 11:06 AM

My favourite tractor is also my go to tractor. It is my AC BigTen. It cuts my grass, tills my garden, grades my driveway, hauls my leaves and brush and blows snow in the winter. I love it's classic looks and the 10HP Briggs has enough power for any job I ask it to do.It is the tractor in my avatar hooked to the AC cart...Dave


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 11:35 AM

This is my winter go to setup Bolens HT23. The 23HP Kohler and 2 stage blower has not found anything to stop it yet and the power steering really helps with the weight of the blower. I also have a JD445 which is the main mower for summer but no pic as it is put away for the winter.

 

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 11:38 AM

This is my winter go to setup Bolens HT23. The 23HP Kohler and 2 stage blower has not found anything to stop it yet and the power steering really helps with the weight of the blower. I also have a JD445 which is the main mower for summer but no pic as it is put away for the winter.

 

 

 

I wish I could have borrowed this during our winter storm a few weeks ago!


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Posted December 07, 2014 - 11:45 AM

I have two 'go to' tractors.
 
The 1886 Forklift for obvious reasons.  When I need to move heavy stuff, and it seems like all of the Bolens attachments are heavy, it worth it's weight in gold.
 

 
The other is the HDT1000.  22 Diesel horses for trailer moving (with or with out a load). doing the heavy work, and able to climb tall hills in a single bound  :D :D :D



That forklift look damn good and the 1886 is a beast of tractor too.
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Posted December 09, 2014 - 09:32 AM

My John Deere 318 is my Favorite.

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Posted December 09, 2014 - 10:00 AM

The first tractor is my favorite. The second is currently a parts tractor but could be easily brought back but tires are expensive. The third is my Dad's which make the first so special to me.

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