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What is the difference between a Suburban and a Super 12?


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#1 JBRamsey OFFLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2014 - 08:43 PM

I've searched a little on line but got lazy so I thought I would just ask.

What is the difference between a Sears Suburban 12 and a Super 12?

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Posted December 31, 2014 - 11:53 PM

Not much.  alot interchanges between them. Some were blue while others were orange.

I had heard from a few guys that used to work at the plant (I live 3 miles from where they were built) that a "super" 12 actually put out almost 14HP, while the others were a "truer" 12HP at the time.  A 12HP cast iron Tecumseh is a 12 HP cast iron Tecumseh, but with a different spec number I supopose that they could have done something with the cam maybe or put a lil bigger (or same size but jetted a bit differently maybe?) carb to achieve this?


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 09:37 AM

comparing my suburban 10 and my ss12, both the same year, the ss12 has longer foot pads and a woodgrain decal on the dash and also has a cigarette lighter. also I think the front wheels are a little bigger and heavier duty.


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 10:07 AM

Amp meter, better foot rests, cosmetics (paint scheme and wood grain) , padded seat with backrest, and I believe a low tone muffler.
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Posted January 01, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The flyer for 67 is here: http://gardentractor...urban-tractors/
And here is a page from the 67 farm and ranch book (courtesy of amigatec (Pat) )
http://gardentractor...urban-tractors/
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Posted January 01, 2015 - 10:34 AM

I dont collect the Suburbans up in this time period, but I believe that its was part of Sears- - Good, Better, Best campaign.  This was started back in the fifties, and amounted to you getting a tractor with more features or a higher hp. I would say the examples would be something like, the Custom series was Good, a Suburban 12 was Better, and the SS-12 was Best.  In the older DB series of Suburbans you would have gotten a model with a 5.75hp engine, or jump to a 7.25 hp one, then to an electric start 7.25 model. There system did nt work for every yr, but it did for most of them.


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 11:16 AM

basically longer foot boards, wood grain dash, cig lighter and badges. I think they may have had wider tires in the rear, 9.5" turfs vs the standard 8.5". 

The late 60's also... suburbans where painted orange, the SS's where painted blue. 


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