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#1 marylandgt20 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 14, 2015 - 04:39 PM

i am looking to restore the ariens gt20 i inherited from my father and my searches led me here.  The tractor does have some meaning to me and id like to get some use from it for years to come.  My father bought this from a local ariens dealer new back in 1987 i believe.  It is serial# 000269 with a 60 inch mowing deck.  I remember riding this around and cutting grass back in the late 1980's as a kid.

 

It has sat for over 10 years covered in a shed but the paint and everything else so far has seemed to hold up well.  I dont recall my father ever having or using any attachments for this tractor but i plan on getting a rototiller and maybe a snowthrower down the road. 

 

I do have to replace the tires anyway so i see people using a more aggressive tire when using a plow or rototiller so any help on the best tires or best tires/rims/weights would be where i need to start.

 

I am new to these tractors and the forums so i apologize in advance if i word something wrong.  The tractor does fire up and run smooth after all this time.


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 05:22 PM

Sounds great. You will find great folks here willing to help. Ill be the first to say welcome and where's the pics.


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 05:26 PM

Welcome to GTtalk!

That is great that you have a tractor with many memories tied to it. Getting more attachments will make this tractor a lot more fun. Finding them is the tough part lately.

I have used the rototiller with the old turf tread tires with decent results. There were a few times that the tiller did push the tractor. I do have to add chains and weight to plow snow and pull a three point cultivator with my S-16 which is an older version of yours. 

Some have put ATV tires on and say that they do real good and then there are the bar lugs ike the big tractors. 

 

Here are some manuals if you need any. http://gardentractor...r_key=all&st=15

When looking for attachments, the one that fit yours will have a six digit model number. And the first three digits will be 831.


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 05:37 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. Those Ariens GTs are a great tractor! 


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 06:12 PM

Welcome aboard, GTTALK has great member's and now we have another one.
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Posted February 14, 2015 - 08:38 PM

Wow. Didn't expect the responses so soon. Here are a few pics I took when I brought it home. I know I have some pics of me as a kid riding it in albums I may scan sometime.

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Posted February 14, 2015 - 08:48 PM

Wow , lucky you to have an original tractor and family ties. Enjoy your tractor. Noel.

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Posted February 14, 2015 - 09:09 PM

Definately ready to see this thing working again and can't wait to get pics of my own kids using it. I've been contemplating just taking it to someone and letting them repair and replace everything that's needed...because I have ties with its history it is hard to trust someone to do it right or better than it was built
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Posted February 14, 2015 - 09:33 PM

if you are planning on using it for daily use, mowing the yard and daily chores you may want to stick to the turf tires and get some weight in there.  you can load the tires with windshield washer fluid then get a set of wheel weights and you are good to go.  look at summit racing for tires, anything over $100 order gets free shipping.

            Pete

 

 

PS  welcome to the site and nice looking GT


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Posted February 14, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Very nice Ariens!  Welcome to the forum!

 

I do a good bit of "refurbish work" here in my shop for various folks, but from the way it sounds, you could probably handle anything your machine needs right where you are with a standard set of tools.

 

Nothing beats having a tractor with great memories hung on board! 

 

Ben W.


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Posted February 15, 2015 - 06:56 AM

That's so nice to hear you have your fathers tractor and you value it so much .

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 06:58 AM

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Posted February 15, 2015 - 08:10 AM

Great looking Ariens! I think you should do as much work as possible yourself. There are manuals here for you to download and also lots of folks to offer advice if you get stuck on something. By going over the tractor and doing the routine maintenance as well as any necessary repairs you will be able to maintain it properly from that point on. You may want to take the front rims to a tire installer and get them to install the new tires. Those small fronts can be done by hand but if you don't have a tire changer it can be a miserable job. It looks like you have a rear PTO on the tractor? 



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Posted February 17, 2015 - 09:33 PM

thanks for everything so far fellas.

i do know about changing the front tires...tried it on a ford garden tractor i have.  Wife asked me if i had to get it done myself once it kicked my butt.  At that point i still didnt stop but then realized she was right and took it to a shop.

 

hey ben, i may contact you in the future...i really would like to completely strip and restore the tractor but afraid it would cost way too much.  Just seems so easy to drop it off and when id see it again it would be done



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Posted February 17, 2015 - 09:38 PM

 Those front tires are just miserable to work with by hand. In the pictures the paint looks fairly good yet. I wonder what some polishing would do to it.






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