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#106 Dayton_King ONLINE  

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Posted February 04, 2016 - 07:28 AM

The mechanic was a small town backyard mechanic that got in over his head. My work load has grown, so I cannot do a rebuild. I am on a mad dash till spring

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Posted February 04, 2016 - 05:49 PM

Well, glad you got it back.  I hope you came out alright on the deal.  They are definitely nice machines!!



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Posted March 23, 2016 - 06:38 PM

The belt was 45$ just as a fyi. While I am patiently waiting I did a wash, buff and wax of the Snapper. This afternoon I will tackle the spool valve. If things go right it will be for sale in the next couple of weeks.

 

I think I saw your youtube video!

 


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Posted March 23, 2016 - 07:26 PM

Yes sir. That's the first one. I just scored a 1997 very very low hour Kohler M18. I think I am going to repower the 1855 with.
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Posted March 23, 2016 - 09:47 PM

Yes sir. That's the first one. I just scored a 1997 very very low hour Kohler M18. I think I am going to repower the 1855 with.

 

Cool!  Those Kohlers are torque monsters, but not too good on fuel I've heard.  Oh well, you can't have it all.  My Onan runs great in mine, but I thought maybe a Kohler or Briggs V twin swap may be in the future if the Onan ever decides to quit on me. 

 

I used to live in Atlanta right when I got out of college.  I was in Smyrna and then Kennesaw/Acworth.  If I remember correctly from what I've read, Snapper's headquarters aren't too far from you in the McDonough, GA area I believe.

 

You have no idea how many times I watched that video before I went to pick up my Snapper 1855 that I got off Craigslist.  I couldn't believe how big it is.......I think it's certainly one of the biggest machine in the "super garden tractor" category.


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Posted March 24, 2016 - 05:47 AM

Yes sir. That's the first one. I just scored a 1997 very very low hour Kohler M18. I think I am going to repower the 1855 with.

 

The PO of my 1855 did just that. The M18 works great and fit in very well.



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Posted March 24, 2016 - 11:09 AM

The PO of my 1855 did just that. The M18 works great and fit in very well.

 

That's good information to know.  I'm sure an M20 would fit in as well.  Do you happen to know if a V-twin Briggs or Kohler swap would be a somewhat simple task or is the clearance just not there on these tractors?



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Posted March 24, 2016 - 03:27 PM

I can tell you in a few weeks lol. I am finishing up some projects and will start working on it

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Posted March 24, 2016 - 03:29 PM

I live 15 or 20 miles from where they were made. Very hard to find these tractors in Georgia though
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Posted March 24, 2016 - 09:51 PM

I live 15 or 20 miles from where they were made. Very hard to find these tractors in Georgia though

 

I wonder why they never were really common around the Atlanta area.  The highest concentration of garden tractors in general seems to be in the Northeast and Midwest.  I wonder if the Massey/Snapper 1855 just weren't ever that common even when they were sold new.



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Posted May 25, 2016 - 09:10 PM

I am selling out. Sick of the Snapper. I posted an ad in the parts section of the classifieds
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Posted January 07, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Super motivated today. Poor man power steering upgrade


Looks like it’s been a while but where did you put those thrust bearings? Did you replace the the factory bearings on the spindles with them and did they make any difference? I’m currently working on my 1655 and haven’t driven it with the mower deck or snowplow on it yet to tell if the steering will be tough. I figured while I have it apart that I might as well do as much as I can now. Thanks for any advice.
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Posted January 07, 2018 - 12:23 PM

I replaced the factory bearings, also took everything apart and polished and lubed everything. I also put a new steering box in. Tires have a big part in steering quality and a lot of guys like tri ribs
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Posted January 07, 2018 - 12:31 PM

I’ll do the same, I had the bearings out this summer and they seemed alright but I’ll check them better and go from there. I have some new bushings for the steering and plan on rebuilding the steering box. I rebuilt the one in my 16 and it wasn’t to bad to do. I bought a set of the V61 5 ribs, hopefully they’ll help out too. I have a set of the Firestone 3 ribs on my 12 and it’s like there’s power steering on it. Thanks!
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