As a fairly new owner of my first sears Garden Tractor, I am looking to learn from the experience on this board.
A little about me.
My grandfather owned a 73 or 74 sears with a 16HP onan engine. Very reliable tractor. He also bought a Troy Bilt Horse tiller in 73. My uncle still uses the mower and it just keeps going. I got the tiller once my dad blew the engine and let it sit outside in the rain for 6-8 years. He said he was going to scrap it, so I took it home and completely restored it. During the restoration process I became extremely impressed at how well designed and built these older pieces of equipment are. This was about the time my $1,000 big box mower died during its 4th season. I remembered how smooth the onan engine was and how reliable that tractor was.
So I decided to go old school and get an older Sears Garden tractor with an Onan engine. So far I am very impressed. The thing is a tank and has so much power. My goal is to slowly restore it like I did the tiller. I want to get it back to brand new. But still try to use it during the summer.
I grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. We grew most of our food. Cows, chickens, hogs and a big garden. We also raised tobacco for our cash crop. My neighbor as a kid still used a plow horse for his garden.
I am an Electrical Engineer by trade and went to Georgia Tech. I got out in 1989 and designed pagers and cell phones for Motorola for years.
So that is where my forum name comes from. I am a redneck and a nerd all at the same time and fully embrace both. My girls call me a Nerdneck. The Buzz is from the Georgia Tech YellowJackets and the Mountain is from the Appalachian mountains. "MountainBuzzMan"
Edited by MountainBuzzMan, April 25, 2015 - 05:23 PM.