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#1 DougN OFFLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 10:48 AM

I'm looking at an Allis Chalmers 314 Garden tractor and a 1967 Sears Custom (model 6 maybe). The Allis Chalmers has a one point hitch but the sears has none. They are both in the same price range. If both are in good shape which one would you buy? I am only interested in using them in the garden not mowing by the way.

 

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 10:54 AM

Compare the horse powers and the conditions. I have and favor the AC/Simplicities. They have lots of attachments on CL and most parts are still available. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 11:12 AM

The AC probably, but Sears did make a manual 3 pt for them, I think.


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 11:49 AM

Thanks guys for the replies. That is good to know parts and attachments can still be found for the Allis Chalmers. I am going today to check out the gear box on it to see if its worn badly. 



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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:04 PM

With everything being equal in price and shape, the A/C would be going home with me for sure. :thumbs:

 

Good luck and we want photos !!


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM

I'd get both of them. :thumbs:


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:37 PM

Thanks guys for the replies. That is good to know parts and attachments can still be found for the Allis Chalmers. I am going today to check out the gear box on it to see if its worn badly. 

ZippoVarga does a good series on evaluating the condition of AC/Simplicities on youtube. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 02:54 PM

Sears 6 means hp?  Not much for gardening if plowing or probly no tiller for that small?  If going sears I would go bigger 10 or 12 hp sizes, much more made for them. Not familiar with other brand for size and such, but they seem to have good follower's. Pictures needed as said.


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 05:37 PM

300 and 400 series A.C.'s were not made by Simplicity so not sure if the much more common Simplicity attachments will work on that model.


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 06:33 PM

If I could only afford 1 for garden work it would be the AC....If I had the $$, I would buy both.


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 06:48 PM

The Sears Custom was a step down from the Suburbans. Probably not in the same class as AC.


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Posted April 29, 2015 - 06:34 PM

I brought Allis home. I got it for $175. It has some rust but it seems to be in good shape mechanically. The only thing I notice is the idler clutch pulley mechanism has a lot of play in it. Not the pulley itself but the linkages and a lot of belt clatter. A lot of the linkages needed oiling badly and that helped things a lot. The steering seems good, gear box and transmission seem good.

 

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Posted April 30, 2015 - 02:34 AM

when you grease it dont forget the one under the middle( up inside ) for the steering ( if it is like most large frame ac/simp ) there may be a manual or two in the manuals section ( or the ask for manuals post  they always come through for me )

nice lookin tractor :thumbs:


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Posted April 30, 2015 - 05:51 AM

Nice looking 314.


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Posted April 30, 2015 - 06:53 AM

Even tho I am a Sears guy, I agree that this is definitely the better unit for tillage and gardening.
Glad you're giving it a good home.
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