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#1 Billy M ONLINE  

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Posted May 19, 2015 - 08:29 AM

I was wondering...Does anyone here know when Ariens started calling the "S-?-H" series tractors "GT"s?



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Posted May 19, 2015 - 05:08 PM

Off hand, I think it was early 80's. I don't know for sure.


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Posted May 19, 2015 - 06:19 PM

My GT 19 comes out to be a 1985, going by the motor serial number


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 07:49 AM

The reason I ask...I have an Ariens 931xxxx tractor with a Kohler K361 (18HP single cyl.), that's badged as a GT18 on the hood.  From some minimal "Googling", that motor was produced between 1978-1980.  I was wondering if it was actually a S-18-H, or if a previous owner put a GT18 hood or decals on the machine.??

 

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Posted May 20, 2015 - 09:13 PM

I have seen other GT 18s with that motor that you describe. I do not know if they made a version of the GT 18 with a twin as they did with the 17, 19 and 20.   But that brings up another question; I have heard of S8, S12, S14 and S 16, but I can't ever remember having ever heard of an S-18. were all 18HP ones a "GT"??  
Besides the 18 HP, all the S' that I have ever seen have had single cyl engines/ where all the GTs (except the 18) I have ever seen have twin cyl engines.


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Posted May 20, 2015 - 10:40 PM

I agree with all your points DT. I have a GT18 with the M18 & power steering as well.

Also, did all GTs have metal rear fender pans? Every GT I've seen has. Every S I've seen has had the fiberglass rear fender pans. My GT18 K361 has the metal pan.
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Posted May 21, 2015 - 04:17 AM

I agree with all your points DT. I have a GT18 with the M18 & power steering as well.

Also, did all GTs have metal rear fender pans? Every GT I've seen has. Every S I've seen has had the fiberglass rear fender pans. My GT18 K361 has the metal pan.

I have found the same thing so far on the fender pans. It wouldn't surprise me though that when they were switching over a few GT might have gotten a fiberglass pan. 


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Posted May 22, 2015 - 07:00 AM

We ought to make a list of sometime of our tractors model and serial numbers and what all we can find of the assembly dates. According to the Ariens support center there were not any detailed records kept of when the early serial numbers were made.



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Posted May 22, 2015 - 10:03 AM

yeah the S 16 that I had a few years ago (wish it was still here now) had a fiberglass pan. A basket case I got from a buddy that had to get rid of due to moving out of state that I ended up with and due to job and health (injury) issues at that time I was in no shape to resuscitate an old tractor so I "passed it on" not having any idea that 5 or so years later I'd wind up with this GT 19.   There were a few good parts on that one that would do me some good now. and a 3 point with tiller that went away with that machine, that I could now use...


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