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The most collectible garden tractor?

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#1 oldiron1 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 01:15 PM

I figured this question will generate alot of different comments.

The neat part about this hobby is the variety of different manufactures of GC's there were throughout the years; both large and very small manufactures; many with little know about them. Also interesting to me are the variety of reasons that collectors collect what the collect...from sentimental reasons to "they just look cool".

What are the GT's that are the most in demand or most collectible?

I personally like the lesser known tractors built pre 1960's because of the mystery and very fond of the local manufactures to me such as Economy (Epco), Red E, Page, etc.
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Edited by oldiron1, June 07, 2015 - 01:19 PM.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 01:26 PM

That's a tough question cause I think most people would choose their favorite personally.  If you were talking rarest made I would vote for the Sheppard Diesel SD1.  From what I have researched in the past they didn't make many at all of them.  I think if memory serves me right I had read that there is something like 10 of them known to still exist.  Not a GT really as they were more the size of a power king or something of that nature.


Here is a link to the Sheppard website.  They are still in business today and they manufacture steering components for heavy trucks.



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Posted June 07, 2015 - 01:37 PM

Now that's cool. ..ive seen Shepard Diesel farm tractors and have seen their engine conversation for Farmall M tractors but had no idea they ever manufactured a garden tractor. This is exactly why I started this thread. .very interesting.
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Posted June 07, 2015 - 01:42 PM

What about homemade tractors? My wife has one that her father built for her over 50 years. It has a Crosley front end, a Waukeshau engine and hydraulics from a B29. We have seen some other very cool ones on here too. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 02:09 PM

I would have to say at this point, the 1978 Roper 20T as my most collectable. I tend to run across GT's every once and a while, Mostly Craftsman's, and I saved a Ford LGT-145 from the scrap yard. Not much in the way of large GT's in Central Texas, but for this one I should have bought a lottery ticket that day. It was transplanted from Illinois to Texas by the previous owner. I snagged it from him for $200 Complete with 48" deck, Snow Blower, and chains. As I researched it I found that the 20T was only made one model year. 

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 02:09 PM

Best ones are the ones I could never afford! :D  I also hate most real old machinery that was JUNK the day they were made and not a workable piece. Zoe's seem to be the ones lots of guys really want now.  I'll stick to Power King and Speedex, not real big, yet not left out in cold for parts either. Shaw and Jaques and such are neat, but to me Unobtainable as I can't pay the prices asked for them.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 03:16 PM

Most collectible is in the eyes of the beholder. I haven't seen any garden tractor worth tons of money. But it all depends on what you want. As someone said its probably anything your favorite brand.

Maybe the real question is what is the rarest garden tractor?

Mine is a cub cadet 169. Built in 1974 only 4005 made.

Had one. There is only 4004 left as I have one in back yard that fell out of the back of our truck when a guy pulled out in front of us and evasive maneuvers had to be taken.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 04:52 PM

Hey, 4000 is still a lot in my book!  What about the 200 or less catagory?  Some small and not long lasting companies like that. Gibson is an example. They made them for many years, diff models, not too many at time, and even big tractor that is rarest from them before going belly up!

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Here's one that Cliff posted the other night in the Shaw thread.


There were only 51 R9 tractors produced and there was no literature published on them. I

have knowledge of five and have one.




I would have to say that is a prretty good definition of a rare tractor.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 05:21 PM

The most collectible garden tractor is... The last one in the world... :poke:

I want to add... Heirloom tractors are most collectible (ie: Grandpa's, Dad's, Unlcle's, best friend's). This means even the cheapest built tractor of tomorrow could be collectible.

Edited by wvbuzzmaster, June 07, 2015 - 05:23 PM.

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Posted June 07, 2015 - 05:53 PM

I like and collect the pre 1955 and most would consider them collectable, have never sought them out, they just sorta fell into my lap.


Only one I truly wanted and I looked for close to 10 years for it, a Poloron, yup that's right!

 It was the first rider I got to drive, and it was my Grampa's.

 Its collectable to me!

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