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#1 middleageddeere OFFLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2011 - 07:05 AM

So, with my recent Wheel Horse purchase came with a free "Yard Pro". It has a 20 hp Kohler and looks very similar to a Craftsman. However the front looks a lot like a Massey. This was a "barn find". The steering broke on it a few years ago and the guy just parked it as is. Said it runs and drives good just needs steering fixed. Here are some pics...Just wondering if anyone knows anything about them, who made them or how to find out. It actually seems like a pretty decent tractor and I have never heard of them. I am assuming they are just an off-brand MTD but was curious. Thanks in advance!
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 07:29 AM

Adam, that does look like a decent unit. It's got a heavy duty front bumper on it and 5 bolt rear wheels (12" I assume). Did you find the model number on it anywhere? I think that Sears partsdirect may handle parts, but not sure. A model / serial number might help us find out.
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 07:50 AM

I like the way it looks, the way the hood comes up in the center to the dash. Looks good, should be a good tractor.
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 08:38 AM

The best I can find, it apears to have been built by AYP(American Yard Products) and they have built and labeled for a lot of merchandisers.
I did notice that they built Craftsman and Roper.
It has a distinctly Roper Style that I have long admired. If I'm catching the pictures right it looks to have a perimeter frame and has a stout look about it. I suspect you might find this to be a surprisingly good little tractor once repaired!
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 10:13 AM

It looks like a pretty decent GT. I don't think I have ever seen one of them. Not a bad "throw in" on the Wheel Horse deal. Congrats.
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 10:36 AM

Looks like my Craftsman GT6000 (AYP) with a little different hood.
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 10:56 AM

That is what I was thinking, something like the GT6000. Are they pretty decent? Stout enough to handle ground engaging and all that?

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Posted April 01, 2011 - 11:08 AM

That is what I was thinking, something like the GT6000. Are they pretty decent? Stout enough to handle ground engaging and all that?

I really like mine. It's a Hydro, and I use it all the time in my 40' x 150' garden. With weight and/or chains, it does good plowing. (That's funny! Pictures are upside-down!)

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Posted April 01, 2011 - 11:20 AM

Adam, That is a very nice looking tractor. If it's the same as "nra's", It will do about anything you want it to do.
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 12:12 PM

Well, cool. When he first told me about some old, broken down, off-brand mower I wasn't too excited. But when I saw that big beast I said, "Geez, look at that." Lol Pretty cool.

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Posted April 01, 2011 - 06:55 PM

Alright, whoever said AYP (JD and NRA) pat yourself on the back. 52" deck and a big dog 20 hp kohler. I will let the pics do the talking. One question, how should I go about getting parts for it? (I need to get the steering gear.)
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 07:47 PM

Thats the same tractor as the 80s GT18s sept with a 20 hp kohler
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Posted April 01, 2011 - 08:07 PM

Now that you've posted cleaer pictures I'm jealous! That's a nice looking machine. I suspect Sears or any reputable small engine shop can get you parts for that.
And as I said your likely to find it to be very capable,
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