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Posted October 13, 2015 - 08:25 AM

My buddy was running a moving sale for a local family. The owner has a tree cutting/trimming business, and farms a small spread. I got to do a sale preview and the owner heard I liked iron. Said he had a small tractor I might be interested in. We set off on foot to see it stored under the trees adjacent to his farm field. This is what we found.
 
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Only rough info to this point. Japanese Suzue, 2 cyl. 15hp diesel, 4WD, PS, 900 hrs. on the meter, steering brakes, 70's made???, rear PTO, 3 pt., 3 spd. hi/lo. It turned over with a boost, but still turned over slow and wouldn't fire. The owner gave me what I considered a fair price and on the trailer she went. 
 
Back at the shop, I checked for clogged intake, and bad connections. Air filter, good. Battery connections? Surprised it turned over. Broken, loose positive. Super corroded ground. Put the battery on charge and fixed the cables. Re-installed the battery. Pulled the intake hose, and put just a wisp of starter fluid(I know, I know) in and she fired right off.
 
Apparently Suzue branded Kubotas, Iseckis and Mitsubishis and then exported some to the West Coast at first. In 1986, Mitsubishi bought them out and discontinued the brand. Still have a lot to learn, but she operates beautiful. Like an older diesel. Loud, knocky, love it! Got rid of that exhaust stack/satellite tower and started cleaning her up a bit. And yes, the seat is gone very soon, promise.
 
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Posted October 13, 2015 - 08:39 AM

That's a cool little tractor!


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 08:43 AM

That's gonna be a nice little work horse for you.  Boy would I like to find some front weights like that for my Satoh.


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 08:51 AM

Good find. Congrats.
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Posted October 13, 2015 - 09:33 AM

That would be the perfect size tractor for my garden ! Good luck with it !
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Posted October 13, 2015 - 11:27 AM

That's a cool little tractor!

 

 

That's gonna be a nice little work horse for you.  Boy would I like to find some front weights like that for my Satoh.

 

 

Good find. Congrats.

 

 

That would be the perfect size tractor for my garden ! Good luck with it !

 


Thanks everyone! It has a leak from the water pump, it appears. Ordering a manual and filters. She'll be in the shop for a bit. It is cleaning up pretty fair. I don't think maintenance was high priority. 

 

My plans are to make a mini rear brush hog type mower for it. Perhaps based on a Gravely 3 blade 50" deck. Also a snow plow w/ hyd. lift and angle would be a nice addition. 


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 11:48 AM

The engine is Mitsubishi made, if you have trouble finding stuff for it online ujust add Bolens or Iseki to your search.
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Posted October 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

The engine is Mitsubishi made, if you have trouble finding stuff for it online ujust add Bolens or Iseki to your search.

 

Thanks Scott. We did find a few sources. Not a lot, but they cover soup to nuts. Surprisingly, the parts aren't crazy expensive  :thumbs:


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 12:02 PM

The engine is Mitsubishi made, if you have trouble finding stuff for it online ujust add Bolens or Iseki to your search.

You can add Satoh to that list.  I believe it has the same engine as my Beaver.


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 12:20 PM

Very nice!   Never heard of Suzue.

When I read the "Suzue" I just knew someone misspelled "Iseki"  :wallbanging:  


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Posted October 13, 2015 - 02:41 PM

Best of luck with the little Godzilla, scientists believe the little GT will show up here and here the Japanese army has been deployed Mothra has been contacted . Just chiding .

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Posted October 13, 2015 - 04:07 PM

Pretty neat! Was thinking Isuzu, but showed me wrong on tag.  That seat is a work of wood art. If removing it, what you gonna do with it?  Is it nice enough to save, maybe re-varnish?  Willing to sell and ship to Indiana?  Must have been some bent or formed pywood from what I can see of it. Can't see the seat bottom, is it good as back?  Keep me in mind. Owning odd foriegn brands scares me, but there are "Grey Market" forums and things like that for them out on web, have looked at some.



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Posted October 13, 2015 - 04:30 PM

Nice little machine. Have fun!



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Posted October 13, 2015 - 07:56 PM

You can add Satoh to that list.  I believe it has the same engine as my Beaver.

 

Thanks for the heads up, Jeff.

 

Very nice!   Never heard of Suzue.

When I read the "Suzue" I just knew someone misspelled "Iseki"  :wallbanging:  

 

Never heard of one before either. Time for some learning, lol.

 

Best of luck with the little Godzilla, scientists believe the little GT will show up here and here the Japanese army has been deployed Mothra has been contacted . Just chiding .

 

Big Godzilla fan as a kid. Never understood what was so threatening about a giant moth though. 

 

Pretty neat! Was thinking Isuzu, but showed me wrong on tag.  That seat is a work of wood art. If removing it, what you gonna do with it?  Is it nice enough to save, maybe re-varnish?  Willing to sell and ship to Indiana?  Must have been some bent or formed pywood from what I can see of it. Can't see the seat bottom, is it good as back?  Keep me in mind. Owning odd foriegn brands scares me, but there are "Grey Market" forums and things like that for them out on web, have looked at some.

 

The seat has a notch where the 3 pt. lever is. Other than that, it's fine. I'll get a pic for you, it's yours if you like it  :thumbs:

 

Nice little machine. Have fun!

 

Thanks, I appreciate it!


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Posted October 14, 2015 - 03:13 AM

why not! it's a nice lil tractor (the guys said it, too).

 

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