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Poll: Vote for Featured Tractor November 2015 (105 member(s) have cast votes)

Vote for Featured Tractor November 2015

  1. Roper 20T - larrybl (38 votes [36.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 36.19%

  2. John Deere 300 - backwoods (4 votes [3.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.81%

  3. Allis Chalmers 718H - KennyP (23 votes [21.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.90%

  4. Massey Ferguson MF14 - propane1 (5 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  5. Gravely L8 - devans (9 votes [8.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.57%

  6. Satoh S370 Beaver - David Brown (13 votes [12.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.38%

  7. Speedex 1641 - glgrumpy (13 votes [12.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.38%




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Posted October 05, 2015 - 07:33 PM

Voting for GTtalk Featured Tractor of the Month for the month of November has now officially started.

The winner will be featured on the GTtalk Home Page for the entire month of November and in our Featured Tractor Section for infinity. 

We have 7 nominations this month. Let the Voting Begin!

  • Roper 20T - larrybl
  • John Deere 300 - backwoods
  • Allis Chalmers 718H - KennyP
  • Massey Ferguson MF14 - propane1
  • Gravely L8 - devans
  • Satoh S370 Beaver - David Brown
  • Speedex 1641 - glgrumpy

Before voting please be sure to check out all the entries in the posts below.

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Posted October 05, 2015 - 08:48 PM

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Posted October 08, 2015 - 05:33 PM

OK ya talked me into it.
So about a month ago I was searching craigslist an saw the ad for a John Deere 300 with a tiller with the extension on the side beautiful mowing deck an a snow plow from a 200 series that was converted to hydrolic lift. I finally emailed the guy an asked if he would take my GT 275 even for a trade. After numerous emails we set a sat morning to go look the 300 over an I still wanted to swap he would haul it to my house so he could look the 275 over. Well I'm not sure if the flames sold him on it or the foot hydro controls but we traded even up. However before I did any maintenance to it I tilled my garden under to see how well it ran with the motor under load. It never gave me an issue then last week ,I decided that since I wasn't sure on the last maintenance it had i went through an changed the fluids filters an spark plug. The next step was to widen the snow plow since at full angle the rear tires stuck out past the plow edge. So I went out back in my parts pile an found an unknown plow an cut it down to make a 42" into a 54" plow. An the moment everyone waits for the pictures.


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Edited by KennyP, October 08, 2015 - 05:52 PM.

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Posted October 09, 2015 - 05:01 AM

I am going to nominate Alice, my 718H Modified tractor. I rescued her from certain death as she was soon going for scrap iron. I'll let her tell the story.

My name is Alice!

I started life in 1978 as an Ac 716 6-speed Garden Tractor. I was purchased by my current owner in July, 2015. I had been modified for Pulling by previous owners, including cutting my frame to accept a Kohler Magnum 18 engine. I had sat for many years and he thought he could make me useful again. So he took the old 6-speed out and installed a Hydrostatic rear end from a Ford LGT 145. I am very happy with that as I now have a limited slip drive.

He had another Kohler M18 that he installed after smoothing where I had been torch cut. My model designation is now a 718H MODIFIED.

He spent over 2 months rebuilding my chassis, adding in the Ford foot pedals for Fwd/Rev. He moved my brake pedal to the left side as is typical of most GT's. He also added in a Cat 0 3-point from a Sears FF 20 so I would have a rear lift. My driveshaft is from an MTD 990. My rear tires/wheels are from a Cub Cadet 149? possibly. He also put narrow front tires on me.

My hood/front frame was extended 4” to allow clearance for my exhaust and an a PTO. My dash is a Burl wood, thanks to a hydrodipping process. My fenders are from a 70's Sears GT. I have a tool box under the seat, too.

After being satisfied with my new chassis, he gave me a new paint job using Waukeesha Orange paint. I like my Black accents,too.

I am very happy with my makeover and plan to give my owner many years of service.


Here's some before pics.

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And the after pics.
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The build thread is here.

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Posted October 09, 2015 - 05:37 PM

I will put my MF 14 in the mix. This tractor is a hard worker and is allways ready for what ever. It plows snow, dirt, gravel and what ever else gets in it's way. We also have a mower deck for it. We call it the bulldozer, just for fun. My son and I made arms for a mid mount grader blade, but have not finished it yet. I also want to put hydraulic plow angling on the front blade, some day. Have the cylinder to do it.

We bought this tractor 4or5 years ago. Needed some fix up. But in good condition. Motor was burning oil badly, but got it slowed down some so we could use it. It finally blew the rod and broke some of the lower end of the cylinder off. So we found another block and rebuilt it. Worked good since, other than a sticky exhaust valve, that was very trying to find out the problem.

Any way it's a great tractor. It has served us well and it gets well used. Noel

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Posted October 09, 2015 - 09:35 PM

I'd like to nominate one of my two wheelers. My 1963 Gravely L8.

I put the word out I was looking for a tractor made the same year I was born and my brother in law came through for me. What he brought me was basically just a transmission, motor and handle bars. No fuel or spark system and no wheels either. Maybe I should have been a little more specific when I put the word out, lols.

This thing looked like it sat on a lake bottom for a very long time but I'm not one to walk away from a challenge. I spent some time going to my usual haunts looking for the parts I needed to make the L8 complete again all the while trying to stay period correct. A gas tank here, magneto there it was coming together nicely. I had a decent hood though not the right one but I figured I'd use it anyways as the differences are very subtle and only truly gravely purists would pick up on it.

I scored a couple of aluminum carbs on another trip but they were set up to face the wrong way, I figured I'd switch the throttle plate around and turn the carb the correct direction at some point. Luckily I didn't have to because I scored two more correct carbs. Cool I have spares at least.

Then one day I was perusing CL when I happened upon a guy selling gravely goodies in a town near by that the wife and I like to visit and off we went. He had tons of stuff I had to have and I also scored the correct hood for my L8. Happy dance time!

Now don't get to thinking I'm just goofing off and only concentrating on parts hunting, I was already working on what I had on hand too. I'm not going to give away too much because I'm going to put the thread up in the gravely section of the whole kit and cabutal. (I know spelling but my built in dictionary wasn't any help)

So for now are some before during and after pictures.

Thanks for looking.




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Posted October 12, 2015 - 08:11 AM

The Satoh never gets any love so I think I'll nominate it this month.  It's a 1977 Satoh S370 Beaver (the Beav) and it's primarily my plow tractor although it does just about all the grunt work around the house.  Dad actually traded the Pond for the tractor back in 1977.  The dealer was located right next door to us.  Same dealer that dad bought the Pond from.  This guy actually was a Power King dealer at the time as well so dad was comparing the two at the time.  He decided that the Beav was more like a farm tractor with the three speed PTO, hydraulics and three point.  He liked the fact that it was a diesel as well.  The first year we had it, the pistons split which was a common problem with the earlier versions of this tractor.  We were told that once they are fixed, we'll be good to go for a long time.  They weren't kidding.  Ever since that repair in 1978 it's been oil and filter changes only.  An occasional air filter and I just changed out the original glow plugs probably 8 years ago now.  It still rides on original tires.  In fact, the only thing that is not original is the seat.


I take this tractor to plow days and I primarily use it at home from dragging firewood out of the woods.  I've had it buried up to the floorboards in mud with a full trailer load of wood behind me and was still able to walk it out.  The thing is a beast as many on here that have seen it in action will attest.  Along with the three speed PTO it has a three speed tranny with hi/lo range, high and low beam headlights and even a horn (as many in the fields at plow day will tell you :D ).  It's not a cold weather tractor so it generally gets parked during the winter although it does have a plug in heater if I absolutely have to use it for some reason.


The Beaver was the smallest of the line up in the late 70's before they became Mitsubishi.  It's a 15hp 2 cyl. diesel.  They also had the Buck, Elk, Bull, Bison and Stallion ranging from 15hp to 37hp.  All have proven to be outstanding tractors.


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Posted October 17, 2015 - 11:35 AM

OK, how about a Speedex? Never see much on them here, so gonna give this a try. This is a 1641 I bought with no engine, long distance from PA. Username picked it up for me, then Chuckbob, and it finally got home here. This is a late model tractor, about 94, even tho most look like from 70's or older from Speedex. Can't change a solid design, heh! It set around awhile and decided needed to get it and another inside during winter so tore down and had frame blasted. That was gonna hold me for awhile, so I thought. Soon got into blasting at home the small stuff just to add axles and wheels, so could roll around to move. Then, what the heck, went full scale into it anyway. Acutlly did two Speedex's at same time. This one had a Vanguard twin in it at one time and had a narrow frame mount, harder to mount another engine. SO, started looking for one, seemed hard to find. Ended up buying a Wheelhorse with one in it, just a put together rig, yet it ran and drove. Had straight pipe exhaust. SO, home comes Horse, removed engine, dropped in Spdx frame and bolts right up and lines up great. Sold the Horse at next swap. Had some issues with starter on engine and had to clean it up, a real muddy mess. After new starter, getting wiring right, she starts/runs great. The tin seems to be hardest part for me to do. Hoods are one-piece on these with grill attached and hard to get into the blaster and work around. We did best we could and then lots of power brushing and sanding to finish. Bolting up all the dash and side belt cover and hood is a bit of work to get it all straight and fitting right I found. Both of my Speedex's that I was working on had about same tin and same problem. One is now real good and other is almost right. Tractor drives real nice, steers easy, goes good. I do not have attachments at this time, but do have a couple of decks if I can figure out if I have right hangers for one, might try that next summer. Still need the decals to make nice and be finished, but working on those now. New Holland red is color and Safety Orange wheels set it off and the black chassis. They would have been most all red, kinda less bright, but I like this color better.

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Posted October 22, 2015 - 03:07 AM

Deere guys - where are you?!



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Posted October 24, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Get them votes in. Looks like a pretty good race.

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Posted October 24, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Deere guys - where are you?!

Hiding in the Woods!  Remember the Reason to be Green! :D

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Posted October 25, 2015 - 05:48 AM

Neck and neck as we go into the home stretch

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Posted October 26, 2015 - 11:55 PM

What no huffy? Im goin with the gravely. I learned to drive the convertible l before the training wheels came off my first bike.
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Posted October 27, 2015 - 07:39 AM

That was tough, all really nice machines :thumbs:


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Posted October 28, 2015 - 09:47 AM

All of these are nice machines . Hard to pick one but in the end that Roper is just a beautiful 'Old Girl' !

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