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#1 jdslednut OFFLINE  

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 08:00 PM

Maybe this has been a topic before but I'd like to open it up for some more discussion.  What do our members see as being more of the rarer models of the more common brand names?  I know there are tons of rare and unique beasts all over the place but what are some of the more sought after models among the seas of familiar garden tractor faces.  

 

I know that geography has a lot to do with rarity but please think on a larger scale of production numbers and survivors.  

 

Deere?

Cub Cadet?

AC/Simplicity?

Jacobsen Models?

Case?

Massey?

 

Basically, what do you believe to be "the one" or "the couple" to strive to find to add to your collection?

 

And.........discuss.  And as always, pictures are always fun to look at!

 


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 08:13 PM

cc 800, jd 110 63, Jd 110 66 hydraulic lift. jd 1966 112, case black night,oliver gts, Minnie mo, massey ex., ford t1000 or 800, cc 782d, jd 330, WH ride away senior,There are a bunch more.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 08:18 PM

Any brand that I own that actually runs..


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 08:55 PM

The Gravely Westchester seems to be a bit on the rare side.

 

With Bolens, the G11, 1257, and HT20D aren't very common, and here in the states at least, the HDT1000 is pretty rare.


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:10 PM

The Gravely Westchester seems to be a bit on the rare side.

 

With Bolens, the G11, 1257, and HT20D aren't very common, and here in the states at least, the HDT1000 is pretty rare.

 

The 853 is another hard to find Bolens, more so than the G11 in my opinion.


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:10 PM

John Deere 120 Custom Color is quite rare and 120s in general are not common.  JD 200s and 208s are also low production machines.


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:11 PM

Since I'm only brand specific, I can only relate to John Deere's. I don't really consider them "Rare", but more in the lines of harder to find:

 

1963 round fender 110's (first year production-limited to only 1,000)

1966 round fender 112's, both the hydraulic lift and the manual lift versions (first year production-limited to only 1,000)

1966 60 lawn tractors

1969 140's with the 1968 left over 12hp Kohler engines

1971 120's, in either green or the patio series

1977 or 1978 208's

1986 330's 

1979 317's (first year production-limited to 25,000 but most original motors didn't survive)

Rear engine riders like the 55, 56, 57 and electric 90


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:23 PM

Power King UT620.  About last tractor made from them. Had Beefier 3pt, nicer loader if equipped, Power Steering and a Foot Controlled Hydro, AND, dual hydraulic outlets and set up for Quick- Attach items, diff from the other models.  Tahoe has one and Wants to sell it to me, but we haven't set the date/time yet! :smilewink:


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:30 PM

I don't collect tractors for the sake of collecting, so rarity is cool, but only important if that makes it more useful, such as my 4041 PowerMax industrial model with high lift loader.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:01 PM

I would like to have a cub cadet, an allis chalmers and a case. I saw a 195 case once in my area, and missed getting it by one day. Liked the look of that tractor. It had a manual three point hitch set up Oh well. To slow on the draw. I am drawin to the farm tractor names for collecting garden tractors. Noel

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Simplicity's are pretty darn common, but the one model that seems to pop up least is the 2012, perhaps followed by the Wonderboy 700.

 

Allis' have a few models that draw more demand, due to lower production...still not rare, but the HB-112 & B-12 are the two any collector will need to seek out.  

 

Anything Wards, built by Simplicity is harder to find...especially the Twin 20 (Powermax compact tractor).  Homelite branded machines are also slim, with Allis built varieties being tougher to find than Simplicity built.  The '75 Penny's tractor is a tough catch.  

 

I've become a fan of the early Case machines, and the 130 and 190 seem to be hot machines, with slimmer numbers.  Also, any Colt.

 

What I have come to find, is that some of the less popular LT's and riding mowers can be quite rare.  It seems that few were thought highly enough of to qualify for survival, and the ones I have are my best conversation pieces.



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Posted November 13, 2015 - 04:07 AM

Josh and I , have had this discucssion a couple a times. To me , what makes something " rare " isn't always production numbers, it's what survived. Some of the most popular garden tractors were popular because they were ag related , and had to be purchased from an ag dealer and not the box store, So think how often you have seen a rear engine rider with a Case, Ford, Allis, Deere, White, Massey name on it, that is from the 60's or 70's. I think most of the smaller stuff, just didn't survive days when scrap was high. Canawler found me a 74' White lawn boss push mower this summer  and it's the first one I've ever seen


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Posted November 13, 2015 - 07:08 AM

Since I'm only brand specific, I can only relate to John Deere's. I don't really consider them "Rare", but more in the lines of harder to find:

 

1963 round fender 110's (first year production-limited to only 1,000)

1966 round fender 112's, both the hydraulic lift and the manual lift versions (first year production-limited to only 1,000)

1966 60 lawn tractors

1969 140's with the 1968 left over 12hp Kohler engines

1971 120's, in either green or the patio series

1977 or 1978 208's

1986 330's 

1979 317's (first year production-limited to 25,000 but most original motors didn't survive)

Rear engine riders like the 55, 56, 57 and electric 90

 

Thanks Troy

 

 I didn't know my 79 317 was rare. Still has the original KT17 series 1 engine.

 

Rare around here are a lot of the older JD's. JD110 RF of any year are rare. 140s are rare, especially H3 versions. It's getting harder to find the classic Sears tractors as well. 5 years ago they were quite commonly available, now it's really difficult to find them. Same with many of the CC, Ford, WH etc garden tractors. Some of this is just age, with many of them being scrapped. The other factor is the increase in popularity of collecting and restoring older GTs.


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Posted November 13, 2015 - 07:41 AM

Josh and I , have had this discucssion a couple a times. To me , what makes something " rare " isn't always production numbers, it's what survived. Some of the most popular garden tractors were popular because they were ag related , and had to be purchased from an ag dealer and not the box store, So think how often you have seen a rear engine rider with a Case, Ford, Allis, Deere, White, Massey name on it, that is from the 60's or 70's. I think most of the smaller stuff, just didn't survive days when scrap was high. Canawler found me a 74' White lawn boss push mower this summer  and it's the first one I've ever seen


I couldnt agree more! Not only do these make for fun hunting, these types of machines are generally found very inexpensively or FREE.
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 08:32 AM

Power King UT620.  About last tractor made from them. Had Beefier 3pt, nicer loader if equipped, Power Steering and a Foot Controlled Hydro, AND, dual hydraulic outlets and set up for Quick- Attach items, diff from the other models.  Tahoe has one and Wants to sell it to me, but we haven't set the date/time yet! :smilewink:

 

I have not idea WHAT  you are talking about  :poke:  :poke:

 

 

 

Allis' have a few models that draw more demand, due to lower production...still not rare, but the HB-112 & B-12 are the two any collector will need to seek out.  

 

 

 

Does the HB-212 fall into that too? :thumbs:  :D

 

Does this mean I have 2 rare tractors in my stable? :dancingbanana:

 

For me, it would be in the Sears line. Of course, the unicorn for a Sears collector would be the 500,000 tractor, there are pics, but no one has seem to ever seen it since it came off the line.

Also, Sears made a 16 Hp GT16 in 1978 or 79 I believe. They had one of the first Briggs twins. They are out there, but kind of rare as the first twin Briggs had an oiling issue so if owner ran them low on oil, they threw a rod.

 

I also have a walk behind mower from Devere-Locke, I have yet to see another picture of someone having my same model, appears to be 1958-ish.


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