77 craftsman 18 vs 84 gt 18
Posted November 12, 2015 - 11:31 PM
- CharlesDes said thank you
Posted November 13, 2015 - 06:19 AM
Welcome to GTT. Check in our Manuals Section for info on the tractors. Good Luck, Rick
Edited by boyscout862, November 13, 2015 - 06:19 AM.
- Tecumseh power said thank you
Posted November 13, 2015 - 08:37 AM
If it is a 1977, it a Sears suburban. It should be badged as 18/6 and would have came with a twin Onan, good solid tractors. If it is badged as a "GT18", then it is a 78 or 79 model. Most were twin Onans, but some came with a single Tecumseh. I personally would say yes, they are a better tractor as the frames were a little heavier, but the Onans can be expensive to repair. Both should have used the same rear axle.
For $100, I wouldn't hesitate.
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 10:16 AM
Posted November 13, 2015 - 10:46 AM
Posted November 13, 2015 - 05:43 PM
The belt is probably coming off because the guides aren't adjusted correctly. The guides are often pins that are close to the pulley and prevent the belt from falling off when the belt is slack. Sometimes the guides are bigger. Good Luck, Rick
That and Idlers can be an issue if they don't turn freely without a belt on them. Could even be a bearing out of one of them.
- boyscout862 said thank you
Posted November 26, 2015 - 09:33 PM
I'd buy the 78 GT 18 and sell the LTV11. The suburbans are real work horses and parts are pretty easy to find on eBay.