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#1 Tecumseh power OFFLINE  

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Hey guys I found a craftsman gt 18 a 1977 has a good deck and plow too. For 100 bucks? Is it with it and is it any better than the 84 gt 18 that I already have.
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Posted November 13, 2015 - 06:19 AM

Welcome to GTT. Check in our Manuals Section for info on the tractors. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 13, 2015 - 08:37 AM

Welcome!

 

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

I apologize I meanot to type 78 ... typo. It has a plow a snow plow and deck I mess around with mowers and sell them on the side this looks to be a nice keeper the paint is even really nice yet. I bought a ltv 11 off him yesterday for 20 dollars I couldn't go wrong even tho it is a lawn tractor . Probably going to keep the ltv and sell my newer mtd for yard duties. I have and Allis chalmers b with a woods on it for the back yard. Can I ask if anyone ever had a gt 18 the newer 80s, style ? My deck belt keeps jumping off on it I can't figure out why

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Posted November 13, 2015 - 10:46 AM

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

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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.


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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.






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