I just bought my third Economy/Power King Tractor. One was a metal body Jim Dandy, one a plastic body 1218 (sold both) and this last one a 1220HV. I have attached pictures. The last one, by far is the best Power King 1200 series made. It has a 2 speed hydro trans, a 20 HP Kohler engine, hydro lift and power steering.
The plastic kings are my favorite because of all the modern features, yet still were manufactured with all that Economy tractor heritage.
I just can’t understand why the 1200 series were not that popular. I know they were expensive, costing over $7K in the late 90’s, but so did a John Deere 335 or Gravely 20G.
I have had no trouble picking up little stuff I need from Mission Manufacturing and even a few accessories. I have added a new rear PTO to the tractor and a NOS Sleeve hitch. (Try getting that stuff for an older Deere within your budget!)
The plastic kings now do not selling for anything near what they are worth. I paid less than $500 for a running mowing tractor in nice shape. Try getting a Gravely or John Deere for that and neither one have all the features the Power King has.
Like I said, I just don’t get it!
P.S. I understand the people who don’t think the Plastic kings are not the real deal and the older metal bodies are the way to go. In my option, the plastic bodies are the perfect combination of the old and the new.