I'm a recent new member to GTTalk and I've been finding great information to help me make a decision on buying my first gt. My first buy was on Dec. 2015. I purchased ($80) a 73' AMF lawn tractor with a 32" deck for my 9 year old son. It was his Christmas present and he was very excited when I opened the shop door. I had to travel over 500 miles round trip but it was worth it to see him smile and jump for joy. During that same trip I also found a AC710 ($150) gt for myself. It was only 5 more miles away form where I bought my sons and it was complete. It didn't come with any attachments but it did come with a 6 speed transmission and a 10 hp Kohler that was Cast Iron.
Over the next couple of weeks we were able to get the AMF running good and started taking care of some of the surface rust. During that same time the AC carb. was rebuilt, the amp gauge replaced, starter relay replaced, and surface rust was neutralized. That 10 hp Kohler runs very strong and smooth as silk. It was my first time working on this type of Kohler and I can see why they are so popular.
I really like the AC but I also was in need of a FEL for my 2 acre property. I thought about building one but I knew it was going to take me some time. I started looking for a used FEL but they are few and far between and expensive. I found a sweet Bolens 1885 with powersteering and a Johnson FEL for $1300 but I couldn't convince my wife that is was a good buy. It had transmission problems but I knew I could fix it. Fast forward to today.....
Early this week I found a Cub Cadet 149 for sale with a Danco 2000 FEL and Danco weight box on craigslist. The biggest problem is the owner was asking $2000 and it was located 270 miles away. I called him up and told him I was interested but he wasn't willing to sell it for less. Later that week I saw that the guy had lower his price to $1200. I quickly called and he remembered me. We talked and I said I was still very interested in buying it. He said he would hold it for me until I go there on Sat.. I was able to convince my wife that this was the one that I NEEDED! She said ok so I started planning the trip.
I woke up Sat. to some snow on the ground and it raining. My son and I got into my Dodge 2500 and started our trip. My biggest concern was Snoqualmie pass on Interstate 90. At 3000 ft. it has been know to be shut down due to avalanches or bad road conditions due to snow. As we started heading up the pass the roads had more snow and visibility was greatly reduced. I put the truck in to 4 high and we slowly went up the pass. After an hour of driving through snow we cleared the summit and started on the way back down. After a couple of miles it started raining and the roads started to clear.
We finally made it to the town of Monroe Washington (30 miles east of Seattle) at about 1:00pm. All I can say is it was love at first site! Sure it had some problems but all of them were fixable. I quickly paid the man (he had gotten 7 texts about it while I looked at it) and loaded it into my truck. The return trip went well because the roads where clear and I had my Cub Cadet in the back of my truck.
On Classic Tractor Fever they always ask how bad do you have it! My answer is REALLY BAD!
Here are some picture of my purchases within the last 30 days.