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Poll: Vote for Featured Tractor February 2016 (101 member(s) have cast votes)

Vote for Featured Tractor February 2016

  1. David Bradley 725 - TAHOE (9 votes [8.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.82%

  2. Gravely Commercial 450 - KennyP (9 votes [8.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.82%

  3. Avco New Idea EGT200 - DH1 (7 votes [6.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.86%

  4. MTD 860 - boyscout862 (18 votes [17.65%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.65%

  5. Moto Mower 6020 - Greasy6020 (3 votes [2.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.94%

  6. John Deere 70 - 637Yeoman (2 votes [1.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.96%

  7. Bolens QT-17 - Bolens QT-17 (4 votes [3.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.92%

  8. Bolens 600 - Bolens800uk (15 votes [14.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.71%

  9. Bolens 1050 - TomLGT195 (2 votes [1.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.96%

  10. Bolens 1050 - WrenchinOnIt (33 votes [32.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.35%




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Posted January 04, 2016 - 09:06 PM

Voting for GTtalk Featured Tractor of the Month for the month of February has now officially started. This month's theme is "Best Original".

The winner will be featured on the GTtalk Home Page for the entire month of February and in our Featured Tractor Section for infinity.

We have 10 nominations this month. Let the Voting Begin!
  • David Bradley 725 - TAHOE
  • Gravely Commercial 450 - KennyP
  • Avco New Idea EGT200 - DH1
  • MTD 860 - boyscout862
  • Moto Mower 6020 - Greasy6020
  • John Deere 70 - 637Yeoman
  • Bolens QT-17 - Bolens QT-17
  • Bolens 600 - Bolens800uk
  • Bolens 1050 - TomLGT195
  • Bolens 1050 - WrenchinOnIt
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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:19 AM

This is our ( my son's and I ) 1964 Sears/ David Bradley 725. He wanted to do a tractor restore project for 4H and while talking to a buddy of mine who collects Sears, he offered this one to me. He bought it wanting to restore, but really wanted a round nose so he sold it to us for $150 with a DB rear 3pt. after sitting outside for a year and half, he pour a little gas in it, pulled it a few times and it fired right up. Pump up the front tire and drove it up on trailer.


It's been a couple years now and son still hasn't restored it yet. It has gotten really hard to start and recoil wants to hang up and not pull back in. Still runs good once running though. We did buy some tri-ribs for the front and have those mounted. Maybe we can get around to it this summer before he heads off to college.

Other than us adding the tri-ribs, this is a stock unmolested tractor. not sure if it had rear fenders although I have picked up a set and also a new grill since this one if broken in several places.


The first 3 pics are at my buddy's house before we picked it up. Rest are when we got it home and my son on it.

My sister does cake decorating, the last pic is my son's 16th birthday cake she made.


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Posted January 05, 2016 - 09:01 AM

I will add my Gravely Commercial 450 to the fray. I was at the Fall Show last October when a gentleman walked up and asked if I knew anyone interested in a garden tractor. I asked for more information and got the address of a lady who was looking for a home for this Gravely. She and her deceased husband had bought this new and used it mainly for mowing their property. We agreed upon a purchase price and I brought it home the next day. While getting the tractor ready to load, I spotted the rotary plow and a snow blade in the corner of the garage. Also, a Kensico cart was in there and we found a common price for those items as well, which I picked up a couple weeks later.

After getting the tractor home, I put a charger on the battery and checked the fuel in the tank. It smelled very old and nothing was coming out of it. I removed the tank and pulled the petcock. It was stopped up with crud. After cleaning it and putting fresh gas in, it fired off and ran very smooth. This has the Onan CCKA 16.5 HP hanging off the back. Oil pressure was very good on the gauge, so I took it for a spin. Even mowed some with it. It is very slow going, as max speed in high gear is around 4 MPH.

Besides the aforementioned items, the tractor has wheel weights, a set of tire chains still in the bag, and nearly new tires all the way around. Best I can figure, this tractor is of early 1970's vintage. Here's some pics.

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This is the original seat pan, I will need a cushion for it
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I have since found these 450's were sold from 1970 -72.

Edited by KennyP, January 05, 2016 - 10:16 AM.

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:32 PM

   I would like to nominate my 1974 Avco New Idea EGT200. It came complete but not running. I had to change the main disconnect switch and one of the heavy cables attached to it, put in a good set of batteries and it worked, but not very well. Did some more troubleshooting and found that 1 of the small finger relays wasn't working right, after I replaced that it works much better, all the speeds, cruise control, electric lift, only the lights are not working on it. It is 1 of 2 that I own the other is being slowly restored, this one I plan to keep it together, repair as needed and use it for what they were made for.

   I have the mid mount Mower, Snow blower, Dozer blade, sleeve hitch with manual lift, and even a Tiller for it. I have used it to cut the grass, pull a small trailer, plow, disc, cultivate the garden, grade the driveway with a back blade, and am looking forward to plowing the snow and using the snow blower when snow comes.

Pictures show it as I got it and a picture taken yrs ago of them both together with mower deck and snow blower.




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Posted January 05, 2016 - 11:17 PM

I would like to nominate my 1969 MTD 860 which is labeled a '12 Hundred". I posted it on here when I saw it on CL(http://gardentractor...mtd#entry572468). A couple of hours later I decided to try for it myself. It included a 42 inch mower & 36 inch snow blower with wheel weighs and tire chains. The PTO needed to be replaced. Ran well. I sent a message and the owner called me a couple of hours later. Collecting is definitely an addiction.

I went to look at it. His father bought it new in 1969(the year I made Eagle and graduated HS). It ran and was in very good condition except the seat and the PTO. He drove it onto my trailer for me. He was a very nice gent and knew it was worth more as parts but wanted it to go to a good home. I updated the thread and got some good advise from EricFromPa. He pointed out that the PTO and belt guard the tractor needed were for sale at Joe's Outdoor Power. I ordered the parts and fixed the tractor and did all the maintenance. I mowed the yard with it and it worked fine. I definitely need to get a new seat cushion for it. This winter it is the backup snowblower.

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Posted January 06, 2016 - 05:09 PM

I'm back to nominate my moto mower 6020

It is all original except for the left rear tire and motor. The original motor is non functional. Due to my incompetent skills with carburerators I broke it beyond repair. The left rear tire dry rotted away to nothing. There are no other mods/repairs done yet...

I have owned the tractor since June 2015. I purchased it for $25 from my best friends neighbour. When I retrieved it I pushed it down the road with my friend his brother also my friend and their other brothers. So in total there must have been 6 kids ranging from 15 to 4 years old pushing a tractor down the road. We tried for days to start that old Briggs motor. Finally I said screw it and went to the Canadian version of harbour freight. Got myself a shiny brand new Briggs/Honda clone.

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Posted January 07, 2016 - 08:56 PM

     This is my 1973 John Deere 70 Garden tractor puller. It has a 7hp cast iron Techumseh with some motor work. We Ported the carbureator and milled the head. They used these motors but horizontal shaft, for mini bikes. They had an aluminum piston. So we took the aluminum piston and put it in our motor so it would torque up faster.

We also ported the engine. On the carbureator we put a "Sonic tube" on it. There is a book that tells you how big and long the tube has to be for your motor to make more power. That does something with the "Pulses of the carb. and gives it more power. We changed the electrical too. We put an old car coil on it too give it hotter spark, which makes it burn all the fuel and not waste any. She runs pretty good on racing gas too!


    We got it from our Uncle Wayne. It came with the 34in deck. It is in great original condition. He couldn't figure out why it wouldn't idle.So we got it and figured out that the previous owner before him stuck a stick in the governor. :(  So all the abuse from having it run wide open and shutting it off and not letting it idle made it blow up soon after we got it.So we rebuilt it and did all the work to it. We then took some ATV tires and cut them. Grips better than any cut ag-tire around! When ever we take it to tractor pulls we like to beat up on the 16hp Ingersolls. We get underestimated. So they started changing rules and saying we couldn't use cut tires. So we changed them and still won! I guess they know now why we named it "Problem Child" I mean come on, Its just a little "7"hp Techumseh right?



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Edited by 637Yeoman, January 09, 2016 - 07:11 PM.

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Posted January 08, 2016 - 07:05 PM

I am nominating my 1979 Bolens QT-17. It has a 22 hp Kohler engine in it at the time, but originally it had a 17 hp engine. I bought it two years ago from my dads friend, It was all covered in weeds and dirt. So we hauled it home and power washed it. Then we had to pop the hood and see whats wrong with it. Nothing looked to be the matter but we thought the battery was shot and we had to replace some of the pulleys out of the mower deck. Out of curiosity we put the battery on the charger.


The next morning we tried to start it, Surprisingly it started right up!  And i couldn't stop driving that thing! After a couple months we had to replace the U-joint  :wallbanging: . But after that was replaced there wasn't anything wrong with it. The mower deck wasn't in the pictures because it was in the barn, but it is a 54" mower deck. This garden tractor has some real power!






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Posted January 10, 2016 - 08:37 PM

I am going to nominate Bolens800uk's 1962 Bolens 600.


Back in April last year Andrew found a Bolens 600 advertised on eBay which just happened to be fairly close to me.


He PMed me asking if I would be so kind as to help him get it shipped to the UK if he managed to win the auction.


I told him that I would be more than happy to help, and that I would have no problem keeping it at my place until arrangements could be made for the shipping.


Andrew did win the auction, and it turned out that the seller was only about a 1/2 hour drive from me.  Now as you all know from my various road trips, that was 'just around the block' for me  :D :D :D


So, on a very nice Saturday morning I set forth to bring Andrew's prize home.


Once at the sellers, we had a bit of a chat and I gave it a good test drive and payment was made.  During the chat I asked if he knew the history of the tractor and he said that he didn't.  He worked at a scrap yard and the tractor and attachments were brought in the be scrapped!


That would have been almost a crime as the tractor is in perfect working condition, and will start within 1-3 pulls.  I guess the it was something that someone inherited, and that they had no clue as to what it was, but that it was old and that they didn't want it.


He has an agreement with t he owner that if anything with a 'much better than scrap value', and is salable that he will put it on eBay, and they will share in the profits.  He saw the value in the 600 and a good tractor was saved for us to use and appreciate.


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Posted January 14, 2016 - 07:42 PM

I would like to throw my 66 Bolens 1050 into the ring. I picked this up recently in early November. It was posted on CL and someone here noticed it. The big attraction seemed to be the condition and the original whitewall tires. The PO bought it from the original owner and sold off the other attachments and kept the tractor for a while before selling it to me.

I recently( September) picked up a couple Bolens TF's, that need restoration, with a pile of attachments . I picked this tractor up to use some of the attachments while I get the others up and running, and because I like the whitewalls. I have mounted the snowcaster on it for the winter and I am anxious to see how it works. This is my first time using a Bolens , so I'm interested in seeing how I like it. 

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Posted January 16, 2016 - 05:32 PM

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Posted January 20, 2016 - 09:57 PM

Let the voting begin :D

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Posted January 21, 2016 - 05:37 PM

And don't forget the winner of the voting will be getting a free 6" or 8" muffler with a 8" chrome tip , so everybody make sure you vote for your favorite tractor , Good luck to everyone this month !!!!!!DSC02250.JPG

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Posted January 21, 2016 - 05:43 PM

And don't forget the winner of the voting will be getting a free 6" or 8" muffler with a 8" chrome tip , so everybody make sure you vote for your favorite tractor , Good luck to everyone this month !!!!!!attachicon.gifDSC02250.JPG


How do you install one of those nice mufflers on an electric tractor? :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:

Sorry I just had to say that, if I win one I have a gas powered tractor that it would look great on. :thumbs:  :thumbs: :thumbs:  


Thanks for adding it to the contest.

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Posted January 21, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Took me about 6 times thru to get my vote selected.