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Does anybody even collect the green D-A era of tractors?

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#1 mtoney OFFLINE  

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 05:15 PM

I am curious, does anybody really mess with collecting the green Deutz-Allis era garden tractors?  I see so few at shows and it was a short period in the history of Allis.  One would think it would make for a good collectors tractor.  Yes I know the DA green is a love it or hate it color.  I think its quite nice when nice and shiny.  Now when is all faded and dull it looks like terrible.  Mike

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 05:23 PM

There's a couple local pullers who have the green DA era tractors done up real nice. Is a nice quirky kind of green. Does look nice shined up. Can't say I have ever seen any on display at any shows tho.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 05:55 PM

I would really like to have a DA 1920 Ultima, but not to collect. I want one for my primary mower. PS, split brakes, 60" deck with LH discharge, striping rollers, and a green paint job that is not exactly like 80% of my neighbors. (4 JD's, one cub)


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Posted September 18, 2016 - 06:10 PM

I tend to think of them more as a good quality using tractor and not so much of a collector tractor. 

Only thing I have that's D-A is a Vanguard 1242 out front mower.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 08:53 PM

I've had a couple, one 1916 my Son still uses and a 1920 with a loader. I happen to like foot controlled hydros so the never stay here. They are comfortable to set on though. 

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 10:18 PM

My 1920 Ultima was a sweet tractor, I had 48" deck. It would mow tall wet grass, and open spaces were great. But it was better at other jobs than mowing, even with separate brakes, locking differential and power steering, it was too big and bulky for mowing anything but wide open spaces. Of course I've been mowing for over a decade with a zero turn.

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 04:44 AM

There are quite a few Allis collectors looking for the harder to find green machines. The early, all-green single cylinder machines are fairly common. Finding a twin or later black frame model gets tougher. A 19hp gas or 18.5hp diesel are extremely difficult to find and would sell immediately.

I looked for a couple years for a nice twin cylinder black frame and recently brought one home.

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Posted September 19, 2016 - 01:36 PM

I used to have the diesel green one, it was rough and needed some serious money put into it.   I like the 1920 but its a major pain in the arse to find the 3pt hitch unless the tractor has it and thats uncommon on any of the sunstar series for the most part. I would say most all I see up for sale online do not have the 3pt hitch as all they did was mow grass thier whole lives.  I think the sunstar series would have been awsome with a small liquid cooled diesel in them from the factory.  The fuel usage was my only complaint on my sunstar.  Gotten spoiled by the fuel sipping diesels I have owned.   MIke

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Posted September 20, 2016 - 09:15 PM

I would like to find one of the 900 series in green, but around here they don't pop up for sale much.

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Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:58 PM

They have grown on me. I missed a nice black frame 917 for $250 but since then picked up a green frame 917 with power steering and another green frame 917 to use for parts.

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