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What is your favorite make and how is it special?

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#1 Mustard Tiger ONLINE  

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 04:25 PM

I know a lot of people are partial to a particular make or series of tractors, but other than the case/ingersoll fans I don't hear much about why.  Is there something unique or special about your favorites that appeal to you?  If you were trying to convince me to buy one, what's your sales pitch?

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 04:45 PM

My favorite GT is my Bolens 1250. Its big, heavy and strong. Second favorite is an AC Big Ten for its versitility. I have plows, mower decks, snow blowers and a tiller for some of my Bolens. I have 20+ attachments for the AC/Simplitiys. It was hard to chose between them for the favorite spot. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 05:09 PM

GE ElecTrak garden tractors, they run without GAS. :thumbs:

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 05:14 PM

No favorites, they all have their good and not so good points. I use all of mine, they all have jobs.

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 06:38 PM

I don't really have a favorite.  I like all real tractors,  farm or garden.

I would be interested in several Sears Crapsman's though.  There is a sink hole out on the back 40 that needs filled in. 

Fill dirt is high around here.  Rather use some kind of fill with no value.   :(

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 07:20 PM

Depends on whatever fantasy you had about first successful one you had. As kid saw PK ads in mags and always wanted one. Then when about 50, Got one! Odd it was the SAME ONES I was liking back then!
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 07:29 PM

I always loved and admired the Bolens line, they really were revolutionary and way ahead of their time in alot of designs and ways they built their equipment to be versatile and user friendly where children and wives could jump on them and do the lawn.

Also the fast switch attachment system which allowed you to change almost all the common attachments with no tools and no belts to align in minutes.

By the mid 60's the Tubeframe line had right around 40 different implements available

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:01 PM

I think a lot has to do with the purpose for the machine, what do you want to accomplish with it. I have a craftsman that I used to mow the lawn with, a panzer that pulls trailers around and is a back up for pushing snow, after I retired I purchased a Simplicity 7010 and use it to mow and push (what little snow we have). What makes things interesting is everyone has a different opinion and we can all smile. I even smiled when someone called my old mower a sears crapsman. (he is right / depending on what you compare it to )



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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:01 PM

If it ain't RED Leave it in the shed.  Nothing smells like a JOHN.  Grew up around and on the Farmall line from the old Regular's up through the 450 international.  About that time Dad quit farming as I was in the service.  When I retired and was doing custom haying small squares it was a IH 400 and an H.  For the Gt line - Hard to pick between one of the Bolens or the White.

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:02 PM

I also like the bolens tractors, in particular the articulated versions. They for some reason remind me of working on aircraft. I see a lot of similarities in control cables and design. Not sure if they had any crossover in that field but working on Groundskeepers bring back fond memories and that is enough for me.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 08:17 PM

My favorite is the one doing the job I need done.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 09:22 PM

Right now I would say the two that are together an run that being my cub 70 an my jd 212 both on snow duty. I'm not brand specific but if you look in the garage it's mostly deere, I've picked up the ones I have for either the attachments they have with them or the simple fact it's only a couple year production.
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Posted February 10, 2017 - 09:50 PM

I would say the Sears (Near Sears Roper) and Craftsman are my favorites mainly for parts accessibly and solid transaxles. The Briggs twins are strong and easy to work on. There are weak areas, but mods to make them stronger can be made. I like the Ford LGT 165 but was afraid to do much work with it as it was $$$ to repair. The JD 165 Hydro is still new to us, but the 38" deck is a little small for the property. Main use machine is the 1990 Craftsman, Mows 2.5 acres regularly, For towing the trailer, the 1978 Roper is used, and for blade work, the 1988 Craftsman Hulk II.


The Roper 20T, 1988 BOH, and 1988 JD 165 are still doing Show duties, but will be put to work later on.    

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 09:58 PM

I've owned lots of different ones over the years..  Red, Orange, Black, Yellow, Blue and Green..  If it has wheels and a motor I'm in!

Edited by WNYTractorTinkerer, February 10, 2017 - 09:59 PM.

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Posted February 10, 2017 - 10:53 PM

Between my father and I we own 10 cub cadets and one jake, NOW we both like any old iron and that is one reason why I love this site, I like reading and seeing pictures about all of them!!!!!

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