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#1 LilysDad OFFLINE  

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Posted April 17, 2017 - 08:57 AM

I'm going to start something here.

 

I want to know what you think is the best garden tractor, but you have to tell us why and back it up with a well thought out explanation. This is where mechanics can show how intellectual they are.

 

I won't give mine yet, because I want to hear someone else give my brand.

 

 


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:06 AM

I cant pick a favorite. I have owned several different brands from almost every era, and have not found the perfect "swiss army knife" GT. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. The WH 417-A and the Ford LGT195 would be at the top of the list.


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:08 AM

The BEST garden tractor is one that always starts when you want it to, shuts off when you want it to, doesn't leak oil, gas, or air, is not too loud or too quiet, has more than enough power to do the job you desire, with any attachment you desire, in any climate you wish it to operate, in any location you work, without losing traction or flipping over, and doesn't ever require repair.

 

I'm still looking for that, but I have my brand favorite. :D


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:21 AM

I will chime in and say Bolens, simply because I love the Groundskeepers and Estate keepers, and lastly the little Lawn keeper. Anything that articulates is just cool and watching articulated loaders as a kid made me an instant fan. Bolens was ahead of their time in many areas and I also love the ties to aviation in their brand, what I mean to say is the control methods and engineering are similar to aircraft that I worked on in the Navy. Many of their tractors were over built and we'll thought out and the availability to this day shows that in spades! These machines come from an Era when a company cared if you liked their product for not just it's looks but for its longevity and usefulness. Those days will never return because in a capitalist nation the dollar up front trumps the dollar you may give them for the rest of your life if your machine kept you productive, they truly believe that if they build it poorly you will just have to buy another from them sooner. The fact that 90 percent of our young ones cant change their own oil leaves them also unable to fix a problem if it did occur. Even a tractors from most of our collections wouldn't last long with one of these individuals at the helm, I suppose that is also a cause of the company skimping on costs why build it to last if the person on the purchasing end wouldn't bring them any parts money due to their throw away mind set!
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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:24 AM

I got to say the late 1960 ford 120 it held up for me the last four year with a belt repair jest need a new battery and a oil change and I can go right back to work and then if I can find all the attachments I want aka sleeve hitch a plow and a tiller I'm set
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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:30 AM

This thread has been started several times in the few years I've been a member, you'll get a lot of great info, some varied opinions, and no real answer, because there isn't one "best" garden tractor, or anything else.

Edited by toppop52, April 17, 2017 - 09:31 AM.

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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:52 AM

Heh heh, good topic, should generate lots of responses. GT's are kind of like car loyalties and political affiliations, they don't have to make sense as long as they make you feel good.

 

I'm long in the tooth and have worked on and owned a lot of different brands over the years and know exactly which I would buy again new if they still made them.


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 10:05 AM

The BEST garden tractor is one that always starts when you want it to, shuts off when you want it to, doesn't leak oil, gas, or air, is not too loud or too quiet, has more than enough power to do the job you desire, with any attachment you desire, in any climate you wish it to operate, in any location you work, without losing traction or flipping over, and doesn't ever require repair.

 

I'm still looking for that, but I have my brand favorite. :D

:ditto: I couldn't have said it any better if I was a man of words.


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Since a lot of brands are hard to come by down here, I built one to my needs. She is known as Alice!


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 11:12 AM

I don't even own a stock one at this time but if I had to have just one it would probably be a Wheel Horse with a single cylinder Kohler and hydro. Just a good solid machine that is easy to work on. 


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 12:47 PM

, you'll get a lot of great info, some varied opinions, and no real answer, because there isn't one "best" garden tractor, or anything else.

I didn't ask for the best, only your best and why.


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 02:06 PM

Ill go with an old friend of mine, the Simplicity Landlord. *Up to 69*

They have a rugged but simplistic design, and are built very good.

Everyone ive talked to has yet to have any major issues.

They have a good drive design, and a tank for a motor.

They have a wide range of attachments, many of them are easy to find, and cheap at that.

They mow better than any other tractor, and i dont think there is any arguing there.

If you buy a landlord, expect to get a good quality tractor that will take all that you throw at it.

And as previously stated, the best tractor is one that will do what you ask it to do, with no complaints.

There is no best, proven by factual evidence, just opinions on what are the best.

Thanks, Luke


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Posted April 18, 2017 - 09:23 AM

I didn't ask for the best, only your best and why.


Fair enough, but I stand by what I said. I think there's info to learn, though.
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Posted April 18, 2017 - 09:29 AM

I love my Simplicity 7016 but that's just because it was free :worshippy1:


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Posted April 18, 2017 - 10:44 AM

I will stand by my Simplicitys as I started with a new one I ordered back in 1968 but bought a used 3410 in 1996 and have bought a couple more in the last year.


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