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#1 beeser OFFLINE  

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Posted May 16, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Here are pics of my recently acquired Ford LGT12H.  I had no idea that a garden tractor could be this well built.  There is also a 3-point hitch setup that isn't shown.  The last pic is the John Deere that I normally use.  It's been a great help on the property.  I'll be replacing it soon with something a little larger.

 

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Edited by beeser, May 16, 2017 - 11:33 AM.

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Posted May 16, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Nice machine and also nice pics

thanks for posting.


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 12:10 PM

From the days when men were men and garden tractors were tractors.


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  I'm still amazed at how well put together this machine is, especially considering what's available new today.  One of the problems I'm having locating a replacement for the John Deere is I haven't been able find anything of comparable quality but a little larger.


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the kind words.  I'm still amazed at how well put together this machine is, especially considering what's available new today.  One of the problems I'm having locating a replacement for the John Deere is I haven't been able find anything of comparable quality but a little larger.

 

Have you looked at Massey Ferguson compacts? I'm not normally a Massey guy but, they make some really nice compact tractors.   


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 03:11 PM

Have you looked at Massey Ferguson compacts? I'm not normally a Massey guy but, they make some really nice compact tractors.   

Bolens, and simplicity's have amazing quality. From 200 pound transmissions to 40 pound front axles. We need a time like that again, when people were proud to put there name on it. 


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 07:00 PM

I'm not too familiar with the Gilson flavored Fords, but that looks like the YT series Ford. I do know these were after the Jake built units. Nice tractor;)
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Posted May 17, 2017 - 08:37 AM

Here's a follow-up and update to my original post.  The tractor didn't run or even turn over when purchased.  It was a real crapshoot as I had no idea of the condition of the running gear.  I won't bore you with the process of trying to get it to run but the only problem was with the PTO switch.  All it took was for the switch to be in the right position and the engine started right away with the help of some starting fluid.  I'll replace the switch when one can be found.  The engine runs very smooth and doesn't smoke at all.  The rest of the drivetrain seems to work perfectly as well.  You might say I got lucky based on what might have been a total disaster with a blown engine and transmission.  I'm in the process now of trying to figure out how to mount the mower deck.  Most of the parts seem to be there except for the belts.  I still haven't figured out how power is transferred from the engine pulley to the deck pulley with the mule drive in between.  Maybe it's a simple matter of using two belts, one from the engine pulley to the mule drive and another from there to the mower deck.  What confuses me is the twist in the belt that it will cause.  I found an owners manual for the deck on eBay last night and purchased it.  Hopefully that will clear up my confusion.  I should replace the blades as they seem to have seen better days.  Anyone know the best place to buy belts and blades for this 48" deck?


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 03:07 PM

with a horizontal engine and mule drive the belts twist but work just fine.


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:43 PM

Similar to this.......

 

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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:48 PM

Nice lookin tractor, beautiful country.  You probably figured out there should be a deck belt under those covers, i'd check and make sure it's good, also the tension spring.  Always liked the looks of those newer fords and the older i get the more i like having a newer machine, seems like yours is in good shape


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 09:00 PM

Thanks poncho62!  I never considered there was only 1 belt required. That also explains why in the parts breakdown there is only one belt listed.


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 09:02 PM

Nice lookin tractor, beautiful country.  You probably figured out there should be a deck belt under those covers, i'd check and make sure it's good, also the tension spring.  Always liked the looks of those newer fords and the older i get the more i like having a newer machine, seems like yours is in good shape

Thanks for reminding me to check the belts under the cover!


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Posted May 19, 2017 - 02:46 PM

Have you looked at Massey Ferguson compacts? I'm not normally a Massey guy but, they make some really nice compact tractors.   

By coincidence I happened to notice that the CAT dealer in town just started to carry Massey Ferguson tractors.  That's a big plus considering they are the only tractor dealer in town.  Thanks for making me aware of MF tractors.

 

Edit - Just found out that the hydrostatic foot controls are the same style as the Kubotas, which are not comfortable to use for me.  I really prefer John Deere's setup.


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