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#1 MarkMasters76 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:22 AM

I have an opportunity to purchase an old MTD Wizard Garden Tractor with plow, and am looking for advice on whether it's a good buy. May need a starter, condenser, or points. Thank you in advance!!
I'm fairly new to the vintage tractors scene. I currently own a '75 Wheel Horse C160

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:28 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Nice looking tractor!


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:32 AM

May want to give these guys a price if you want them to tell you if its a good buy or a goodbye. 


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:33 AM

I think so too, but I know too little about them. Any thoughts on a fair price? It supposedly ran, but now it want start. They think maybe a starter is gone bad. Any advice?

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:34 AM

They are asking $300

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 08:48 AM

Is this a vertical shaft engine? When you say 'plow', do you mean snow plow (blade on front)?



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Posted October 26, 2017 - 09:28 AM

Horizontal Kenny, nice looking tractor, appears to be a 10hp version of the 990 and should be a excellent GT,$300 is to much in my area if it doesn't start, appears to be mid 70's
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Posted October 26, 2017 - 09:45 AM

I'd say $200 in non-running condition.  $300 if running well.  Just my 2 cents.


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 10:06 AM

   If you can't start it compare it to going to the casino. If you only have to repair a wire and everything else is perfect YOU WIN. If you spend $150.00 on a starter, then hear the rod knocking YOU LOSE. Don 


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 10:53 AM

i agree with the guys you need to here it run and make your assessment on price


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Tractordata says 760 68-78, found one in the threads and it is well liked lol

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 11:25 AM

Yes, blade on front. Has a mower deck as well, which I won't use...
Thank you all for your input!!!

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Posted October 26, 2017 - 12:22 PM

I have the older version, the MTD 860. It has a 12hp engine and is a good tractor but I'm 6' tall and find it cramped. Mine was running and came with mower deck , snowblower, wheel weights and chains for $200 but it needed $150 of parts to repair it. Fortunately, Joes had the parts. Check it over for any diagnosible problems then decide. $200 is the most that I would consider. Do not make the mistake that I've made and fix it before buying it(loose wire). Check for the manual in our Manuals Section(3 downloads for free per day).Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 01:13 PM

The tractor looks great from here and likely well cared for...Should be able to get it for $200 since its not running.  I was at small engine shop on weekend and guy showing me a tractor that "ran 2 years ago, just needs starter"  I  was polite and said if it roars today I can squeeze 3 bills out!


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Posted October 26, 2017 - 04:28 PM

Same exact thing as my old Wizard MTD Fourteen Hundred (960) but with a 10hp briggs instead of a 14hp briggs.  ( I should have kept it )  I paid $300 for mine with a deck and Haban blower and sleeve hitch. It ran but the deck needed some work.  By the looks of that one, she's in really good condition.  Personally I would give $300 for it but I do tend to over pay a bit for something as clean as that one is. 

 

They are a very capable tractor. It should have the Same heavy Cast Iron Limited Slip Peerless 4 speed that JD used in the 68? 110 so it will handle plowing no problem.  My Fourteen Hundred definitely had LSD. It would spin but it had to be really really stuck in the mud. Used mine heavily for pulling large 10-14" x  20-40 foot Firewood logs down out of the woods.

 

Bad thing is the rear Hubs tend to break if you pull really heavy stuff. But I upgraded mine to a pair of solid hubs instead of the Split adjustable hubs.  


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