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Posted November 12, 2017 - 07:48 AM

So Scott you got a rare one here?

I have no idea, but pretty cool that it’s not a common setup.


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Posted November 12, 2017 - 07:54 AM

It looks darn nice as it is, Scott. A nice survivor there!


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Posted November 25, 2017 - 08:56 PM

Found its twin with same motor and starter - another confirmation that this setup is original bfcbe306162ba12fca372a58fa937422.jpg


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Posted November 26, 2017 - 08:44 AM

The 14hp and some 15hp engines must have the older style S/G and regulator setup. I have seen some 15hp 990s with the more common S/G and separate mechanical regulator. I think the attached solid state regulators would be better, unless there were problems with it. Maybe it was a money saving change.


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Posted November 26, 2017 - 09:00 AM

Is the Unico different/better than the other MTD models, besides the tin?



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Posted November 26, 2017 - 09:54 AM

How did I miss this? Great find, Scott! Looking forward to seeing it during your restoration.


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Posted November 26, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Maybe it was a money saving change.

frist thing i thought when i found it was correct in my previous post is mess because it is, the S/G grill's look odd and dated at a time MTD want's to look more modern, the red tractor in my previous post here(late grill) shows what it should have looked like, the problem here is twofold, S/G belts have to be tight AND kept tight, not only is this going to be time consuming on the low and back S/G but it will also be limited in adjustment travel because of being covered (no room), biggest problem is that when you move a smaller driven pulley closer to the bigger drive pulley you gain bite on the big pulley (which has more than enough) and lose bite on the smaller(which had just enough prior), my take on the voltage regular is the same as all early solid state electronic's, nothing but problems be it car,snowmobile or tractors
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Posted November 26, 2017 - 01:44 PM

Is the Unico different/better than the other MTD models, besides the tin?


Not that I am aware of. This GT and the other green one was sold by Southern States Co-op which is based out of Richmond Virginia.


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Posted November 26, 2017 - 03:41 PM

I believe "Unico" stood for "Universal Cooperatives" which was a group of many farm based Co-ops that formed a marketing group that worked together, and each Co-op sold their wares under different badges.  Southern States Coop used the "Unico" badge, but not sure what all the others were.  There was also a line of "Universal" milking equipment, which I still have a few items left here.  Unico marketed freezers, mowers, tillers, and more.  Once the Unico brand folded, Southern States had their own line of MTD built "Statesman" riders, push mowers, and tillers.  Not sure if their are Statesmans any longer, but our 2 stores do not carry power equipment any longer.


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