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#1 jpswift1 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 24, 2018 - 09:40 PM

Well I always say that I'm nearly done buying toys, but this is the last one on my wanted list for a while.  I sold my Bolens Grounds Keeper and I missed having an articulated steer tractor so I found a great deal on a 1980's Steiner 4x4 articulated steer tractor.  It needs some love, but I already have some parts that it needs sitting around here so it should be a somewhat cheap easy project (just what I need, more projects haha).  I had 2 brand new Goodyear Rawhide tires on 4 lug rims sitting around as well as a Kohler Command CH18 18HP engine, and I bought a brand new hood off ebay for it, so I have the big things that I need now.  It should be a neat little addition to the collection.  It's very simple and built very heavy duty.  It uses Peerless 2500 series transaxles like my Ford LGT 195 and Massey Ferguson 1855, which is pretty interesting.  Here's a few pictures from the Craigslist ad.  It's not much to look at, but it has lots of potential and seems like it's pretty decent mechanically.

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Posted January 25, 2018 - 04:24 AM

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Posted January 25, 2018 - 04:48 AM

I've been wondering what one of those would be like! Take lots of pics, especially of the drive system, please!


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Posted January 25, 2018 - 05:57 AM

"It's not much to look at, but has lots of potential".....

 

That's a good one.  I need to remember that, it may come in handy some day!  ; )

 

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Posted January 25, 2018 - 08:51 AM

Either a Steiner or a Ventrac is my wishlist, also. Congrats on the find. There is no such thing as too many pics in this thread.

Hint, hint.
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Posted January 25, 2018 - 10:37 AM

I've been wondering what one of those would be like! Take lots of pics, especially of the drive system, please!

 

Kenny, you wouldn't believe the simplicity of the drive system.  It's a Peerless 2500 out back and in the front it's the same Peerless 2500 series, but it's just tilted on it's back.  There are Sunstrand units that drive the Peerless transaxles, a hydraulic cylinder that steers the tractor, one for the front lift (with down pressure) and then an auxiliary valve for controlling blade angle or what have you.  I'll be sure to get some more pictures.


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Posted January 25, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Sounds good!



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Posted January 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Sounds good!

 

I'd say that if someone had some extra Peerless and Sunstrand units, some hydraulic cylinders, and some decent fabrication skills, it wouldn't be too hard to replicate one of these Steiner tractors.

 

These little Steiner tractors remind me of a Vermeer trencher (without the trencher of course).  Do you guys notice the resemblance?

 

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Posted January 25, 2018 - 01:02 PM

I've been wondering what one of those would be like! Take lots of pics, especially of the drive system, please!

   I agree with KennyP   Lots of pictures, My wife gets embarrassed at the shows when I get down and crawl under for a better look.    Don


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Posted January 25, 2018 - 03:26 PM

nice score, those are cool tractors.

 

 

This one is my favorite Steiner, even though it is green and yellow

 

 

 

 


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Posted January 25, 2018 - 04:57 PM

:tapping_fingers:  :camera:  :poke:

 

 

 

 

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 11:09 AM

I pulled all of the previous owner's cob job half a$$ "repairs and retrofits" and I'm feeling a lot better now that all that crap is off this tractor.  When the engine was mounted, one of the four lower tabs/feet was cut right off with a hacksaw for some reason!  Anything that wasn't factory original was pulled off and will be done correctly now.  I found a great deal on a brand new Steiner 415 hood from ebay, so I ordered it and I'm working on mounting it on my S18.  It doesn't look like it'll be too difficult to do at all.  I think I'm going to do something slightly different as far as paint goes.......I'm going to go for a construction/industrial yellow color instead of the Steiner red.

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Posted January 29, 2018 - 01:37 PM

I like everything about Steiner except the price!


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 02:35 PM

I like everything about Steiner except the price!

 

You got that right!  I can't believe how expensive these things are, especially the attachments!  Even beaten up Steiner tractors are 2-3 thousand dollars, it's INSANE!  Luckily this one was very cheap and I found it on Craigslist after it hadn't been posted very long.


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Posted January 29, 2018 - 03:29 PM

Looking forward to good pics of the drive systems!  :thumbs:


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