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bought 2 mtd ranch king 800 series, the price was more than right


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#1 ad356 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 03, 2011 - 08:31 PM

i bought 2 mtd 800 series today. i paid 150 bucks for the pair and i though that was extremely cheap. both are powered by briggs and stratton 18hp opposed twin II engines. i believe the twin II is a full pressure lubed engine, not sure but i think thats the difference between that and the earlier opposed twins. both tractors have the high/low range differential with the varidrive setups. one tractor is a parts tractor the other is mowing and functional. both tractors have good running engines.
so i got
2 46" decks
1 good tractor, 1 parts tractor parts tractor is "all there" just beat up pretty bad
2 good running opposed twin engines
the usable tractor is in good condition

i paid 150 bucks, which i think is cheap. i should be able to turn it over into a healthy profit.

1 think that really impressed me about this tractor, the belt running from the engine to the transaxle is an extremely heavy belt. now i dont know how durable the transaxle is but the belt is sure big enough

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Posted August 03, 2011 - 08:41 PM

Sounds like you got a DEAL

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:46 PM

Sorry I missed this, that is a good deal you got there. How does the vari-drive on the MTDs work?

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 08:54 PM

ad, Thats a great deal. I too would like to know about the vari-drive, and how it works.. Thanks for posting, how about some pictures?

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Posted August 04, 2011 - 11:24 PM

congrats on a great sounding deal

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Posted March 02, 2012 - 05:38 PM

The TWIN II engines can be either pressure lubed or splash lubed, depends on the model. My 18.5 TWIN II is splash lubed. Models 400440,400770,402440,402770,404440,404770,422440,422770, and 462770 are pressure lubed with an oil filter, according to my Briggs book. I have an 800 series Yard Machine too and for what they are they're not bad. I wish i had put an hour meter on mine when i purchased it in 1998. It has to have a ton of hours on it. I mowed 3 acres up until '07, plus i have a 45" snow blower that gets used a lot ( except this year). I've never had any trouble with the variable speed other than the plastic shifter plate cracking. The engine is getting tired now but it still doesn't miss a beat. I'd love to find another one since I've got this big snowblower. Gary
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Posted May 12, 2012 - 11:14 PM

i have been mowing with this tractor for over a year now and have only had to replace belts so far. the briggs twin is a good running engine. how much would i expect to pay for one of those snowblowers, what model snowblower does it take and is it a 2 stage unit? this thing mows allot of grass in a hurry. its not as heavy duty as my IH but its heavy enough for mowing/snowblowing
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Posted May 13, 2012 - 07:40 AM

Thanks for the follow-up, glad to hear it's still going strong.

Hopefully twostacks has a picture of his blower.

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 06:44 PM

ad356 I have plenty of good pictures and videos of my snowblower, but I can't get to them. They are on my old computer and it's locked down with a virus. Right now the blower is standing up in the corner of my barn surrounded by stuff so I can't even take a current picture. It gets better... I tried to get the model off of the data tag and it's missing. I must've lost the tag somewhere in the snow over the years. I've never had any trouble with it to need the information to buy parts. However, I did some digging around on the web and found a blower on ebay that looks exactly like mine. It's a model 190-624. If you take this model, which should be 190-624-000, and go to the MTD website, search for parts diagrams and you can see breakdowns of it. The only difference I can see is that I don't have the cable controls to direct the chute snout. Also, to answer your question, it is a two stage snowblower. Gary

Edited by twostacks, May 14, 2012 - 06:45 PM.





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