Why did you choose the brand you did to collect?
Posted October 26, 2011 - 06:46 PM
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 07:06 PM
It's all about having fun.
Posted October 26, 2011 - 07:36 PM
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Posted October 26, 2011 - 10:40 PM
The Murray because it came with the acreage I bought, and it's completely changed any negative attitude I had towards Murrays.
I've done a ton of work with it this summer. And the only repair was a fuel shut off solenoid and a mower belt. The belt was purely user abuse, the machine was never meant to mow 5 acres of cornstalks? So I guess I owed it a belt!
If I were to collect, and that's a big if as I'm more of a user than a polisher. The one Brand that really interests me is the Economy/Power King/Jim Dandy.
Were I to come across any one of them(pre plastic) I would find it hard to pass up.
Edited by JD DANNELS, October 26, 2011 - 10:47 PM.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 12:41 AM
I am a little partial to the Ford, it's is my first with hydraulic lift and Jacobsen did build some tough machines.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 10:10 AM
my wife and i moved to wine country, just 1/2 acre surrounded by a vineyard, prairie grass & wildflowers. we inherited a craftsman rider that broke down so i replaced it with a Craftsman power push mower. Then i got cancer, went thru (3) operations, a year of chemo and still continue in physio programs.
Now, to answer the question - during all that fun, i was unable to do much around the house (if any), so i knew i needed a small machine that my wife could use too, to cut grass, push or blow snow & maybe till the garden. I found a totally restored '70 JD110 on the internet; bought it and i was hooked (she wasn't, i was).
I've been thru the 100 series (RF & SF), had a couple of 300 series and seem to have settled on the 200 series (i have 2 workers and 2 parts machines).
Now, i've got my hooks out for a JD420 LOL.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 12:03 PM
So in 1990 I bought my first Cub Cadet a 1978 1250 with a modded John Deere mower deck, 140 hours and $300.
I had pestered my neighbor for 10+ years for his Cub Cadet, so in 2007 I got his 1979 1200 with the proper deck. If a Cub 1450 or 1650 finds me I will try to get it in a heartbeat.
Recently a AMF 1414 with many attachments and cart found me at a estate sale for less than $300. It was clean and lightly used. Jury still out on what I plan to do with it. Still need to clean out the old gas and see if it runs. Did charge the battery and it cranks. Round toits are getting deep.
A year ago a neighbor passed on and when I went to her estate sale I discovered she had a dust covered collection of attachments, lawn sweeper, cart, aerator and more, for 70's era Cub Cadet. These items were selling to one gentleman as I walked up. Ever been there?
This site has made me aware of the fine looking Massey GTs and other brands. I have always been partial to anything Red. So I really like the Cub Cadets and now the Massey GTs.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 07:34 PM
Anyway, one thing lead to another, and eventually the "toy" collection of Garden Tractors grew, one right after the other. Now the collection is complete with all eleven round fenders, consisting of the seven 110's and the four 112's, and all of the John Deere attachments for this series of tractors, with the exception of a integral sprayer. Never would have guess back in 1989 when I purchased the first one, that I would have ever come this far!
Don't get me wrong, I like the looks of the Allis Chalmers, Massey's, Sears, and older Wheel Horse's, but my heart and desire will always be true to John Deere's.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 08:01 PM
...Don't get me wrong, I like the looks of the Allis Chalmers, Massey's, Sears, and older Wheel Horse's, but my heart and desire will always be true to John Deere's.
Troy...there is something really wrong here...ha ha ha ha ha...sorry bud, we all need a rich friend from time to time ...JD=$$$$ tis why they're green
Posted October 27, 2011 - 08:12 PM
My wife grew up on a dairy farm as a little girl, and they had Deere green stuff. So when it came time for us to get our first "big" tractor, it was gonna be a Deere! I had no history with this stuff, so any color was ok with me as long as it did what we needed.
As to lawn mowers, we had an old Craftsman that was on life support. So since we had become a Deere house, we looked at a green mower. Found two older LX mowers at an auction. Neither ran, but the price was right and I got one running and kept the second as a parts supply. But these were worker machines.
We started collecting when my wife went to an estate auction while visiting her family in Michigan. She bought a nice little Deere 110 at a good price. I had to drive to Michigan with the trailer to pick it up (she had flown up to visit), but we stored it at her sisters until we could get it.
Then the 316K showed up........
I like Deere cuz it's what I know - there is a cumulative knowledge which comes with having multiple similar items. I also like that the dealership network is everywhere, and they still have parts for MOST of their products. Expensive at times, but at least available. And many of the items are available through other sources (Napa, Briggs, etc) - mostly due to Deeres volume.
Posted October 27, 2011 - 08:19 PM