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Old July 2nd, 2014, 04:33 PM
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Doug, if you run across a sickle mower for a Gravely walk behind let me know. A 42 inch one in particular. I need it for the phragmides and the poison ivy.
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Old July 2nd, 2014, 04:47 PM
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Doug I used to work for a deere dealer for the summers while I was in school. Those things are tanks. The city had a few of them with 12K hours and they would just keep on going. All we seemed to do is rebuild the decks and change filters.

One trick I learned at deere is to use windshield washer fluid to load lawn tractor tires. It's cheap, won't freeze and is non-corrosive. Fill the tire until the level is flush with the top of the rim. You can usually do it by gravity through the valve, or break the bead and pour it in. That would help evilfij with his plowing.
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The Briggs twin 18hp (the comm/ind. version ) isn't so bad. I had one in an older MTD before everything except the engine began failing. After the MTD I went to vintage Deere tractors and never looked back. First was the early 80s 318 and when that Onan 18 started to use oil, I went to a Yanmar 3-cyl in a 455 and have been pleased ever since. This machine does everything I need on 1.25 acres ans sips fuel.
Thinking next time, I'll spring for the Kawasaki powered Husky. I need tires with taller sidewalls due to a side slope.
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Doug I used to work for a deere dealer for the summers while I was in school. Those things are tanks. The city had a few of them with 12K hours and they would just keep on going. All we seemed to do is rebuild the decks and change filters..
I hate the roll bar on the thing but have some 40+ degree slopes along the driveway and my road frontage that I mow with it so cant get rid of it. Every tree I go under that damn roll bar flicks leaves,twigs,needles down my neck,shirt, in my hair etc.
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It was great in the woods but not so great on grass. The articulated steering was actually a PITA around the house as the 3 point mounted mower would swing all over. It was a lot easier to mow backwards than forward.

I live in some crazy steep terrain so mowing is a PITA. I bought a little POS lawn tractor to replace it, but it is terrifying on hills. I keep thinking that maybe a heavier duty lawn tractor like that IH with loaded tires would do better.
JL, you might try a Ventrac 4500 it's a pretty steep entry price but they are bad ass.

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Got my old man's Bolen. I need to do some research on it (pto needs some fixing) but so far it's a solid tractor. The kids love it and I am actually looking forward to getting snow on the driveway to test that thrower out. Click image for larger version

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MFFF***(** sorry just typed up a response and the site ate it....

Ron,
Nice tractor!!! I picked up CC hyrda fluid on Amazon and a few belts off of the site for fairly cheap. If you search on google for mower tractor graveyards you will come across a few other forum discussions that have links for Deere or Cub graveyards.

I just got hooked 2 months ago as I bought a 2003/4 Cub GT3204 with 60 hours on it and a 23 Kohler command. Doug and Chris may help me get a 1999 3165 from OH so I can pull the front plow and controls off for my 3204. The windex is a good idea and I just put some ATV 25x12x12 on the rear and they make a world of difference in traction.

I hope someday my son want to save Dad's old tractor. I hate that I have to buy something used and then spend obsessive amounts of time getting all the accessories I feel I need. It took me 8 years with the 90 to be finally done.
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Got a 680 cub now too. The 682 KT17 was acting up and not wanting to start.
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Collect the whole set?

I ended up with a Steiner S-20, which is the predecessor of the Ventrac (recommended above). It has a 20hp Onan, hydrostatic, 4wd. It mows hills like you wouldn't believe. 60" deck and turns on a dime.
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The 682 KT17 was acting up and not wanting to start.
What are you doing with it?
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What are you doing with it?
Hoarding next to my father's 682.

I want something diesel like the one JL posted a couple years ago now that I have a big house.
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Nice IH Cub.
Since were sharing tractor pics...I picked up this Massey Ferguson 16 a while back, figure it will be a good Winter project...or just something else with an engine to hoard.
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