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Looking for a vintage lawn tractor.

Post in 'The Gear' started by smokinj, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Build it bigger than you think. This one is 40 x 60.
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    Or you will just end up building another one. This one is 52 x 74:
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    (Note to self - I got too much stuff)
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  2. smokinj

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    Looking right now at 30x36! I was thinking 20x20 she says 40x40. Awesome.
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    I'm at 30 x 30 for my detached garage, and out of space. I'm preparing to put in a second floor, now.
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    Bawhahah. We are looking at the second floor half done out the shoot! :) Don't know where we will land but that's what we are trying to do.
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    Ok first mowing out and the JD is a caddy compared to the cub, but not a bad job at all. Need a few parts and sharpen the blades and should be up to speed soon.
  6. MasterMech

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    A lot of machines here get free blade sharpening and a deck leveling. I'm picky about what I allow on the lawn. ;lol Otherwise it gets tested on the neighbors lawn. ;lol
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I have over 2 aces and fields are the property line with a ditch across the street. If I mowed the neighbors I going need some gas money....;) Guess where the cub cuts?

    Thought I should add one more thing. The deere rides like a caddy!



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    There is not a single factory seat on anything of mine that gets yard time. I don't want to spill my mojito.
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    My jd has the lumbar supports and 3/4 of a beer can be done with out spilling a drop. That's not going to happen on the cubby. ;) (Not that I got it for the ride though)
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    Hey... you wanted vintage... ;lol

    Beautiful setting, J. Looks nice and quiet.
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    Yes I did.....That jd would crap on its self pulling a plow. So, light duty mowing and under an hour a week max. :eek:
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    Ok what should I change the trans fluid to? ( I know its here somewhere but cant find it)
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    I'm no help with manual trans cubs, since I've only owned hydro. Did you sign up for onlycubcadets.net?
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    Oh yea....One member is helping with parts. Kind of a silly question to start a new thread on. I think it should be 90 and sells for 10 bucks a gallon at tsc.
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    Yeah... one of the two advantages of the 3-speed gear box, the other being it's easier to maintain constant calibrated speed when pulling a seed / fertilizer spreader.
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    So, I'm intrigued, but I'd like to use a GT for skidding out logs. Mostly fir and spruce for lumber. The grass is an hour or so a week with a pushmower. 6" of snow with the 33" blower about the same. The landlord keeps telling me he wants a tractor on the property, but between the sailboat, travel and his girlfriend, I'm beginning to grow skeptical. Not much of a budget, but time and inclination. Seems there a decent amount of old iron on Maine CL. Advice?
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    I am told that the old cub cadet 3 speeds are the ticket. High low even better. There is no dought this cub would flip over backwards on you and never give up. Just make sure you got a good clutch. ;)
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    My dad had a 3 speed Cub like that when I was about 8 or 9. It wasn't big enough for what we were trying to mow and he ended up trading for a 3pt shredder. Would have been nice to mow the yard on our farm with it but I was left with the 3hp Briggs 21" pushmower which did the job just fine.

    I'm into vintage too. Got 2 Deere's, a 318 and a 332 both '87 models. 318 looks nicer but uses a little oil although engine still pulls very well. 332 is a 16hp Yanmar diesel with 1300 hrs. I picked it up for $2k but it needs new paint. The fiberglass hood was broke also but i found one off a 316 on ebay cheap. It runs like a dream and the diesel is very economical compared to a gas. I would like to re-paint/restore it to new condition this winter and maybe add a 3pt. I was going to try sell the 318 and find a loader for the 332 but those are very rare especially around here. Since those old loaders don't come on and off that easy it would make more sense to keep the 318 and put the loader on it. Too bad the Onans are so expensive to overhaul. If I could get $1200 for the 318, I would go offer this guy $2k for this 322 (Yanmar 18hp gas) http://omaha.craigslist.org/grd/3833978980.html. The blade alone is probably worth 400-500 bucks. See why they say these are like chainsaws!!
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    322 is one of my personal favorites. That engine just purrs (3 cyl!) and when you get it loaded down good, the power/torque on hand is very surprising. Every bit as tough as the diesels too.

    A rare find at a good price. A near mint one here on CL but the guy wants $3600+ for it. That kind of dough and I'm looking for a 425/445/455. ;)

    http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/grd/3875501212.html
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    Good running 318 around here would bring 1200.00...
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    Just a running 318 here goes for $1200, easy. If it's mint, anything under $2500 is a one-day ad. _g
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