Hi,figured I better check-in here with My quest..I have spoken for an
estimated 25yo JD lawn tractor,,12 1/2horse,,mower deck and single
stage snow blower attachment,,recent engine re-build,,whatever "recent"
is and a new seat..The price is $200,,,sound about right? My Bro-in-Law
is using it this Winter then come spring it's Mine..I ca'nt really
justify a new rig for this lawn alone and the small lot accross the
street..I blew-up the Murray rider,,got it for $75 tho and used 2
Does Anyone know the original cost(estimated)of the above JD? Also
I'm thinking I'd like to trade the snowblower for a plow
attachment,,how likely is that?heh heh..
Sounds OK to me. I have a 30 yo JD 110 and am not familiar with your 12 1/2
hp but my 8hp handles the single stage blower very well. I would say any JD
that is running should bring $200 as long as it isn't smoking real bad. A
plow and a blower are two distinctly different animals. Plow is nice for
cleaning off a couple inches or a little slush but the blower should handle
8 or 10". The plow leaves behind a snowbank that is hard to move a few days
later. The blower leaves no obstructions. I have a Wheelhorse plow that is
like new and haven't been able to get $100 for it. I'm guessing you could
get a JD plow for $50 but it is sometimes hard to match this equipment up.
I want to try a plow next Winter just to see..Everyone agrees with
You almost verbatum so I'll probably hold on to the blower too and
maybe get a plow too and try them both out..I've never used either.
I have a 10ish year old JD GT262 with the snow thrower (they use the word
thrower for this instead of blower) here in NJ. I would not want a plow.
The thrower works really well. It tosses it up and away from the
driveway, carves through the pileup from the plow at the road, and maybe
most importantly does not bend up the frame of the little tractor. Plows
are known for doing that if you try to work them too hard, and too hard
can be less snow than one thinks.
You're not going to bend up your frame unless you lpow crazy like ramming
into a snowbank at high speed. I've spread gravel over a driveway with mine
and spread large piles of compost over a garden several times. I've even
pushed logs around when I am cutting firewood. Just don't ram things with
Ok,,Now I'm back to wanting both again!! LOL...If nuthin else You
All know I'm paying attention!!
As for being worth $600 - $700 new and .25 now(S Barker I think) I
guess I'll just trust My Bro-in-Law as I think He set the price not My
Sis..I do'nt usually trust when buying used stuff but Family is Family
so $200 is'nt going too far out the door if it's a bummer deal..So far
on the first 2 used riders I've spent about $50 per year for the
machines and parts I've bought for them,,total..At that rate if I get 4
years from the JD I'll be happy enuff,,more years will just be
gravy,,that's all mowing only..The craftsman was $50,,the Murray was
$75,,then one battery that's still good and 2 belts,,hmmm that's only
about $160 - $170,,I guess gas and oil changes are partly included in a
$200 figure for 4 years plus I've gotten maintenance experience I
did'nt have before..So far I'm on track with the original plan of
saving and learning..
Which group? (I don't see any crossposts in this thread)
I bought a JD 190C last year, strictly for mowing, but this subject
has gotten me thinking I may be able to use it for more. We don't have
snow here (MS Coast) but I do have dirt I need to spread/push/level
over newly filled stump holes. And maybe a few other light "pushing"
jobs. I haven't seen the push blades at Lowe's though, and the JD
dealer here doesn't stock the lawn tractor sort of stuff.
I wonder, would any rental stores rent the blade attachment? (I'd like
to try it before I buy it).
On Jan 25, 10:58 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Other group was Googles' alt.home.repair,,My mistake,,is'nt the
first but if it's the last that means I just died..NP..
I used the 12 horse craftsman to move a canoe trailer converted from a
pop-up camper with 3 or 4 canoes on it no prob..I used the 10 horse
Murray rider to drag RR ties accross gravel and grass,,double wrapped
with log chain that dug in a bit,,once the ties were moving the Murray
got em there and lined-up for stacking,,hooked low on the rider(ball
hitch)and the front end never left the ground even tho it's a rear
engine..Even a Rider can make projects easier if Ya do'nt expect too
much at one time..So far I've bought used ones tho and was'nt risking
much when I worked em for other purposes..I have'nt damaged any drives
yet but sure played hell on two old engines.
Heck,,I once tried to pull a loaded concrete front offloader truck
from 3' of sand,,I was on hardpack gravel wheel-hopping like crazy in
My 86 High Sierra 4x4 4cyl !! Never budged it but it was a hoot tryin!!
that same little truck pulled a dead Ford grain truck with a dead
tractor chained to the back up a slight grade on pavement in a light
Hey - you're my kind of operator. I use old (1970) Sears Suburbans (garden
tractors) and 1950's Farmall Cubs and Massey Harris Ponies.
I'll re-emphasize your tip - "if Ya do'nt expect too much at one time."
"Hey - you're my kind of operator"
Damn straight I am!! I see no sense in buying a new rider/tractor till
I have a good understanding of the older ones to work with..I plan to
do all maintenance and adjustments Myself till I'm too damn old to get
it done,,,why trust/pay some stranger if I can do it?
Other than the 0-radius mowers the main change I can see(in
riders)since the 50s would be hydrostatic transmissions,,the only one I
have any experience with was My brothers' before He gave it to His old
friend that then had probs with the trans..
I like that idea of multiple riders/tractors with different
attachments,,maybe one with a blade,,one with a thrower and one with a
mow deck,,I can store em outside if I really want to,,rules here are
pretty lax so far with easy-goin neighbors..Just need to find decent
older equip for low price..Maintainance should only swamp a guy if all
have probs at one time,,otherwise usage is spread between them so
mainteance should be too with the possible exception of checking for
condensed moisture(oils/gas)and bolts that rust due to non-removal of
There is a RR tie retaining wall I can use that is perfect for
driving small stuff right into My truck,,if it was any easier I'd be on
the floor cryin for joy..LOL,,if I'm gonna do 1/2 of the above I better
expand My tools and think about a shelter for the implements!!
My Family has a growing canoe/camping get together every summer,,I
live near that river so might go and hook the JD to one of the trailers
there and give the kids and adults rides thru the campground and/or
along the river roads..Just climb in and stay sitting on that life
preserver,,,Uncle Dean might get crazy!! Naaaa,,2n gear 1/2 throttle or
so should be safe,,,My Family's tough Americans anyway!!LOL.
Uh oh Sarge Bilko,,be carfull what Ya wish for,,bigger "plow" might
just mean bigger trouble!! Due to the width and deeper penetration it
might be over too soon,,then Ya gotta cool the engine and wait for the
next precipitation!! Might be better to just poke away with the average
plow..When the Neighbor Lady ca'nt walk to Her car anymore maybe She'll
kiss You for plowing Her drive too!!
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