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JCLawn and more
05-11-2010, 06:37 PM
Mine is a 94 6215 woods with a kubota diesel with 1200 hours on it. Its my main machine.

poncho62
05-11-2010, 06:40 PM
1970 MF10 garden tractor.......Also have a 70s National reel mower...84" cut....Its fun, not very dependable though.

Glenn Lawn Care
05-11-2010, 06:54 PM
i dont know what year it is but it one of the first mowers mowers scag came out with. everything is new on it. its my back up and it works great. it was my first mower when i started out.

mowisme
05-11-2010, 06:56 PM
same as above..ealy scag..SW36- use all the time. Rock solid.

Hoss27
05-11-2010, 07:17 PM
An old 21" snapper with a 2-stroke Robin. Still runs and cuts like a champ, not sure how old it really is but I like it. :D

mowerbrad
05-11-2010, 07:25 PM
Just found the original receipt for my oldest mower. Its a 1995 JD 14sz 21" mower. I always thought it was a 1990, but hey, its now 5 years newer than I thought. The thing still runs like a champ.

AOD
05-11-2010, 07:26 PM
An old 21" snapper with a 2-stroke Robin. Still runs and cuts like a champ, not sure how old it really is but I like it. :D

Similar to this one, but a four stroke Robin. Mine is an '83, it cuts and bags like a champ, the drive system is rock solid, only problem is it's HEAVY! They used real metal in those things!

I also have an older Sears garden tractor with an opposed twin briggs, probably 70's vintage. It's not used for mowing, but I use it for grading and if I needed to pull a roller or aerator or something that might not be good for a hydro.

AOD
05-11-2010, 07:28 PM
Just found the original receipt for my oldest mower. Its a 1995 JD 14sz 21" mower. I always thought it was a 1990, but hey, its now 5 years newer than I thought. The thing still runs like a champ.

hey brad, is that one of those that has "John Deere" spelled out in big aluminum letters on the front of the deck? I always thought those mowers were cool looking.

nepatsfan
05-11-2010, 07:32 PM
01 bobcat 48 belt drive. Has a rebuilt engine. I bought it when I started my business brand new. Its pretty much a backup now but still cuts great. One crew was using it for dethatching this spring.

Richard Martin
05-11-2010, 07:39 PM
Just found the original receipt for my oldest mower. Its a 1995 JD 14sz 21" mower. I always thought it was a 1990, but hey, its now 5 years newer than I thought. The thing still runs like a champ.

This world is way too small. First we both have/had Dixies. Now we both had JP push mowers???? I had a 1994 JD 14PZ.

The oldest mower that I own is my 2003 Dixie Chopper. I cleared out all of my old junk last year including a 1940's era push mower powered by a 1.5 HP Clinton engine. My newest is a Craftsman 21 inch powered by a Honda. I picked it up last year. Nice mower.

mowerbrad
05-11-2010, 07:50 PM
hey brad, is that one of those that has "John Deere" spelled out in big aluminum letters on the front of the deck? I always thought those mowers were cool looking.

That'd be the one. Its the one with the silver deck. It is one tough mower.

JB1
05-11-2010, 07:53 PM
2007 super z.

lifetree
05-11-2010, 08:06 PM
The oldest I have is a 2003 Billy Goat 33" WB; no hour meter, but it has about 200 hours on it !! I know that because I just had the bearings in the spindles replaced ... it doesn't get used everyday but it's dependable.

edward hedrick
05-11-2010, 08:24 PM
I have a 1957 Locke w a 14r6 briggs. Still starts first or second pull. Paid 50

for it at Goodwill.

1993lx172
05-11-2010, 09:00 PM
1966 Western Auto Supply Wizard, original blade, original spark plug, very reliable

AOD
05-11-2010, 09:05 PM
That'd be the one. Its the one with the silver deck. It is one tough mower.

Back when I was a teenager every municipal, school and cemetery crew ran those. There's still a bunch of them out there, and they'll run circles around anything Deere is making today.

morgaj1
05-11-2010, 10:39 PM
Not a mower, but I have a late 70's model Troy Bilt Horse tiller with a Tecumseh motor.

mowerbrad
05-11-2010, 10:45 PM
Back when I was a teenager every municipal, school and cemetery crew ran those. There's still a bunch of them out there, and they'll run circles around anything Deere is making today.

It has been a great little mower. My only complaint with it is that it is a little slow. Its only a 2 speed so it isn't the fastest mower out there. In second gear I consider it a slow walk, if it were 1mph faster it'd be at the speeds of today's 21's and a little more efficient. But I can't really complain because this thing goes through anything and just keeps right on going.

doublesharp
05-11-2010, 10:51 PM
Mid 1980s Honda 173 3hp 17" cut plastic deck push mower w/ bag. Weighs about 40 lbs and starts first pull. I don't think there is anything by any mfg close to the size and light weight of this handy trim mower so I baby it.

Lehighlawnpros
05-11-2010, 11:25 PM
1993 Grasshopper 721 Kubota liquid-cooled gas
with 5,000+ hours and a 1998 52" frontmount deck.

It runs and mows fine but is idling a little rough,
probably ready for new spark plugs.

Also a 1998 Grasshopper 725 Kubota liquid-cooled gas
with 7,150 hours and a 2004 52" frontmount deck.

Runs and mows great and is our current back-up machine.

Sammy
05-12-2010, 12:30 AM
1965 John Deere 110.

MikeKle
05-12-2010, 01:13 AM
Ive always said, as long as you take good care of the oil and air filter, an engine will run for a really long time, my metro was bought in 2003 and still starts as good as when it was new, but I only use it on a few yards nowadays, I got spoiled when I got my first hydro mower, and didnt want to use a gear drive much anymore!

JCLawn and more
05-12-2010, 07:52 AM
1993 Grasshopper 721 Kubota liquid-cooled gas
with 5,000+ hours and a 1998 52" frontmount deck.


Know I know what to expect from my 6215 woods with a kubota diesel in it. Mine is crossed with a 1994 grasshopper 721D

lawnboy dan
05-12-2010, 08:42 AM
93 toro t bar 32-orig motor /trans and spindle! -used every day

wahlturfcare
05-12-2010, 08:44 AM
my oldest is my 69 jacobsen comercial 60 rider. it occasionally gets to cut weekly grass, but i use it for snow removal and small lot mowing as the front of the deck was designed like a brushhogg with chains.

MikeKle
05-12-2010, 09:08 AM
my oldest is my 69 jacobsen comercial 60 rider. it occasionally gets to cut weekly grass, but i use it for snow removal and small lot mowing as the front of the deck was designed like a brushhogg with chains.

Post some pics of that big boy!

outlaw1960
05-12-2010, 11:13 AM
1993 John Deere 14 SC, great mower, And a 1994 skag 32", all original

Accident
05-12-2010, 02:42 PM
one similiar to this

although i could never imagine pulling up to a customers yard with one of these on the trailor

If there is something too rough to run a dixie in safetly...bet your ass the snapper can do it lol
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2465/3620186893_66382123b1.jpg

mnglocker
05-12-2010, 03:16 PM
I rock a 1984 John Deere 14sb 21" with a Kawi, and a 91' Toro ProLine 44". They both start in 2 pulls and cut swell.

BarkSlayer
05-12-2010, 04:01 PM
I had an old reel type Eclipse -guessing early 60s - complete with rope pull start (no recoil). Nothing cut small lawns like that mower, but it was tough keeping the blades sharp, and replacing those bronze bushings got old in short order. Wish I still had that thing.

Richard Martin
05-12-2010, 04:03 PM
How about some pics guys. Not one pic of the actual mower that you use.

AllSeasonServices
05-12-2010, 05:44 PM
Old Bobcat 21".. Not sure of the year. But its before they changed too Green. Its all origional except for the wheels. Goes cutting with me every time.

lawnboy dan
05-12-2010, 06:05 PM
mine is too ulgy for pics ! if you saw it -no way would you believe it actually still runs and cuts

poncho62
05-12-2010, 06:06 PM
How about some pics guys. Not one pic of the actual mower that you use.


Here ya go.......National mower and MF

Lawnut101
05-12-2010, 08:02 PM
I have a 199x Snapper walk behind. And a 199x John Deere 14SB pusher. Not sure which is older, but they both work pretty good. The Snapper just needs a new wheel motor, but other than that is very strong.

Mowingman
05-12-2010, 09:43 PM
Ok, top this. I have a 1954 Huffy 18" push mower. I used it at least once/week on some steep slopes, right up until I sold my lawn business in Dec. 2007. It has a lot of torque for mowing tall, tough weeds, is lightweight, and the handle will fold over so you can push it either direction.
There is not one single safety feature on this mower. I still use it every couple of weeks to cut my backyard at my house.

lawnboy dan
05-13-2010, 06:55 AM
i see a lot of jd 14sb,s still on the job in this thread

BarkSlayer
05-13-2010, 09:34 AM
Wow! Poncho...they sure don't make 'em like that National anymore, huh? I'll bet it does a nice job. My dad always told us that a reel type mower gave a more even cut. I think he was right.

mnglocker
05-13-2010, 10:17 AM
i see a lot of jd 14sb,s still on the job in this thread

I stopped in at my deere dealer yesterday and there was a guy at the counter buying tune up parts for his. He got my sales guy and the parts guy going on about how they don't make them like that any more. :laugh: Awsome machine, I just wish it didn't tip the scales at 100+lbs.

AOD
05-13-2010, 05:22 PM
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b325/Jim-jak/Mowers1.jpg?t=1273785602

Left is my old Snapper from 1983, heavy as a tank, starts on the first pull and cuts awesome. Right is my old 2 smoke toro, also cuts good, but is really loud and a bit cantankerous. Both shown without baggers.

JCLawn and more
05-14-2010, 07:33 AM
here is my baby (the one in my first post) this was after a long day in the rain and wind. I love its cut

Andrew & Ben's Lawn Care
05-17-2010, 03:01 AM
1989 Exmark 48" walk behind. Starts first pull every time. Keep good blades and belts on it and it cuts great.

bigdodge150
05-28-2010, 09:18 PM
1966 international harvester cub cadet model 102 for pullin whatever you want