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Nutsedge
11-27-2012, 02:47 PM
I acquired an ECHO PB-300E SN# 0011915 about 6 months ago from a buddy of mine I work with. He said it had been sitting in a barn of theirs for years after his father began having some issues with it starting. Likely caused by the addition of Ethanol to our local gasoline about 10 years ago. I cleaned up the outside housing/straps/etc, cleansed the fuel tank by emptying it of the burnt coffee looking petrol that was in it probably from 10+ years ago, then flushing it with fresh fuel 3-4 times till it came out as clean as it was when poured from my gas can, thoroughly scrubbed the plug that was in it till it looked almost brand new then added fuel mixed at the recommended 50:1 gas/oil ratio along with the recommended amount of Seafoam and Lucas upper cylinder lube. To my amazement it fired right up first pull!

After about 5 minutes of super thick smoke bellowing from the exhaust it ran without even the slightest bit of bug killing fumigation and has started first pull for me the past 6 months when used roughly twice a week this past season during lawn maintenance at my home.

I really like this piece of equipment and I use it pretty frequently too. So I thought it would be interesting to see what others had in their stable and the interesting (or not so interesting) stories that are connected to them!

Here's a pic I manipulated a bit on the redesigned Photobucket. I think it looks pretty cool!

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gcbailey
11-27-2012, 03:02 PM
I've got a few old IH cub cadet garden tractors that we use for plowing some small plots. They from from '62 to '71.

jsslawncare
11-27-2012, 03:07 PM
1999 Ferris walk behind's. 48" & 36" I use to 4 or 5 days a week.

Nutsedge
11-27-2012, 04:18 PM
I've got a few old IH cub cadet garden tractors that we use for plowing some small plots. They from from '62 to '71.

Have you had it since since new?
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Nutsedge
11-27-2012, 04:20 PM
1999 Ferris walk behind's. 48" & 36" I use to 4 or 5 days a week.

Same to you, Have you had it since since new??
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eatonpcat
11-29-2012, 01:04 PM
1941ish Ford Ferguson 9N

Nutsedge
11-29-2012, 01:37 PM
1941ish Ford Ferguson 9N

That's really old. Maybe we should add what the last most detailed service was done to the machine? I'd sure like to know what it takes to keep a 70 yr old tractor going!
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dbear
11-29-2012, 01:39 PM
My oldest piece of equipment I use daily would be me.:laugh:

Nutsedge
11-29-2012, 01:40 PM
My oldest piece of equipment I use daily would be me.:laugh:

That's a good one! I know I don't keep the maintenance on that as good as I do some if my petrol powered equipment!
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IS500Z
11-29-2012, 03:43 PM
Well I agree about the me part unfortunately. My oldest piece of lawn care equipment would have to be a 2T Lawnboy brick head push mower that is around 40 years old. Still use it to trim and, occasionally, mow the whole lawn.

JB1
11-29-2012, 03:51 PM
does the wife count?

jsslawncare
11-29-2012, 04:51 PM
Same to you, Have you had it since since new??
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Yes. They've made a little bit of money for me.

gcbailey
11-29-2012, 08:37 PM
Have you had it since since new?
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two of them have been in the family since they were purchased.... I'm 32, IH sold the garden tractor/mower lineup to MTD the year I was born.

gcbailey
11-29-2012, 08:40 PM
That's really old. Maybe we should add what the last most detailed service was done to the machine? I'd sure like to know what it takes to keep a 70 yr old tractor going!
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it doesn't take as much to keep an old tractor running as it does a new one. I purchased a '49 FA Cub from the original owner... He *thought* he changed the oil in it twice, and the magneto on it once. The fluids in the final drives were the consistency of grease, not oil.

Nutsedge
11-29-2012, 10:15 PM
it doesn't take as much to keep an old tractor running as it does a new one. I purchased a '49 FA Cub from the original owner... He *thought* he changed the oil in it twice, and the magneto on it once. The fluids in the final drives were the consistency of grease, not oil.

Yep that's the thing about older engines/equipment. Their tolerances were nowhere near as exact as the newer stuff. And because of this, could get by with sludge oil lubricating them. I had a guy drop off a 15 yr old MTD with a quantum Briggs motor on it that took me 45 minutes to change the oil because it was the consistency of Elmer's glue. I thought that after I fired it up after filling it with synthetic Rotala it might start gushing!

It's a double edge sword really. The newer stuff performs an unbelievable amount better with smaller displacement/is much more efficient/much much cleaner burning. But they do demand proper maintenance with the proper fluids.
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eatonpcat
11-30-2012, 01:03 PM
Have to agree...Not much to keeping the old tractor up and running! Remember to turn of the gas and she starts right up.