View Full Version : Oldies but Goodies --what still works

03-09-2005, 05:03 PM
Jim Kendrick @ TURF Magazine here ...

A reader just suggested we do a column of folks experience with equipment after it's gone through the wringer and back ...and keeps on ticking.

Like ... I know I've cut at least 1,000 cords of firewood (here in Vermont) with my 18-year-old Stihl chain saw. Still starts. Still cuts great.

What cha got on that topic?

03-09-2005, 06:01 PM
I have an old honda hrc 216 that just keeps going, and going. I did not have it the whole time, but I have had it for about a year, the guy said it was 7 years old. so it's eight now.

I also have friend that has a T27 trimmer. still cuts great and starts on the first pull.

03-09-2005, 06:04 PM
Stihl FS85 Trimmers, thousands of hours on them. Those trimmers sure have seen some good workouts, and they just keep running and running.....

03-09-2005, 06:10 PM
2-stroke lawnboy's, i have an 85' model that outpowers the new machines

03-09-2005, 06:20 PM
I have a John Deere Chainsaw that used to be my dad's, made in the late 70's. Still runs great...it has sure cut a lot of wood.

03-09-2005, 06:29 PM
Stihl FS-85 trimmer that just won't quit. It must have 3,000 hours on it. Also a Stihl BR-400 backpack blower that refuses to die. Plenty of hours on that one as well.

03-09-2005, 06:36 PM
I got one for ya Jim...it's me. Just like the Eveready bunny.

Eddie B
03-09-2005, 06:45 PM
My Snapper 28" riding mower just keeps running and running and running... It's seen 8 years of residential use cutting about an acre a week, and the past 3 years it's been used commercially, and has seen 15+ hours a week.
Every year it usually needs
1 belt:$15
3-4 new blades:$15 (Damage from rocks, sticks, etc)
4-5 clutches:$13
Along with regular greasing/oil changes
It just keeps running. I want to get a smaller walk-behind, might even look into this new exmark 26", but this thing just keeps running, and its fun to drive.

03-09-2005, 06:59 PM
I have a 1989 Bobcat gear drive walk-behind that can still cut right with the latest mowers

03-09-2005, 07:08 PM
we have a 1984 john-deere tractor named bobby.

03-09-2005, 07:28 PM
I have an old worn out scag 48". Probably a late 80's model. I can't tell anymore. It starts every spring without a fight. Looks like junk, but cuts like a champ :D

03-09-2005, 07:33 PM
Here's another oldie.
It's a 1979/80 lawnboy 21 self propelled. It was used every season residentially, garage kept until the guy passed on, and Matt inherited it. All Matt had to do was dust it off, and it started on the second pull.

03-09-2005, 07:53 PM
1982 Mantis. 1983 echo curved shaft trimmer. Homeowners model for sure but I use it on ten acres every year for over twenty years. I use a 270 shindaiwa now but that old echo is still my back-up.2 1964 John Deere Tractors (1020,2020)that get used every day in the summer. The 1020 still has the original clutch. It wont count as a turf tool but it's old and still works. A 1946 or so Grain Cleaner that I grew up using. Here's a link to a thread with some pictures of old tractors and that grain cleaner.

old dog
03-09-2005, 08:37 PM
I bought an Encore Premier 36" hydro with a 14hp Kawi that has at least 6000 hours
on it('98 model)The dealer has come and gone and yesterday I was changing belts,oils,
and rebuilding castors.Never cracked the engine open yet.

03-09-2005, 08:39 PM
1981 Husqvarna Model 61 chain saw. My first piece of business equipment purchase right out of college...over $400 new way back then.

On it's 4th bar, 3rd sprocket, 3rd set of fuel lines, ? pull cords.
Used every fall for wood for the winter, used every storm for clean up.

Starts first or second pull every time.

03-09-2005, 08:52 PM
I have a 1977 wheel horse c-160 tractor that was used to pull dumpsters out of and appartment building until I got it 5 years ago. I bought a 48 inch deck for it and used it to start my business. I ran it commercially for two years. I now use it occasionally in the summer but beat the living crap out of it plowing snow.

Start first crank EVERY time, not bad for 28 years old.

03-09-2005, 10:24 PM
I have a 1977 Snapper Hi-Vac 21" self propelled mower. It has about 4,000 hours on it and except for oil changes and a few small parts here and there, I haven't had to do anything to it. It still has the original 4 HP Briggs engine on it, with the original paint job. It cuts great for its age, and still sees use every so often. I also have a 1979 Snapper 33" rear engine rider mower that has about 6,000 hours on it, and except for oil changes and a few parts here and there, I haven't had to do anything to it either. It too also has the original 11 HP Briggs engine on it, and original paint job. Now that I have my new 2003 Bob-Cat WB mower (which as many of you know I love!!!), the Snapper rider mower doesen't see much use anymore. However, my 10 year old brother wants to help me out this year, so both of the Snapper mowers may see more use this year. My grandfather gave me both of these mowers 5 years ago (he was the original owner). So, while they don't see nearly as much use anymore as my new Bob-Cat WB mower, they still come in handy from time to time.

03-09-2005, 11:19 PM
I have 2 very old 1998-9 vintage Echo PB-6000 backpack blowers that still run great and they have thousands of hours on them!

I also have a old ExMark belt drive..no idea exactly what year that still runs great...still use for smaller jobs and as a backup!

03-09-2005, 11:39 PM
In 1987 I bought a used Snapper (keyes) 36" wb from a friend of mine. It had a Briggs 12hp on it. I fried the briggs and a later Tecumseh motor (both were POS and no oil pumps either). I now have a 13hp Kohler on it and it works great. I still use it every day. The body and deck have never cost me more than a belt or blades.

03-10-2005, 12:15 AM
Late 60's Remington SL-9 Chainsaw. Now, I don't use it much, but it sure outperforms our newer Poulans (Commercial). It hate 'em. Well, to tell you the truth, I hate all chain saws.

03-10-2005, 12:36 AM
I have a 1983/84 Snapper push mower I bought used in 1985, that has the BBC, and still runs great to this day. The next oldest piece is a Shindaiwa T 270, entering it's 9th season. It has been used, abused, dropped of the trailer 3 times, dropped in a creek, and the only thing outside of regular maintenance it has required was a new shaft last fall :D

Appalachian landscape
03-10-2005, 02:31 AM
HONDA! HONDA! HONDA! My honda tiller was purchased in 1987 and it runs like a new one. It gets used alot in season. Buy honda motors.

03-10-2005, 08:48 AM
1978 Husqvarna 65 chainsaw. I know this saw has cut over 500 cords of wood and taken down many a tree. Still starts and runs as strong as when new.

1989 John Deere 185 lawn tractor with 46" deck and 17 hp Kawi.....still runs and cuts great....it just stays in my back yard to cut inside the fenced area.

1982 Toro 44" belt drive walk behind with 15 hp Kawi......still cuts and runs great.

03-10-2005, 09:05 AM
Early 70's 21" Jacobsen pushmower. I use it to mow my own lawn every week. Starts one or two pulls. Late 60's Simplicity 5 hp snowblower. Was my grandpa's, still blows snow like a champ. Also, early 70's Stihl 041, all the writing on it is in German. Out-cuts a lot of saws made today!

03-10-2005, 10:16 AM
this is Jimmy.. He is an oldy but still a goody.. He is confined to a Z.....

03-10-2005, 10:23 AM
they just don't make stuff like they used to. :rolleyes:

03-10-2005, 11:23 AM
We just gave away a couple Hahn-eclipse reel mowers from the mid 70's still worked. At home I use a 1963 753 Wheel horse to plow my drive and it has a 36" gear drive(like walkers) deck. original engine, I'm the second owner... Gas tank seeps at the seam, but cranks up and runs every time...

I concur, most products are not built to last today....

03-10-2005, 11:34 AM
1964 Bush Hog garden tractor with 32" single blade mower deck (left hand discharge, flat reversible blade, sharp on both sides, when its dull just turn it over and use the fresh edge!). Anyone remember those tractors? I have one... rare as a hens tooth, almost. I've got lots of old stuff kicking around somewhere.

03-10-2005, 11:38 AM
My list of old stuff is too long. Oldest a 1964 JD 110. Includes Snow blowers, tractors, leaf blowers, etc.

03-10-2005, 03:53 PM
I have a Massey Ferfguson F40 tractor that was made in 1956. She's old and doesn't look new any more but she still plows the lane, brush hogs the fields, and drags anything I want that doesn't have a foundation! Also starts the first time and doesn't use or burn any oil!

03-11-2005, 05:41 PM
Great thread (and I don't mean 'cause I started it). Jezzz ...and I see that I lied (no intentionally). I said 1,000 cords of firewood with my saw. That would be at least 100 ... not 1,000. But I love that Stihl saw. New plug every year for 18 years ... coupla bars and maybe 5 pullcords. That's it.

My neighbor has a who-knows-how-old Farmall tractor ... looks like it belongs by the side of the road ... bush hogs with it ... has a 6' pull behind he uses to mow many of the back lawns up here in the hills. He garages it in winter, removes fluids & battery ... and is ready to go every single spring, he says.

03-11-2005, 06:08 PM
estimated late 30's to early 40's clark forklift used all the time in the shop

estimated late 40's Hough Loader.....runs all the time

03-11-2005, 06:13 PM
we have a1985 scag 61 inch belt walker with a 18hp kohler mag. the thing runs great, we use it for a back up and for the one residential that we do. dont think it would hold up to everyday commrecial work though

03-11-2005, 06:56 PM
I got a Byer 36" belt drive Kohler 14 hp W/B I purchese new in 1994 and it just keeps on running and running. Never left me down

Jason Rose
03-11-2005, 07:17 PM
I bought a Ryan Lawn aire IV from a local landscaper. they used to use it for their crews and also rented it out. they had 2 or 3 of them and this one was the one that was "worn out". yeah, it's a bit beat up, still had the old style metal water drum that needed a bit of welding to patch it up. But the old 3 hp. briggs engine starts and runs great, burns a little oil, but no big deal. Bought it for 300 bucks and haven't put a dime in it in 2 seasons! I repositoned the chain idlers, as they had them backwards and it works great! I don't use it much but it sure is better to own than rent stuff like that... I'd guess it's the oldest piece of equipment I own, most of my stuff is newer. What's sad is that the ryan and my ariens snowblower 8that os also getting pretty old) both always start on the first or second pull any time of the year! Let them sit a couple months, pull the cord a time or 2 and you are off and running. Better than I can claim for some newer equipment...

old dog
03-11-2005, 08:27 PM
I have 2 very old 1998-9 vintage Echo PB-6000 backpack blowers that still run great and they have thousands of hours on them!

I also have a old ExMark belt drive..no idea exactly what year that still runs great...still use for smaller jobs and as a backup!
I have 2 of those still running!both are 10 years old-Echo PB-6000's
Oh,and we run a 1975 Powerwagon club cab yet,though (sigh) the
inspection mechanic told me to look for a "new" truck since the frame
is getting very tired.We are still plowing snow with it-an old factory
installed Meyer with a belt driven hydraulic pump!

03-11-2005, 08:55 PM
old scag gear wb 52" 14 hp Kawasaki. i think i am the 3rd owner the guy i bought it from used for res but who knows what it was used for prior. Broken recoil so have to wrap the rope around and pull but still runs and cuts like a champ