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Old 08-27-2013, 12:46 PM
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Snapper rear engines, Cub Cadet, Wheelhorse and John Deere diesel lawn tractors, Grasshopper, Gravely and Steiner front mounts even GE electric front mounts. Even old Panzers. (Not the German kind.)


I was always impressed with the heavy build of these little tractors....just like someone washed a full size tractor in really hot water and it shrank! I also remember seeing my first one and thinking that the steering wheel was almost as big as the tractor!

Bet you couldn't wear one out if properly maintained. Nice!
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:53 PM
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My first job was mowing with a 2 wheel Gravely tractor that looked a lot like this. It was an old machine in 1977. The sulky hitch was like a u-joint....if you went from reverse into forward to quickly, it would wheelie, and the handlebars would slam down into your knees. Check out the little foot pegs. My boss chopped off two fingers one winter with the snowblower attachment.

I'll bet your boss is still enjoying that 20% discount on manicures!
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:37 PM
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before zero turn

Deck was 42 inches. The literature that came with the mower called it a commercial turf management mower. Was going strong when I sold it so it did have the staying power of a commercial unit.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:37 PM
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I'll bet your boss is still enjoying that 20% discount on manicures!
I remember damn near breaking femur bones on these mowers
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:31 PM
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We took a yard back in the late 80's and the people had one of those. They tried to get us to use it but I refused. Looked quite a bit older than that one. I could tell the thing was an accident waiting to happen. Told them to keep it in the garage.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:00 AM
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On the other hand the stupid machine didn't cut off every bump you hit because certain manufacturing safety devices either.

I own a Lesco just like this one, it's not even that old, and outfront or not it is a zero turn but I do agree, watch your speed, look out for bumps, and DON'T let that deck drive your knees into the control handles.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:36 AM
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we ran belt drive Bunton walkbehinds back in the day, late 70's, 80's to mid 90's. Sure was nice to pick up that first hydro!
I used them (Goodall), the reverse was barely functional you had to pull it backwards.
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Old 08-31-2013, 08:58 AM
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In the 90's and up, John Deere 200, 300, 400 and F series mowers
were the most commonly used equipment in my area. Worked very
well too.

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Old 08-31-2013, 08:59 AM
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I was riding around on a 1970's Hechinger riding tractor yesterday. It had a 18hp engine with a 42in deck. The guy that owns it rebuilt it a few years ago.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:41 PM
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I remember in the late 90's or maybe right around 2000 my neighbor bought a lawn business and had a Dixie Chopper and this POS old pistol grip belt drive 32in gravely. The hydros on the dixie sucked, they were really jumpy but I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Before that it seemed like every lawn man in the Tampa area was running a walk behind or out front rider of some kind. For a long time it seemed like around here, Dixie Chopper was what EVERYONE used. Now I'm seeing fewer and fewer of them.
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