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Old 04-20-2014, 01:08 PM
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Towing with a garden tractor

So at my house we have a Toro LX 420 garden tractor. It has hydro drive in rear wheels. 17 hp kholer engine. Could this tow a 5x8 trailer with about 1000lbs? I Dont have a real good place to put my trialer, but if the tractor could tow it then I could get it in smaller places than with an f-150. I could always go get a gear drive off of Craigslist for $200 and use it because I have my doubts about the hydro drive working for it. My neighbor tows his 4k lbs dump trialers around with a tractor all the time. And his boat. Idk if it is a hydro or not.
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:38 PM
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That would burn that machine out quick. It would void the warranty. It's probably rated to pull 200-250 Lbs. I wouldn't even try it.
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:59 PM
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I agree with agrostis. These little garden tractors will last a pretty long time as long as you don't do more than the machine is supposed to do. Towing is a big no no as most of these machines have sealed disposable transmissions and once the trans goes, it is not cost effective to fix
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:08 PM
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You need garden tractor not lawn tractor
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:38 PM
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You need garden tractor not lawn tractor
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Isn't it funny how he says he is using his garden tractor.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:46 PM
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Isn't it funny how he says he is using his garden tractor.
What he has is not a garden tractor. It's a lawn tractor. Big difference
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:48 PM
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What he has is not a garden tractor. It's a lawn tractor. Big difference
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My bad. Just looked it up. He said it was a garden tractor in his original post.
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Ok so its a bad idea..pretty much what i was thinking...thanks guys
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I used to have a Murray 12 hp 38" deck rider with a 6 speed gear box. I used to use it as a "Tug" to move my 6x12 trailer and bass boat around the yard. Full throttle and 1st gear only....worked great.
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Old 04-27-2014, 12:08 AM
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We do the pulling moving thing with our AC 918 garden tractor and old Simplicity Powermax all the time but a Toro LX420 at 395 or so lbs is not strong or heavy enough for that. Our rule of tumb for this is tractor should be 20% heavier than what it's hooked to.
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