What is your oldest piece of equipment you still use semi/regularly?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Nutsedge, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    does the wife count?
  2. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,673

    Yes. They've made a little bit of money for me.
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,761

    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.
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,761

    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.
  5. Nutsedge

    Nutsedge LawnSite Member
    from STL, MO
    Messages: 183

    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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  6. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    Have to agree...Not much to keeping the old tractor up and running! Remember to turn of the gas and she starts right up.

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