Dann757 wrote:I have a 68 Sears XL10 sitting in the shed. Starter/generator, cast aluminum shaft-drive mower deck. If I pull the carb and clean it, she'll start right up. I'm looking for a plow for it.
Those old Sears tractors were TANKS! I used to mow some yards way back around '80 and used a 12hp Sears tractor of about the same vintage, maybe a few years newer. Had a two-range transmission, Tecumseh engine, but I don't remember if it had a shaft drive deck, I think it was a steel belt drive setup.
I have a '05 Cub Cadet 2544 to mow our "vast" 1 acre yard. I'm not a fan of MTD products, who owns Cub Cadet, but it's a pretty nice machine for the money, considering an equivalent JD would be at least $1000 to $2000 more. Mine was the last year of the full steel hood and side panels. It has a few "cheap-isms" like really chintzy headlights that fall apart and fill up with dirt, press-in zerk fittings that don't stay in, and the lamest oil drain setup on the planet (which is easily modified). But, it has a beefy cast iron transaxle with spin-on filter, shaft drive to the hydro, and a stout deck with grease zerks for all moving parts. And last but not least - Kohler Command 20 hp engine - which is amazingly frugal on fuel and will run all season (50 hours or so) and never use a drop of oil. Compared to the old Briggs and Kohler iron engines I grew up with, it uses half the fuel but I do miss that "smell" of unburnt hydrocarbons mixed with the grass smell.