Sears Craftsman FF20 Monster Garden Tractor - first start
Here is our new tractor, a Sears FF20 tractor powered by a 20hp opposed twin Onan engine. This was/is the biggest tractor ever produced by sears. It has a direct drive Eaton hydro transmission which drives huge 26" rear wheels. This thing could crush the GT5000 if it had the chance, and weighing in at 850lbs, that would be no problem for it. The paint job sucks, as does the seat. But for $200 it was a well worth it!
Sears Craftsman FF20 Garden Tractor: First start and drive
We finally got this beast running after fixing a stuck intake valve (it did run before, but on one cylinder). This is the first start and drive after the repair. It still needs some work, the carb needs to be choked constantly at full throttle, and the cylinder that had the stuck valve smokes like crazy. All in all, its an awesome tractor.
Flexing the Craftsman Crawler
Just a little romp. It was a nice day, and I had the Craftsman running anyway. Plus I had to test out the new slap shifter.
Hope you all enjoy it!
Awesome Monster Lawn Mower - Start-up and Drive
I thought you'd like a closer look at this awesome lifted lawn tractor. The owner and builder, Lloyd, was nice enough to give us the details of the build and even take it for a spin around the yard. He's only had this machine completed for about a week, so he's just now getting to enjoy all his hard work. I hope you find it interesting, thanks for taking a look!
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Fast Garden Tractor
My Pennsylvania Panzer with a 1972 750cc Honda SOHC. Rebuilt frame, (lengthened) installed Volvo 4 speed etc. Lots of work, but the tractor would go about 100mph. This video is poor because it was taken from a TV of a VHS tape, and it's about 15 years old.
Lawn Tractors: Why Husqvarna?
Official Husqvarna USA video. Husqvarna is determined to make the worlds best outdoor power equipment. With over 300 years of precision engineering experience, we have made it our mission to deliver high performance products that meet the needs of even the most demanding users. You will get first-class results with a tractor from Husqvarna. Plus, the wide range of accessories we offer turns your tractor into a multi-functional lawn and garden machine.
Craftsman GT5000 Tractor (with it's new motor)
Here's the 2004 Craftsman GT5000 Hydro again, this video shows all the stuff that came with it. The dump cart is my favorite, it has a hande on the front and the hitch bar folds under so you can use it like a garden cart. This sure is a nice tractor, fast too. You'll see us driving it with a new used motor we put on, -a 22hp Briggs & Stratton ELS V-Twin. It will do for now, but our goal is to put something bigger on there soon. Maybe a 24hp motor or better. It's original Kohler Pro 25hp V-Twin was too badly damaged to rebuild, but maybe someday if we find a used block the GT can have it's stock motor back.
The Craftsman GT5000's dead Kohler diagnosis
Here's our new Craftsman GT5000 Garden Tractor with a broken Kohler Pro 25hp V-Twin motor. Harry Homeowner said it just quit running; he told us "one of the pistons is stuck". Wasn't really sure what the hell that meant, so we checked it out as soon as we got it home. Watch and see what we discover...
Fairbanks Morse Garden Tractor
I made a homemade Fairbanks Morse Garden Tractor. As you can see it works great for plowing. It has hydraulics and a sleeve hitch.
There is an easy way to build this kind of tractor and the hard way. The easy way is to get an existing garden tractor and swap engines. That would've satisfy me, so I did it the hard way:
I bought a welder and learned how to weld on this tractor.
The frame is hand built from angle iron. Be sure to use truss ideas and gussets to make the frame strong. The rear cast iron transaxle is from a 60s Gilson, its a Peerless 4 speed with a tillage gear. Those peerless 4 speeds were made for many many years and are extremely common, used on JD, Case, etc. Do not use a aluminum transmission. The torque from the Fairbanks will tear it apart.
The steering column & sector is from a JD but it is the same kind used on many garden tractors, like Cub Cadet, etc...
The front end is from a Case and is cast iron. The tie rods and linkage is from a Allis Chalmers.
The rear wheels are from a JD pull behind plow.
You may think the 2hp engine is only "2hp". But it has tons of torque. My 2hp dishpan has the same torque as a 12hp Kohler (Cub Cadet) garden tractor. When plowing new soil and snagging a tree root, I've broken plows with my "vintage" garden tractor.
Some rusty old tractors we got for free
A lot of this is junk, but there is at least one diamond in the rough here. It was a sight unseen must-take-all kind of deal, so we went with Sterling's diesel Dodge truck and a borrowed trailer and pulled these relics out of a poison ivy filled muddy yard and brought them to tractor land. Oh yeah, and Dave got a bed liner for his Chevy for free too.
$50 of awesomeness: Our new Craftsman LT1000 lawn tractor
We bought this tractor last Saturday; The guy was vauge on the phone, just said a Craftsman with a bad trans and a plow and he wanted $50. We figured it was probably some old piece, but were pleasantly surprised when we got there and found it to be newer and in great shape (it's just dusty) having been always garaged. Then when we discovered the trasmission was FINE we declared it $50 of awesomeness. I can't believe this has happened twice! The only thing thats really wrong with it is the axle is twisted slightly at the front left wheel, but we can probably bend it back, it's just flimsy sheetmetal. EDIT: We've replaced this axle with a cast-iron one from another Craftsman. No more axle bending here!
Fast 12 Horsepower Craftsman Lawn Tractor Cold Start and Cruising in Third Gear
What better way to spend your summer than making a lawnmower go dangerously fast?
I got this Craftsman mower a week ago. It is no longer a mower ha ha. I did a conventional pulley swap, with a 3" on the tranny and a 5" on the engine. I only did third gear because I did not want to go faster driving with only one hand. In 5th gear, it tops out at around 35-40 mph.
It stalls because I did not set the idle jet on the carb and the engine was cold. Whoops.
Still to come:
Independent front suspension
Wider rear end
MAYBE a turbocharger
Black fenders, not that ugly blue
Roll cage with engine cage and brush guard (it's my mudding mower too)
... and a fire extinguisher.