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I spotted one of these for sale today.   Has a cab w/glass window and wiper and SS blower that looks like it was used on a stone road.  Also rear 3PT, chains and weights.   550 hrs on the meter. no deck.

Sorry, no pics yet.    Any opinions on value, dependability, engine, and transmission.   $1400

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I googled that tractor and it looks pretty stout. I wonder who the jobber was on that? Troybilt tillers were the ones to have but I never seen a tractor that heavy with their name on it. 

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I believe Bolens did the design and build Slim.

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6 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

I believe Bolens did the design and build Slim.

Nothing wrong with that. Let us know if you get it. Id like to see it.

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They were originally built by Bolens and known as the GT2000 or Dura-Trac. The twenty horse power tractor came with cruise control, Dual hydraulics, power (hydraulic) steering, and high and low range. They are an excellent machine. I have two of these converted to diesel. One with a loader and one converted to a Simplicity deck. On the mower the Hydro finally expired which was partially my fault. :-(

 

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6 hours ago, Cvans said:

They were originally built by Bolens and known as the GT2000 or Dura-Trac. The twenty horse power tractor came with cruise control, Dual hydraulics, power (hydraulic) steering, and high and low range. They are an excellent machine. I have two of these converted to diesel. One with a loader and one converted to a Simplicity deck. On the mower the Hydro finally expired which was partially my fault. :-(

 

It's funny you mentioned Simplicity. I had a thought that that tractor was made by them. 

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I had always wondered who made those as I have seen one around here locally on a trailer a few times - it is a beast of a machine for sure . Didn't know it had full hydraulics - that's pretty wild . Never took the time to research them as this is the only one I've ever seen - I'd imagine it's price tag prevented very high production numbers .

 

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16 hours ago, Cvans said:

They were originally built by Bolens and known as the GT2000 or Dura-Trac. The twenty horse power tractor came with cruise control, Dual hydraulics, power (hydraulic) steering, and high and low range. They are an excellent machine. I have two of these converted to diesel. One with a loader and one converted to a Simplicity deck. On the mower the Hydro finally expired which was partially my fault. :-(

 

 

What was the stock 20 HP engine?    I didn't get back to check it out yet.   Some dummy left the state inspection expire on his truck, so he's stuck w/o wheels till tomorrow.

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3 hours ago, elcamino/wheelhorse said:

@Ed Kennell  Ed I told you that you were too busy or did you have a senior moment ?

Both Jim,  but I blame it on my obsession with hunting for that deer for 6 weeks.   Maybe now I can get back to  taking care of business.

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@Ed Kennell Last evening just before dusk looking out of my kitchen window I saw two does and two yearlings  jump my fence in the backyard and start hunting for acorns. Before I could get the camera they jumped another fence and started grazing in my neighbors yard. Not sure where the buck is hiding , haven't seen him in a few days. He is no where the size of your big boy. Just started wearing hearing aids and they don't help my reading or righting. Any plans for a new project tractor for the Big Show ?

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8 minutes ago, elcamino/wheelhorse said:

. Any plans for a new project tractor for the Big Show ?

I kinda promised to build Mrs. K a :wh: golf cart for her to use to ride to the pool at the campground  this summer.    I picked up an 875 this summer that has a good Kohler and Sundstrand which is what I need for the rear engine power train.    The tin is pretty rough, but I'm just not sure I want to sacrifice it for a custom.     If I build it, the Big Show may be the test run.

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14 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

I kinda promised to build Mrs. K a :wh: golf cart for her to use to ride to the pool at the campground  this summer.    I picked up an 875 this summer that has a good Kohler and Sundstrand which is what I need for the rear engine power train.    The tin is pretty rough, but I'm just not sure I want to sacrifice it for a custom.     If I build it, the Big Show may be the test run.

Are you looking at a gas or an electric golf cart?

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18 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

What was the stock 20 HP engine?    I didn't get back to check it out yet.   Some dummy left the state inspection expire on his truck, so he's stuck w/o wheels till tomorrow.

 

 

Both mine came with Kohler 20hp magnums.

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3 hours ago, slim67 said:

Are you looking at a gas or an electric golf cart?

Gas, probably a 8 HP Kohler mounted behind a Sundstrand Hydro. with a shortened hood and a stretched seat/fender pan.

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2 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

Gas, probably a 8 HP Kohler mounted behind a Sundstrand Hydro. with a shortened hood and a stretched seat/fender pan.

interesting

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3 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

a shortened hood and a stretched seat/fender pan.

Will it be a side by side? 

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That's the plan Richard.  But I know It won't look 1/2 that good.

I was thinking rear engine, but I kinda like this design.

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35 minutes ago, Ed Kennell said:

I was thinking rear engine, but I kinda like this design.

Member @turnnleft built it, he and his grandson make quite a few shows including the past couple Big Shows. his work is outstanding.5a2b4eecc7276_applecountry2017034.JPG.19dce4fb2deff6b662918d9a2f1b40ea.JPG

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Ed,

 

I have a Troy-Bilt GTX 18, with a 3pt hitch, a 60" mower and ~800 hours on it. I am currently working on building a FEL for it and progress is being shown on a different site. It is a serious garden tractor. A factory available FEL was available for it, it had power steering, and auxiliary hydraulics. It was in between the large frame and medium frame bolens series. I see them going anywhere from $800-$3000 around here on attachments and various implements.

 

Things to look for that are hard to replace or are extremely expensive:

1) Power steering cylinder leaking. I don't think you can replace the cylinder and it is hard to find

2) The PTO with the larger mower deck or snowblower can go. It is a $200-$300 part to replace.

 

Otherwise breaking down the price:

Snowblower - single stage $400, dual $500-$700

3pt hitch - $300 - $400

Cab (Hard top? ) - $300

Weights and chains - $50

 

Before the tractor which is fairly low hours your looking at $1000- $1400 roughly in attachments alone based on what I have seen them for.

 

I love this tractor and it is much bigger and stronger than my 1968 Raider 12.

 

 

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6 hours ago, mmmmmdonuts said:

1) Power steering cylinder leaking. I don't think you can replace the cylinder and it is hard to find

 

Any competent Hydraulic shop should be able to reseal that cylinder for you.  

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