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Sears Suburban

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Bill4 Perry

08-27-2011 10:42:25

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Just bought a Sears Suburban with the 12 Hp Tech. and want to start doing some work on it. I need to know where the tractor model number is located so that I can order manuals and determine the year to begin some freshening up work on it. Also would like to here your comments on common problems to look out for. I got a plow with it and did a test run this morning and it actually surprised me with how well it plowed.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

Bill Perry

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08-27-2011 18:08:49

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to Bill4 Perry, 08-27-2011 10:42:25  
Bill, the model number plate on most Suburbans was located just in front, or maybe behind, (hard to remember), the gearshift lever. It also had the shift pattern on it. Problem is, they would fade over time and become illegible, or become loose and be removed. Good luck on your project. the Suburban 12's were great tractors. If you really want to put it to work, fill the tires with liquid and add chains to the rear wheels. It will pull that plow with ease. I made brackets and put a 50 lb weight on the front of one I had to help hold it down.

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Bill4 Perry

08-28-2011 09:56:30

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to ShadetreeRet, 08-27-2011 18:08:49  
I know where that plate is and am trying to get the screws loose without breaking them so that I can clean and look. My tractor is blue and white.


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08-27-2011 15:36:27

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to IH2444, 08-27-2011 10:42:25  
Hi Bill they are great tractors, there is a fellow on e bay that sell just about all the manuals for the Suburbans and the attachments his manuals are on a CD I've purchased 2 from him and was very happy with them. What color is your Sub Blue & white or orange & white? I have a 1960 Sears Suburban DB(David Bradly) and two 1967 10 hp Suburbans (Ropers) the 67's are orange & white. The link Jerry gave is a great site for Sears tractors and as Joe posted the S/N was on an alum tag screwed to the center section just ahead of the gearshift.

GB in MN
This post was edited by MNGB at 15:38:52 08/27/11.

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Bill4 Perry

08-28-2011 10:07:44

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to MNGB, 08-27-2011 15:36:27  
My tractor appears to have been blue and white. It is mostly white now. The decal on the hood appears to be correct and it is a nice sky blue color. Does the color indicate which year or model it was. Can the serial number be used to find the model number. I am assuming I need a model number to identify parts and manuals but I guess it could be by serial number.

Thanks Bill

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Jerry Coulter

08-27-2011 14:55:13

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to Bill4 Perry, 08-27-2011 10:42:25  
Go to and see if you can identify yours from the pictures.

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Bill4 Perry

08-27-2011 16:53:16

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to Jerry Coulter, 08-27-2011 14:55:13  
I've been there and got a lot of useful information. I as still looking for the model number. Thanks for your reply

Bill Perry

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joe csuti

08-27-2011 12:27:39

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to Bill4 Perry, 08-27-2011 10:42:25  
Most suburban tractors had a gum plate/label id tag located on top of center cover where edge of dash support meets same.IF plate/label readable,goto link below & enter mod#,look in parts list of any assembly drawing,if manual still avail it will be listed near end of parts list,if nla goto ebay & type sears suburban manual in search,go thru listings & see if a manual listed for your mod#,if not,check back once a week for same.

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Bill4 Perry

08-27-2011 16:50:01

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 Re: Sears Suburban in reply to joe csuti, 08-27-2011 12:27:39  

I can't find a label where you described. Thanks for the manual information when I find the
model number. My tractor has been sprayed white in most places and I know that is incorrect. On the side of the hood is a decal trimmed with silver that says Sears (In red) on a white background. The Sears name is above a blue background decal about 1 and a half inches wide running from front to back on the hood. On the blue background reading left to right it says 12 Hp Suburban six speed. The 12 HP is in white, the Suburban is in black and the six speed is in white. The 12 Hp is script and the six speed is in script. I think this decal is correct. I also have a 3 point hitch which has a metal plate model number which matches the sears list of model numbers. The plow metal name plate matches a Sears model number for a plow. I am still looking for a nameplate hopefully that is for the tractor model number. There is a football shaped decal on the front (top of the grill) that has been painted over that I will try to clean off and identify. Thanks again

Bill Perry

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