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what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year

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rtr

10-10-2012 08:28:23




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An older gentleman called and said he has a tractor made by Sears and Roebuck and was only made for 1 year. He has all of the equipment with it and has the wheel wheights too. What could this tractor be?? I can't remember what he called it but I had never heard the name. It wasn't Handiman, Economy, nor David Bradley. He wants $550 for it.




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RTR

10-15-2012 07:06:25




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to joe csuti, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
Didn't get to make it down there to take a look at the tractor, But when we go I will for sure post pictures!



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SacsrNC

10-14-2012 16:00:41




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
I have a Sears Heavy Duty Craftsman 1965, pretty sure it was only made 1year. hac. Fiberglass hood. Be interesting to see what he has.



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RTR

10-12-2012 06:08:36




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to Dterven, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
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Thanks for the tip Todd! I will definitely get some pictures if we get to go look at it!



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Todd in NC

10-11-2012 17:14:30




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
rtr, the 1971 Sears Custom came with a 8hp Briggs & Stratton engine. This was the only year that Sears put the Briggs in a Custom. The other years they had Tecumseh engines. I hope this helps. Todd.



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RTR

10-11-2012 12:40:02




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to jcmarleau, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
I think we're gonna go over and look at it together this weekend! Stay tuned.......

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El Toro

10-11-2012 13:00:27




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to RTR, 10-11-2012 12:40:02  
Take your camera along. Hal



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dhermesc

10-11-2012 07:53:44




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
Hard to say, to often I hear tales like that and usually they are being repeated by people that don't know what they are talking about.

Almost every single Springfield 1903 rifle I've heard about for sale is described as a "sniper rifle" but I have yet to actually see a 1903A4. I've seen 1965-66 Mustangs described as having the 289 Cobra Jet, old IH Cub Cadets with factory original 20hp Kohler engines, and extremely rare limited collector series Peace dollars from the 1920s (actual common silver dollars).

Seems strange the guy knows it was only made one year but can't tell you the model.

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ShadetreeRet

10-10-2012 21:54:54




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
One of the shortest production runs that I remember was the David Bradley Tri-Trac. It had a wide front axle to span two rows, and only one drive wheel which ran in the middle. You straddled it like a motorcycle to operate it. A man I worked with had one and liked it, but very few customers did. Today they are bought by collectors more than for garden use.



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t.r.k.

10-10-2012 19:38:44




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
Graham Bradley? You know-The row crop tractor made by Graham Paige, the car manufacturer. I'm thinking they were only made for about a year and a half.

Technically, as far as I know, Sears did not 'make' any of the tractors it sold. They were all produced by another manufacturer, usually to Sears specifications, and sold through Sears stores.



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JohnDY

10-12-2012 15:45:32




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to t.r.k., 10-10-2012 19:38:44  
Roper made Sears tractors for years, don't know how far back, when Sears used to deal with a manufacturer for years at a time but now they seem to be bidding their items, tools, mowers, appliances, etc., so don't know who does it now except for the Simplicity models they sell. Don't shop for them.



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MNGB

10-12-2012 18:21:15




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to JohnDY, 10-12-2012 15:45:32  
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In the late 50's to mid 60's Sears sold David Bradley tractors etc., DB was bought out by Roper in about 1966 they supplied tractors to Sears sometime in the 80's Roper was bought out by Electrolux which in turn was purchased by AYP (American Yard Products) they still supply tractors to Sears any Sears products that the model number starts with 917 is a Roper / AYP made unit. An amazing thing is that in 1966 Roper designed their 3 speed + Hi Lo range transaxle with was used in various versions until about 2004.

GB in MN

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MNGB

10-13-2012 10:57:20




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to MNGB, 10-12-2012 18:21:15  
I forgot Sears did have a Murray line for a yr or so back many years, they also have a MTD line that has and is sold for many yrs.

GB in MN



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RTR

10-10-2012 14:58:48




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to TWheat, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
Unfortunately I am not.

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RTR

10-10-2012 09:14:07




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to 53DC, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
I was hoping someone on here might know what it is since it was supposedly made for only 1 year.



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RTR

10-10-2012 09:11:15




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to R Bedell, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
I was hoping someone on here might know what it is since it was supposedly made for only 1 year.



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RTR

10-10-2012 09:09:37




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to 53dc, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
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well.....I would but if my grandfather goes over there he'll give him $550 for it. At least that is what he said. His quote: "It has all the equipment and was only made 1 year.....$550 isn't nothing and the guy probably needs the money. "

Looks like I will have to wait until he buys it (if he does) to get a picture. Personally I like to research things first just to see what it is because you never know from what people say. It could be information that he was led to believe many years ago that has been misunderstood.

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El Toro

10-10-2012 11:54:36




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to RTR, 10-10-2012 09:09:37  
If you're close to the tractor I would go look at it and take your camera along. You may save gramps some heartache. Hal



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El Toro

10-10-2012 08:59:30




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 Re: what tractor did Sears only make for 1 year in reply to rtr, 10-10-2012 08:28:23  
Get a picture from him and post it. Hal



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