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Ford LGT 165

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Steve Zielinski

07-23-2000 12:41:31

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I am looking at buying this tractor. It has a 50" deck, 42" snowblower, 2 sets of tires and a 3-pt setup. Execellent shape with 600hrs. Need pros & cons and approximate cost. Thanks

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07-24-2000 18:04:58

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 Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to Steve Zielinski, 07-23-2000 12:41:31  
This is a very well built, heavy duty tractor. I have 2 165's , one I bought new in 1974.The only drawback I found is that when you have to rebuild the Kohler K341, it gets very expensive ,very fast.My 74 has 1200 hrs onit, and all the original hydrostat parts are still working fine.Deck parts are a little hard to get anymore, so take good care of it.The PTO clutch is real xpensive, you cant get it from Ford-NH, JD works but will lighten your wallet by $400. If its really clean and everything works , it would be worth $1200 - $1800 [my opinion].The 3 point is kind of rare, if you buy the tractor and dont have a use for it , I'd be interested in it.Ive got the blades, tiller, and 2 decks for mine, woulld like a blower and 3pt, just from a collector standpoint. Ionly use one ofthem for mowing , the other is a toy.


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08-10-2002 15:40:02

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 Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to trbomax, 07-24-2000 18:04:58  
ASKING 1700.00 OBO

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John Nietupski

10-31-2000 04:37:24

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 Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to trbomax, 07-24-2000 18:04:58  
Say, does anyone know where I can get a drawing showing how the snow plow blade goes on a 165? I picked up an old LGT 165 this summer and I love it!

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08-06-2000 19:21:27

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 Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to trbomax, 07-24-2000 18:04:58  
I have one of these tractors also. I stole it for $500. The deck is now wore out. The spindles (quill assembles) are also wore out. Wish I could fing some for a resonable rate. Looks like I may have to make something else work. The lift, hydrostat, and everything else seems to work very well. It is a better built tractor than you could buy today. Go price a new mower with the same features. That will tell you what it is worth!

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Jamie Miles

02-08-2003 07:41:32

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 Re: Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to jonathan, 08-06-2000 19:21:27  
I have a whole working deck for a LGT 165. I have no use for it now. I turned mine into a pulling garden tractor. I will sell for a reasonable price.

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Alfred Carr

05-01-2003 19:36:09

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to Jamie Miles, 02-08-2003 07:41:32  
I would the deck I live in oklahoma my phone # is 405-391-3141

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Jim Collingridge

10-26-2000 16:41:55

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 Re: Re: Re: Ford LGT 165 in reply to jonathan, 08-06-2000 19:21:27  
I have owned a number of these LGT Lawn/Garden
tractors (LGT125,LGT145,LGT165). I have owned my LGT165 since the middle 70's. I have most of the attachments, but, regretably I have sold the front
end loader and the siccle bar. The attachments
are expensive, sooooo buy an old run down tractor
with whatever attachments you can get with it. The
tractor will supply you with a lot of good used
parts that are not available any longer through Ford and for pennies on the dollar.

To rebuilt my engine cost $745.00(at least it is rebuildable). The mower deck (I have two 42'
and one 50' deck) has been rebuilt a number of times with "sealed" bearings from a bearing jobber
rather than from Ford. The sealed bearings will
outlast the Ford OEM parts.

The steering column parts are under engineered and expensive. The part (shaft/plate/&pin) that goes from the gear housing through the frame to the steering arm is of a poor design and workmanship. I just bought this part (my third replacement) for $247.86 CDN. Before I installed this one, I took it to the welding shop and had it reinforced where the smaller diam. pin joins the larger diam. pin at the plate. This is a weak point in the steering column and Ford has not (in all good conscience) agreed to own the poor workmanship and put out a recall. Actually, Ford would sooner these quality LGT units from the 70's go away and have you purchase a new plastic unit. The newer models are a toy compared to the older LGT
series. I have told Ford that I would not trade
them my old LGT165 for three of their new plastic
infested lawn/garden tractors. If you own one of
the hydrostatic drive babies with power take-off ...keep it running! These are serious lawn/garden tractors (actually built by Jacobson with Ford's name on it).

New parts are hard to find and very expensive. However, there are hundreds of used tractors
sitting in back yard sheds that can be bought for the cost of a single new part at the dealership. I spent my last year's holiday time restoring my LGT165. It now looks as pretty as it did when new. OK! It does burn a little more fuel than a Mickey Mouse B&S powered mower, but, THIS IS A SERIOUS TRACTOR.


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