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Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor

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Paul Klebs

12-29-2004 21:02:24

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Hello, I've picked up what I believe is a MTD 16 hp. briggs, hydrostatic trans. Garden tractor with 2 speed rear axel and live PTO, front PTO, and 3 pt.hitch possibly built around 1973. It came with several attachments such as a tiller, 38" snowblower, 54" push blade, and I bought a bolens PTO driven 48" 3 blade mower deck. It also came with wheel weights, chains and complete owner's manuals. It's factory colors are grey and black with white and black decal on hood, and red snowblower brackets. The reason for all the info. is I know absolutely nothing about this tractor except that I love using it, and it is in great shape. I have seen two 14 hp. models with manual trans. but nothing like this. None of the mower/riding mower repair shops in town have a clue about this thing. I've also grown tired of trying to find something resembling it on the web. Please, if anyone can direct me to info. or a website that has a history, and what this thing might be worth, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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09-21-2005 01:12:32

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to Paul Klebs, 12-29-2004 21:02:24  
hi Paul!

Im very interested in your mtd manuals (in case of the snowblower and the push blade.

would be nice, if you could contact me....

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12-31-2004 20:03:54

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to Paul Klebs, 12-29-2004 21:02:24  
It sounds like you might have a MTD built garden tractor. Have you found a model number on it. If it is like mine, it should be either on the bottom side of the dash or on the flat panel between the rear fenders under the seat.

I have two of these tractors, a 1975 and 1977. They are model numbers 145-990A and 147-990A. If yours is a 1973 model like mine it should have a model number of 143-990A The third digit in the model number will the the year model between 1971 and 1980.

I love my tractors. I do not have a lot of equipment with them. Do mostly mowing with them.
I have owned the 1975 model for about 14 years and it had very little use before I got it from the original owner. It carries a White"s badge, instead of the MTD badge, which I do not think is the same as the White Equipment badge put on some of the newer MTD models. Mine originally had silver or gray hood and rear fenders, a heavy cast aluminum grill, with the rest of it either dark gray or black. I think the decal is white and black. I repainted the gray or silver an almond color along with the wheels and left the rest of it the original color.

I just got the 1977 MTD Hydrostatic 16 model about 6 months ago from a close friend of mine who had owned it for about 20 years. The motor had just been rebuilt.

I also have a 1973 Ford LGT 165 that is about in the same category as far as size, horsepower, about the same hydro trans, 16 HP Kolher instead of Briggs. It also has hyrdraulic lift, but has a pedal insteasd of the hand lever to operate the hydro trans. It has 12-inch rear wheels instead of the 15-inch rear wheels like the MTD. I like the MTD better than the Ford, which was built by Jacobsen, and the MTD is quite a bit heaver than the Ford.

I have a Owner"s Operating Service Instructuion Manual and a 20 page MTD Lawn-Garden Tractor Accessories catalog dated around 1981 that list all the accessories available for several different MTD models, like the -485, -760, -780, -498, -810, -820, -830, -990 and -995. The three digit prefix for the models built between 1975 and 1980 will be as follows:

1975 135- or 145-
1976 136- or 146-
1977 137- or 147-
1978 138- or 148-
1979 139- or 149-
1980 130- or 140-

I think that a 1974 will be 134- or 144-
and 1973 will be 133- or 143- and so forth.

I am in North Carolina and if I remember correctly, there was some guy out in the Mid-West that had started collecting a few of these old tractors and had posted a lot of pictures, etc. on his website. If I find anything else on it I will forward you the info.

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06-26-2006 22:41:41

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to BillyinNC, 12-31-2004 20:03:54  
hi billy i just bought a 1974 mtd model number 144-990A 16 hp. hydrostatic tractor my first one and its a nice one but need to find some parts for it! i got with the tractor a snow blower,snow blade,rottiler,42" deck but it has a crack in the rear end case need to figer out how to fix it or get another one! yea right i would like some info on it i would like to paint it the color it was new?

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Chris Castelli

02-01-2006 11:21:51

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to BillyinNC, 12-31-2004 20:03:54  
Hey Billy, you have accessory Catalogs? I have A 1975 145-990a 16 hp hydrostatic tractor that I just love too. I have this problem. I don't have any instuctions on how the snowblower attaches to the front and I haven't tried to figure it out yet but would love to get any illustrations you might have. SO far this winter I've been able to blade snow off my drive way, but it's gonna need the snowblower soon enough..thank you for your knowledge

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01-11-2006 17:35:06

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to BillyinNC, 12-31-2004 20:03:54  
Does anyone have any info on the snow thrower attachment for this tractor?? Or even a few pics of one hooked up?? I have to make something up for the engagement of the snow thrower.

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Steve Butler

04-22-2005 17:09:53

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to BillyinNC, 12-31-2004 20:03:54  
I believe I have an early 1970's MTD hydrostatic garden tractor with a cast iron 15hp B&S. There is a label behind the seat that reads 991-2. This is the only number I can find on the chassis. Is there any way I can identify the year with just this number? Thank you.


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Gordon Trail

01-17-2005 07:56:46

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to BillyinNC, 12-31-2004 20:03:54  
I am in New Brunswick, Canada, I saw your post regarding MTD Dates of manufacture.I have a 16hp B&S twin cylinder MTD Turf Trac 16 speed. Model#4164-81D, Serial#41-006-5905.Would you be able to help me with the date of manufacture?

I have a 50" mower deck,rototiller, and 45"dual stage snow blower. I have manuals for them all. I do not have a parts manual for the tractor.

Any info you can give me would sure help,thanks!

Would like to be in NC today, we are getting 12to 15 in. of snow and 50 mph wind, all is shut down!

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02-23-2006 13:52:59

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to Gordon Trail, 01-17-2005 07:56:46  
sounds a lot like mine ,just purchased,my serial # is 41-004 1123,when you find out let me know. thanks mike

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Pa parts

12-31-2004 19:41:36

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 Re: Old MTD 16 hp. Hydro. garden tractor in reply to Paul Klebs, 12-29-2004 21:02:24  
Sounds like maybe a model 1600 or I think some were called Farmhand. I've got a 1600 here I use for plowing snow and pulling dead tractors around- real strong pulling tractor. Bad news is MTD quit making any parts for them a LONG time ago so if you find one "sitting in a fence row" you'd better get it for parts.

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