I was recently given what is supposedly an early 70's 16HP 2-speed MTD garden tractor/mower. The gentleman who gave it to me has owned it since 1975 or so and he bought it from the original owner. He used it almost every day up to about 2 years ago and it been just sitting around since then. No more!
According to an "expert" here in MO it was supposedly made for MTD by Gilson Brothers but unfortunately all emblems and serial numbers are gone. The tractor is much bigger and heavier than your average tractor mower and has a one-way hydraulic 3-point hitch. The 42" belly mower runs off a two-belt driven PTO at the rear of the engine.
So far I have been able to get all the repair parts I need for the engine and mower but I'm pretty certain that will end if and when I need parts for the final drive. In fact, I do need the hub that the brake disc bolts to.
Does anyone in the Midwest have or know of one like it that I can purchase? Or to share stories about? Or have additional info about? It seems anyone who has had one of these babies is still in love with it.
This tractor has become my main mower for the grass around the house, sharing space in the barn with my Massey-Harris Pony that handles bush hog duty.