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PostSubject: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:42 am

hey guys im looking for a good lawn tractor for mudding, something that has a good transaxle, and a v twin engine, it can be old or like 80s 0r 90s.Something with a solid body that can take a beating, i have a murray and stock murrays have poor pulley systems along with poor transaxles and clutches. If anyone could recommend some brands with good transaxles and strong clutch and pulley systems it would be greatly appreciated! No hydros so dont even try. thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:45 am

I've always found that craftsmans have a good strong frame, some can even be had with opposed twins or fitted with one if you search. Most usually come with 4-6 speed transaxles aswell
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:47 am

thats what ive heard but do they have a solid frame?
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:51 am

They have probably one of the best frames IMO for a lawn tractor. The only problem witht the frame I've seen happen is right in the c channel where the front axle is mounted can develop stress cracks if its really beat on. A little reinforcing in that area and the problem should be non-existent
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:53 am

so what decade of craftsman am i looking for exactly?
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 9:06 am

Mid 80s to late 90s are my favorite style craftsmans. Most still have an all metal hood (after late 90s craftsmans usually had plastic nose pieces that can break easily). Hp can range from 10-18hp on these models. They'll either have the shifter in between your legs or on the side of the fenders.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 9:47 am

I'm Redneckcomputergeek on youtube I run a fully modded craftsman lt1000 with Fearless and Mudking with stock clutch setup but upgraded spring.

C channel Murray are no contest the strongest frame but IMO the worst stock clutch setup.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 10:24 am

how can i tell if mine is c channel?(murray)
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 11:45 am

wrong model
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 5:08 pm

C channel the frame and body are separate parts.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2013, 8:25 pm

How about a Husqvarna gt2254 it is unstoppable it's the orange mower in my profile pic
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 12:05 am

Ive always liked MTDs but the Craftsman are good other then the weak front spindle mount. I have both. I also have a mini Gillson that I derby and that thing is like a tank. Murrays have good frames but the clutchs are junk imo.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 8:41 am

If you modify the clutch they are fine. That's what I did to my Murray. Custom clutch setup and I never have slip now. And the frames are tough as heck on some. I've never had issues.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 9:16 am

Caleb10123 wrote:
how can i tell if mine is c channel?(murray)
The frame is made of two "C"channels facing each other like this [xxxx]. And from a design, engineering point of view, its not very strong, but it is easy to modify and easy to make the strongest frame.
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 9:50 am

My group is using 80's craftsmans almost exclusively. The frame is strong as heck, and they are really easy to mod.


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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 11:48 am

im using my leftover murray frame on my next project and im gunna strengthen it. i have yet to have issues with a murray frame. minus bolts wobbling out but that can be fixed
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 1:03 pm

my neighbor has a husquvarna i might take a look at getting. My murray takes a beating but the drive system suck, how do i beef that up?
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PostSubject: Re: Strong lawn tractor?   Strong lawn tractor? Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2013, 1:05 pm

do you mean the clutch?
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