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PostSubject: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 20th 2019, 12:35 pm

Got this for free in some Craigslist shenanigans.
18 horse opposed twin lowes mower. Everything is almost identical to a craftsman I used to have.

I got it to mow with but blew the deck to pieces as soon as I got in some taller grass so that came off and I decided it was time for another project mower after my hiatus from the forums.

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The frame was cracked behind the front axle.

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Cleaned up the metal, somebody had attempted to repair already

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I used a ratchet strap to hold the front of the frame level.

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Some of my uber excellent totally beautiful professional welds.
I stuck a small piece of angle Iron behind the crack and drilled a hole at the end to keep it from spreading.

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Eventually I plan to fully reinforce the frame.
After the frame repair I dug through my stash of parts and replaced the spark plugs, fuel filter and airfilter. I gave the carb a good cleaning as well.
It still doesnt run quite right but it's a work in progress.
I found a 5 inch pulley in my parts bin and replaced the huge 10 inch pulley on the trans axle.
I threw the shorter belt from the deck on it too.
Top speed is now around 10 mph, about as fast as I want to go with the anemic brakes and sloppy steering.

I decided I needed a stronger hitch than the factory mower hitch.
I had this reese universal hitch off of an old van. I cut it down to the same width as the rear plate of the mower frame. There are 2 1/2 inch grade 8 bolts holding the main frame of the hitch to the plate and 2 more behind the chain hooks.


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Future plans include new steering system, better brakes, bigger tires, locked diff, 6 inch engine pulley, lights and potentially a lift.
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 20th 2019, 5:11 pm

Welcome back! Always nice to see member from the past sticking with the forum!

Cool tractor, I love me an opposed twin. Looks like an AYP built unit, what kinda transaxle does it have?


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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2019, 9:42 pm

AllisKidD21 wrote:
Welcome back! Always nice to see member from the past sticking with the forum!

Cool tractor, I love me an opposed twin. Looks like an AYP built unit, what kinda transaxle does it have?


Definitely an AYP unit, it's a 6 speed, not sure of the make but I will be crawling under it again soon and I'll be sure to look.
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2019, 9:45 pm

Putting the trailer hitch to good use. All those trash bags are full of beer cans. I built the trailer as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 23rd 2019, 12:10 am

i would think it's a spicer, most ayp tractors i've seen have spicers in them, though i have seen 1 that had a mst206 factory
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 23rd 2019, 8:08 am

All my spare MST transaxles came out of AYP craftsmans. I think they were LT1000’s
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 24th 2019, 2:19 am

every ayp i've worked on but one had a spicer 6sp, the one we just sold had a mst206, maybe it depends on the year, most i've dealt with were older models, mid 90s up to around 2003, i think the one we just sold was a 2006 lt3000 not totally certain, my brothers 2003 lt1000 had a spicer,
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 24th 2019, 4:24 pm

Nice find, definitely a good start for any build you wanna do. Those frames have a tendency of cracking there, although I've never had that problem myself. Only on an MTD with similar frame design. Either way it's not a big deal to fix.

I think that's an MST tractor. I've never seen a Craftsman/ayp with a spicer myself.
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PostSubject: Re: Free Lowes Mower    Free Lowes Mower  Icon_minitimeMay 24th 2019, 8:45 pm

I've never seen a craftsman with a MST. The LT1000's may have MSTs but the Craftsman 2 style ones have spicers. I'm betting it's a spicer.
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