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PostSubject: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeWed Feb 09, 2022 6:53 pm

I’m going to add the info for my “Square Body”. Feel free to add yours for future reference.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeWed Feb 09, 2022 6:55 pm

Here is the info I have collected so far on this rusty old beauty. I am not sure of the date of manufacture. She has the typical MTD FNR transaxle and vari-drive.

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Here is the manual I found online. I added my data tag info, and the manual has notes from some old mechanic it appears. (If I can figure out how to add a PDF)

The manual is here, I can’t seem to be able to upload it.

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1019305/Mtd-139-530-000.html

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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeWed Feb 09, 2022 9:23 pm

My MTD built 1984 Sears Craftsman LT11 with VariDrive (swing style shifter, clutch on right side)...
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Here's a link to the manual, you need to add it to your cart and "purchase" it (for free) and they send you a email link to download it.
https://www.drmower.ca/products/c459-60311-parts-list-for-1984-craftsman-tractor


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I’m going to add the info for my “Square Body”. Feel free to add yours for future reference.

Ohhhh, is that plexiglass flywheel factory?
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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeWed Feb 09, 2022 9:38 pm

Yes, it is a special option for that year only. The shroud is the same material, as is the gas tank and carb. MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures 1f600

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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeWed Feb 09, 2022 9:46 pm

Here's an old MTD Lawn Flite 10/34 I spied at a salvage yard. I'll get better pics and more info when the snow has melted but I would guess it to be from around 1983-86, it's almost identical to my 2 aside from a couple cosmetic differences.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeThu Feb 10, 2022 1:34 pm

I asked @mightyraze about posting PDF files and the forum software doesn’t support it. But, it IS OK to post images of the manual. So, I extracted the parts pages from the manual I downloaded from the link above. Note that there are notes from a previous owner, who appears to have been quite experienced in the business of fixing mowers. Useful info is penciled into the manual.


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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeThu Feb 10, 2022 1:43 pm

It is interesting to note that the FNR transaxle carried a sleeve bearing in the axle housings

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Had a ‘flush port’ for injecting grease into the axle housings to create a seal affect. This confirms that my intention of putting grease fittings in the housings is a good idea.

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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeThu Feb 10, 2022 2:05 pm

They're just bushings, i have one opened up already. The whole unit is known as a Peerless 910

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Yes, bushing. But that’s more than the standard MST200 has. Interesting.

I really like the look of this rig. I’m considering installing a different transaxle if I can find something suitable. I do have a live axle from a Honda ATV and a Peerless 700 transmission. I need to check and see how many speeds the 700 (or 500? It is from a snowblower) has.
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Yes, bushing. But that’s more than the standard MST200 has.

No kidding! I had no idea I assumed all of them had axle bushings, seems like common sense to me but hey I've been wrong before! Lol

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im suprised yall have found MTDs with axle bushings LOL my haspin tractor had the axle almost all the way rubbed through the top of the case. and my MTD build off tractor had the same issue before i 6 speed swapped it

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im suprised yall have found MTDs with axle bushings LOL my haspin tractor had the axle almost all the way rubbed through the top of the case. and my MTD build off tractor had the same issue before i 6 speed swapped it
There are actually 2 kinds of MTD tractors, there are the low end ones, these will typically have 42" decks, (Way worse cut then the 46", the number of the blades makes a difference) stamped steel axles with plastic bushings on the axle and wheels, vari drive, 90 degrees of play in the steering, manual blade engagement and a slightly weaker frame. The high end ones typically have 46" decks, cast iron axles, hydrostats, (I am comparing these from the standpoint of using them for what crazy people like me use them for, which is mowing your lawn Smile ) Less play in the steering, and electric blade engagement.
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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeTue Mar 01, 2022 12:38 am

Just found another 1st Gen square body to add, it's a MTD built "Landmark" made for the Home Hardware chain of hardware stores here in Canada
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A member here owns/owned one I found out also
The landmark and trailer

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@Brianator that landmark tractor kinda reminds me of my old Montgomery wards.MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Unname43

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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeTue Mar 01, 2022 9:04 pm

For sure @MN mudder because alot of the Montys are also MTD build! Do you have info on yours you can add to this thread?


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@Brianator I don't know much about the old gal other than I got her complete minus the motor. It's got a peerless 600 transaxle ( one of my favorite transaxles!) and now a 15.5 hp Briggs.MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Img_0011

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So model/serial number no? It's cool I'll do a "hard" search and see if I can come up with something and or a comparable MTD #

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Okay @MN mudder I think I've found it! Well the MTD equivalent of it,  thanks to Tractor Data!
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I found another entry while cruising Kijiji,  this one is a Turf Trac in GT form.  The closest match(es) I can find are Craftsman# C459-60418/MTD# 145-833-599 & Craftsman# C459-60518/MTD# 145-823-599.

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ooo I would really like to have those rear hubcaps! the tractor kind of reminds me of an old lawn flite or a lowes 18.5/46 same thing as that just another rebranded mtd!

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Brianator wrote:
I found another entry while cruising Kijiji,  this one is a Turf Trac in GT form.  The closest match(es) I can find are Craftsman# C459-60418/MTD# 145-833-599 & Craftsman# C459-60518/MTD# 145-823-599.

I saw that one too a couple days ago, he wants way too much for it though...
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I saw that one too a couple days ago, he wants way too much for it though...

Well it kind of is but what isn't expensive these days? Lol. It is a Garden Tractor and being older (mid 80's) it's going to be pretty solidly built plus it's a rarely seen model. For those wondering he's asking $250 CAD
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PostSubject: Re: MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures   MTD Square Body mowers, information and pictures Icon_minitimeMon Mar 21, 2022 12:51 am

Found another! A 1989 "Task Force", man I'd love to find one just for the name! Here's a link to the thread:

https://www.atltf.com/t5358-task-force-mtd-build

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