Hi Happyworld,I just found this forum and am spending as much time as I can reading through and finding lots of interesting stuff.
I was searching for 16/44 because I have this exact same machine and found your posts.
Your's looks to be in about the same condition as mine including the snowblower. I also have a "3 point hitch" tiller for mine that has it's own 8 hp engine.
I've had my Turf Trac for at least 20 years, after trading my BMW motorcycle for it (at least they are both horizontally opposed engines), it's a bugger getting older and having responsibilities!
I quit mowing with mine and bought a new Cub Cadet for that purpose last year, the hydro. drive when mowing is awesome.
I wanted to keep the Turf Trac for blowing snow and tilling but unfortunately my engine has finally worn out, the valve seats are rattling around loose as well as other things that leave it without much power.
I am however still looking at replacing the engine in order to keep the machine alive.
I just wanted to let you know that I have this machine and have really enjoyed it for a good long time with very little trouble.I have mowed a large yard and tilled on my acreage with it all those years and used it in the winter for blowing snow most of those years. This is probably the best machine I've owned so far, and it has never made me sorry for having to give up my bike for it!
And yes, especially in the winter, mine slips out of second gear too. But the beauty of this machine is that it is such a simple thing to figure out if anything ever does stop working, I can usually fix it myself. The only problem is that parts are getting hard to get, but that's the challenge of hanging on to something for a long time.
Enjoy your Turf Trac, in my opinion it's a great machine.