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I would like to know what year a tractor was made.

The model number is 917-25452

The serial number is 2800S55674

Thanks for any information in advance, Junkking
Day 280 of a decade ending in zero. The decade I can't say without a photo.

OLD
(JULIAN DATE SYSTEM

#917.255940 917 = source. 255940 = model

serial number 2321s01158
232 represents the day of year
1 last digit of year
s plat code
01158 number of unit make

how to read the new calander date system

NEW 1993
(CALANDER DATE SYSTEM read like this

917.255970 012793A 001765

917= source
255970 = model
012793 01=month 27 day 93 year
a = assembly line it was make on.
001765 = unit make . all new unit start at 001001
 

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My guess is 1990. One of the Craftsman guys may know better. We could also date it by the engine numbers. I only know how to date Briggs. The first 2 numbers in the code # are the last 2 digits of the year the engine was manufactured.
 

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Ja, but the engine would have been built before the rest of the tractor. My '05 tractor has an '04 engine. I heard of tractors where the engine was 2 years older.
 

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Ja, but the engine would have been built before the rest of the tractor. My '05 tractor has an '04 engine. I heard of tractors where the engine was 2 years older.
Yes, normally a year before the tractor date, My 2001 Murray has a 2000 Briggs. We know it's a 1980 or 1990 or even a 2000 by the serial, so the engine being 2 years off will still give us a d.o.m. on the tractor, assuming its never been repowered.
 

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Thank you all for the information, I was told that it is a 1979 but thought it wouldn't be that old. After looking around on this forum I guess it could be a 1980. It does have a 12 HP Briggs engine which does indicate 1979 so that may be where the guy I got it from. Madmantrapper was correct. Until a few days ago I never looked twice at a lawn tractor. Hope you all have a great 4th of July! Junkking
 

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Cool, I was only off by 11 years with my guess lol.

"Until a few days ago I never looked twice at a lawn tractor"

That's how this thing starts, be careful or you will become "one of us".......................
 

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Cool, I was only off by 11 years with my guess lol.

"Until a few days ago I never looked twice at a lawn tractor"

That's how this thing starts, be careful or you will become "one of us".......................
I think the bug is already in me. I looked at the penny saver today and there is a cub cadet in there for 100 dollars the owner says it needs a crank shaft. I dont believe the crank shaft is broken from what he described. I think it is a connecting arm which from reading are aluminum turning on a cast iron crank shaft. It would take alot for that aluminum connecting arm to break a cast crank unless the motor was running at an extremely high rpm when the connecting arm broke and jammed into it. The crank may need a little emery to clean it up but I am still going to see it tomorrow.
 

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Even these 'old threads' are very useful to this new guy from Kentucky.Now I know my Craftsman w/IC 13.5 Gold briggs was built Feb. 17,1999;cool. I'll be joining soon & will post some pics of her;she's named TomTom. Thanks for ALL of this sites info & wit.:thThumbsU
 

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no way it's an 80... closer to a 1990
 

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another vote for 90
 

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someone on here has one they painted up like a JD
 

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here's mine, the one on the right obviously.
 

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