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I have a lead on a pulling tractor ready to roll. A guy in our club is selling this I havent seen it run but the club members say it is decent to start with..My concern is the Tecumseh motor. I have heard they are done and parts are hard to get.. He wants 400.00
I know I would spend about $300 on a cadet 104 or 106 to get started with and then have to add the little things like safety switch wheely bars slight mods might be another 100.00 and $100 in rubber.. Now how would you spend a fifteen year olds $500.00. He wants the first thing he sees and I dont want to show him a tractor we will have motor issues with.....

I guess i am just as confused right now, I have been looking at 20-30 tractors a day for this kid (online) trying to find a decent first tractor he can get a few pulls in with.....

I need a break from myself i think:banghead3....AGGGGHHHHHH
 

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Really the 10xl is only a hundred less and if its all ready to go that doesent sound to bad. But I think the cub would be alot better but also costs more. But if you had problems with that tecumseh you would probably spend another hundred or more any way so the cub is probably best.
 

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I thought those Tech. engines on the old Sears were great. Mine ran like a champ, like move over Briggs and Kohler, At least the one on my '68 ss 12 was. Should I ever start a pulling tractor, I would think about an Sears belt drive just cause!,..and the fact I'am more into the agricultural / resto's of the IHCC.
 

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tecs are great motors, if taken care of. Everything I Own has one In it except for my box store weed eater and leaf blower. i would get him something with a kohler 12 in it. there is millions of them around parts are a plenty and rebuild kits are not super expensive. plus if you get him a cadet get him one with a geared rear instead of the hydro. remember K.I.S.S.
 

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Sears tractors make pretty good pullers, the trans are good not quite as good as a geared cub but still good. The tec. motors I have run good and are plenty powerful for cheaper end pulling. I've pulled with sears with tec. motors and have done fairly well. Cubs make great pullers and there are lots of companies making upgrade parts.
 

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buy it and if u have motor trouble..swap on a kohler..I built an ST10(the model that replaced the 10XL) and i built the motor up some..it wooped all over the kohlers for 2 years....stock form their ok, but a kohler will beat a stock 10hp tecumseh....BUT a repower is never out of the question..
 

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I am kinda in the same situation. I went with a cub cause I got a great deal. I will be a while before we are ready to pull. I have read alot about pulling garden tractors and my way of thinking is reliability first then competition. I think my son and I would be more upset not being able to compete cause of a failure than finishing last.
 
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