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Hey all. Brought a 486.254021 46" Dozer Plow for my 917.255914 1988 Sears GT-18 Twin, 6 Speed, 44" Garden Tractor Craftsman II. The guy I got it from said it would work....I don't think so.....Two things. What plow(s) will work? Is their an adapter the will work for me. Also looking for a manual for the 917.255914 and 486.254021. Alright it was four things...

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Dave,

Thanks, yes this looks like my tractor. What tractor will the blade I have fit? 486.254021 ? is their a retrofit for this to mine?
from what I have here, it looks like your blade is made for the GT/V series tractors. The ones that look like the FF series.



Not sure about a retrofit kit. I'll dig into it a little tomorrow, after work

dave
 

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Dave,

Thanks, yes this looks like my tractor. What tractor will the blade I have fit? 486.254021 ? is their a retrofit for this to mine?
Actually, the blade by itself probably doesn't fit anything: You need the "Lift Mechanism" that fits the blade to a particular tractor. Did your blade include the Lift Mechanism? If you visit the link in my signature block, you might be able to see what my blade (and your's appears to be essentially the same) looks like properly mounted on a GTV.

The complex part is connecting the blade to usable controls for lift and side-to-side angle shifting. From what I could see in the blade manual listed by stripmine, the mounting and lift mechanism is all different from what I have.


The blade model you and I have is from at least the early 1980's and, possibly, a few years earlier. Mine came with the lift mechanism for my tractor (see below), but it included an earlier manual (in addition to the one for my tractor) for using it on earlier machines. The machine pictured on the cover of that manual is the GT-16 from an earlier series than mine. Inside is a sketch of the blade mounted on a Suburban.

What you might be able to do is see whether the blade for your tractor has an interface that is the same as the one you have. Go to the Sears website and look at the parts for your (or my) model blade and for the one for your machine. If you can find a good interface point on the blade you have, you may be able to see what you need to do to match it to the proper lift mechanism or to installed it some other way.

Just remember that blade impact with an obstruction puts lots of stress on the tractor chassis and other parts, so mounting must be done with that in mind.
 

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I did just the opposite, I have the old FF style Gt18 but bought a plow for the craftsman II style. I just made a new sub frame crossmember to hinge it from and lift it with a winch. It works good.
 

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there was on ebay a few weeks ago. That was the only one I have seen
 

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this is what it looks like- I think this one sold for like $35 on Ebay- like I said though, it is the only one I have ever seen for sale. I haven't seen as many of that style Craftsmans as the Suburbans
 
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