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Well I finally did it and joined team green... I did have an LT155 about 10 years ago. Drug it out from behind someone's shed for free. No hood and broken timed belt deck... Got it running, found a used deck and it worked impressively well, but all my garden tractors have been gear drive. A few power kinds, some cub cadets, etc...

Tractor was in the family and bounced from person to person till it got to the one who was simply going to sell it... Shows 2,500 hours but it started instantly with a touch of the key, no smoke, no hesitation, etc. Either the hobbs is wrong, it's very well cared for or it's been rebuilt or some combination thereof... Came with a 50" deck with a stiff center spindle and needing belts, blades and paint.

Of course now that I have one I'm going to look at a 300 this weekend with a blown K341 that I'm thinking of putting a v-twin on...

And a friend told me of an auction later in the month were there's a 318 or 316. So I'll have to go there... These things are like potato chips - can't have just one... :)

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Power steering is... Interesting.

It's slow, so that takes some getting used to. Especially since I'm used to my Simplicity 6516 which feels like 1.5 turns lock to lock with a sharp steering angle. High effort but it turns quick....

This was all there was. The guy I bought it from said it was his wife's uncle's and he bought it new and put most of the hours on it. Then it went to the uncle's brother, then to an older cousin, then to him. The second owner used it for a few years, then the cousin used it for about a year and parked it - paying someone to cut the grass. Cousin apparently was older and recently went to a home.

So that's basically the entirety of the history that I know... He took the deck off to load it into his truck and it stayed off so I could load it into mine. Other than that no attachments and the only comment I got on the lift arms was "these are to lift something, maybe part of a 3-point or quick hitch or something?" There's no rear PTO or rear hydraulic outputs so who knows.

I plan on changing fluids, doing a tune up, etc. I want to get to a reliable mower that can haul a yard cart for now. Then I want to get a blade and a snowblower for the front. I'm also going to make a pin on loader for it. Nothing crazy, basically a power wheel barrow. It's tempting to do a full loader but I want this for mowing and versatility. I probably will make some kind of lift for the back though. Kind of a faux-point hitch probably where I just make what I have work.
 

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PA318Guy, that is an interesting setup. I saw a few pictures of the tillers and could see it was hydraulically powered but didn't know where it got the power from. It's very possible it had that setup at one point.

Gage A, they're not 3 point arms as the 3 point arms I've seen have a ball pilot of sorts in a yolk. Although I think these could easily be made to work as 3 point lift arms.

I've already been looking at Auxhydraulics... :) My thought with the pin on loader is that A) I don't have to dedicate a machine to a FEL and b) with a single lift and curl cylinder it should be faster than a full loader with 4 cylinders. I already ordered the plans from P.F. Engineering for the pin on loader. I'm pretty handy and I'm sure I could figure it out from looking at pictures and mocking stuff up but I don't have the time to do all that. So I get the plans, get out the metal hot glue gun and stick a bunch of stuff together and Poof! I have a loader... :)

Also, I'm not convinced the 425 has that much more in hydraulics. The 420/430 is the same as the 318. The 425 gets the K91 rear and I don't know how much different in hydraulic flow and pressure it is. I'm happy with the 318, but that said, I wouldn't turn away a good deal on a 425... :)
 
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