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Hi everybody, just thought I should share a few photos of my recently acquired Gravely 430 Commercial tractor.

I have been reading this message board for a few months now, and have been searching for a Gravely of my own. After dealing with a whole bunch of really weird sellers on Kijiji I finally worked out a deal for this tractor with a mower deck and snow plow.

The machine has a 12 hp Onan on it, not currently running but it does have spark and compression so should be going soon.

I already downloaded manuals off of oldgravelys.net, but I am sure I will be asking for help around here at some point!

Cheers:fing32:
 

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Welcome and good luck with your 430. It looks to be in solid shape. This forum as you probably have noted by reading for a while lives up to it's name as the "Friendliest". When you're in need of some reliable answers you will find them here. Good Luck.
 

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Good solid example of an early tractor! You know now you'll want another rider to put the mower on so you can keep the blade on that one or vice versa. Then you'll need another Gravely just in case one of those two feels under the weather. Finally you'll be diagnosed with G.A.S. and go full blown Gravely addict! Welcome to the club!!
 

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:MTF_wel2: Seebo! You will enjoy using your 430. They're good tractors. Yours looks like it's in good condition.
My first Gravely was a 430, and I still use it. You'll like the steering brakes too.
As Ron said, not as many 430s were built using an Onan engine vs. Kohler.

And yes, plan on at least one more tractor for starters. That's the effect these tractors have on you.

P.S. Is that an old DB in the background?
 

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:p.S. Is that an old DB in the background?
Seebo - be very careful of what's in the background of your photos! Sharp eyes will spot the "extras" like kids looking for Easter eggs! Welcome! Nice tractor - as others have said, you'll have it going soon! :fing32:

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Welcome seebo! Looks like a solid first acquisition. Keep those cards and letters coming, and :wwp:
 

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Thanks everyone for the kind words :thanku:

It is actually kind of funny that I would end up with an Onan. I had decided not to because of parts prices, and agreed to buy this tractor knowing it was a Kohler (the previous owner was pretty adamant on that point actually). I bought it based on a few decent pictures, knowing it wasn't running.

He delivered it and wouldn't you know it...there was an Onan on the back! Oh well, I hear they are good engines anyways.

tracktortag - It's not quite a DB. It's a Waterloo Model "20" walking tractor. It was actually manufactured in Waterloo, Ontario during the 40's and has a 2hp Clinton engine on it.

I don't think I can buy any more tractors for now, no space!!!
 

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I don't think I can buy any more tractors for now, no space!!!
:) How many of us have said those exact words? Yet the gravelys continue to follow us home...
 

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:) How many of us have said those exact words? Yet the gravelys continue to follow us home...
:ditto:

I knew I was in trouble when the shed and the garage were full, the cabana had 3 stored inside for the winter, plus 2 more in the basement.

One is never enough.
Two is not much better.
Three means the disease has taken hold.
Four means your spouse will start to suspect something's up, and roll her eyes
Five says you're starting to get serious
Six - you've thought about enrolling in a 12-step program
Seven - it's starting to look like a collection
Eight - Yep, not enough
Nine - Getting close
Ten - Look, Henry, we've got another one hooked
 

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Luckily I have an excellent cure for GAS and other associated machinery purchasing disorders... It's not my property! I help my grandmother out by mowing the lawn, clearing the snow, etc. on her 1 acre property. She lets me mess around with this kind of stuff, as long as I don't make a mess of her shed/ garage.

I can't see a collection of 10 Gravelys going over well!!!

I do have another garden tractor, a Massey Ferguson 12, and I like the way things look in the shed for now. :thThumbsU

Here is a few pictures of the engine with the shrouds off. Previous owner said there was a problem with the starter...anyone see the problem lol!? There has been some creative wiring done to this tractor!
 

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I don't think I can buy any more tractors for now, no space!!!
That's been known to have no decernable effect on G.A.S.
 
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