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I'm certainly not trying to repeat any threads, but in reading through the posts here, I find many interesting things that guys have done to their tractors to enhance their appearance/usefulness.

I thought it might be sorta fun, and also practical, to condense everything into one thread for everybody's reference.

So... my question to you is, what have you done to your tractor that has made it even more of a workhorse than the day you brought it home from the store? Also, what have you done to your tractor that has made it even better looking than the day you bought it?

One final thing... be sure to list those things you are going to do but haven't done them yet!

Here's mine (bear in mind, I just bought it)...

1.) Added hour meter
2.) Added brush guard
3.) Added sleeve hitch
 

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Sounds like a fun idea!

Are we talking about mods to the tractor itself or are you including attachments also?
 

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Only thing i have done to mine is chrome hub caps. One of these day i will get around to getting a bumper:D
 

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Originally posted by sixchows


Are we talking about mods to the tractor itself or are you including attachments also?
Both! I'm looking to have a thread where we can all come to to get all the ideas we possibly can! :)

Also, any planned mods/additions that someone hasn't done yet but intends on doing.
 

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Originally posted by 911radioman
Both! I'm looking to have a thread where we can all come to to get all the ideas we possibly can! :)

Also, any planned mods/additions that someone hasn't done yet but intends on doing.
Maybe this thread should be moved to shade tree rather than being craftsman specific?

Anyway, my craftsman GT has 2 LED marker lamps to replace those stick on reflectors. It also has the electric lift assist for the main lift.

Attachments;
50" mower deck
sleeve hitch
8HP sleeve hitch tiller
moldboard plow
cultivator
disc harrow
rear grader blade
rear box scraper
front dozer blade
46" 2 stage snowblower
tine dethatcher
plug aerator
8HP mow n vac w/chipper
rotary spreader
snow cab
4- 55# wheel weights
Front wheel weight bracket
tire chains
Johnny Bucket w/power dump

For my Bolens 1050's
rear tine tiller w/extension
mackissic shredder
sleeve hitch
2 snow/dozer blades
2 mower decks
sickle bar mower
flail mower
32" sno-caster
36" sno-caster
2 carts
front PTO pulley to drive mixers, conveyors, elevators, etc.
front reel mower
wheel weights
chains

I think that's about it. Although I do feel I'm forgetting something!
 

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sixchows…

You should get some attachments for those tractors. You would be
surprised at how much more they can do than mow the lawn.
:furious:
 

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I knew I was forgetting something! The JBJr for the craftsman.

Did anyone notice johnnyproducts now has tooth bars for the JBJr? Definately the next addition!
 

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Originally posted by Durwood
Have any of you had trouble with the cupholders? Are they as good as this one?
I like my cup and cup holder better:D

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Just think... Cup holder/balast combo pack, with TLC will come cheap.
Ya but how much to have her stay home!:D

Andy
 

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I've installed a 20 HP Onan in my Deere 316. Will soon have a sleeve hitch, rear lights to replace the stock reflectors, and upgraded headlights.
 

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Joe...

Was the 20hp Onan a twin cyl ? Was the original engine a 1 cyl ?
Glad to hear you're upgrading the lights, the headlights on my
JD300 are not very good at all.
 

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Originally posted by sixchows
I knew I was forgetting something! The JBJr for the craftsman.

Did anyone notice johnnyproducts now has tooth bars for the JBJr? Definately the next addition!
I've got the JBJr on my DGT6000. Love it. I think this spring I will be upgrade to the power dump. And I love the look of that tooth bar. :D

My toys ...
44" bercomac snowthrower
box scraper/ blade
JBJr (actuator version with trip dump)
Rear actuator for sleeve hitch

To come ...
JBJr power dump
JBJr toothbar
Snowcab someday I hope.

SnowMower
 

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The 316 had a twin 16 HP Onan B-43 which I replaced with an Onan 20 HP P-220. It was essentially a drop in fit, sold be Tulsa Engine Warehouse as a replacement for the Deere engine. I was able to get the drive shaft spacer from them also.

As to lights, the late model 316 had only rear reflectors with front headlights. The early model 316 (single cylinder Kohler powered) tractor had rear lights. I bought the rear light wiring harness from Deere for less than $10 and got the lights themselves from an autoparts store for $2.98 each. You can greatly improve your headllights performance by CAREFULLY removing the front lens and cleaning BOTH sides thoroughly. And then CAREFULLY cleaning the shiny reflective surface that surrounds the lights before replacing the lens. That shiny surface will NOT take a lot of hard scrubbing , so easy does it ;) . If you still want more light, the 1156 bulbs can be upgraded to something brighter, check with any decent autoparts store. I wouldn't go up to 50 watts, as the heat would probably melt the plastic housing and hood.
 

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Joe..

Thanks for the tips on improving the headlights, I’ll try them
and let you know how I made out. I think I should really
replace the front lens, it has yellowed with age but I’ll see
how it cleans up.
You mentioned the 1156 bulb could be upgraded to a higher
wattage but not up to 50 watts. Do you know the wattage of the
original (1156 ?) bulbs? I think there are 3 in that headlight assembly.
 

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My headlight lens was looking REAL yellow, but cleaned up very well with a soft bristle toothbrush and a liberal application of Windex. I was totally amazed at how much dirt was on the INSIDE! If memory serves me correctly, the 1156 bulbs are around 25 watts. Here is some info I got from Weekend Freedom Machines about headlights:

"If anyone out there actually uses their headlights on the 200 & 300 series tractors, I have found a nice upgrade for the bulbs. Wagner lighting has a part number 796 which is a 35 watt halogen replacement for an 1156 bulb which is 27 watts. It has the same base and a smaller glass. You can get them from Napa auto parts store. They also work good for your backup lights on your car or pickup. If you really want a brighter light, Wagner offers a part number 795 which is a 50 watt halogen version of the 1156 bulb. I would be careful with that bulb because it may make enough heat to melt a plastic housing. It also pulls almost 4 amps so your alternator may not be able to keep up with 3 of them."

And this is from our very own Ducatti996 who has experimented some with improving his lights:

"I find myself getting caught in the dark quite often....when I first got my machine I experimented on just upgrading my headlights..after some suggestions and trial and errors I found a $2.00 1156 type 50w incandescent bulb made the best improvement. These bulbs as far as I can tell are only readily available at Autozone (maybe other sources but I couldn't find them). They are made by Blazer and are only $2.00 !!
Having the extra wattage from these bulbs is a great thing! 100watts is a huge improvement over the standard 27w 1156 bulbs. Comes in real handy when snow blowing as well !! No damage at all in the headlight housing from the heat...."
 

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On my tractor, I went with three 35 watt bulbs, but I can't tell you how well they work as the hood is still hanging in my basement waiting for it to be warm enough to repaint.
 
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