Vintage Sears Garden Tractors
Suburbans
Sears updated their Suburban tractors in the mid 60's. Gone were the Bradley transmissions. They were replaced by a
conventional transaxle. A standard clutch/brake pedal and gear shift replaced the F/N/R lever on the old tractors. A built in
High/Low range eliminated the extra cost and complexity of adding a speed reducer. Tecumseh engines replaced the Briggs
models installed in the earlier Suburbans. The horsepower race had begun. The Briggs engine would later return, along with a
twin cylinder Onan.

The front mounting attachment points were left the same as the old Suburbans : four holes on the axle and a slide in channel
frame. The rear drawbar was now a slanted piece of formed steel mounted to the frame behind the transmission. The
mounting pin for the lower lift arms of the 3-point hitch passed through the drawbar on these tractors. A heavier model of
3-point hitch became available as horsepower and pulling ability increased.

A Super model was introduced, which included such upgrades as cigarette lighter, chrome wheel covers and wider tires. The
designation Super can be traced back many years to the David Bradley walking tractor line. Tractors also used the model
names of SS or ST, followed by the horsepower rating of the tractor. Variations on the Suburban theme would continue, with
increased power being the most notable trend. Most were basically the same tractor design, with minor changes to the engines,
grill and dash.  Click on the links below to see pictures of the tractors.

** In 1976, Sears began to sell what they labeled a garden tractor, which was produced by the Murray Company. They were
called ST/8 and ST/10 in 1977, model numbers 502.25900 and 502.25910. These machines were not made by the Roper
Company and are not included in this database. **
1966 Suburban                                                              

1966 Suburban 12    View 2                                           

1967 Suburban 10    View 2    View 3   View 4   View 5    

1967 Super 12    View 2    View 3                                   

1968 Suburban  12 Recoil Start     View 2                     

1968 Suburban 12     2    3   4    5   6   7   

1968 Super 12           View 2   View 3   View 4                     

1969 Suburban 12    View 2                                          

1969 Super 12                                                               

1970 Suburban 12         View 2    View 3                       

1970 SS 12      View 2                                                   

1971 SS 14        View 2                                                  

1972 SS 12                                                                    

1972 Suburban 15

1972 SS 15     View 2      View 3                                    

1973 ST 12                                                                    

1973 ST 16                                                                    

1973 SS16 Twin           View 2                                       

1974 ST 12                                                                    

1974 ST 16                                                                     

1974 SS 16                                                                     

1975 ST 12                                                                     

1975 ST 16                                                                     

1975 SS 16      1        2        3         4      

1976 ST 12                                                                      

1976 ST 16                                                                      

1976 SS 16                                                                      

1976 SS 18                                                                     

1977 16/6                                                                       

1977 16/6 TWIN                                                           

1977 18/6 TWIN                                                              

1978 GT 16                                                                     

1978 GT 18                                                     

1978 GT 19.9                                                                  

1979 GT 18                                                              

1979 GT 19.9          
                                                       
917.99400 Recoil    917.99410 Electric

917.99420

917.25100 Recoil    917.25110 Electric

917.25120

917.25340

917.25350

917.25310

917.25520

917.25510

917.25550

917.25510

917.25610

917.25370

917.25200

917.25380

917.25730

917.25740

917.25750

917.25730

917.25740

917.25750

917.25860

917.25870

917.25880

917.25930

917.25940

917.25950

917.25960

917.25170

917.25180

917.25190

917.257050

917.257060

917.257080

917.257110

917.257080
Note that the images hosted on this site are intended to
be used for educational or reference purposes only.
Owners of Sears tractors often are interested in what
year their tractor was manufactured. Also of interest to
owners are the color schemes and decals originally
applied to the tractors. It is the hope of the owner of
this site that the images may be of use to those
interested in restoring their tractors to their original
condition or who are merely curious as to when they
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Written material © 2000 VSGT