|Vintage Sears Garden Tractors
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. **
917.99400 Recoil 917.99410 Electric
917.25100 Recoil 917.25110 Electric
917.25740 Tank under hood, two spoke steering wheel.
917.25741 (42 and 43) Tank under the seat, three spoke steering wheel.
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year their tractor was manufactured. Also of interest to
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