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    Default Older Murray lawn tractor

    OK, neighbors just retired there 1999 Murry lawn tractor. I have helped them with it so they want to give it to me! I have a VERY steep lawn and use a walk behind now for my acre of land, how can I make the tractor more stable on the grades?

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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    If I can remember corectly this mower has a twin blade deck, and a single cyl. vertical shaft splash lube l-head B&S engine. Has a 8 speed shift on the fly transmision. The tires even in the rear seem small and the tractor seems low to the ground which is good.

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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    I had a older Murry mower and put chains on it. It made it safer on the hills for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sperry View Post
    I had a older Murry mower and put chains on it. It made it safer on the hills for me.

    Go to know do they make chains for the small 18" rear tires? Would weight on the front help as well.

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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    I have seen the guys that race these things lengthen the axle and make the track wider. How hard is that to do with it?

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    I have an '02 Murray with HST. I use it on all the steep hills I have, 20 degrees plus (one is over 25, but tilt meter doesn't go past 25) - I mow across - sit on the fender out rigger style. I go slow and been doing it for 6 years. Never have come close to rolling even though it feels like it sometimes

    Vertical on the hills has caused many pucker moments.

    Now, without HST, I might be more nervous
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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    What is HST???

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortlid View Post
    What is HST???
    Sorry - hydrostatic transmission - no shifting
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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    The smaller stance tires are actually going to help you on the grades. I would use a good new set of Carlisle turf tires on both front and rear, and add rear wheel weights and/or chains, and of course never take it out if the grass is wet. However if is is one of the older splash lubed engines that did not have a pressurized oil system, it isn't going to last very long running it on steep slopes. But the lower the center of gravity, the more stable the tractor will be.

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    Default Re: Older Murray lawn tractor

    Thanks for the info. Guess if I do use it on the onclines I should not shift on a slope. Will see what kind of shape the tires are in.

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