A site dedicated to the Jacobsen built tractors of the 60's,70's& early 80's
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A garden tractor addict, with a passion for FORDS. A utility worker by day, tractor mechanic by night. I hope you like the site. i hope my information helps. Im not perfect and make mistakes, and always have an open ear . This information on this site, is the best to my knowledge, and should not be used for legal purposes or any other matter. It is here to help people with their addiction ,hobby, or get the old mower going again. The pictures used in this site are either mine,are somebody else's or off the internet, if you see a photo that 's yours, please let me know so i can post, where credit is do. A lot of great machines out there. These photos are used for informational purposes only, and are under and within copyright guidelines. We welcome all photos and stories of your JAC built machine. We can post them and you can remain anonymous, if you would like.
I am a family man, and work full time, plus run the website, answer emails, calls etc., so please be patient with me.I am not out here to cause problems. I will try my best to help. I do have a collection of FORDS and Jakes, I may part with a few, not my business, but personally. Give me a shout.
Sometimes you can't afFORD a 1967 fastback, or a 32 deuce coupe, but a FORD garden tractor is like the muscle car of garden tractors. They re cheaper, easy to store, and the wife doesn't mind so much, unless your me and you have like 20 laying around..lol. Kohler engines are fantastic. Some say there like small block chevys, but i disagree. Briggs are like small block chevys, cheap, easy to find, throw aways, yes can make hp, but a dime a dozen. Kohlers are more like small block Fords, yes a little pricey, but reilable, heavy duty, big hp torque monsters, if your pockets are deep enough! But there is plenty of after market parts that work well and are affordable.The hydro transmissions are damn near unbreakable. The EATON pumps in them take a beating. The peerless 2300 4 speed transmissions are easy to find, if you know where to look. I can get all the seals and bearings for these also. So in a nut shell, everybody watches their favorite Car show on tv, but cant afford their dream car, so ..why not start out on a smaller scale? They maybe bigger than you think.
Please by all means, get you or your lazy kids butt off the couch, and go build something, i mean that in a nice way, dont get offended, geez. Make something custom, it doesnt have to be a show piece and cost thousands of dollars, with a $5 rattle can and the right temp and humidity, its amazing how paint can lay.
I dont know everything, i never claimed too, i make mistakes( just ask the MRS.) the stuff on here is from my brain, my experiences, friends,experiences, and knowledge. If you have something to share, by all means please do. I have gotten a lot of help from a lot of people since this site began. Its workin out pretty good. Im here to help.
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Jacobsen , still in business today known as Jacobsen Textron, built tractors for Ford Minneapolis Moline, White, Town&Country, Oliver and for themselves.
Jacobsen Manufacturing, founded by Danish immigrant Knud Jacobsen, in 1921. They released the 4 acre gas powered reel mower, and continued making machines for golf courses and estates. Knud retired in 39 and son Oscar took over.
1945-purchased Worthington Mower Co. in Stroudsburg Pa., known for golf course, park and airfeild gang mowers, until the plant closing in 1959, but kept the name into the early 1960's.
1949- Model G introduced using FORD TRACTOR parts and components.
JACOBSEN also purchased Johnston Mower of Ottumwa Iowa, to get into the residential market, offering rotary and reel mowers. The debut of the Javelin riding mower was made in the 1950's.
Then in 1961 the FIRST Jacobsen Chief was introduced known as the 100A. which was a 7hp kohler electric start and the 100B which was rope start.
In 1975-76 Jacobsen merged with Textron. Then adopted Homelite, in the 80's. The blue and white Homelites in the 1970's were not affiliated with JACOBSEN. They were actual Gilson Brother, machines. Which is funny, cause Gilson built them quit, and then picked up Ford in 84. Kind of a trade deal..lol. I really dont know all the corporate details, just who made what.
Jacobsen continued to produce lawn and garden tractors into the 1990's than got out of the market, and kept with commercial and golf course equipment.
The last good heavy Jacobsen built FORD TRACTOR was 1983. Gilson brothers started building them in 1984. Then, as we all know, things got cheaper and the "junk tin" tractors arrived. There was heavy duty Fords built in the 80's. The LGT series was still going, but at a bigger price.
Then somewhere in the 1990's , Toro, yes Wheelhorse, started building FORD and then New Holland garden tractors.
YES, i guess still collectable, because they are Ford, but not like the old tube frame's from the 70's.
There was a New Holland garden tractor built in the 1970's. Not affiliated with Ford or Jacobsen, but shared the heavy duty well built characteristics.
......and we all know the demise of all these great machines..that Pap or Dad or Uncle Jim had...........MTD. I' LL KEEP MY OLD FORD..THANK YOU!
The above photo is a restomod tractor, it started out as a 1981 Jake 16. I get so many questions about this, machine. It was a total ground up restoration. No they never made a close sided Oliver. This was my spin on it, and it turned out very nice. Sort like when you drop a small block chevy in a 32 FORD street rod, or make "Hurst olds 442" out of a Cutlass. I GUESS haters gonna hate, LOL.
We accept money order or certified check, or business check, NO PERSONAL CHECKS.
We do accept PAYPAL, but there is a 3% fee on all purchases, not my rule.
I usually use USPS flat rate boxes, and use the online calculator. Heavier stuff will need weighed and shipped accordingly. We have a UPS freight terminal relatively close. So very large items maybe shipped via pallet and truck.
If a NEW part is broken or damaged we will replace it, or refund your money upon return. Used parts are as is no returns.
Please contact us with questions.
PLEASE make sure you let me know the model of your tractor. There is a huge difference between a FORD 120 and a FORD LGT 120." LGT" were from 1972-1983.
I personally have attachments, front and rear PTO, whole machines, grilles etc.
If by all means, you need a part that isn't listed please call or email me.
This is a one man show, so please be patient, i try to buy all my prdoucts made right here in the USA. Yes ebay maybe cheaper, but it is all chinese. We are a small out of basement business, what we make really pays for the internet, website stuff like that. I STILL work full time, this is more of a hobby, but a legit business, with insurance and taxes for uncle sam, whole nine yards.
Thanks to all of the people out there checking out the site. Thanks to all the fans, customers and all the great information coming in. Again, please i have no problem giving credit where credit is do, but most wish to remain anonymous....to those thanks again!
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In 1961 Jacobsen got into the Residential mowing business. With the model 100a and 100 b, which was a pull start 8 hp. 100a was electric generator. They built the grounds for the Ford,
Minneapolis Moline, White garden tractor line. They quit making residential tractors around 1990 and stayed with commercial mowers.
The "Bean" steering wheel, shaped like a kidney bean.These tractors were built from 1961-1965.
Basically the same as a Jacobsen, i do not know much about the specifics. I am told they were a one year only machine, 1970, and they were a special order tractor. From the Data i gather, there is less of these than Olivers.
Probably everybodies favorite and most sought after 60's garden tractor! The MINNIE MO.
Photo courtesy of Shane Hickey
Ford entered the market in 1965. With the T1000 and T800, and they didnt say FORD! Check out the sales flyer in the gallery below. The I.D. tag said Jacobsen! They made 351 t-800 and 451 t-1000. The "T" series was a test, to see if they would sell!! Im guessing yes. Ford didnt want a bad rap if it failed. WOW! awesome information, thank you.
WE HAVE ANOTHER PAGE DEDICATED JUST TO THE "T" SERIES TRACTOR. UNDER THE "FORD TRACTOR BREAKDOWN" PAGE, TOP OF THE PAGE UNDER THE DROP DOWN MENY, "MORE"
They had Kohler engines, starter generators 8 and 10hp. 1966 was the start of the 80 ,100, 120 140. These tractors were produced until 1971. (Not to be confused with the "LGT" series in 1972.)
Probably one of the rarest, most collectable garden tractor and most expensive to buy out of the modern(60's 70's) era of garden tractors. They were only produced from 1972--73, and thats not exact, maybe 72 only? Im getting a lot of different years from different people. Anyhow very rare and being upward big cash if restored or nicely original. The models are 105,125,145,165? Not a lot of info out there i can find, but still looking, basically the same as the Ford LGT series/Jacobsen GT series.Will be updating as soon as i can.
Thanks JOSH D.
Thes machines were produced from the 1972 to 1974. Pretty much followed suit with the Jacobsen/Ford line. They were offered at places like Agway, or local farm stores.Not to say they were not sitting at the White dealer. In 72 they went form blue and white to red and white and resembled the Oliver. There is rumors that Cockshutt was produced, which was under the OLIVER/WHITE Company,but this is not true. I have seen pics on the net, but it wouldn't take much to paint an Oliver red. But they would have been awesome.The key is the I.D. tags. on the fender pan under dash.
Built from 1972-1976
GT 10 -gear
GT12 -gear or hydro
One year only with white steering wheels.1972. There is a whole breakdown on these tractors in the drop down menu,under "MORE", includes implements, decks, loaders, everything that was available at the time.
Steering wheel was shaped like a kidney bean, had forward flipping hood.
(courtesey of R. KING)
Jac models 800,1000 1200 1450(super chief1969-1971),Ford,80,100,120,140, and Minneapolis Moline 108,110,112,114. White, Town& Country etc.
These are "ANGLE FRAME" tractors, and they had the famous aluminum deck. These are not "LGT" tractors!!!!
These are the "TUBE FRAME" these ARE...LGT ....tractors. Every newcomer to the hobby makes this mistake.
Only Ford &Jacs 195 model introduced
Our latest creation, Summer of 2019.
1973 FORD LGT 145, 50 " DECK, 36" TILLER, CAT "0" 3 POINT, 42" SCRAPER BLADE, 42" SNOWBLOWER, all the bells and whistles. Proud new owner is Don Clark, Indiana, PA. Thank you Dan, enjoy the tractor!
Factory 3 point hitch on the LGT 145 we restored, hard to find.
The FORD LT 70.lawn tractor... was debuted in 1968- 1972. The LT75 was from 1973 and made until 1977. Oliver ,Jacobsen,and MM was also available, but not sure on the years. It sported a 7.5 hp BRIGGS or Tecumseh that was a vertical shaft engine. A 3 speed peerless, belt drive transmission and a 38" deck. I have seen snowblower attachements for these tractors. They came across the scales at a whopping 453 lbs. Still a very heavy duty ilttle tractor compared to today's junk
The 80 replaced the LT75 in 1977. Same machine but 8 hp briggs and a different grille. It had vertical bars, instead of the horizontal, and the hood decals resembled the close sided garden tractors from 77-83. .Also produced was the 100 which had a 10 hp briggs and yes had the LGT 42" DECK under it! In 1978 the 110 replaced the 100, with an 11hp briggs. The last year for the Jacobsen built LT 80 &110 was 1981.
The debut of the LGT 195. Has the same Eaton 11 hydro , but had extra porting on the pump for auxilliary hydraulics, for front snow blade or snowblower . It also had 6 bolt rear hubs and drum brakes. Sported 29" tall rear tires and had power steering, and some had the rear PTO. They offered rear tillers and rear snow blowers, along with a cat. 0 , 3 point hitch.Dont quote me on how many 195s were built, but im sure it wasnt many.
60" mower decks that seem to melt away over periods of time, and the KT19 was under powered and prone to overheat. Many were converted to v twins and upgraded. MY 195 (above photo) has a 3 cyl PERKINS diesel and 60 " KUBOTA deck, and ROPS(not on yet) and will probably be for sale by spring or summer.
I know the pic above has the name spelled wrong. If anybody has good pictures of JAKE 195 and wants them posted on here,please send them in , i really cant find many good pictures of them...thanks!
The model 81 and 111 replaced the Jacobsen built 80(75) and 110. This is where GILSON BROTHERS, got there hands at making FORDS, then took over building FORDs from JACOBSEN in 1984.
Jacobsen merged with Homelite in 1981, becoming TEXTRON," officially", on your I.D. tag on the frame. Textron actually merged in 1975, or maybe bought stock and partnered(??) If your close sided tractor says JACOBSEN only, on the side panel, its 1977-1980. If it says JACOBSEN HOMELITE, or HOMELITE TEXTRON its 1981-1984, and probably has the FORD grille, but may have the older grille. I think it was a "whats on the shelf, whats being stamped" sort a thing. Also, they started putting a spin on oil filter for the hydro transmission. I also have a conversion kit for the older machines for sale, look on the "Parts" page. Regardless of year they are the same tractor, just different grilles.
Jacobsen basically added numbers to the new models in 77. 1000, 1200, 1250, 1450, 1650.Notice the different style grills between the two close sided tractors. The newer one 1981-1984, has the FORD style grille. The older 1977-1980 has the more "unattractive" style grill, but with a little work makes a great generic "OLIVER" wannabe. I have a great decal guy. I can get you decals like the one i built in the photo gallery.You know when you take a1964 pontiac Le Mans and turn into a GTO, or take gramma 's 69 Nova and put Yenko stickers on it, or camaro or any other GM. Its not original or right, but it works on a budget.
1984 was not the end of the JACOBSEN TUBE frame tractor, it was for the FORD built by JACOBSEN, TUBE frame tractor. Ok, got that? Ford was built by GILSON in 1984.
Jacobsen still built tube frame tractors up til about 87(?). The deck stamping was the same, but the spindles went from 1" to 3/4", and the some pulleys changed. The lawn tractors were Gilson built. So i really don't know who built what during that time period. I do believe it is what is on the shelf already, and what are we stamping or building, and let s throw it together. LOL . Oh by the way, if you don't know this by now, Jacobsen was horrible with serial numbers, no streamlining at all. That's why you see different grilles on the 77-83 Jacobsen 1000 series.
I don t have a lot of information on the tractors below. So any information helps i have an open ear. They were cheaper made machines. I really cant find any worth buying to fix up. They are usually too far gone, rust bucket. So i dont have much experience with them. There not that sought after like the tractors from the 60's and 70's and early 80's. Not saying they weren't good machines, such as the LGT series. They still had rear tillers, sleeve hitches, etc. The better ones had the Kohler engines, still with direct drive hydros. They are still Fords, so they are collected. So its like DEERE, oh man i gotta have it! Some want them to add to their collection, to sit it next to there 1984 Mustang. I don't think chevy made a tractor did they? They did put Detroits in the Oliver farm tractors, so, ok there ya go.Sorry got off track.So its all in what you want. I personally would like to have one from every year, but im sure my wife would beg to differ, lol. Anyhow my knowledge is limited. I dont have parts for these machines either, unless i find them.
FORD LGT 14D,16D, 3 cylinder diesel.Never owned one personally. I am still working on gathering the information on these. Any information is appreciated.
In 1987 Ford decided to enter the compact market to compete against, the fast growing market, including rivals from Kubota and Deere(the only good green tractor is an Oliver..lol) SHIBAURA diesels powered the machine, and had the same qualities of the good ol days from the 70's tractors. Heavy built and reliable and many used daily til this day.
Gilson Bros. Look very closely at the fenders, and dash and frame, they will swap with a Montgomery Ward.
Not quite garden tractors, not quite lawn tractors, but some where in between?
LGT series still going, actual garden tractors. YES, there is Lawn Boys that look identical to this. Gilson built those for Lawn Boy, Lawn Boy didnt build Fords.
Hello TORO! Yes its the ERA of mergers, when there is only a few Companies making tractors for everyone. Vertical shaft engines( sorry didn't mean to cuss) and bottom belt drive. But it says Ford on it! So if you come across this or the wheelhorse, or some yard man..mtd pile, what are you going to choose?
Getting better. They still were not the cast iron LGT's of the 70's, but they did offer front loaders on the GT 95. These were Kohler engines direct drive hydros with hydraulics.
So around 99-2000 thats when FORD said here ya go NEW HOLLAND we are done. So dont quote me on the exact years when certain machines were made.
These machines are not affiliated with Jacobsen or Ford, at all. Even tough Ford and NEW HOLLAND merged in 1986, they were separate in the 70's.
Not the prettiest looking machine, but very well built and heavy duty. They had kohler single cylinders, S-12 and S-14, S-16.
They made a lawn tractor version too, S-8 which was belt driven, with a Briggs.
Built right here in my home state of Pennsylvania(Belleville).. First built by Sperry, a NEW HOLLAND division and then by Ariens.
Hydrostatic Sunstrand transmissions. I believe they offered or had tilt steering, snowblowers, blades, tillers and hydraulics. The hydraulic lift tractors had the Cat "0" 3 point hitch, option. Built by Ariens, which is still in business today. I do not know if parts are still available through New Holland or Ariens. If someone needs something let me know, I'll see what i can come up with???
Still pretty cool machine in my book, dont see too many pop up for sale. If Anybody has any information or pics and want to share, drop me a line.
The tractor to the left was my first Ford restoration project, like a dummy i sold it to buy more tractors.
1973 FORD LGT 165 MSRP LIST PRICE $ 1879.00
Description: 16 hp kohler with variable drive hydrostatic, 42" deck, weight 853 lbs. fuel-gas.
1983 FORD LGT 165..ETC...................$4510.00..!!!
1973 FORD LGT 145--MSRP $1656.00
1983 FORDLGT145--MSRP $4223.00
1973 FORD LGT 125--MSRP $1485.00
1983 FORD LGT 125--MSRP $3763.00
1973 FORD LGT 120--MSRP $1276.00
1983 FORD LGT 120--MSRP $3281.00
1973 FORD LGT 100--MSRP $1176.00
1983 FORD LGT 100--MSRP $3131.00
1973 FORD LT 75--MSRP $766.00
1976 FORD LT 75--MSRP $1031.00
1977 FORD LT 80--MSRP $1164.00
1981 FORD LT 80--MSRP $1480.00
So.. if inflation is roughly 2% every year, on average....and if Ford was still producing these awesome , heavy duty machines today......they would be like. $10,000 for 2018 FORD LGT165...now im sure it would have advanced technology, diesel engine, creature comforts, etc. But that shows the caliber of these machines. Compare that to the new machines on the market today. Every thing is cheap, plastic, aluminum, made in china. No thanks i ll keep my old trusty iron from the 1970's. Thats why in 1983 was the last good old heavy duty garden tractor. People werent going to drop $5000 on a "mower" (so to speak) when thats what the new CHEVY Citation cost.(yes that was a stab at chevy..lol, dont hate me).
There is another page for all the attachments listed from the ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT BROCHURES, in the drop down menu above.
Tillers ,snowblades,rotary cutting decks,snowblowers and hitches.Loaders,backhoes adn implements for the garden, these machines had them all. I have some original equipment manuals i will be putting on here soon. MANUALS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE!!!
THE DECKS CAME IN 2 SIZES 42" CUT, WHICH THE DECK MEASURES 50". THE 50" CUT WHICH MEASURES 56", THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO. THE MOST COMMON IS THE 42, 50 CAME LATER ON THE LGT 165 AND GT16 IN LATE 1970.
There was two basic snow plows for the LGT tractors. The full frame blade, with a manual power angle, adjustment from the seat. This blade uses the mower deck sub frame, it slides over top of the subframe, and you would use the manual lift or hydraulic lift, to operate snow blade.
This blade also has a bracket that slides into the frame in the front. It has a slot machined into it, for the blade pin, to keep it centered on tractor.
The second blade is a short frame blade. It has a setup like Bolens and Allis chalmers,some Cub cadet, and older Sears. There is a bracket that slides into the front, and the snow blade attaches to it, utilizing a a lift arm from the manual deck lift. These snow blades are only for the 100 and 120 models with the manual deck lift.
There were two snowblowers available a single stage and a 2 stage. Most single stage snow blowers ended up working like a snowblade, in wet or deep snow condtions. Most prefer 2 stage which has open augers to break up snow before entering the chute, unlike single stage which has a drum auger.2 stages were more expensive than the single when bought new, but did a better job.
A very rare and expensive option. Hence that fact you dont see them around. I personally have one, I stumbled on years ago. I believe they are a Johnson brand.
Mine actually was originally yellowish orange and was purchased by a municipality. It was later painted blue. A mid 70's 165 LGt would have cost $2900 plus a $1499 loader option. That's more expensive than a Maverick back then! Then add the price of a backhoe,If you want! Not sure but the price, but was rumored around $3500 for those! So fo under $8000, you could have a brand new mini Ford Backhoe!, in 1973!!!!!!
There was two style hitches. The most common is a sleeve hitch, Brinly style.Much like Bolens configuration, it attached to the axle pins, and utilized the mower lift whether manual or hydraulic, an arm ran to the back beside right rear tire, and attached to the sleeve hitch.
Rear PTo are rare in itself but are out there. They run tillers. They actually run off the front PTO by belt, to a fixed pulley to a driveshaft that ran down the left side of tractor to the back. The rear PTO bracket was also used for the tiller top link. Now the real rarity was the Cat 0 3 point. Again it utilized the rear PTO bracket and used the hydraulic lift cylinder (for mower deck) which had a strut arm that ran back of tractor. I had one and like a fool I sold it. I don't have price for them but I bet it was fairly expensive, being the fact you don't see them.
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