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FREEDGUY View Drop Down
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    Posted: 01 May 2022 at 6:00pm
 Did ALLIS "manufacture" the lawn tractors back in the day, or were they farmed out and re-badged ?
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Simplicity.........
Like them all, but love the "B"s.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FREEDGUY Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2022 at 6:38pm
Even in the early '60's ? Thanks for the reply Tongue, never dreamed you dabbled on this area Embarrassed .
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I believe it was around 1961 when my father sold his first Allis Chalmers Model B-1 Garden Tractor at his Dealership.

It wasn't long after that Allis bought out the Simplicity Manufacturing Co. but continued with the Simplicity Brand name.

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simplicity built the yellow models B1 through B212 then allis built those 300s and 400s and back to simplicity for 700s and 900s.
I think that’s how it went.
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seems you might be the one to ask....just got a 912 hydro, last of the AC lawn tractors. Any way to get attachments for these? Blade snow blower ext.  has a solid 42" deck but would like a 48". 
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SLI has a lot of used equipment for AC tractors.
1968 B-208, 1976 720 (2 of them)Danco brush hog, single bottom plow,52" snow thrower, belly mower,rear tine tiller, rear blade, front blade, 57"sickle bar,1983 917 hydro, 1968 7hp sno-bee, 1968 190XTD
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Originally posted by FREEDGUY FREEDGUY wrote:

 Did ALLIS "manufacture" the lawn tractors back in the day, or were they farmed out and re-badged ?

Originally, Simplicity was contracted to build the first L&G tractors for AC. All of the B-series AC L&G tractors have a Simplicity twin with slightly different sheet metal, badging, and colors. AC bought Simplicity late 60s/early 70s but until the Fed anti-trust/monopoly issue was settled, both were kept separate. The 300/400 series AC L&G tractors were made by AC in their own new plant and do not have any Simplicity model counterparts. The issues were resolved by the mid-70s and all L&G manufacturing (both AC and Simplicity) returned to the Simplicity plant with Simplicity a fully recognized subsidiary of Allis-Chalmers. When AC's financial problems really kicked in during the early 80s, Simplicity was 1 of the first divisions sold off to it's own management team and investors but they still made L&G tractors for AC, then DA, and even AGCO later.
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