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ocmoses(7)October 11, 2013

I have acquired a Scotts 42" lawn tractor with a 15 hp Briggs and Stratton engine. This thing is built like a tank. Cast Iron I-beam front axle, heavy gauge deck with anti-scalp rollers,etc. All of the sheet metal is in "new condition" , no rust or fading. The only problem is that the Model and Serial Number sticker under the seat is missing. I don't know if this machine was built by Murray or by Briggs and Stratton or by John Deere. Is there any other way to identify the model. I am concerned about getting parts if needed in the future. Any advice or instructions will be greatly appreciated.

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tomplum

A few things that may help: Are there decals under the hood? Can you post a pic or two? The engine code # would give us a year. Do either of the belts have a legible part #?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 10:38AM
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mownie(7)

I'm not going to be much help on this other than to say you can at least post the engine Model number, Type number, and the Code number you find on the engine itself. The Code number will reveal the date the engine was built. Knowing when the engine was built might help some of the Scotts/Deere experts determine who the "baby daddy" is.
In the manufacturing industry the time line is pretty narrow from engine build to tractor build.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 10:40AM
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bill_kapaun

"....In the manufacturing industry the time line is pretty narrow from engine build to tractor build."

+1
I'm aware of a Craftsman tractor on another forum that had a 5 day difference. I'd probably expect a "few" weeks to be more the norm though.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 12:05PM
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rcbe(6)

Here's a shot at it... JD made a machine in 2000 that might fit the bill - 1542HS Sabre Mod yr 2000
S/n range: GX1542B020001-120407

Here is a link that might be useful: info source

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 7:00PM
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justalurker

If it looks like this it's a Scotts by Murray...

If it looks like this it's a Scotts by John Deere...

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 11:44AM
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ocmoses(7)

Thanks Folks, I knew I could depend on you. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. According to the pictures posted by justalurker, mine is definitely a Scotts by Murray. Thanks justalurker. Anyone know where I can get a owners and/or parts manual?

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 11:44PM
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justalurker

IIRC you have a Scotts (by Murray) 1542 and the model # is 42561X8. check around the tractor for a sticker with that #. May be under the seat on the fender pan.

If that is the number then click here for parts.

If that is not the model # then find the correct model # then click here to find the correct parts lit.

Owner's manuals for the old Scotts by Murray are hard to find. You might contact Murray and they might email you a copy.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 12:43AM
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ocmoses(7)

Thanks justalurker! I really appreciate the help. The parts site is going to be very helpful.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 8:17AM
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