I know we all feel this way, but I just have to say "I Love My Deeres". I've owned a couple 112Hs for about 4 years now, have posted here a few times over the years, including mentioning a couple months ago about the new 112(E?) I picked up out of a barn. This is my newest tractor with a serial number of 250093. It's got the K301 instead of the little ol' 10hp models in my other two.
The tractor had been sitting for a few years, about 25 best guess, so it took a while to get it running. Some fresh gas, oil, plugs and points to get it to fire up. It was running rough and I had gas pouring out of the carb. Monday I drove 45 minutes to the dealership and picked up a carb kit and some new drive belts (which were all in stock), came home, spent a whopping hour or so to pull the carb, put the kit in and get it purring like a kitten.
After that I thew on the cab I got with the deal, which isn't easy by yourself, but not impossible. Its an older style Hinson cab, different than the one I have for one of my other 112s, but I like the rigid doors instead of the ones that work like a shower curtain. After 40 years the vinyl gets a little stiff, especially the windows.
Along with the purchase I got a snowblower which looks like it was used to blow rocks more than snow. The edges of the auger are all bent, even the sides of the blower have dents. I had another snowblower thats in slightly better shape, but since we've gotten about a foot of snow over the last week, it was snowed in out back. So I threw the ugly beat up one on and just went out to clean up my drive as they're calling for anywhere from 12"-18" of snow tonight, on top of the few inches we've gotten over the past few days.
At this point, I must say that a lot of folks here have done absolutely beautiful work restoring your old tractors, and I still hope to do that too someday when I have a suitable place to work on them. My tractors look like they're 40 years old with faded paint, and cracked seats. My weight box is filled with rusty old pieces of steel rods that have been cut up. But, I just went out and snowblowed my driveway, snowblowed a path to my back deck, snowblowed a path across my front lawn to my power meter all the while getting a little too hot in the cab from the engine heat, even though its 24 degrees here right now. The drive I had snowblowed once this year with my neighbors blower when mine wasn't running, but otherwise all the other work I did was in about a foot of snow that's been on the ground a couple of weeks.
The old girl just kept churning up the snow and kept moving. I can't speak for these new box store Deere's but I know for a fact that when it comes to an late 60 or early 70s model Deere, its fact that "nothing runs like a Deere".