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Allis Chalmers AC130 (46") 23HP All Wheel Steer Lawn Tractor

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Grade
Entry Level Lawn Mowers
Style
Lawn Tractor
Surface Area
Office Building, Farm, or Parks
Large
Terrain
Hilly Terrain
Hilly
Width
46

Cutting Inches
Engine
Briggs and Stratton Engine
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Quick-Response All-Wheel Steering
Front & rear wheels turn in opposite directions
14-inch turn radius for quick maneuvering and close trimming

23HP/724cc Briggs & Stratton ELS V-Twin OHV Engine
OHV (overhead valve design) runs cooler and cleaner
Provides more power, less vibration, quieter operation

46-Inch, 3-Blade Cutting Deck
12-gauge stamped steel design
Blades are aligned to cut the full 46 width of the mower deck
2 anti-scalp gauge wheels reduce turf damage on uneven terrain

Electric Push Button Blade Engagement
No clumsy linkage or levers here
Just pull the electric PTO switch to start mowing

Foot Controlled Hydrostatic Transmission With Cruise Control
Control direction (fwd & rev) and speed with a single pedal
Set the cruise control & enjoy the ride

Comfortable 13-Inch Adjustable Mid-Back Seat
Spring suspension for those long days "in the saddle"

Color-Coded Dash With Convenient Controls
Ignition, mower engagement, cruise control all within easy reach


Model
  Model Number:7800511
 ManufacturerAllis Chalmers
 Made in USAYes
Engine
 Engine BrandBriggs & Stratton ELS Twin
 Starting System12-Volt Key Start
 Battery IncludedIncluded
 HP/CC23 HP/724 cc
 Fuel Tank Size1.8 Gallons
 Cycles4-Cycle
 Cylinders2 Cylinders
 Oil FilterYes
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
Drive
 SystemHydrostatic
 SpeedsVariable
 Drive WheelsRear Wheels
 Maximum Speed5.6 Mph
 Maximum Reverse Speed3.5 Mph
 Transmission TypeHydrostatic
Wheels
 Front AxleCast-Iron
 Front Tire Size15 x 6
 Rear Tire Size20 x 8
 Tire TypePneumatic Wheels
Deck
 Cutting Options3-in-1 (Side-Discharge/Bag/Mulch)
 Material12-Gauge
 ConstructionStamped
 Spindle MaterialAluminum
 Blades3 Blades
 Positions7 Positions
 Cutting Height1.5-4.0 Inches
 Deck Lift SystemManual
 EngagementPTO Electric
 Deck DriveBelt
Accessories
 Seat TypeMid Back w/ Seat Springs
 Rear BaggerSold Separately
 Mulcher KitSold Separately
 HeadlightsIncluded
 Hour MeterNo
 Arm RestsNo
 Engine GuardNo
 Front BumperNo
Overview
 Weight620 Lbs. (281.23 kilograms)
 Dimensions70.0L x 57.0W x 42.5H
(177.80 x 144.78 x 107.95 cm)
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
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  21 Questions
Q: I have one small part of my 3/4 acre yard that has a significant incline. How much incline can this mower handle? Is there any riding lawn mower that can be used for this, or am I better off having something else to handle this?
by Benjamin Johnson from North Carolina on August 17, 2011

A: Benjamin - most residential riding mowers, including this Allis Chalmers tractor, will handle an incline of 18 to 20 degree's of slope. The manufacturer specifies no more than 15 degree's in the owners manual, but in reality, a little bit more than that is possible. You will probably need a walk behind mower to maintain that area of your property with the steep incline.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the AC130 allow mowing in reverse by key selection or do you have to press a button or operate some other control to get it to mow in reverse?
by Donald K. Hall, Sr. from Connecticut on July 25, 2011

A: Donald - The Allis Chamlers will mow in reverse using a key selection feature, but it's not recommended. Here is the info directly out of the owner's manual for this model:

Reverse Mowing Operation (RMO)
WARNING: Mowing in reverse can be hazardous to
bystanders. Tragic accidents can occur if the
operator is not alert to the presence of children.
Never activate RMO if children are present. Children
are often attracted to the unit and the mowing
activity.
1. Engage the blades.
2. Insert the supplied key into the RMO switch, located to
the right of the steering wheel bellows.
3. Turn the key. The L.E.D. light will illuminate, indicating
that the RMO feature has been activated. The mower
deck can now be operated while the unit is traveling in
reverse.
4. The reverse mowing option is deactivated when the
blades are disengaged, and must be reactivated each
time the blades are engaged, if desired.
5. Remove the key to restrict access to the RMO feature.
WARNING: The engine will shut off if the speed
control pedal is moved into reverse while the blades
are engaged and the RMO is not activated.

by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Just ordered the Allis Chalmers 46" tractor. Does it have headlights?
by Jeffro from Ohio on July 17, 2011

A: Jeffro - yes, the Allis Chalmers tractor does come with head lights.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I've read that the all wheel steer is nice but takes some muscle. My wife enjoys mowing sometimes. Have you received much feedback from female users and what do they have to say? Also, does this model have a cup holder?
by Tim from Pennsylvania on July 06, 2011

A: Tim - you are correct. Turning an all-wheel steer tractor does take a bit more muscle than turning a regular tractor. Other than the reviews that are posted on line for this product, we haven't received any feedback one way or the other specifically from female customers concerning the steering of this tractor. And yes, it does have a cup holder.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Todd:I'm from the North West ,Who does the service on these machines? They are not very common in this area.
thank you;Norm from the Pacific NorthWest

by Norman Berg from Washington on June 30, 2011

A: Norman - service on the Allis-Chalmers tractors is performed at your nearest Simplicity service center. Here is the link you can use to find the dealer closest to your home: Simplicity dealer locator
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Todd, can you tow a cart behind the Allis-Chalmers 7800511 with no problems especially with the hydrostatic trans and 4 wheel steering, thanks ?
by Kenneth from Texas on June 06, 2011

A: Kenneth - the Allis Chalmers AC130 all-wheel steer tractor will tow a 10 cubic foot yard cart with no problem. Larger carts may or may not be easily towed depending on what you intend to load in them.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What is the actual overall width of the mower? I have a gate that I would need to fit it through that is 48" wide-would this fit through it or will I have to go with a 42" model?
by Anonymous on May 28, 2011

A: With the discharge chute on the mower deck in the DOWN position, this mower has an overall width of approx 55 inches, so it would not fit through your gate. With the discharge chute in the UP position, the overall width is approx. 47.5", so it would be really tight as far as getting through a 48" wide gate. I would have to recommend going with a 42" mower deck model.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Please compare the Allis Chalmers AC130, 23 hp lawn tractor to the Simplicity Broadmoor 22 hp lawn tractor - which do you recommend and why? Also, headlights are important to me - do these come w/lights? Please compare your choice between these two with the Kubota GR2020 or T2080. Thank you.
by David Paciencia from New York on May 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The Simplicity is the best lawn tractor on our site. The AC and the Simplicity are both manufactured by Briggs & Stratton, but the Simplicity is the higher end. They both have lights. I have no comparison with the Kubota because we do not offer that brand.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have never heard of Allis Chalmers before finding this website. I have seen a few "mom and pop" Ariens stores, John Deere Stores, and Cub Cadet stores. Home Depot and Lowes have those three as well as Toro, Husqvarna, and Troybilt. Worx and Craftsman of course from Sears. So my questions are:

How difficult is it going to be to find parts? Will I be stuck with internet only ordering?

Will this brand fade? Longevity?

The price of the mower seems good, but if I can't find blades, filters, belts, etc., or if I have to pay 2 or 3 times the amount for them, it's not so attractive.

Also, How American made is it? Does it have any MTD in it at all? I have read that Ariens, Cub Cadet, even Craftsman have at least some MTD parts in them, which are known to be cheap outsourced junk.

by Matt from New York on May 21, 2011

A: Matt - the Allis Chalmers brand is part of the Briggs and Stratton power products group, same as Snapper and Simplicity. This brand is in no way affiliated with MTD. This tractor is the same basic design, and uses many of the same components, as the more popular Snapper LT130AWS all-wheel steer tractor that sells for $2500 to $2900. You can readily find parts and get service on an Allis Chalmers tractor from your local Snapper or Simplicity dealer, and since this tractor uses a Briggs and Stratton engine, engine parts are also readily available from any Briggs and Stratton dealer or service center. I really don't think parts availability would be an issue for you unless you live in a remote part of upstate New York and there are no local Snapper or Simplicity dealers close to where you live. You may want to check on that first before you buy one of these. These tractors are VERY American made.

As to your other statement, Ariens products do not have any MTD parts in them. Ariens and MTD are two totally different companies. Cub Cadet is owned by MTD, and Cub Cadet products would have some common components and parts as found on MTD products. MTD also builds several of the Craftsman brand mowers and snow blowers.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Do you have a part number for the snapper snow blade for a LT130 AWS which also fits the Allis chalmers AC130 AWS ? Thank you can't find it online. Sincerely brad j
by Brad Johnson from Ohio on May 18, 2011

A: Brad - because this is an all-wheel steer model, there is not a snow plow blade offered on this model. While the all-wheel steer function makes this tractor extremely maneuverable on turf and bare ground, it does not offer very good traction in the snow.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What bagger kit would i order for this mower?
by L.D.SMITH from Colorado on May 15, 2011

A: The Allis Chalmers all-wheel steer model uses a Snapper 7600070 bagger.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: is the engine pressurized for oil?
by Dave from Minnesota on May 10, 2011

A: Yes, this unit would also have a spin on oil filter.

Thanks,

Mowers Direct
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: TODD
HOW HEAVY MADE IS THE MOWER DECK? I CURRENTLY HAVE A JOHN DEERE LX176 I PURCHASED IN 1997. ON A LOT OF THE BETTER PRICED MOWERS LIKE SEARS, YARDMAN ETC, THE MOWER DECK IS WEAK AND DOES NOT HOLD UP WELL, ALSO WHAT ABOUT WARRANTY ON THIE MOWER

by DENNIS from Missouri on May 08, 2011

A: Dennis - this Allis-Chalmers tractor has a two year consumer warranty on the engine and all non-consumable components. The warranty does not cover consumable components like belts, spark plugs, tires, etc.

There are two types of mower decks used on all residential grade riding mowers. Most residential riding mowers have what is known as a "stamped deck". These deck are literally stamped (shaped) out of a full sheet of 14 guage or 12 gauge steel. The one piece construction does provide strength, but the gauge of steel is lighter, so the stamped decks can be dented or dinged over time. This Allis Chalmers tractor has a 12-gauge stamped steel deck.

The second type of deck is a "welded" deck. As the name implies, this type of deck is made by welding steel pieces together. You wouldn't think so, but a welded deck is actually more durable than a stamped steel deck. The welded decks are also usually made from heavier (thicker) 7 gauge to 10 guage steel - adding to their strength and durability, but also adding to the cost of the mower.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: ANY SNOW THROWER AVAILABLE FOR THIS AND CAN IT REALLY HANDLE MOVING SNOW?
by Tony from Iowa on May 07, 2011

A: Tony - because this is an all-wheel steer model, there is not a snow blower attachment nor a snow plow attachment offered on this model. While the all-wheel steer function makes this tractor extremely maneuverable on turf and bare ground, it does not offer very good traction in the snow.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Does the deck have a roller ? How many anti-scalping wheels does it have ?
by Brad Johnson from Ohio on April 28, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. the deck has no roller, but there are two anti scalp wheels.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: I have a yard that is very hilly with a double slope. I have had other lawn tractors that I was assure would pull the grade but it was almost impossible. How good is this one on a grade?

by Jerry from Georgia on April 22, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This mower is able to handle a grade. The all wheel steering helps for better control.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: How is this tractor rated as mulching capabilities,double blade? Do you have to buy mulching blades?
by Joseph Orlando from Ohio on April 22, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. This tractor rates as a good mulching mower. We have a mulch kit available. The model number of the mulch kit is 722796. IT is a Snapper mulch kit, but it is compatible with this tractor.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Are the mowers ready to go with MFG assembly
by David Brozo from Michigan on April 22, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The only assembly required is putting on the seat. then you just gas, oil, and go!!!
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: What model year is this mower?
by Brad from Illinois on April 21, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. These mowers are either a 2009 or a 2010 model year. We have some of both.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Can I pull equipment with this tractor?
by John from Washington on April 16, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. You can pull light duty lawn implements with this tractor. For instance a spreader, roller, or cart.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Is the front axle cast iron?
by Lynn from Ohio on April 08, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. The front axle is cast iron.
by Jose, Product Expert
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Ellen
Eleva, WI
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
First Time Ever Ordering Something Like A Mower Over Internet!
We had been looking around our town mower after mower and getting more confused, hearing this is good that is good, don't buy that! I hated it! So when I checked your site out and saw that I could compare any machines I wanted to, I saw some light! We wanted something powerful enough to do up to 2 acres of cutting and a ditch with a steep pitch. It had lots of features, which I wasn't sure about. Well...I saw it said free shipping, no tax....and thought wow that is another big savings. I... more
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Carl
Burnsville, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/17/11
REVIEWED
JUN.
09
2011
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Too Many Problems!
Right out of the crate the trouble started with the AC 130 AWS. The mower seemed to have trouble moving in forward and reverse, it would move, but sluggishly. Trying to go up any slope was not possible. The brake worked but the pedal felt like it was in a bind. We dropped the deck and looked at everything, but nothing jumped out at us on first inspection, so we tried to move around without the deck. After only a few starts and stops, sparks and smoke started coming from under the tractor. We... more
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Steve
Norton, MA
REVIEWED
JUL.
04
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Steve
I just got to use the Allis Chalmers mower this week. I have two houses on my farm and both have an acre of grass to cut. As far as performance, I am totally disappointed. It steers very hard, backs up way too slow and the mower deck is not at heights that lever says. I was extremely disappointed in the engine being a Briggs and Stratton. My family has been in the farming business for 100 years and very familiar with Allis Chalmers machinery and to find a Briggs and Stratton engine was... more
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Paul
Jefferson City, MO
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/30/11
REVIEWED
AUG.
27
2011
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
So Far...so Bad...
I ordered my mower on June 30, 2011, and so far I've used it 3 times and now it is useless. To start off with, if I'd done my homework, I'd have found out that the "sale" price is the same as the MSRP on the manufactures website. However, I did save on sales tax and shipping, so I can't complain about that too much. When I received the mower, the battery was dead so I charged it as recommended. I did notice that the battery had a 2009 date code on it. After the first mowing, I had... more
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Bill
Stockbridge, GA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/30/11
REVIEWED
AUG.
07
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Georgia Yard Farmer
I received mine at about 11:00 on Friday, removed it from the crate, put the battery on charge, read the manual. On Saturday I checked the oil, filled it with gasoline, climbed on, turned the key on, it started. I had been using an MTD, 18 hp, 46 inch cut for the past 23 years. What a difference, the four wheel steering will take a little practice, but I like already. Another thing to get use to is the pedal on the right, it allows the tractor to move forward and reverse.

My old... more
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Richard
Lake Placid, NY
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
My New Tractor
I am more than pleased with my new tractor. I have 2 acres of hilly, steep property it took me over six hours to mow with a self propeled mower. With Allis I am able to mow the entire "multi area" in about one hour. The tractor handles very nicely - a little hard to turn in low speed but overall it does a great job with little effort. I also use less gas and now look forward to what was once a very difficult job. I have just ordered a aerator with spreader combo, it looks like... more
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Vickie P.
Philip, SD
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/6/11
REVIEWED
JUN.
29
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Lawn Tractor For Price
We researched many brands, prices, specs, etc with many vendors. We decided on this one because the price was excellent for the horsepower and features we were looking for. We are not disappointed. We paid more 10 years ago for a similar mower and it did not have the nice sharp turns this one has.

We use it for 4 acres of mowing - mostly prairie grasses and weeds and also use it on our lawns around the house. This shipped and arrived very quickly. A similar mower comparison of another... more
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Don
Nixa, MO
REVIEWED
JUN.
21
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
A Great Mower
I absolutely love the Allis Chalmers 4 wheel steering mower! The 23 hp engine is smooth, quiet and provides all the power anyone would ever need. Unit is also a great mulching mower (I ordered the optional mulching kit).

The 4 wheel steering does take a bit of getting used to. I have discovered that if you slow down before you start to execute a turn you won't have any trouble. When you get the hang of this beast you can trim almost as close to trees, walls, flower beds, etc. as you can with... more
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Tim
Milan, OH
REVIEWED
MAY.
13
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Allis Chalmers Aws 130
Great mower for the money. Has an all steel hood, hydro trans, cruise control, fun to run, does a nice job mowing. I would buy one again.
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Larry
Ferryville, WI
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2011
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Took A Chance
I took a chance and ordered a major item via internet. The Company has great e-mail communication re: the order status and shipping status. When the mower arrived and I used it for the first time I was completely satisfied and impressed. Great Company selling good products. They are a 10 on the scale of 1 to 10 for me.
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Kenneth D.
Shirley, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/13/11
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
21
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
One Ruggid Unit..
I purchased this unit on line sight unseen. I tried four local dealers to access the unit, however they had none in stock. This is my second purchase from Power Equipment Direct, my first being an Ariens Professional Series Tracked Snow Thrower.

This AC Lawn Tractor is a very well crafted piece of equipment. Nice engineering. It came with Mulching Blades on the unit. Not knowing this, I purchased the Mulch Kit. I put the Mulch Kit Flap on the unit and cut some damp lawn to see if it... more
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