Lawn Tractor Tug of War Between Two Classic Riding Mowers Has a Surprise Ending


Is the 811 Allis-Chalmers lawnmower more powerful than the 212 John Deere? We’re about to find out in this lawnmower pull-off between these two classic riding mowers–with a funny fail at the end of course. Though these mowers are roughly the same size, the Deere is a bit bulkier, but let’s break down each model before enjoying the comical showdown.


The 811 Allis-Chalmers Riding Lawnmower

Produced from 1978 to 1985, the 811 Allis-Chalmers is part of the T-800 series–a line of garden tractors that’s both powerful and versatile. They were designed for use in all seasons and offer easy handling. The 811 has 3 forward speeds, 1 reverse speed, and features Vari-Shift Drive. Here are some of this model’s key specs.


  • Briggs & Stratton gasoline-powered, air-cooled engine
  • Rated at 3600 RPM
  • 11 Horsepower
  • 2-Wheel drive manual steering
  • Cast iron transmission and cylinder liners for added life
  • 2.2-gallon fuel tank
  • Tires are 41.4 inches high, 67 inches long, and 38 inches wide

The 212 John Deere Lawn Tractor

Part of the 200 series, the 212 John Deere was produced from 1975 to 1987, which is roughly the same time the T-800 series was produced. It’s also a garden tractor that has both versatility and power, offering 4 forward gears and 1 reverse gear in its mechanical variable drive transmission. Take a look at its key specs:

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