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:
- Kohler gasoline-powered, air-cooled engine
- Rated at 3500 RPM
- 12 Horsepower
- 4X2 2-Wheel drive manual steering
- 3.5-gallon fuel tank
- Tires are 42 inches high, 67.5 inches long, and 41.5 inches wide
The Winner on Paper
As you can see from these specs, the 212 John Deere is rated at 100 fewer RPM but has 1 more horsepower. And when you’re talking about engines that have barely over 10 hp, having one more can make a huge difference. It’s tires are also quite a bit wider–3.5 inches to be exact–so the winner by a nose on paper is the 212. However, pull-offs aren’t done on paper, so you’ll have to see who comes out as the winner in the clip.
Today’s More Powerful Riding Mowers and Lawn Tractors
Although they were made only about 20 years ago, these two lawn mowers are somewhat tame compared to the lawn mowers of today. For example, John Deere currently has 6 riding lawn mowers that have 25.5 horsepower, which means they are a little bit more than twice as powerful as the 212. Other manufacturers also offer models with similar horsepower.
Where Did the Allis-Chalmers Lawn Mowers Go?
Although starting in 2008, Briggs & Stratton started selling a few lawn mowers under their name, Allis-Chalmers went out of business in 1998. The company was actually founded back in 1901, and they had a good run of about 80 years. The company began to struggle in the 1980s during a period of rapid economic change. On the other hand, of course, John Deere is still a household name today and is usually what comes to mind when people think about lawn mowers.
And the Winner Is…
Well, you probably aren’t surprised that this tractor tug-of-war is going to end in a fail, because contests like this usually do. The most humorous part is after the losing tractor gets tipped over backwards once, the guy wants to get back on and try again. It’s too bad that we don’t have the weight specs of these tractors too, but I’m sure that also played a significant role here.