This was my first lawn tractor. The first time I saw it, it was sitting unused at the home of one of my wife’s cousins. One of her uncles noticed me checking it out, and a few weeks later, he brought it on over to my house. After a quick jump start we had it running. I was quite excited. The model and serial numbers were printed on a sticker that did not age well. I was never able to conclusively determine exactly what model or year the tractor was. It appears that the Murray 12 hp / 38″ deck lawn tractor was produced in relatively the same configuration for a number of years.
The battery the tractor came to me with was from around the year 2000 and no longer held a charge. After replacing that, it started right up and kept the battery charged while running. While not designed for any rough work (it has plastic wheel rims for example) it was a nice reliable little tractor to cut the lawn with.
I used this tractor for one season before I was given a bigger Craftsman LT1000. I delivered the Murray to another one of my wife’s uncles. He continues to use it to pick up leaves.