3260 vs 3160 mower

Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:32 pm

I know I know one more mower question from me...

I have been able to locate a 3160 mower and 3260 mower. What a the differences between the two? The only one I can is the the 3260 is built like a tank compared to the 3160. But maybe I'm mistaken?



Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:03 pm

Don't know the differences between the two decks.

I have a 3260 which is/was well rusted. The deck metal is thick enough to take a welded in metal patch.

The outer two blades for the 3260 are no longer available. I purchased two additional center blades and cut 1/2" off each end to cut them to original size.

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:01 am

Are these the blades right here or is this for a deferent model?



Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:51 am

The seller is HamiltonBob, one of the advertisers on this site. Those are blades for the 3260.

Edit: Should add that it has been 2 years since I tried to purchase blades for my 3260. Mower blades are available at auto parts stores, use the IH part number.

The HamiltonBob price appears to be a bit less than what I paid for mower blades at the auto parts store.

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:35 pm

I started out with a 3160 and found a 3260, (I liked the lookes of the 3260 better). WOW ! ! ! Big difference going to the 3260. It does SOoooo . . . much better as a finnish mower that I would never go back. Now granted, the 3160 needed a lot of repair, but I myself would only rate it as a decent rough cut.
The 3260 is much harder to get on/off but well worth the trouble.

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:41 pm

One of mine is 3160 that I re-built after the women it came from got done using it as a D-9 CAT dozer!---anyway after my re-build I wouldn't trade it for a dozen woods 59's! thanks; sonny

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:58 pm

Good to know I'll have to post a picture


Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:33 pm

3160 has 3 belts. 1 that goes to the center off the pto (mule belt) and 2 more that run off the center deck pulley and go to the outside blades.
I believe the 3160 is an I.H. made deck. (mines stamped that way anyway).
I prefer the 3160 as it has 3 belts ( easy to swap out) and each belts tension is adjustable independent of the others ( slots for the spindles).
It's also built out of very heavy steel and doesn't clog easy. Bush hogs nice with the deck up too! :)
Hope that helps.

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:31 pm

Thanks for the info, should be picking it up next week

Re: 3260 vs 3160 mower

Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:06 pm

You may also want to consider looking for a 3160A mower deck as well.
This is a newer designed 3160 deck that has one belt on the deck and one belt that runs from the mule drive to the deck.
Also built like a tank. The Oregon blades are awesome! All three blades are the same part number (same length).