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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 03:49 PM

I thought I'd post some pictures of my Beaver garden tractor. I didn't see too much about them here, so I thought I'd share mine, for those who are interested. I'm sure there are a number of other owners out there. I still have a few small things to take care of to make it perfect, but right now it runs beautifully and is a whole lot of fun. My favourite feature is the system to engage and disengage the drive system: push on your toe to make it go forward and it will lock into place to keep it there; role back on your heel to disengage it, and push a little harder on your heel to engage reverse. Nice and simple, and all using a pedal as a fulcrum to engage belts and pulleys.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 03:54 PM

thanks for sharing :thumbs:
thats one good lookin tractor, i like it lots
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 04:57 PM

i like nice little tractor
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 05:52 PM

That's a pretty simple tractor. Not a whole lot there to go wrong! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 05:59 PM

You are right, I have not seen one like that before. That is a sweet garden tractor! How does it do pulling that plow? Do you have any other implements for it?

Thanks for posting the pics!
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 06:37 PM

They are a very simple tractor, but very high quality. Just the fact that they use 1/2" steel to make their gear case impressed me. The company, Baird, who made them, was a machining company, not a tractor company, and the history of how they came to make the Beaver garden tractor is quite interesting (well, at least to me!). As such, the tractors are simple, but very well made.

I have yet to try out the plow. I just got it running well within the last few weeks. Now it purrs like a kitten. I was going to try plowing with it right away, but then I got sidetracked with working on my Gibson model SD. The Beaver also came with the cultivator attachment for it.
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 07:58 PM

Now, :tractor_rocks:

I love the simplicity of design and it looks very capable.

Before you try the Beaver with the plow, do yourself a favor and get the point and moldboard as smooth as you can. It'll make a big difference.
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 08:24 PM

That's a neat tractor :thumbs: Is using a tiller hard to use ? Al
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 08:35 PM

Now, :tractor_rocks:

I love the simplicity of design and it looks very capable.

Before you try the Beaver with the plow, do yourself a favor and get the point and moldboard as smooth as you can. It'll make a big difference.


You read my mind! That was the next thing that I needed to do to it. There's an awful lot of extra friction there in the form of rust, and that cannot be a good thing.
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 08:42 PM

That's a neat tractor :thumbs: Is using a tiller hard to use ? Al


I found the tiller steering easy to use on this. I rode it to a local coffee shop near my house and I was able to drive and drink my coffee on the way home, so it passed the most important test. I find it a lot easier than my model SD Gibson (I'll post pictures of it in a week or two when it's finished). Because I'm not used to it, I really have to think about which way to push or pull the lever to go right or left on my Gibson. Again, like the Beaver's tiller steer, it's very simple, but it's less intuitive so I have to think about that one more. The Beaver is much more straightforward.
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