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#1 superaben OFFLINE  

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Posted February 06, 2013 - 09:17 AM

Here's a garden tractor brand I can't find much about.  I collect the history of these companies and post them on my website so others can learn about them. 

 

I'd like to get some history together as to what happened with the Great Lakes Tractor Company.  I know they built one wheelers and two wheelers, and I have one ad with the company advertising a soap box derby style car, powered by a Clinton.  The brand name there was "Diamond Quality Product."  The date was mid 1960's. 

 

I have seen Chief, Chieftan, Economy Chief and Junior Chief machines as made by this group.

 

So who knows something about this company?  Any good tractor advertisements?  Manuals?  Anybody from Rock Creek Ohio here on the forums to find the old plant?

 

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Posted February 06, 2013 - 06:38 PM

I can't be much help with info do have 2 sets of weight's, and 2  Chiefs siclkle mower  

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Posted February 06, 2013 - 09:08 PM

LittleDeere, thanks for the photos.  You're right over the mountain from me. 

 

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 01:24 AM

Old thread I know, but I found a little more on this company tonite, and thought I would update this info. They made the following models. 250, 251, 302, 303, economy, and junior. engines were Kohler(K7-2 or K12), Briggs(listed only as a 2hp) or Ultimotor. Apparently some models had reverse, some models used gear reducers, and at least the Economy used two different sets of chains and a belt,  to drive the axil, and no reducer. This company seems to have been in business from 1949 to 1959, and may have moved to either Cleveland,OH or into PA.

 

during a search for info on them, I found a lawsuit was brought against them by Savage Arms, who also sold power mowing items, over the use of the name Chief.  Looks like Great Lakes lost the suits and rights to the name, and may be why they disappeared or became another company.


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Thanks for the info.That would make sence have only seen a few around.


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for the info.That would make sence have only seen a few around.

what engine was on the one you had posted pictures of? My tractor has the wrong one, and so far yours is the only one I've seen with the double chain and belt drive.



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Posted July 20, 2014 - 03:28 PM

Very interesting, Jeff.

 

I've had/have three different Great Lakes pieces.

 

The first looked like this, it is owned by Jim from Ohio here on the forum. 

 

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It had a Briggs NPR-6 built in 1950, so that would make it an early Junior Chief. 

 

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The second was Kenny's.  :D   It has a Kohler K7-2 on it.   I bet it would pull my shop around if it had enough power, since with all the weight on it it ought to have traction!  It is in line for a restoration in Great Lakes mustard yellow.

 

The most recent machine I snagged was a Junior Chief without an engine.  I see some pictures online of one with a Continental. 

 

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 04:22 PM

I know of one more that I think is a Junior Chief but have not seen it to know for sure Ben. Still have another set of those weight's for the Chief's


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Posted July 20, 2014 - 04:57 PM

Very interesting, Jeff.

 

I've had/have three different Great Lakes pieces.

 

The first looked like this, it is owned by Jim from Ohio here on the forum. 

 

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It had a Briggs NPR-6 built in 1950, so that would make it an early Junior Chief. 

 

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The second was Kenny's.  :D   It has a Kohler K7-2 on it.   I bet it would pull my shop around if it had enough power, since with all the weight on it it ought to have traction!  It is in line for a restoration in Great Lakes mustard yellow.

 

The most recent machine I snagged was a Junior Chief without an engine.  I see some pictures online of one with a Continental. 

 

Ben W.

ok so I need a picture of this K7-2 engine. Seems that's one of the choices for my economy model.  Right now someone has bolted on a K-90, that runs real nice, but you can tell its off a Bolens just in the quick look.



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Posted July 20, 2014 - 04:59 PM

I know of one more that I think is a Junior Chief but have not seen it to know for sure Ben. Still have another set of those weight's for the Chief's

What weights?? I noticed right off that my wheel are special made, no holes to bolt weights to and no counter sinks in the hub holes. It uses a normal bolt/lock washer, as the center plate is flat in that area.  I also see it has the same hubs as a Springfield uses.



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Posted July 20, 2014 - 05:53 PM

Lets see if I can dig up my pics



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Posted July 20, 2014 - 06:14 PM

Here is a pic of it win I had it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have another set of weight's just like these

They have great lakes tractor right on them so they have to be the ones

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Posted July 20, 2014 - 07:15 PM

hmmm something ate the weight picture??



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Posted July 21, 2014 - 06:11 AM

hmmm something ate the weight picture??

They are on the tractor.



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Posted July 21, 2014 - 05:23 PM

They are on the tractor.

ok I was confused by the big space in the post. still tying to figure out what holds the weights on the rims, as my wheels don't have any of the normal holes you would put a anchor bolt though. Is there something at the center that locks the weight down.






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