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#16 jbumgarner OFFLINE  

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Posted July 12, 2013 - 08:08 AM

It was my understanding that the frame was to be red, wheels black and the engine gray, but not 100% sure.  I sent you a message with contact information for the guy that I bought my decal from.  He will be able to answer any questions you have regarding colors and year model.  I would love to find a couple attachments for mine, maybe a push blade and the mower is pretty sweet.  I decided to keep mine wheel horse colors because I had the paint on hand and may change it up later.  I still have a little work to do on my sulky, I don't have the brake system working properly yet, but haven't had time to work.  If I can do anything to help you or provide information let me know.  It seems like I uploaded the owners manual to the documents section a year of so back.  If you haven't seen it try to get to it and if not I may be able to send upload again.



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Posted July 13, 2013 - 03:28 PM

A little progress has been made..

 

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Posted July 14, 2013 - 08:23 PM

As of 3:30pm central time. I am pleased to announce the rebirth of a 53' Pond tractor. took it for a little drive and it works great so far. Got some power also, couldn't hold it back when it pulled against it.

 

 

 

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Still got a few detail items to work on, like the air cleaner,  a different fuel tank, maybe a new idler pulley.


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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:06 PM

Looks good Jeff, glad to hear you it up and running !!



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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:13 PM

60 years old and roars to life not many things being built now will be able to do that.

Nice tractor you have there great job



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Posted July 14, 2013 - 09:23 PM

Very nice! Looks great.

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Posted July 20, 2013 - 03:40 AM

So now that the easy part is done, I've turned to the attachment..............



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Posted July 20, 2013 - 03:48 AM

well we seem to have some picture loading trouble.

 

 

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If you study the pictures, you can see this sickle unit does something that most of them don't do. I find it very clever and well thought out.


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Posted July 20, 2013 - 03:28 PM

I would love to find one of those for my POND.  The problem with the tractor is there isn't many attachments out there.



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Posted July 21, 2013 - 06:15 PM

Final assembly day here. Skinned a little paint off of it here and there, but nothing I cant touch up later. I decided to use the offset position when I reassembled, as I like the look. Had the decal shop make me something that I believe is pretty close. I'll have to go back later and adjust some things to make it all work together better.......but here it is ready to work or play. 

 

 

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Posted July 21, 2013 - 07:21 PM

That looks great.  I hope I can run across a mower for mine someday.  The decal does look great.  I think the only thing missing is the made in South Bend, ID.  Great work,  I would love to see a vid of it in action,



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Posted July 24, 2013 - 08:34 AM

The sickle bar on my ROTOTILLER B1-6 has holes in the cutter bar to move it off center like yours.  I cannot say if that was factory or not.  It could have been a factory fix because when the bar is centered, grass bunches up around the starter housing and you need to stop and remove the clog.  I plan on trying the offset arrangement today or tomorrow to cut some alfalfa.  ROTOTILLER also offered a version of this mower where a spacer was added to raise the front of the tiller so there was more empty space for the grass to pass under the tiller.  Again, I don't know if my mower is an earlier version of the raised sickle bar or not.  The first photo is my sickle bar and the second one belongs to my fellow ROTOTILLER collector, Les Miller.  Les' mower is the raised version I mentioned.  This configuration also allowed the pitman arm to be straight while mine needs to be in an S shape to clear the axle.  One problem with both is, if the knife bar jams, either it will stall the motor or something will break or get bent.  In my case I am sure the already bent pitman arm will be bent even further.

 

lauber1, is there a device on your mower that will slip if your cutter bar gets jammed?

 

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Posted July 24, 2013 - 12:20 PM

No there is no slip clutch to speak of, just the drive belt. I would have to assume that you just set it so there is some play in the belt in case of a plugging.


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 02:18 PM

That is more than I have on the B1-6 for jam ups.  At least when ROTOTILLER of Troy, NY made sickle bars they had a slip clutch or belt for those occasions. 






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