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#1 skiwithjohn OFFLINE  

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 05:30 PM

I was looking through an auction listing website and noticed this Bigmow lawn tractor in one of the auctions.  Anyone ever seen one of these?  Any history on them?



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Posted October 10, 2013 - 05:34 PM

Welcome to the Forum! Neat mower there!

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 05:37 PM

Welcome to GTtalk.  Sorry I can't help on the mower, I have not seen that one before.

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 05:48 PM

Hey, welcome to gtalk. It looks like a 1970's or 80's swisher.  They are neat little mowers and there are plenty of parts out there to restore them. Looks  a lot like a bantam. My favorite feature is the front wheel drive. Neat little tractor

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 07:58 PM

Yup...they were one of the Swisher brands.  Pretty neat...I grabbed a nice one here last year for $70.  Mine is a bit older than the one pictured and has a 6hp Tec.


They are front wheel drive, and have no reverse...instead, you stop, turn the wheel 180 degrees, and engage the drive again to go backward.  A TRUE Zero-Turn! :rocker2:

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 07:59 PM

Swisher Ride King made in Warrensburg, MO.  Odd machine for sure.  I used to have one and it was handy to mow around my old cars/trucks out back.  They zero turn and are very manuverable.  Two speeds forward and no reverse. To back up you turn until the front wheel is backwards then it will back up.  If you have a hole in the yard and hit it with the front wheel you are stuck.   Drive tire needs to be larger but they work decent. 

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 08:23 PM

I remember seeing these at the fleet stores when I was young. If I have my facts straight they were built buy a coupla farmers in their spare time originally. This meant a limited supply. The secretary at work talks about that they had one when she was growing up. She relates how she got too close to the apple tree and the rear wheel went up the tree and she tipped it over. Yep that is a Big Mow.

Just as a side note the fleet store that comes to mind was known as G and R, commonly referred to as Grab and Run. Now known as Runnings.

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 09:24 PM

My first riding mower! They do a decent job on flat ground, but not too great on hills. The one I had used a ratchet spring starter that you cranked up & released. But fortunately, it also had a 120 volt electric starter, which was great as long as you were close to a power supply! ~~ Lowell
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Posted October 10, 2013 - 09:33 PM

Hello there and welcome :wave:

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 10:51 PM

The unit pictured is a mid to late nineties with the black seat and black steering wheel. Very simple and reliable mower. Not made for variable terrains, however.

As far as history, that model ran from the mid sixties to the early 2000's with the same design. Including the front fuel tank that sloped towards the engine.
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Posted October 11, 2013 - 06:44 AM


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 07:01 AM

:welcometogttalk:     this mower reminds me on an invalid car

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 07:42 AM

Welcome to GTT. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted October 11, 2013 - 11:10 PM


My grandma had one of those when I was like 10 years old, we hatted that thing! it was slow and it tipped easy (grandma had a flat lawn)

The old thing finally was replaced and then she got a john deere (really small just as bad).

It wasn't a week after it was replaced, my dad comes home and says "hey I just got a new mower!" and yes, it was the same model of mower that my grandma had! lol :wallbanging:  :hitting_self_roller: :bigrofl:

Luckily we didn't have it long and the steering stripped out.


I guess they're  not a bad mower, they are just small, slow, they are also terrible if you need to mow a curb, they also scalp the lawn really bad and they get stuck really easy
(sorry my experience wasn't a good one) :deadhorse:

Edited by BTS, October 11, 2013 - 11:13 PM.