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#1 Mike Unwin OFFLINE  

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:22 PM

With the cold weather I thought I would get back to sorting out my pictures which were well and truly scattered and mixed up.I was sure I had taken more pictures than what I first found and was glad to come across my first walk behind.I bought this gem at a local auction back in 1987 and used it till I got a more suitable unit. First off it was a two wheel unit much like a bike without a kick stand you had to park it against a tree or barn or it fell over.It had a gear reduction Briggs and Stratten 1.5 Hp engine on it but was still way too fast.It was also very very long and tippy at the end of the garden you placed all your weight on the wood handles to raise the tool out of the ground which because of the weight and speed made it wobble bad.The later one I took a picture of had two front wheels,looked like it was tacked on,I only ever saw the two.They were made in Hamliton Ontario,mine was after the war. A neighbor watching me gave me a fence row Simplicity which I have unlike the Universal to this day.

 

What was your first walk behind ? Cheers Mike 

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:31 PM

David Bradley big 5 with attachments, original and custom.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:37 PM

My first walker in 1986,  was a model LC Simplicity. Like it right off because it had reverse, something most walkers didn't back then.  I got it with a plow, dozer blade, 12" offset tiller, cultivator and couple of other things. It was just what I need  to work my 12 acre truck garden. I found several more fairly quickly of different types, that worked better for some things than others. I still have the tractor, but theres no pictures of it, and its all in pieces right now. Those were the days when you could fill a pickup with tractors and attachments for $25.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:38 PM

Simplicity built Montgomery Wards. I used it for gravel duty and snow removal the first couple years here at our house.
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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:43 PM

The first one I was ever around was a garden all s3 which was my dads. Which I now own. My first walk behind was a simplicity fa. Bought it off ebay. Motor was stuck. My dad helped me get it unstuck and we got it running. That one unfortunately left along time ago. I have had many since then. The one that has stuck around ( and will continue to) is the garden all.


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 08:50 PM

Grew up with a Simplicity back in the late 50's - early 60's (my Dad's). Not sure of the model, but it did have reverse. We had the front weight that looked like a little horizontal log, plow, discs, trailer with steel seat, and the cordwood saw that OSHA and the CPSC would never allow you to sell today.

 

My first walk behind on my own was a Bolens Power Ho Deluxe I got 6 years ago (no reverse!).


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:14 AM

This is the one I kept great balance , perfect speeds and best of all it can not fall over. The old Universal was featured in Dave Bass great book "Vintage Garden Tractors"

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Posted February 27, 2014 - 04:50 PM

This was my dad's db , bought new in 1951.  

 

When mom sold the home place, I pulled it out of the barn and fixed it up.

 

 

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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:42 PM

As a kid, my father's Bolens Huski hi boy.  As an adult, my Frazer B1-6 Rototiller.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 11:13 PM

My first  early walk behind was a lot like this one.       :nothingtoadd:

 

 

 

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As I got a little bigger I traded it in on this one.

 

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Ok so they are not tractors.  I never have owned one so this is the best I could come up with. 

 

:pushmower:


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 11:16 PM

It had an engine ! burn gas and...say walk behind ''mower'' and call it good :thumbs:


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Posted February 28, 2014 - 06:27 AM

I picked up a early DB that someone repowered about 3 years ago for the sickle bar , after using it bought a DB 600 and another early one that's all original that needs some tlc . I wish I would have started using the walkbehinds years ago , so handy :thumbs:  Sorry for the crappy picture , that only one I could find

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Posted February 28, 2014 - 08:26 PM

My first walk behind was the little Maytag powered McLean. I dont have any pictures of it by itself but, if I got this picture thing right here it is with the Handiman58474_1385651928212_3903694_n.jpg 58474_1385652048215_6352793_n.jpg 58474_1385652008214_6961919_n.jpg


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Posted March 06, 2014 - 08:47 AM

Montgomery Wards Plow Trac ( Midland)



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Posted March 10, 2014 - 04:30 PM

12BB01 power ho came with a cultivator.  Also had a cast iron grill instead of aluminum, only one i've ever found that way, have been told there was very few made that way. :wave: 


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