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#1 CRFarnsworth ONLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 10:33 AM

The I&I antique tractor club had an auction/swap meet this weekend.  Bought a Swisher Ride King for the wife's collection. It was an IRWIPI  special. I'm headed for the shop to see if it will run or not.  Rick

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 10:45 AM

They sure are a no frills unit. I always thought they were a neat looking machine.      Thanks.        Good luck.                      Roger.



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Posted March 16, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Early to mid 80's machine based on the sheet metal and the motor.
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Posted March 16, 2014 - 12:55 PM

There used to be someone in my area who used one regularly.  However, I think they upgraded to a ZT. 

 

Is the only drive wheel in the front?

 

That Tecumseh engine has a hard to find starter on it.  Hopefully the cup the starter engages works well.  I'm still trying to find one for a customer.  :wave:

 

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 01:02 PM

 

Is the only drive wheel in the front?

 

That Tecumseh engine has a hard to find starter on it. 

Ben W.

Yes the single front is the drive wheel. Spin it around to go in reverse.

This does not have electric start.   (At the moment it is NO START)     Rick


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 01:47 PM

When you get it started, be careful. When you twist that handle on the right under the hood, it unleashes second gear. It's like going from impulse power to warp factor two.

 

Wheeeeeeee!  :rolling:


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 02:03 PM

Yes the single front is the drive wheel. Spin it around to go in reverse.

This does not have electric start.   (At the moment it is NO START)     Rick

 

I'm talking about the recoil starter.  If it is what I think it is, unless there was a different model I don't know about that uses the same body shell with different guts inside, there is a little cast aluminum cup with teeth that break off on the flywheel.  That style went NLA years ago.  I think even George was looking for a starter cup for that thing along the way for a friend. 

 

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 02:03 PM

First rider I ever owned, it was called "Big Mow" then.  Mine had the ratchet start, plus 110V electric, you made sure it was close to an outlet at starting time!  Not a bad mower on level, fairly smooth ground, not very good on uneven ground though!  Mowing height adjustment was spacers on the shaft above & below the blade.  ~~  Lowell



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Posted March 16, 2014 - 03:11 PM

Those are a nice looking little mower. Don't think I've ever seen one in person. 



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Posted March 16, 2014 - 03:57 PM

I COULD SEE GEORGE JETSON CUTTING THE GRASS WITH THAT RIDE COOL




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