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#1 Likesspace OFFLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 09:43 PM

Hi guys...

 

Today I picked up my first David Bradley two wheel tractor.

I've been looking at these for years and finally found one that was close to home and at a fair price.

I bought the tractor, cultivator, disc, plow, snow blade, tire chains, hood and a spare set of AG tires with wheel weights for a little over $300.00.

All of the equipment is in good shape and the tractor runs really well. All in all I'm happy with my purchase.

 

Having said that I found out today that I am missing an integral part of the tractor.

On the underside of the tractor there is supposed to be a hitch bar that the cultivator and plow attach to.

I have the "ear" on the transmission and also the mount at the bottom of the motor plate. I'm simply missing the flat hitch bar that attaches to these two points.

If anyone has one of these for sale I would be very interested. If not could I persuade one of you to measure the length, width, thickness and bolt pattern of the one on their own David Bradley?

It doesn't look like this would be a difficult piece to make but I want to make sure that it's correct. It only makes sense that since this is an attachment point it really needs to be made correctly.

If anyone could please help me out it would be greatly appreciated. Garden season is almost here and right now I am unable to use my new toy.

 

Thanks guys.

 

Dave


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:59 PM

Dave, Welcome to the site. I'm sure there will be some Bradley guys along to help you out. sounds like you got a good package.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 11:06 PM

David, Welcome to GTtalk, glad to have you here. One of the DB boys will be along shortly and help you out on the hitch. If you get the chance, post some photos of your DB and attachments.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 11:18 PM

Welcome to the forum Dave.   It would help a lot if you could take some pictures of your tractor and points of interest to help us understand what you are looking for, plus we all like to look at tractors and stuff/attachments.   I think you will like the people here and don't hesitate to help someone if you can.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 12:01 AM

Hello Dave, welcome aboard, you'll have fun here.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 01:00 AM

I have a DB that I always thought was fast. "Keep you young, or Make you old" comes to mind. Never did anything with it but try to sickle some weeds.
The front pulley is what the guys asked about. They needed diameters and a picture to verify its the proper pulley on the engine.

As for the hitch bar, I don't have one, but I know several guys do and I'm sure one of them will chime in soon.
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Posted March 23, 2014 - 06:20 AM

Welcome to GTT. Check out our Manuals Section for free downloads. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 06:39 AM

Welcome Dave and good luck with your new DB. It sounds like you got a great deal on it. They are not common here and would typically cost much more than what you payed even when in poor condition. 


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:52 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

It looks like this is an active DB forum which is exactly what I was looking for. I have a lot to learn about these tractors and am looking forward to doing so.

I'll try to get some photos up of the areas I was referring to.

As for the hitch bar, it is the flat bar under the tractor that the long "tongue" of the implements hook to.

For instance when hooking up a plow you would slide the tongue under the tractor and then pin the tongue to the hitch bar with a cotter pin or spring clip. I have the mounting brackets for the hitch but am missing the hitch bar itself.

 

I've got some work to do to this tractor before it will be ready to use.

The plow looks fully functional but I want to make sure it's adjusted correctly. I found a site that shows how to do this so that is my 1st project after getting a hitch bar bought or made.

Also the disc needs some attention since one of the gangs is really loose. I'm guessing that it just needs a washer or two added and then tightened down.

Everything else appears to be in really good shape and ready to go. I'll have to either make or buy some of the brackets that attach the various cultivator shovels to the frame but they appear to be pretty simple and could be made with some thick walled square tubing or welded up out of plate steel.

This year I want to play with it in the garden and then over the fall/winter months tear it down for a restoration. I've always loved the looks of these tractors and the fact that they are functional is just an added bonus.

Thanks again for the welcome. I'm looking forward to exchanging ideas and observations with you all.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:56 AM

Likesspace, welcome to the fourm, glad you joined, there are a bunch of DB collectors here.

 

I take the site you found is this one  : http://www.google.co...1,d.cGU&cad=rja

 

I will run out and look for a spare, if non then measure my hitch and post the specs here.

 

Firing off a email to another collector that may have spares.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:59 AM

Trowel....

Thanks!

I really appreciate your help with this.

I'll check back a little later today or tonight to see if you found anything.

Thanks again...you have no idea how much I appreciate it.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 08:28 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! In my signature is a link to a video to help with posting pics.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 08:58 AM

What about tire size? I don't know what size are on the tractor, but a different size tire would change the ground speed.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:29 AM

welcome, Dave!


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hi Dave, Welcome to GTtalk. Looks like Trowel is taking good care of you.  Feel free to join in on other conversations as well.


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