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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted January 16, 2011 - 11:58 AM

I don't have any original implements for this tractor so I was going to put these spring cultivators on it.
I have six of the longer cultivators that would go on the tool bar and two of the shorter cultivators that would go behind the rear wheels.

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After I got the Bean Cutler, I saw that there was an aluminum tag mounted on the left rear axle support.
It is really hard to reed in the photo but the tag says:

IVAN WALEE
Powered Mowing Equipment
Sales & Service
Seattle - Washington

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This got me to thinking .....
The Bolens Ridemaster had a 3-gang reel mower as one of the implements that were available for it.
Here is a copy from the manual showing the mower unit.

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Because this tractor already has that powered mower tag on it, I thought it would be neat to put a reel mower on it also.
As far as I know, the FMC factory never made a reel mower for the Bean Cutler so this would not be original or even a copy of original, but then the cultivators would not have been original either.

So I've been looking for a 3-gang reel mower that I could use on this.
I finely found one that is an old mower unit.
The year of the unit is unknown but it does have cast iron side plates and wood rollers like the reel mowers had back then.
The newer units are mostly stamped steel with hard rubber or steel rollers.

I just finalized a deal with the guy that has them and I'm going to go get them on Tuesday.
Here are some of the photos that he sent me.
There are three matching reels.

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Posted January 16, 2011 - 12:02 PM

Those reels should work out nicely.
What Attachments did they have for the Bean cutlers?
Do you have any literature on the Bean cutlers?
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Posted January 16, 2011 - 03:17 PM

Those reels should work out nicely.
What Attachments did they have for the Bean cutlers?
Do you have any literature on the Bean cutlers?




I have a copy of the manual for the Bean Cutler that I got from Hank Watkins.
It shows that the tractor only had 5 implements.
They were: the grader blade, the set of 5-cultivator tines, a 20 inch disc plow, a moldboard plow and the disc harrow set.

The arm on the mold board plow is a lot shorter than for the Ridemaster.
The plow blade sits right between the rear wheels.

The disc harrow set only has 3-disc per side instead of the 5-disc per side that The Ridemaster has.

When they came out with the Bolens Ridemaster, they ( obviously ) also developed a lot more implements for it.

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A point of interest that I found out from Hank and the Bean Cutler manual....
The FMC tractor ( that we know as the Bean Cutler ) was called a "Huski Ride-Master" by the factory but that name was never actually put on the tractor.
The only identification on the tractor was the FMC tag that said it was made by the Bean Cutler Division and that's why everyone called it a Bean Cutler.

That is probably why the factory actually put "Ridemaster" on the Bolens tractors.
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Posted January 16, 2011 - 04:04 PM

What is the number of the manual you got from Hank? I have an instruction and parts list no S-4735. I was trying to scan it and put it in the manuals but the scanner wouldn't cooperate and I gave up.
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Posted January 16, 2011 - 05:40 PM

What is the number of the manual you got from Hank? I have an instruction and parts list no S-4735. I was trying to scan it and put it in the manuals but the scanner wouldn't cooperate and I gave up.

The copy I have is S-4835.

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Posted January 18, 2011 - 03:18 PM

We picked up the reel mowers today and I'm very pleased with them.
They all work smoothly and seem to be in good condition.
The tires are all good with no cracks or worn areas.
Some of the wood rollers have some cracks in them but that is to be expected on something this old.

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The three mowers are position like this when mounted on the tractor.
Two units sitting in front of the rear wheels and the third unit in-between the rear wheels.
Each reel will cut a 22 inch width.
With the mowers in this pattern. they will cut 58 inch wide.

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Posted January 18, 2011 - 05:09 PM

That'll be a nice rig when you've got it all together. Nice to see what the unit was intended for.

That tag still being on there is a nice little bonus.
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Posted January 18, 2011 - 06:27 PM

That'll be a nice rig when you've got it all together. Nice to see what the unit was intended for.

That tag still being on there is a nice little bonus.


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Posted January 18, 2011 - 06:48 PM

Can't wait to see the build on this accessory! Great score Ray!
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Posted January 18, 2011 - 07:19 PM

Can't wait to see the build on this accessory! Great score Ray!

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