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1974 composter variable speed rear disharge sleeve hitch

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#1 redryda OFFLINE  

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Posted June 06, 2014 - 02:25 PM

Just acquired what I believe to be a 1974 16 HP Montgomery Ward Variable Speed garden tractor made by Gilson.  It came with a 42" Rear Discharge Deck, Composter Attachment, and a Sleeve Hitch.  Tractor GIL 33154B, Composter GIL 33112.  Has anyone used a composter like this before?  What is it good for?

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Posted June 06, 2014 - 02:27 PM

Welcome to GTtalk.  One of the Gilson guys will be along shortly and should be able to answer you question.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 02:31 PM

Beautiful condition. Is that the original paint?


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 02:54 PM

Welcome to GT Talk. Nice looking tractor. Sorry I'm no help. Tom
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Posted June 06, 2014 - 03:15 PM

Wow...you did well!  The composter looks very much like those offered for 300/400 series Allis Chalmers tractors.  I believe Gilson made them, and offered them in stand alone and tractor mounted units.  Neat that you have a Gilson for a Gilson!

 

 

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Posted June 06, 2014 - 03:19 PM

Not to flood the thread, but thought these were neat images of the way that composter is setup.  Looks almost identical to the AC mounting.  I always thought they were a super-cool attachment.  Not sure what i'd do with it, but would be a head scratcher for folks at shows!  =]

 

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Posted June 06, 2014 - 03:53 PM

:welcometogttalk: Good looking beast.


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 06:25 PM

Seriously nice tractor and attachments. Congratulations! 


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 09:28 PM

That's a nice tractor


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Posted June 06, 2014 - 10:47 PM

Welcome to the forum, neighbor.
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Posted June 06, 2014 - 11:31 PM

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Posted June 07, 2014 - 03:53 AM

WELCOME!     That's a good looking tractor.   I've never seen a composter attachment like that.    Good luck with it.    Rick 


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Posted June 07, 2014 - 09:27 AM

I have both of the front mount mulchers for my Gilsons. The one like yours is really good for large leaves and small sticks. It works much faster than the one with the screen on the bottom. Gene
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Posted June 09, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Great info on the Composter- t hanks everyone.  I think it is Original Paint except the deck from seeing the spray, but whats interesting is the ser. plates are loosly attached and secured only with 2 "ears" bent through holes.  This may have been only on the sleeve hitch and I should check the others but have to keep it tucked in the shed as the kids keep wanting to climb all over it and push it into things.



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Posted June 09, 2014 - 10:27 AM

That thing looks great.  I wish my two MW 16s looked that good.  Word of caution, take the variable speed apart and lubricate it.  That is the Achilles heel of these, the variable speed has no easy way to lube it and it wears out.  I have regular pulleys on both of mine because the variable speed wore out.


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