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#1 Zekkjacen OFFLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:45 AM

Okay, so I need some help identifying a David Bradley walk-behind.  I'm not extremely knowledgeable, but I'm not ignorant of these either.  I've started collecting attachments over the last few years and have learned what I could.

 

I picked this up for $100.  I drove out expecting to see a normal walk-behind, but this is different.  The handlebars don't down to a mounting plate, but rather come very close together and the hitch point on the back is different.  These are the pics from the Craigslist ad.  I will post others as soon as I can.  (working nights for the next few days).

 

 

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:51 AM

Based on the wheels (original to DB, and assuming that one) you have a 1946-1949 model 917.5751 David Bradley. There is a tag on the top left side of the transmission case that can confirm this. The engine is not the original (Briggs model N) but rather is a Briggs 5s or 6s, which will not fit correctly under to original hood, not present, nor is the gas tank and mount.

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:54 AM

Scratch half that. The wheels and handlebars look David Bradley, but the engine plate and clutch is all wrong, and I can not see the transmission input pulley over the tires, you are looking at something cobbled I bet.

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 12:57 AM

I cant figure out if this is a super special early model or a slightly cobbled one to keep it in service, need another picture...

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 06:51 AM

Definately not a post-war David Bradley.   :smilewink:

 

Think a lil earlier.......

 

Its a Sears Handiman built before World War II. 

 

"Handiman Junior" would be the correct identification


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 05:22 PM

yep the belt tighten is the first clue. These older (prewar) tractors did nt have an automotive clutch like the postwar ones. Their attachments also bolt up different. Kind of need the model number off the tag to know for sure, but its missing the hood and the engine currently on it, is not  correct. There are a few guys out there that collect this version of the Sears/DB line.


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Posted April 27, 2015 - 05:48 PM

Hood should look something like this.

 

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 09:07 PM

It seemed older than the 5751 I have. I will take some more pictures of it. If it is what you say, I feel I need to get it into the hands of someone who can really appreciate it. I really love mine and am looking forward to adding to my collection, but I don't have the energy to take on putting one like this back together.

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Posted April 27, 2015 - 09:09 PM

Currently I've taken the rims off and removed the tires. I do know the transmission has DB stamped on it. If anyone who collects these is interested, please get in touch with me. I don't have the time...

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Posted April 28, 2015 - 08:34 PM

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Posted April 28, 2015 - 09:32 PM

I could give it some real appreciation as I have the correct hood [pictured above] but I'm afraid the correct engine would be near impossible to find and cost prohibitive if one was found.  



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Posted April 28, 2015 - 10:08 PM

in your last picture, the tag is still on the gear case under the handle bar, it will have the model number on it and tell you which Handiman it was/is.



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Posted April 29, 2015 - 01:47 AM

Gtractor,  How did you come by the hood you have?  

 

I picked up a little Bolens walkbehind with a Model N on it last year, but though it isn't it superb condition, I hate to take that engine off of the Bolens.



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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:55 PM

We think this might be a DB yard cart but are unsure...was told IH but we definitely think no on that one . Can anyone help identify this? New to this and don't know how to add picture...

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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:59 PM

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