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#1 diamondt35 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 27, 2011 - 05:00 PM

wondered if anyone new where i could obtain a manual... i just bought a 74 gilson produced for wards..16 hp variable speed ..manual shift...has a till..would like to find a blade for it..and misc parts

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 07:33 AM

:wave: diamondt35 Welcome to GTT! Good to have you with us! I'm afraid that I'll be of no help with your question or a source for a manual though.:blush2: I have a Gilson made, Wards Garden Mark snow blower that I can't find any info on either. Best of luck and maybe you could post some pics of the unit? Might help someone to help you.

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 07:36 AM

Unfortunately I have the exact same setup, 1974 Gilson Variable 16 with a tiller. I hate mine, how you like yours? Also, I have no manual for mine. Is your tiller manual lift like mine and have full fenders/running boards?

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 11:39 AM

these old gilsons must have been really good tilling tractors cause that all you really see them with lol that and snowblowers.

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 12:09 PM

diamondt35,:welcometogttalk:

Glad to have you with us.

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 03:01 PM

these old gilsons must have been really good tilling tractors cause that all you really see them with lol that and snowblowers.

They do a good job tilling, but the reason you see so many with the tiller on is 2 reasons. The tillers are heavy and labor intensive to remove and put on. Secondly, with no compression release the 16 hp single can drive you crazy so you reduce it to a once a year tractor lol.

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 08:33 PM

mine started fine when it ran. lol hopefully it will run again

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Posted March 28, 2011 - 08:49 PM

mine started fine when it ran. lol hopefully it will run again

Not saying Gilsons are bad but you have to watch for certain things on them, especially the 16 hp single cylinder cast iron briggs, just because they have no compression release. If it is advertised to run nand it takes several techniques to make it just start, run away, trust me. Also, on all Gilsons you need to sit on it and lift the lever, if it is manual and it has a tiller, run, just because you WILL pinch a nerve in your back, and it WILL hurt (done that), if you till in straight lines. However, if you are careful you can just set the tiller down and turn with it in the ground if it is NOT the first ground breaking. So do the research and use your judgement, the biggest thing I hate about the Gilson is it isn't comfortable for me and manual lift tiller is not fun, so consequently, seat time is not as fun as I would like. Some find them to work great for them, great, they need to come buy mine lol.

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Posted March 30, 2011 - 11:10 PM

well, that why if I ever buy a gilson, its gonna have hydro lift lol.

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 02:22 AM

wondered if anyone new where i could obtain a manual.....and misc parts


I found this info while searching for a manual:

In 1988 Gilson was bought out by LawnBoy.
In 1989 Lawnboy was bought out by Toro.
The LawnBoy division of The Toro Company continues to make (some) Gilson repair parts available through the LawnBoy dealer network.

One person said he called Toro and bought a manual for $6

Another person said he called Lawnboy and was sent a free manual
Phone: 1-800-526-6937 (1-800-LB MOWER)
Customer Care Representatives are available by phone:
Weekdays - 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Saturdays & Sundays - Closed

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Posted May 25, 2011 - 03:08 PM

Ya those old Single 16s are something.But if your looking for a lot of Torque that's the way to go.
That's also why they are known for cracked frames.They do not have balance gears in them either and being that the engine is bolted directly to the frame and the oil Sump IS the front Pinion mount,they twist the living crap out of the frames.

The later models had a Briggs opposed twin in them with hydro lift.They were a great tractor.

As for a manual this one is for the 78 but they didn't change much over the years.Mainly just the hoods and fenders.
It covers Hydro,Manual and Vera speed.
http://gardentractor...9269c9584f75a3b
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Posted May 31, 2011 - 02:35 PM

Mine is a older single 15 Hydro havent gotten any seat time in yet but have moved it and the Hydro lift is the way to go in my book. The 15 Horse starts easy for me every time I just make sure the battery is good and charged.

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Posted June 17, 2011 - 09:01 AM

Great reading these comments. Makes me glad that I have a 16 Twin....lol




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