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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 27, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Looking at a 4x4 Satoh Beaver.  Rear PTO, .7 liter diesel, with a finish mower on the rear.

 

I've only seen two of these before and never up close.  Guy wants 800 for it.  I haven't seen it run yet.  Waiting for him to call me back.  I want it, but don't know what to look for.

 

Mainly if anyone has any common problems? things to look for?


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:01 AM

I can't think of anything off hand. If it runs, that's crazy cheap.
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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Can't help you with that one! Have never seen one.


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:11 AM

I'm hopefully going to look at it after work.  I'll snap some pictures.


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Grab it if it's in decent shape.  You probably saw mine when you were here if you remember.  The thing is a tank and easy on fuel.  Mine has been super reliable but we've owned it since it was new.  Can't speak for others and how they take care of their equipment.  I wish I had a 4wd but there has been very few times when I really could have used it.  One thing to remember, unless it has a reverser box on the PTO, it's a small splined, counter clockwise PTO so not just anything will work with it.  You'll have this issue if it's an S-370 like mine.  Here's a couple of shots of mine.  Wish I still had that mower.  We bought ours new in 77, split the pistons in 78 (common problem on the early ones).  After that was fixed, it's been basic maintenance ever since.  I'm only on my second set of glow plugs!  I have a good parts guy for these if you get it.  My tractor does not lead a charmed life.  It's used and used hard at times as well as being the go to tractor for plow days.  Just keeps on ticking.  One thing to ask is how easy it starts in the winter.  Mine doesn't want to start at all in the cold so I park it all winter.  I had another one at one time that started right up in winter weather.  Hardly even had to glow it.  There is a fix for this but I just never got it done since I don't need it in the winter.

 

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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:57 AM

I do think I remember seeing it.  We just sold that PK we bought the deck off of you for.  

 

It's identical yours except 4x4.  

 

Not sure what brand the finish mower is.  What does the reverser look like?  



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 12:00 PM

I'd jump on that in a second for that price, even if it's not running I'd get it! the finish mower is worth worth half that.



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 12:02 PM

I do think I remember seeing it.  We just sold that PK we bought the deck off of you for.  

 

It's identical yours except 4x4.  

 

Not sure what brand the finish mower is.  What does the reverser look like?  

Hard to find a picture of one but I did find this.

 

http://satohparts.co...er/beaver9.html

 

Now you know how to make one!  It's basically a box mounted right over the tractor's PTO.  The shield will be missing and you'll see a standard PTO shaft sticking out if it has one.  You'll know it.  I know of a guy who makes them but they are not cheap so you have to really need one to justify the $$$



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Posted July 27, 2015 - 12:12 PM

Pto reverser is a gear box bolted to the rear:

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Jeff, was that a Woods RM 48? Those were good mowers.

I enlarged the pic, yep! My grandfather had one.
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Posted July 27, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Pto reverser is a gear box bolted to the rear:

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Jeff, was that a Woods RM 42 or 48? Those were good mowers.

Yep, that there is the box.  Thanks Cat.  My mower was a 48.  Second one I had and the second one I got rid of.  If I ever get another one, it's staying!  When I had a 4wd Beaver, it actually had a reverser box on it.  I was stupid enough to get rid of that AND the tractor because something else caught my eye.  Same thing, if I ever get another 4wd Beaver, it stays with me!


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 12:22 PM

I've had the good fortune to take Jeff's out for a lap at plow day. It's a really easy tractor to run, quick response, nimble, and can out plow just about anything else at these events IMHO.

Jeff, yours may not shine, lead a life of luxury, or be a Queen, but I think you've got a great machine there.
Didnt even mind being towed in by it. :D
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Posted July 27, 2015 - 01:52 PM

Didnt even mind being towed in by it. :D

It takes a big man to admit that Alan.  Dang, now I have to up my level of respect for you!  Didn't think it could get any higher!


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Posted July 27, 2015 - 02:39 PM

Just don't paint it green....
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Posted July 27, 2015 - 04:17 PM

Have never seen a beaver in this area, but would sure give one a serious look.
Have seen 2 S 550 s in the last two yrs.
One was prices @ $ 2400 which I thought was a bit high.
The other one is sitting in a guys yard in Colfax, with a rear blade And brush hog mower and he is asking $1500 or b/o.
It has been sitting there for a few weeks.

He has an oversize battery in it and wiring looks a bit cobbled up.

Hope he sells it soon before I get tempted to give him an offer! The big thing holding me back is it is gas and I am sold on diesel. I need a finish mower, so if the mower was a finish unit it would already be in my shed.

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Posted July 30, 2015 - 01:03 PM

So what ever happened with this?  Did you get to look the little beast over?


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