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#1 Husky ONLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 11:35 AM

My newest piece is this really cool looking tiny snowcaster. I have a 1957 Rideamatic and a 1955 Versamatic. I’m hoping that this snowcaster will fit one of my tractors. It is in really nice original condition. It has some scratches on it but seems pretty complete. I am thinking about disassembling it and cleaning and repairing as necessary then just clear coat it. 

 

I have a few questions about it. I can not find an identification tag on it anywhere. If it had one it is now long gone. I would be interested to know what model this one is. I would like to find the correct owner/parts manual for it once I know what model it is. I'm guessing  F505-01 or F505-02?

 

I'm thinking that it would fit my 21HD super Rideamatic with the HD733 hitch. I found the manual for the 22734 hitch manual. I don't know if that hitch is already connected to this snowcaster? If so, I think it is missing a big compression spring along the mounting bracket tube. I slid the entire mount assy in there from the front of the tractor but it hit against the latch assembly under the tractor and would not go any further. 

 

I think that the belt idler assembly that is on this hitch may be home made. It looks pretty skimpy. I have attached some pictures of this snowcaster with the hitch that came with it.

 

This snowcaster is so tiny.  I took some pictures of it next to my chainsaw just for comparison sake. It is a really neat piece and I'd like to attach it to my equipment even if just for show.

 

Any thoughts as to if it would fit my Rideamatic or my Versamatic? Thank you for any information on fitting or missing parts. 

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Great find!

 

That is the Ride-a-Matic 22734 Hitch thats on there with the tube end, if you take that off you can use the snap hitch of your versa-matic to attach it to your 2 wheel.

 

 

That weird idler assembly is homemade but all there, you just need to remove that center steel thing and get a flanged idler on there.

 

If you have an extra hitch for the Ride-a-matic I'd be interested in it! :)

 

I believe the caster is the FD505-02 series, the decal thats on there points to 1958 and newer.


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Posted August 02, 2016 - 12:55 PM

So this will fit my RAM with that 22734 hitch? And fit the Versamatic without the hitch? Maybe I need to take the hitch off of the snowcaster and just try to fit the hitch up to the RAM to see how it fits in there? I don't see that big compression spring that the book was showing. I only have one hitch that I am aware of and that is the 22734.



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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:16 PM

Wow, really cool find!  Where did you get it from?  It looks in very nice original shape (other than the home-made idler pulley, that is...)

 

I thought it was funny too that your dog is in some of the pictures sniffing your equipment there wondering what to make of it, lol...  "Is this for me?"


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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:27 PM

I believe a friend of mine dropped off the blower to you?!?? Barry is his name? He's a great guy, he recently help me buy a Bolens 1000 that was near him.



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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:37 PM

The spring and idler appears to be the only thing missing.

 

See pic below for what is needed to hook up to the versa-matic

 

 

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:49 PM

Sure looks like the one I dropped off.

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 06:13 PM

Ha ha, yah we have three Pugs they are way too funny. I got the blower off of craigslist. A very nice gentleman picked it up for me on his way from CT to NH. Yes, bonusbuilt1950 did me a huge favor in picking it up for me. and I agree with tractorholic that Barry is a great guy. We had a very nice visit while he was here. We will see more pictures of the blower once I get it all figured out.


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Posted August 02, 2016 - 06:18 PM

The spring and idler appears to be the only thing missing.

 

See pic below for what is needed to hook up to the versa-matic

Ok so I need to remove the hitch from what I see. I'm guessing that this hitch is supposed to fit onto my RAM? I found all the manuals for it. The owner manual says that the hitch 22734 fits my RAM but the attachment interchangability guide says it does NOT fit and that hitch 21733 fits it. I'm going to take off just the hitch and see if I can get it mounted and go from there. 

 

So, should I strip it and repaint and decal it? It would sure look nice on the RAM all redone but it is a pretty nice original as it is now...


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 06:28 AM

I pulled off the hitch and yes as in your picture it should fit onto my versamatic. I tried the hitch onto the RAM. It hits a small weld on the inside of the frame rails. I'll need to grind it down just a bit and this hitch should fit in there. The hitch seems to be missing a big compression spring according to the manual. Have you ever seen this spring on a hitch before?

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 06:43 AM

The spring seems to help keep it stable and helps secure it to the hitch, spring was used on a few other attachments

 

 


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 06:47 AM

I pulled off the hitch and yes as in your picture it should fit onto my versamatic. I tried the hitch onto the RAM. It hits a small weld on the inside of the frame rails. I'll need to grind it down just a bit and this hitch should fit in there. The hitch seems to be missing a big compression spring according to the manual. Have you ever seen this spring on a hitch before?

 

http://gardentractor...34-front-hitch/

 

See  pages 3, 4, & 5.  ....There is info there about the change in the springs between the -01 & -02 hitches.

 

The -02 hitch used a different spring and a spacer, in place of the longer spring used on earlier models.


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 07:37 AM

Yes, I saw that and that's what got me to realize that mine appears to be missing the spring. I'm guessing that I could find a spring if I had dimensions and such. I'm not sure if I can use it without a spring?  Also they make reference to this f505-02 snowcaster as a 16505 snowcaster. I wonder why they used two different part numbers. Thank you all for your help and information on this. It will be a pretty nice attachment to get onto the tractor and watch it actually run.



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Posted August 03, 2016 - 09:04 AM

Sure is cute!


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Sure is cute!

I thought the same thing, it's so tiny it would be really neat to bring it to a show.






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