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#1 TimW OFFLINE  

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Posted February 22, 2017 - 09:46 PM

The more my twisted mind starts searching for odd and early tractors/mowers, the more weird stuff seems to follow me home.  This apparently was made by Ram Industries.  They designed what was later to be purchased by Dixon and thrown into mass production.  It apparently is a 1972.  It has the neatest green metalflake fiberglass body with an intergrated seat.  It actually runs, drives and mows.  It looks more like an amusement park ride than a mower.  It even has most of its original decals and lever grips.

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Posted February 23, 2017 - 04:31 AM

That's perty kewell 


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Posted February 23, 2017 - 05:42 AM

Cool! Good old 70's metalflake!


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Posted February 23, 2017 - 07:41 AM

Individual rear wheel drive with hand clutch?   Hydro drive?



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Posted February 23, 2017 - 07:59 AM

Individual rear wheel drive with hand clutch?   Hydro drive?

It may be the forerunner of the Dixon chain drive.


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Posted February 23, 2017 - 08:53 AM

those cone drives were great when they worked and a giant PITA when they didn't.


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Posted February 23, 2017 - 10:31 AM

  My old Dixon has the cone drive and after learning how to adjust it from a member on MTF, it has worked great for three years. The one thing I learned from him is make two rounds around the area to be mowed and then go back  and forth so the cones get equal wear thru the turns.

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Posted February 23, 2017 - 02:09 PM

Turn it over so we can see how it works. Don


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Posted February 23, 2017 - 02:18 PM

It is the cone drive system that Dixon produced later on.  Apparently this small company had designed the system and made it for a couple of years, then Dixon bought the company and patent and in 1974, began manufacturing and selling them under the Dixon name.  The Briggs engine dates to 1972, which should be about correct.  One big difference I noticed was that all the Dixons had separate seats, where this has a molded in seat.  I haven't begun to try to figure out the whole cone drive system, but as of now, the silly thing starts and runs fine from what I can tell. 



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Posted February 23, 2017 - 02:37 PM

It looks more like an amusement park ride than a mower.

 

 

It sure does! Remove the mower deck and voilà.

 

Cool find for sure! :thumbs:


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Posted February 27, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Not a huge zero turn fan, but that is awesome!




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