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#1 wespete66 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 11, 2017 - 02:44 PM

Hello from a new member from NW Iowa..  I am a collector of mainly hit&miss engines, but also have some walk-behind mowers and a Gibson tractor. I'm looking forward to being a member here.

For my first post, I'd like to ask for any information that can be found about this walk-behind sickle mower. It has only one pneumatic wheel/tire. It has what I was told is a Briggs & Stratton model U engine, dating to the early 1940's (can anybody verify that?).  Help please?

Thanks in advance!

 

 

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Posted September 11, 2017 - 05:14 PM

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That's Simplicity's first garden tractor from the late 1930's.  :thumbs:


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:01 PM

Thanks Kris!  Now I know where to start looking.  Is there a specific model number or name associated with it?  And, was it convertible into any other applications?



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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:09 PM

Some places you see that referred to as the Culti-cutter. There should be a few threads around here on it.


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:35 PM

It became the culti-cutter in 45, with the U it is a model A, 41-44, what is no. on the top of the fender and engine ser. no.? Wards had a version called culti-mower also, both were made by simplicity, got my correction in before i got caught lol

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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:42 PM

was it convertible into any other applications?

yes but was primarily a cultivator hence the name
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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:49 PM

  Thanks for the pictures. I have never seen a unisickle before. Welcome aboard, Don


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 07:33 PM

Welcome to GTT. There is a sales brouchure for a machine like that in our Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick 


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 09:17 PM

The serial number tag on the fender reads W-1703B

The Briggs 'U' engine serial is 204073

Is there a serial number tracking list somewhere for these?

 

edit 9/12/17; engine serial #4392


Edited by wespete66, September 12, 2017 - 12:39 PM.


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Here is a link to the date list for the U. The serial number doesn't fit.

 

http://www.flywheele...rned/mdate2.htm


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Posted September 11, 2017 - 11:29 PM

That's a ward's, wrong engine, should be a Lauson RLC, the W tells me the tag is on the side of the fender and not on top like simplicity, only the simplicity tractors had the U
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Posted September 12, 2017 - 06:55 AM

http://gardentractor...nd-attachments/

 

Garry


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Posted September 12, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Oops, my bad!  The engine tag states model 'U' and type 204073, and the engine serial number is 4392.  My mistake, sorry!  Per the link above that dates the engine May-June 1941.

And yes, the main serial number tag is at the rear operator's left lower edge of the fender (not on top).

So, what does all this mean, Wards or Simplicity? Does a serial number registry exist for either of those?



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Posted September 12, 2017 - 01:39 PM

It is wards, the U you have would be correct for the earliest simplicity A's, far as i know dating the culti-mower/A/cutter by body tag alone has to be done with ser. no's on hand and design changes in production, your culti-mower has a high ser. no. with steel driven pulley, post war the driven pulley is spoke'd aluminum, so my best guess is 43-44

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Posted September 14, 2017 - 11:24 AM

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