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Posted August 25, 2011 - 01:52 AM

i recently picked up a 62 craftsman rider at an auction. Its has a 4hp tecumseh, 24 inch cut and has a fiberglass body. looks like a mini hot rod car. anyone have any info about these? I have original owners manual and purchase receipt. was purchased 9/22/62 How many of these were made and what years? Ive found very little info on the web about these.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 03:49 AM

Welcome. Sounds like a survivor from yesteryear. Got any pics of the beast?

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 04:26 AM

storm09,welcome to the forum.
Yes we love pictures here.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 05:57 AM

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Sounds like a neat piece, didnt realize they were using fiberglass that early.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 08:05 AM

IH had a couple of models of those fiber body mower about that time also. There something that just starting to become popular now. I've see two differnt versions of the Craftsman one. Tried to figure out where they came from a few yrs back but just hit dead ends. If i was to guess i'd say they came from a place called Newark Ohio. This company was owned by Sears and built a lot of small push mowers and some other throwaway riders under the Craftsman name. They were also in control of David Bradley during 1962, right before Sears setup Roper as the new owner of the plant.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:35 AM

Ill try to post some pics soon

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:40 AM

The fiberglass is in suprisingly good shape. only one small peice broke in front by steering

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 09:46 AM

yes pic's would be cool, as i lost all mine, when the last puter died. I know there are at least 3 differnt body styles between IH and Sears units. One looks a lot like a 32 ford roadster.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 01:04 AM

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 03:26 AM

Cool looking mower. Thanks for the pics.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 03:56 AM

Neat looking mower.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 06:48 AM

Bet that does a nice job. Single blade, tight steering, thanks for the pics!

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 07:01 PM

Yes thats a nice one, and you got the seat which is ussally missing.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Just found this thread. Cool looking rider.
I just scooped this one this aft. Many similarities.
Notice the difference in throttle control.
There's some cool pictures at this site.
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Posted August 26, 2011 - 08:36 PM

Cool looking mower. Welcome, glad you are here.




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