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#1 CRFarnsworth ONLINE  

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 07:21 PM

A friend found this in a barn. Don't know the make or model. The motor is a Wisconsin model BKN. The Wisconsin web site shows it as a 7h. p. that was first made in 1955. A little clean up and a new condensor a little gas a peice of rope and it was running! I remember my dad cursing these as a youngster. He never would let us use one. I really don't want or need one now. Any ideas about what to do with it?pg2.jpg

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 07:24 PM

Looks like a neat machine

The pictures turned out a little small. Is there a way you can enlarge them so we can get a better look at the mower?

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 07:25 PM

Looks like the first prototype of the DR Trimmer Co. :D

Really neat find, thanks for sharing.

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 07:44 PM

Looks like the first prototype of the DR Trimmer Co. :D

Really neat find, thanks for sharing.

That's probably where the idea came from. Neat looking mower. Thanks!

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 08:30 PM

Never seen one of those before,but i like it.If i was closer i would buy that off you in a second!

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Posted October 28, 2011 - 09:56 PM

I'm thinking it's a Bachtold or some similar spelling.
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Posted October 28, 2011 - 10:26 PM

Interesting mower. I think I'd keep it and find a use for it. But, be careful!!

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 01:44 PM

That looks like a Bachtold weed mower. It is hard to tell from the small picture but it looks like it has a tire rim inside the drive tire, this was the drive for it. If this is correct it is a old model before the 204 model. It looks like it has the newer cutting head on it off of a 800 model. The 204 had a gearbox drive with a chain. It could also be a Carl Bachtold as the 2 brothers split ways and Carl went out and made his own, that did not last very long and there were very few of his mowers around. I would say with the BKN motor on it, it would be an old model. The 204's had a Wisconsin S7D on it. We were a distributor for Bachtold for many years and sold thousands of these. I think when we started they were around $295 and when they quit selling them they were close to $2000.00 Most of that was insurance according to the sales rep. I have some pictures and parts books for these I should post them sometime. Bachtold also made a riding mower called the Tuff-Bee, we sold a few of them but not very many. If I remember right they did not hold up very well. I still have some parts for them if anyone needs some. They were made in Forrest City IL
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Posted January 26, 2012 - 02:21 PM

The pic is small, and im not saying it is for sure, but it looks like a Roof mower to me. We had one before dad got the first Bachtold. i remember it had rubber belts driving the wheels instaed of a main gear box. I also remember it used a curved blade that looked like a sword from the ali baba times. Our first Bactold came with a BKN but it was hard to start when it got hot, so dad traded it off for one with an 8hp brigg and easy spin starting. I used it for yrs around the farm and wore the tires down until they were smooth. Both of those machines came from a dealer in Mt Pleasant or maybe one near Swedesburg. I still have a BKN model here i use for tough weeds and grass. They are about the most dangerous thing ever built.

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 03:41 PM

Hey,that's a cool looking mower.

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 04:30 PM

@Lauber I am that dealer from around Swedsburg. You are right it could be a Roof but it looks orange like a Bachtold and the Roof's were red. Also I think the Roof's had smaller diameter wheels. This one has that lower cross shaft. I think we still have one around I will have to go look at it. You know I can remember that problem with the BKN's, the mag would get hot and stop and only in the very back of the back 40, thats where the belt always brook also.

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 06:44 PM

I don't know what it is, but it's cool! I'd keep it just for conversation.

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 07:05 PM

I mowed lot of fence rows with these mowers. The high wheels were so you could run with one wheel in the plow furrow, as we plowed as closed to the fence as possible. The first Bachtold we had did not have the self drive feacher on it, so you pushed it. After a couple of years we bought the new model, that made it a lot easier.

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Posted January 26, 2012 - 10:33 PM

I am going to try and up load pictures of the model 204 flyer. I have PDF files of them but I don't know how to upload them.
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Posted January 26, 2012 - 10:53 PM

Thanks for the pics, the easiest way would be to put them in the manuals. If you need help, let me know.




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