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#1 yardiron OFFLINE  

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 12:32 AM

What is this?
A buddy went to see it and said it's got a David Bradley tag on it.
What year did the make these?
The motor looks newer but how about the rest of it?
I looked back through a few old catalogs and all I see like it are a version that attaches to a two wheel tractor. This thing is not self propelled and looks to have had an old 2.5 or 3hp on it. It's currently got a late 60's 3hp Briggs on it. The blade rotates 90 degrees, there is no clutch, it's full time direct drive with no means to set it down or support the drive end while you start it. (Basically someone has to hold onto the handle bars while you start the motor).
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Old bush hog - $75 (williamstown)

Date: 2011-11-08, 4:07PM EST
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runs good horizontal and vertical 75.oo.


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Posted November 12, 2011 - 05:46 AM

What ever it is, the ad has been deleted.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 08:09 AM

Interesting piece. Looks a little scary, but neat none the less. If you take it to shows, make sure you put something protective over that blade. Someone trip on it, they own the rest of your collection.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 05:22 PM

I did some digging on the web and the closest I could find is this:
http://amigatec.net/...ments/57566.pdf

My buddy took a few pics, I don't have them yet, I think he went back and got it but he got it for a lot less than the asking price.
He said that when the blade is rotated, the blade turns rearward, or cuts 'upward'. This to me sounds like it would push back against the operator.
Also, being direct drive, with no clutch, I'm not sure how you would have originally started it other than tying the handles to a fence or something to keep the blade off the ground. He also said the wheels were originally a light green color, with the main frame being brown or copper colored.
I can see how it would be used in the horizontal position, but I'm not sure what you would use it for in the vertical cut position. Maybe stump grinding?
It would cut lumber but there's no way to hold onto it unless you were cutting down logs on the ground. But I'd expect kickback towards the operator would be an issue.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 07:44 PM

you see those brush saw once in a while. They never caught on much since there not a true tractor. There should have been a hand clutch to engage it. once you cut down the tree, then you bucked it up into smaller parts. They also made a drive wheel kit to put on them. Other attachments for them are a mower and a generator. I know a couple guys who collect them, made during the 50's, in about 3 models. Id have got that as it has the blade guard which is alway missing. Looks like the motor is a newer replacement.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:34 PM

Was the "Buzzmaster" a stand alone brand, or a model of a certain brand? The Buzzmaster was similar at the very least.
Casey....come in & fill in my memory blank.

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Posted November 13, 2011 - 08:09 PM

I did some digging on the web and the closest I could find is this:
http://amigatec.net/...ments/57566.pdf


Hey that's my Website. :wave::wave::wave:
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Posted November 13, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Thanks for letting us borrow it, it's amazing how many of these manuals are still in existance and available online.

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Posted November 13, 2011 - 08:15 PM

I also have a complete TB Horse Tiller Transmission manual as well.

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Posted November 15, 2011 - 09:47 AM

i have alota wooded/brush area i could take down w/ that thing!! lol

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Posted April 05, 2012 - 08:40 PM

I found one I have pictures but it's on my phone and i can't get it to my Email but it has one of the saws with it, it looks like it wold take your legs of right between your knees and your foot but i have to give it a try. I see guys on youtube cutting down trees with it, that looks safe too, well I'll take my camra tomorow and get some pictures posted.
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Posted April 06, 2012 - 05:47 PM

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This is my latest find I love the saw and can't wait to try it.
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Posted April 06, 2012 - 06:11 PM

Cool setup! Good luck with the saw!

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Posted April 06, 2012 - 06:19 PM

All I can see happening is the blade getting pinched and kicking the tractor to the side and the handle bars snapping ribs like twigs. Never the less, its a cool attachment!

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:06 AM

Wish I could have seen the pic. Great replys here. Enjoy seeing the different pics.
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