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#1 kcmorris OFFLINE  

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Posted December 01, 2011 - 10:22 PM

All,
I have a David Bradley M#917 60114 Serial# 19571 that does seem to exist.
Everything I have viewed has M# of 917 57*** for the walk behinds. The engine is missing the cover so I have no info on that, just the stamping 996F14 on the Lauson Carb.
Can anyone help with this Model?
Thanks for you time,
Ken:confuse:
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 12:17 AM

I have one of those David Bradleys. You have a Handiman Jr. and I believe yours to be a 1960 model year , due to the Model number beginning with 60. Mine has no engine so can't help you on that front. Good luck with it.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 02:00 AM

Welcome to the group Ken.

Your tractor is called a Handiman. It was built in 1957, and is from the second yr of production for these machine. Yours and another(917.60115 a 110V start) were followed by several other models up into the early 60's when they finally stopped making walk-behinds. You should have a tag on the tiller unit and the counterweight sitting on top of it. Its pretty common for the tags to go missing.

Tractor using the number 917.57xxx are the post war bullet nosed ones, TriTrac's used 917.59xxx. The early suburban line used the 917.60xxx numbers also but they start in the 600's, where yours starts in the 100's. There is no way to get a model yr exactly from a DB number. They had about 3 differnt systems to id the tractor. There is the tractors number on the tag, the catalog number found when ordering it, and a bundle number that the factory used to id the units. None of these make any sence, as all are differant. You have to have all the catologs and models numbers together and take several yrs of free time to try and make it all work out. Luck would have it that several of us DB collectors have been doing it for about 20yrs now, and still arent done.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 05:12 AM

Ken,welcome to the forum,glad to have you with us.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 05:18 AM

Welcome, Ken. Getting to be a few of us on here now, but I think the Brians still have us out numbered. Good luck on the DB.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 06:17 AM

Welcome to GTtalk , Thats a pretty different tiller you have . ( at least to me anyway ) Glad Lauber1 mentioned the counterweight , I was wondering what that was . Al
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 10:36 AM

Nice looking Handiman Ken, I have one of those too with a Snowthrower & Reel Mower. The original engine on mine was the Briggs.
If you go to the manual section of the site, I Uploaded the manual for it, that may be helpful to get you started . Good Luck, DanO'
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 12:34 PM

i was loking for this site last nite and couldnt find it when i needed it, but here it is now. Not a complete listing of all the stuff, but it covers a lot of them.

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Posted December 02, 2011 - 01:02 PM

Thank you everyone for your replies. After countless hours on the net and several phone calls, it took less than 24hr to get good help. The knowledge from the members is invaluable. Being a newby at the this ( only resurrected a Gilson tiller before this one) its nice to know there is place to come were people want to help.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 01:53 PM

It is tough to get answers on the internet when you have limited clues as to what you really have, or present a picture and a paragraph on a great forum like this one. Glad you joined and hope you enjoy it here. Welcome to GTTalk.

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Posted December 02, 2011 - 04:27 PM

wvbuzzmaster is right,best place for answers, and garden tractor talk fun




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