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Rosie and I took a little ride and before I knew it Rosie was fiddling with the new Cub Locator System (CLS). Rosie is not to be trusted around anything electronic. A few years ago she had the GPS taking us to Nashville when we were supposed to be headed to Rick Prentice’s for Ohio Cubfest 2009. Anyway, the new CLS can be dialed in to find items alphabetically or any other manual setting you desire. I always punch in “Cub” and leave it at that.
Rosie played around with the alphabetical sequence and had A, B, C, & D programmed in before I could stop her. The next thing I knew we had a trailer load of items the magnets latched on to and slung on board.
I ended up with:
A) Anybody’s guess – It looks to be home made since there are no tags anywhere. It is not a running piece but shows potential.
B) Bolens – It appears to be from the 1950’s and is a non runner at this time but turns easy enough.
C) Craftsman – This table saw is another non-runner but has numerous parts that will come in handy on my identical saw.
D) David Bradley - this hood doesn’t run either, the engine is missing and will need a large cash infusion to make it runnable again.
There were no Cubs hiding out there today but, all in all, it was a nice Saturday morning ride. I’m just glad there were no Caterpillar D6 dozers sitting out there. That would have really bogged down the Cub Retrieving System (CRS, again)
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Bill - go to the auxilary control panel and activate the spousal override feature. (Unless, of course you intend to build an inventory of 342 two wheel tractors.)
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.
My wife says I don't listen to her. - - - - - - - - Or something like that!
Rosie already has the "D" setting in place. Just wait till the "J" setting clicks in. Before we can stop him, there will be GREEN all over the barnyard.
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Unidentified 2 wheeled garden tractor - probably commercially built - at least initially. There were well over a hundred manufacturers of 2 wheeled garden tractors in the USA.
There is or was a considerable number of attachments available for them. Some unusual accessories were a buzz saw, paint sprayer and an air compressor.
Perhaps the seller has more attachments for the tractor.
I have an excuse. CRS.
Cool Stuff Bill!
"I ain't believing this!"
Thanks Darrell, I am so used to using the defaults settings (reccomended) that I tend to shy away from the advance settings when loading any software. I got it straightened out now. I guess I need to set the GPS on my own from now on. Good thing I know my way to the Tug otherwise I'd end up in Gillsville Georgia three months early.
Roy, we recycle in the barnyard, but we are not that green.
When I first talked to the seller, he said there may be more stuff. It belonged to his Stepdad and it has been sitting for the last four years. He said he was cleaning out the sheds for his Mom. When I picked everything up we couldn't find anymore attachments. He said he would call if anything turned up.
I checked the oil, and the sediment bowls and gas tanks were clean as can be so I dumped a bit of gas in the tanks. They fired right up. The guy said he and his son rebuilt motorcycles. I would have thought they would have tried to start these to get more out of them.
Your unknown tractor appears to be a Great Lakes "Chief" built about 49-50. Looks pretty much like the one in my garden tractor books. There are around 300 differnt companys listed in the various books and manuals i have here. I'm thinking having 342 differnt garden tractors would be very cool. I only managed to get up to around 100, before common sence and my wife caught up with me.
I do not know who made it, but we used to have the twin to your unknown tractor, but it had larger bicycle type tires on it and a brush saw that also included a rotary mower blade. That blade broke off close to the hub one day and the handles nearly beat me to death before I got it shut down.
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Man this post brought back some memories.....I got my gradpa's Craftsman table saw from along time ago....short walk to the shed and here it is...
I should probably clean it up and oil it..
Robert (always another project) Miller
I love the ole walk behinds, when we were kids we'd run them for miles on the back roads going from place to place.
Dad still has a couple of our old David Bradleys that we used to move snow.
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Source "Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors". C.H. Wendel.
Yellow 2 wheeled garden tractor could be a "Chief" or an "Economy Chief" built by Great Lakes Tractor Company, Rock Creek, Ohio.
Pictures in the book are black and white, fuzzy, and provide limited views. One tractor called "Big Chief" shows a wheel drive mechanism similiar to the yellow 2 wheeled tractor.
1953 (1950's) price range on 2 wheeled garden tractors built by Great Lakes Tractor Company was from $147- to $268-.
Edit: There is a lot of attachments still available that will mount up to the 2 wheeled garden tractors. Web search for Simplicity 2 wheeled garden tractors.
I have an excuse. CRS.
You learn something here every day. Rock Creek is just a few (very few) miles from me, in the county I was raised in.
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Here are several closeups if it will help identify the yeller one. After reading Jeff's and Eugene's posts I am leaning towards the Great Lakes "Chief".
Thanks for the replies.
I have know Idea as to why I added these to the barnyard collection. I guess, since the guy said they were non-runners I wanted a challenge.
Handle bars and set up looks like the Chief garden tractor pictured in "Standard Catalog of Farm Tractors". C.H. Wendel. Not 100% sure it's a Chief - but it's very very close. Tractor pictured in the reference has a belt guard and no wheel weights.
I may even have an air cleaner for that engine.
I have an excuse. CRS.
according to the books i have here, the tractor was orginally built using a 2" wide flat belt. By looking at the time progresion of the pictures it looks they went to a twin v belt later. It also said that there was a reverser, maybe that part is missing from yours. I saw some of these on the net and they appear to have been orange in color. The part sticking oput the front may be part of a snow blade. I think the whole unit looks pretty good even if there are parts missing.
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