Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

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Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 1:49 pm

I recently acquired this manure spreader and plan to get it back into usable condition. To my uneducated eye, it appears in pretty good condition, though the wood all needs replacing. The control rod on one side had been bent, and the PO replaced it with a length of angle iron. He did keep the bent rod, which I plan to straighten and put back on, if I can find the right fittings...spring?
Not sure if I will try to straighten the tongue, but maybe with my body shop friend, it will be possible.

I'm hoping to ID it, and perhaps find a manual for it. The PO said he thought it was a Sears, and the little I have found on line indicates that David Bradley made manure spreaders for Sears. There was a 2012 post on a forum where a guy said he had the Manuals for the 75 model and offered copies to a poster for $12, but the post is locked so I don't think there's a way to contact him.

Any information on this guy would be greatly appreciated. Here are the photos I took yesterday:

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 1:50 pm

More photos:

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 1:52 pm

And more...

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:00 pm

I guess somewhere along the line, I should ask if investing in this refurbishing is a "fool's errand"?!! :lol: :roll:
Mostly it will cost me my labor and the cost of wood, sandpaper, and paint...maybe some sandblasting. Opinions? :?:

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:01 pm

...and more...

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:03 pm

...almost finished...maybe!!

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:05 pm

... :lol: ...I lied...but only 2 more pages!

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:07 pm

...next to last...

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 2:09 pm

AND FINALLY! That's all of them. Thanks for persevering!

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby CharlieK » Fri Mar 10, 2023 5:01 pm

that's a decent old piece Dale--thanks for the pics
get er done; life is good

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby ajhbike » Fri Mar 10, 2023 6:32 pm

Wow, pictures galore. I had the same situation with the small IH except it didn't have the apron chain and the gearing was rougher. So I took all the flingers off the back, left the 2 big handles on the front, replaced the wood....and ended up with the coolest yard cart in the neighborhood. It can hold a yard of dirt (picked up at the nursery down the street).

The only thing I don't like about it is that it is super tongue heavy but on the big tractors that isn't an issue

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 7:55 pm

I thought that tongue would be extremely heavy, too! But I can easily pick it up. I was very surprised. We used a small hand cart under the tongue to maneuver it.

Guess that "stuff" on the rear end is pretty heavy as a counter-balance.
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'56 Cub #194370 "Boris" with Mott Flail mower
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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Mar 10, 2023 8:04 pm

Can anyone nail down the model? David Bradley?
I found one photo that was labeled a 75, but when I googled David Bradley 75, most of the results were similar, but different... e.g. levers on either side of the front rather than centered together.
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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby tst » Fri Mar 10, 2023 9:23 pm

check casting #s on gears, maybe if #s are on there you can find the make by the part # kinda looks like New Idea to me

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Re: Manure Spreader ID... Sears (David Bradley)??

Postby Bob McCarty » Fri Mar 10, 2023 10:03 pm

Dale Finch wrote:. levers on either side of the front rather than centered together.

Levers on the sides usually means it was horse drawn. With the seat in the middle the levers obviously couldn't be there too.
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