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dhoadley

I think I'm now suffering from TD. I spotted a CL ad for a weed/brush cutter for $150. He was also selling a tiller and deck, $400 for the lot. It turns out I bought my sicklebar mower from him awhile ago.

https://simpletractors.com/topic/64493-sickle-bar-score/

He had them stored in his "barn", a very large suburban shed with a loft. His dad is the original owner. Threw in a set of weights and a large box of belts as well. I'll take more pix as I unpack.

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PhanDad

I wanted a weedcutter for years; now not so much....

Great grab!

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So many pictures. Let's start with the weights. One of them is in fantastic condition, note the part # printed on it.

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Next was the box of belts. as it was handed to me.

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What I found when I upended it.

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I ended up sorting by belt thickness, skinny, medium, and fat. Less than a half dozen were trash. Probably about 50 belts total.

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Next I moved on to the tiller. Man, is it heavy! There feels like quite a bit of slack in the chain, but it seems to be ready to work with nothing more than a bit of grease. Not much wear on the tines.

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Now on to the main prize, the brush cutter. It's in great shape, look at the decals.

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Came with the shield and clutch rod.

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Blades are very good. The only wear is on one of the feet.

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dhoadley

Something was frozen, it would not turn freely. Note the black on the left side of the far left pulley. That one will need new bearings, the others turn fine.

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RBT Tiller, and FDT (FTD) weedcutter,  Sure a good reason to have more of both to mount them on , right ?666

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PhanDad
8 hours ago, GregB said:

FDT weedcutter

When I was looking to add one of these to my collection, I was thinking if you used a RBT snowblower 2 pulley hitch you'd be good to go mounting it on an RBT (based on my experience running a FDT snowblower on a RBT).  Of course you need a front PTO which I had (electric).  

But having multiple tractors of all types is the best way to go!

So Dave needs to now stock up on tractors!!

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Corrected above post..... FDT (FTD) weedcutter .

 

May have to adjust drive pulley size to keep blade speed the same.

Cannot remember what front PTO size is compared to FDT Front engine pulley.

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PhanDad
33 minutes ago, GregB said:

May have to adjust drive pulley size to keep blade speed the same.

Cannot remember what front PTO size is compared to FDT Front engine pulley.

You are correct; the RBT front PTO's are about 5" effective diameter vs the 4" effective diameter of the FDT engine shaft pulley (assumes the same size as the cast FDT snowblower shaft pulley).  

Or you could just lower the rpm of the tractor engine.  

 

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@dhoadley I had new skid/shoes made for mine out of solid round stock as mine were worn through on both sides.

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When I used the Weedcutter I hung enough weight on the rear lift hitch to offset some of the down pressure on the front skids.  Think of it as the opposite of the front counterweight commonly used with plows.  I think it only took about 10 - 15 pounds to lift the cutter, worked well especially going up a ditch.  Hay balers, and mower conditioners worked the same way only were adjusted with a spring.

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On to the deck. Shell is very solid and the bearings turn freely. Came with no less than 4 sets of replacement blades. The drive pulley is loose and the nut would not budge. Will have to remove and go at it in earnest.

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What are these things on the shields?

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Don, the seller, texted me last night and said he found more parts cleaning out the shed. I can have them for $50. I'll swing over there after work sometime.

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In reference to the title, I have 2 large frame tractors. An A/C917 and a non-running Simp 725. In addition to decks, I now have a snowblower, sicklebar, brushcutter, and rototiller. By my count, I'm gonna need at least 3 more tractors. sm03 Now how am I gonna explain that to the wife?

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I spy a correct Fuel tank, BGB, Belt guard for Tiller drive belt, starter generators, lift rod for rear one point lift, at least one Guide light?

Worth the price and trip.

As far as another tractor my suggestion would be a Round hood B series, or an early flat hood 3-speed tractor.

Tell her the "new" running tractor is so you can get rid of the one that does not run. (then hide it 666, worked for me)

 

Run the tiller on the 917, weed cutter on the "new" tractor.

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PhanDad
2 hours ago, dhoadley said:

What are these things on the shields?

I believe they are foot rests - only on FDT decks (and maybe not all).  
 

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Hello, I think if you use the single pulley RBT hitch on the weedcutter it will work  on the AC 917.

The snowblower belt 147 inches  may work from the mid PTO 

 

Thanks Ken in Mi

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I went last night after work and probably got 100 lbs. of stuff for my $50, more than the photo. I'll sort thru this weekend and post some pix. Will probably have plenty of "what is this" questions.

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On 3/19/2024 at 4:59 AM, dhoadley said:

I went last night after work and probably got 100 lbs. of stuff for my $50, more than the photo. I'll sort thru this weekend and post some pix. Will probably have plenty of "what is this" questions.

All in all quite a haul!

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Had time to unpack the parts boxes.

The BGB is tight.

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The gas tank is really solid. What's the thing with the spring?

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2 different starter/generators.

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I don't know what any of these are.

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NOS...

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...plus more electrical items.

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Misc.

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PhanDad
On 3/24/2024 at 7:40 AM, dhoadley said:

I don't know what any of these are.

The long rod is for the rear lift on some (all?) FDTs.

The bottom left item looks like the spring tension lever for the mid pto of 7000/7100 series tractors.

The bottom right item looks like a FDT hanging pto (maybe 32 and 3300 series tractors also.  

 

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