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David Bradley walk behind tractor.

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Larry 400

06-14-2008 15:52:19

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Does anyone actually use their walk behind tractors? My neighbor has a David Bradley and is having trouble using the cultivator attachment. The trouble he's having is that it seems under powered. If he runs the engine at full throttle the ground speed is too great. If he slows the engine speed it's under powered. It appears to have the original engine on it and it starts and runs fine. Any help would be appreciated.

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M Moline Fan

06-15-2008 15:13:48

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 Re: David Bradley walk behind tractor. in reply to Larry 400, 06-14-2008 15:52:19  
I have 2, a Simplicity and Monkey Wards. I've used the Simplicity a lot with big gardens. I made my own cultivator for it. After fall plowing it's worked great for getting the ground ready in the spring. I even ran duals on it sometimes. Changed pulleys and engines (Briggs adn Strapon) different times, had as much as 8 hp on it. It worked GREAT cultivating. With the cultivator I made I could tip the tractor back and turn on a dime. That really helped working around pumpkins and other vine crops. Kept the ground loose ahead of the vines- much faster than a roto tiller.

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06-15-2008 04:12:36

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 Re: David Bradley walk behind tractor. in reply to Larry 400, 06-14-2008 15:52:19  
Two things I remember about using the DB walk behind we had when I was a kid. One, it was underpowered. Ours got up-powered with an engine out of an Onan generator set. Of course the hood never fit again after that, but at least it had some power. Two, we put a bigger pulley on the engine when we wanted to to have a "road gear." Over the years, somebody hasn't put a little bigger pulley on your engine have they?

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Larry 400

06-15-2008 06:43:55

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 Re: David Bradley walk behind tractor. in reply to leon, 06-15-2008 04:12:36  
How small is small for that pulley? It looked to me that it was as small as it could go.:{) Being under powered would be our guess too. But I can't imagine how anyone could have used these when they were new,and got any work done.

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06-15-2008 09:21:26

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 Re: David Bradley walk behind tractor. in reply to Larry 400, 06-15-2008 06:43:55  
I had one i used for snow plowing. Quite a workout, trying to keep the driveway cleared! I finally traded it foe something else, but finally had to build a snow plow for my Model A homade tractor. I could ride it!

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