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I can't believe it!

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John B.

03-20-2017 18:10:28




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The Price.
I bought one of these new back in the late 80's maybe 1990 for a little under $1000.00
I had an old used one I bought at the IH dealer back in the early 1980's for $60. Used it for years then upgraded to a new one. I loved them. I knew this one farmer who had two of them. Him and his wife loved them also. They seemed fast when you drove them and the controls were easy to operate. They're not good on hills though. I remember when I was a young teenager I saw these at the county fair. They had one on a wagon running in a "Figure 8" track that was layed out on the wagon and it just drove it's self around. It was pretty cool. Saw my first Grasshopper zero-turn that day at the fair too. I knew those were the ones to have back then.

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Bobl1958

03-21-2017 13:11:40




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
We had a Big Mow when I was a kid in the late 60's. As was said, you needed to turn the steering wheel all the way around to go backwards. High and low gears as I recall. Ours had a crank handle you sort of wound up, and then flipped a lever and the motor would spin. Great when it started easy, a real pain when it wouldn't. Like was said, I put many hours on that thing. Bob



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1370rod

03-21-2017 04:52:47




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
They were quite popular here in MN back in the 70's. Sold under the Big Mo name. They had a turning advantage over most mowers back then. But at todays price I see no advantage for any of them.



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hrross

03-20-2017 21:39:58




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
fleet farm had them maybe 5-10 yrs ago, thought they were 8-900 dollars



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Paul

03-20-2017 19:45:27




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
Oh, a King. My uncle had one on the farm in the 60s. Brings back memories.

Yea that is a top price for a simple small machine, didn't know they were still on the market.

Paul



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rrman61

03-20-2017 19:39:02




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
I'm sorry I can't understand why someone would choose to ride over a hot engine.



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tractorguy2

03-20-2017 19:35:37




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
You sit right on the muffler. I bet that is a hot mower in July! My neighbor had a mower that looked a lot like that. His mower drove off of the single front wheel. it did not have a reverse. To go backwards, you turned the steering wheel till the front wheel turned and you went backwards!



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Royse

03-20-2017 19:33:01




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
If the decimal point were where the comma is, maybe.

I'd need a bunch of them with drivers to do my yard in a day.

They are cute though!



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8NHENRY

03-20-2017 19:26:35




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
I had no idea they made them anymore. I had one that I took the drive chain off, made an offset hitch and pulled it with my 42 inch mower.



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RBMI

03-20-2017 18:36:56




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
My parents bought a new one in 1970. I was 11 years old at the time. The steering wheel was flat and had a spinner knob. I put many hours on the Swisher. Ron



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jm.

03-20-2017 18:33:37




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
Sitting right over the muffler and engine that thing would absolutely burn you up on a hot day.



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Shaun Wallace

03-20-2017 18:19:10




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
Lot fancier than ones out of the 70s. Hard tires, belt drive on top of engine, had 2 speeds.



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John B.

03-20-2017 18:11:15




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 Re: I can't believe it! in reply to John B., 03-20-2017 18:10:28  
I guess it would be good if I included the link to the mower I'm speaking of.



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