Lawn Mower Tractor

Ralph W. Peters talks about the lawn mower tractor he made using some parts from a Ford Model A chassis.

| January/February 1967

Learn about a lawn mower tractor made from a Ford Model A chassis. 

This lawn mower tractor I made using some parts from a Ford Model A chassis. The rear axle assembly I narrowed to 24 inch tread and mounting the transmission to it with a very short torque tube and drive shaft. On the transmission clutch pilot shaft I used a V/8-60 Ford clutch with the pilot be a ring and pressure plate mounted in a 12 inch V belt pulley as shown. The third or the steering wheel is a rubber tired wheel made for a wheelbarrow. The two drive wheels are the regular hubs and the 30 by 4.50 wheels and tires.

By putting your right foot on a pedal just to the front of the right step and raising the front wheels of the mower (which is supported in front through a spring so they just have enough ground pressure to hold to the proper cutting height and moving the steering bar in the desired direction, the mower will turn with the inside drive wheel going in a 15 inch radius.

Here are some of my engines. From left to right they are: 1. 6 hp International (kerosene). 2. 1 hp McCormick Deering. 3. 1 hp. Simplicity. 4.1 hp International. 5.3 hp Cushman. 6. 2 hp Hercules. 7. 1 hp Fairbanks Morse. They are all in running order. I started collecting about two years ago.

We have an area equal to at least one half acre with a quite a lot of shrubbery and trees to mow around which requires about 3 hours to cover. We have used the tractor about 12 years, 11 years with a 24 inch single blade and one year with the 32 inch spinner as shown. The motor is a 6 hp. Wisconsin.

I am enclosing a couple of views which I thought you might want to use in your Gas Engine Magazine.