More Info on the Walk-Behind Garden Tractor


| September/October 2001

464 S. Fifth Street, Sebewaing, Michigan 48759-1559

After reading the story by Cliff Heath in the April issue of GEM about the Speedex garden tractors, I decided to send this information about the Speedex walk-behind garden tractor that I bought new April 15, 1948.

It's a Speedex Model C walk-behind with Briggs & Stratton engine model N with 2 inch bore and 2 inch stroke, 4 cycle, 1? HP. The tires are Goodyear 500x16. It cost $ 169.50 when new.

The tires, after 52 years. still look like new, and no weather checks. Used it to cultivate my garden until a few years ago when I quit putting in a garden.

The following is a list of parts I replaced in 52 years:

One V-belt; one set of new sealed power rings (I don't like the Briggs rings, the lips on the oil ring wear off too quickly and then it used a lot of oil, the Sealed Power ring is a much better ring); two spark plugs; one flywheel key, steel (the original pot metal key was too soft and would wear and the magneto would get out of time).