Restoration of a Beaver Garden Tractor

| March/April 1992

  • Beaver Tractor After Restoration
    Beaver tractor after restoration had been completed.
  • Beaver Tractor
    Beaver riding tractor prior to restoration. Note the unorthodox fenders over the rear wheels.

  • Beaver Tractor After Restoration
  • Beaver Tractor

75 Kendall Avenue, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701

During May 1990, I purchased a Model B Beaver riding tractor at the annual engine show held at Dunstable, Massachusetts. Although it was operational at that time, the entire machine had been painted and repainted with colors that were not the original ones. In addition, some of its component parts were handed to me when I bought it, and some were later found to be missing.

A request published in GEM resulted in receipt of a parts list from a Beaver owner, and a copy of the instruction book for its Wisconsin Model BKN engine was purchased from a vendor at one of the engine shows held in Massachusetts during 1990. Correct colors for the machine were determined from several owners of unmodified Beaver tractors.

According to a list of Wisconsin engine serial numbers, it appears that this particular engine was assembled during January of 1956.

Before the machine was cleaned up, and prior to its repainting, it was necessary to find a motor belt guard and a special shouldered bushing. These were located and installed, but a replacement for a missing plastic hood (4470-2401) has not been found.

About 15 months after purchasing the Beaver garden tractor, the wheels had been sandblasted, most of the frame had been smoothed down, two rear wheel fenders which were not original had been removed, gasoline leaks had been corrected, and a ball joint link had been replaced. Also, there were new rubber handles on the steering lever and on the tool control lever. Magnets in the Fairbanks-Morse magneto were recharged by John Rex.

7/27/2011 8:40:26 PM

i have 2 beaver garden tractors and iam tring to find parts for them they both run but need new rim for the double wheel tractor

C. Suddath_10
6/23/2010 8:45:33 PM

Looking for a drive belt shroud and a Wisconsin motor shroud for a Beaver Riding Tractor. c. Suddath

Peter ZAnder_1
3/31/2010 1:43:04 PM

I could refer you to the web site "" they have the hoods, decals and probably the axle if you ask