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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage Ransomes / Bob-Cat M21 self propelled mower find

Well, I went and broke the new truck in on my first acquisition in years. I found this (Unverified) 1974 BobCat 21" self propelled mower.
I just happened to be looking through the facebook community yard sales and came across this little gem.



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The BobCat was manufactured by Wisconsin Marine out of Lake Mills Wisconsin. The P.O. even threw in extra belts that were NOS!

I couldn't resist, he pulled it out from under a tarp behind a generator and shifted the throttle in start and first pull it started! The belt drives worked perfectly, no cracks in the magnesium deck, all the original decals, handle grips were original, not a spot of rust in the gas tank, original wheels and rims with zerk fittings, etc.
The only real flaws were a small chip on the edge of the front deck (Pictured) and a slightly chewed up corner on one of the belt drive shrouds.

I'm not sure if I want to do anything to it short of a good cleaning, tightening up a few wheel bolts and maybe replacing the home made discharge shoot that looks a bit "over" repaired.. LOL
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Grease fittings on push mower wheels. When is the last time any of us saw that on a new mower? It's certainly well built!
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Cool looking machine, Bruce! It's neat when you can find vintage machines in such well-preserved condition isn't it. That's a cool looking mower that you don't see or hear of everyday. Nice find and thanks for the pics!
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Small update, found a manual for the Bob-Cat M21 series.
I uploaded a copy here;

https://www.mylawnmowerforum.com/for...21-series.html

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It's a shame to think how many of those are scrapped for a shinny new big box model that won't last.

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It's a shame to think how many of those are scrapped for a shinny new big box model that won't last.

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I agree. I'm not sure what the going rate is for magnesium but it's not worth it in my eyes. I'm stubborn and I'll hang on to it just because...

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Woah, good find. A little cleanup, and a nicely matched chute, and it'll be better'n new.

Magnesium would have to be priced like gold to make this'un go to the scrapyard!!
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