My Lawnmower Forum banner
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,898 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
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.



Here are some pics from all angles;










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
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,359 Posts
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! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
686 Posts
It's a shame to think how many of those are scrapped for a shinny new big box model that won't last. :tango_face_crying:

.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,898 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
It's a shame to think how many of those are scrapped for a shinny new big box model that won't last. :tango_face_crying:

.
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... :banghead:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
293 Posts
I can’t finals a diagram to replace them
According to the diagrams in that manual link,
78106 V-Belt 26" (1x)
78105-2 V-Belt Wheel Drive (2x)

I believe Jack's has the Wheel Drive belts: Bunton, Bobcat, Ryan 78031N BELT WHEEL DRIVE - Jacks Small Engines
Check for your specific model number(s) there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
I tried ordering from Jack’s last year and finally canceled the order as it never shipped.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
293 Posts
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top