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I just won a Ridemaster off Ebay.

More info to come and pics.

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So you bought the one over in Tallmadge, OH.
The complete front implement lift setup is hard to find and that one has some nice implements with it also.

Does it have an AB engine in it ?
I was trying to figure it out from the photos but my eye sight isn't good enough to really tell for sure.
 

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The lift setup and the stuff that goes with it made me buy it.

I see how hard it is to find that stuff so I could not pass it up.

I dont know about the engine I'll have to look when I go get it.

Forgot what the AB is?
 

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Ray, does that front blade look right to you?
 

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I dont know about the engine I'll have to look when I go get it.
Forgot what the AB is?
The Wisconsin AB was made from 1936 to 1949.
It is 2-1/2x2-3/4 bore & stroke and rated at 3.0 HP @ 2600 RPM.

The AKN was built from 1949 to 1955.
It is 2-7/8x2-3/4 bore & stroke and rated at 6.2 HP @ 3600 RPM.


Ray, does that front blade look right to you?
That is a home made snow plow but is most likely "period correct" so there wouldn't be anything wrong with showing it as a home made blade.
As with today's garden tractors, a lot of implements are home made or modified to fit their particular tractor.

The "A" frame, pulleys, cable and brackets for lifting front implements are Implement #R-770.
The front snow plow and plow arm are implement #R-502 A01.

Some time ago, I remember a discussion on another forum about Ridemaster implements.
Someone said the front plow blade was made out of aluminum with a steel scraper blade on the bottom.
The implement manual doesn't saw anything about what it is made out of so I can't verify if that is correct or not.

Here is a photo of the implement manual for the front blade.



The blade is separate from the plow arm.
This view of my 48 shows the front snow plow arm mounted under the engine.
This arm is a replica that I made and is close but not exactly like the original.
All I had to go by was drawing on the implement manual and it isn't very clear as to how it is made.

 

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Yes the snow blade is made from aluminum as you said and has a steel cutting edge I can get pictures if they are needed . I repainted my blade on the back side and left the front aluminum colored
i am not sure but they might have been painted on both sides but after use the paint was all gone on the front side
 

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Ray, what model engine is correct for the Bean Cutter? The gentleman I am buying from has some engines and if one matches I may buy it.
Justin
The "Bean cutler" had a Wisconsin AKS engine.
A serial number between 789149 and 1012365 would be a 1947 engine.
A serial number between 1012366 and 1222106 would be a 1948 engine.

With the chain steering, I'm thinking that these are 1948 models before the company retooled to make the Ridemasters.
For the FMC, there should be a tag on the frame under right hand side of the seat.
It should be a Model-A.
Unfortunately, I do not have any information on serial numbers and what year they were produced.
 

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So If it has a AB the its maybe a 1949?
 

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Now you need to find a moldboard plow and bring one to Erie next year.
Dave
I hope you guys had a good time.

Sorry I did not come, I plan on comeing next year.

All I need is a plow maybe ray will sell or let me use his.......
 

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So If it has a AB the its maybe a 1949?
Jerome
The serial number on that Ridemaster you just bought is: R-4572.

My engineering change sheets show a change for serial #R-4399 dated 6/12/50
Then they show a change for serial #R-4824 dated 4/30/51.
So I would say that serial #R-4572 would have been made in late 1950's.
 

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Thanks ray,

I had the serial number but I dont have the paper work like you do to look it up.
 

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Anytime, Jerome
Glad I can be of assistance.
That paperwork sure comes in handy when trying to figure out what something is.


An added thought on your new Ridemaster.
The front lift operates by a cable that is attached to the tool bar lift handle.
The front blade will go up when the tool bar goes up and it goes down when the tool bar goes down.
So you would not normally have an implement on the tool bar when the front blade is on.

Now, the implements mounted on the tool bar are counterbalanced with a single load spring.
There is a mount on the other side of the frame for a second load spring.
The second load spring was required when using the front mounted sickle bar mower because of the weight of the mower.

You may ( or may not ) need a second load spring with the steel front plow.
 

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I seen that was thinking about getting it but have my eyes on a HT23 fingers crossed.Glad you got it.
 

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Kinda funny how you WIN at an auction!
 

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As soon as I got it out of the back of the truck I started it and drove it around the yard. :bannana: :bananapow :bannana:

Ray, its a AB motor.

So here the pics.





 

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That's a good looking Ridemaster, Jerome
I thought the engine was an "AB" but I just couldn't be sure from the auction photos.
Those tires look like they are in good condition yet ?
Being able to start it up and drive it around right away is always a plus.
 

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She not as good as my other one but I'll take it.

Tires are dry rotted but not real bad.

I'll need a good seat for it the one on it is bent and has a big weld spot in it.
 
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