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Here's some pics of my oldest Suburban. This one has an original 2400 watt generator as well as lots of other attachments. The generator works great but it sat for many years so I had to "flash the field" to get it to generate again. It's the old brush type. Rick






 

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Don't see many of those original generators around,nice option to have.
I would like to add one of those DB to my collection but they are really rare here.

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Rick, I like your D.B. You didn't say what year it is. Looks to me like a 1963?
D.B. Suburbans are hard to find in my area. I did luck out and get a 1959, first year Suburban.

I think you have a very rare accesory in that generator. I believe the rarest accesories are in this order.

1) Rear fenders offered as an option in 1963. In blue or gold to fit all DB Suburbans.

2) The pull behind cart. This is the DB cart not the later all steel model that came out in 1965.

3) The generator.


I think the seat cushion that came out in 1960 as an accesory woud be pretty rare to. I don't think very many survived.

What makes the cart rare is the fact it was made out of wood mounted on a steel frame. Later carts 1965 and up were all steel.

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I'd sure like to know at what point in time "we" customers contracted with manufacturers and agreed to "low rider" tractors. Seems like the older they get, the more ground clearance they get!!!!
 

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And to come stock with ag tires,when I bought my jd last year the turf tires looked half worn out.
 

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. Walter, it's a 62/63 as near as I can tell. 917.60622. Came with a snowblower and a slew other attachments. It has the original wheel weights with "David Bradley" cast in them. Old chains too but they are pretty well worn. Still usable and very necessary when snowblowing or snowplowing.
Wish I had a rotary mower deck for it.

Do have an old sicklebar (60656) for it that I'd like to install. Sears sold a kit to mount this particular sickle mower on these old DB Subs. Got a pretty good idea of what it consisted of but of course no have kit.

Some of you guys may remember the 59 that sold at aution last year, the gold one with the blue sickle. It had the aformentioned kit. I'd like to find the folks who bought it so I could get some dims. The kit came with a paper template for drilling the frame in order to mount a belt tightener arrangement.

This one gets used year round and I'm always looking for another job for it to do. Constantly changing attachments isn't a bother, it's just another enjoyable part of the hobby! Good Luck with your 59 Walter. If there's anything I can do to help just give a hollar!, Rick
 

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I saw two older DB Suburbans for sale at recent small engine swap meets and at a tractor show/pull ,both were priced at 400-450 dollar range..same blue color as this one pictured here..very nice condition,with AG tires..but no generator!..
Yours is very nice,and the generator IS a rare option for sure!..
I also saw a sickle bar mower at another meet,the seller claimed fit the DB Suburbans,but since I dont know if they even had such an option or what they would look like,I had to take his word for it..I'd love to find one for my later 60's Suburbans,even though I'd probably not have that much use for it..
 

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Rick you have some very nice attachments. Wow! you even have the factory wheelweights.

I know what auction you meen. That was a nice tractor.

Tractor-Holic and Rick. I started reaserching the sickle bar. They came out in 1964. And that was the year they made the adapter kit.

Now in 1965 they made 2 different sickle bars one for the later models, and one for the DB suburbans.

Rick I looked up the serial number you listed. 1962 recoil start.

I've never seen one just in the catalog, but in 1964 they made a single headlight that mounted in the center of the grill on electric start db's.
 

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wow how much did you pay for this? PLEASE DONT TELL ME IT WAS FREE
 

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Thanks Walter, I saved those pics too hoping to someday insatll the sickle. Here is a picture from the manual that I posted on the searsyahoogrooup. This is part of the back page of the 917.60656 manual. I sure would like to get my hands on that drilling template! I think I have everything else except a few missing sections. I think it would work great considering the tractor is 5.75 hp. The sickle would use far less power than a rotary.

My neighbor has a 725 that I'd love to own. It's a wreck but has a mowing dexk. Don't know the model # yet. He has a mountain of sears "junk". It would take all day just to unpile it and see what's there.


 
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