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Please identify this garden tractor.

I walk by this tractor every time I go to my local mower junk yard.

I apologize for the picture quality...they were taken with my phone. Also, there was so much junk around I could barely get to the tractor to take pictures.

There is a small brass plate on the left side of the transaxle housing that reads "RD Canada 1949, RD United States 1950".

There appeared to be an additional plate that was originally to the left of that plate that is missing.

It has a Kohler motor in it that the owner says is not original, the metal tin on top of the motor is not original, and he put John Deere wheels on it that are not original. That's about as much information that the owner knows about it.

He did say that you press the right foot rest forward to engage the drive.

The owner has no idea what it is or what it's worth and neither do I but it sure looks interesting.

Thank You,

Rod
Oriental
 

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At first glance, it looks a little like a Baird Beaver. Looks almost too beefy to be though.
 

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It is a flexible cable inside the tube.

I tried turning the steering wheel but it felt like the cable inside the tube was twisting and the fron wheels were not turning.

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Rod
Oriental, NC
 

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From the Beaver site:

Spring of 1961 saw the intro of the 750 Beaver. Available only in wheel steering but offered both electric and rope pull starts. Unfortunately this steering is based on a flexible cable within a tube; to describe it as unresponsive would be extremely generous. It stunk. The 750 was really the exact same machine as the 3 speed red handles except that it had a single piece fiberglass hood and was only offered with the wide front end. While early tractors were dark machinery gray, changing to a lighter machinery gray in the 1950’s, Baird used a brown on the 750’s through 1961 when the division was sold.
 

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I have one like it. The earlier ones came with tiller steering. That one can be converted to the old steering system. The tiller steering is great. And those tracors will out pull most because of the solid rear axle. The hubs act as a psuedo differential.







 

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69l46vert,

Any idea what this tractor might be worth in the condition it is in?

The owner said he wanted $500.00 for it so I lost immediate interest in it after that.

It is not in running condition.

Thank You,

Rod
Oriental, NC
 
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