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    Question Strange Gravely Tractor?

    Years ago, when I was a young boy, my dad had a used and unusual tractor. It was a Gravely but not your normal "walk-behind".

    It was like a walk-behind but it was a full frame and steered the rear wheels. No it wasn't a sulky, it had a real steering wheel and no handle bars. To lift the front PTO a hydraulic tilted the whole engine transmission up. I remember mowing the lawn with it a few times (with it's front mounted mower), it was quite a BEAST (because it was so wide and LOUD). It had the dual wheels up front with turf tires. And I'm pretty sure the hood was fiberglass (much wider/bigger than any gravely I've every seen).

    We lost it (and every thing else) in a fire in 1975. Now this thing is stuck in my memory and I don't know what it was. I've search a few of the Gravely sites and it doesn't exist (???) Is my memory fooling me? Was it something else? Does anyone every seen a rig like this? Pictures?

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    Default Re: Strange Gravely Tractor?

    Hey Dan,

    They made steering sulkies for Gravely tractors. Steering sulkies had steering wheels on them. Here's a Pic I found of one





    Are you sure it was a gravely? David bradley made a machine called the Tri-trac

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDaniel View Post
    Years ago, when I was a young boy, my dad had a used and unusual tractor. It was a Gravely but not your normal "walk-behind".

    It was like a walk-behind but it was a full frame and steered the rear wheels. No it wasn't a sulky, it had a real steering wheel and no handle bars. To lift the front PTO a hydraulic tilted the whole engine transmission up. I remember mowing the lawn with it a few times (with it's front mounted mower), it was quite a BEAST (because it was so wide and LOUD). It had the dual wheels up front with turf tires. And I'm pretty sure the hood was fiberglass (much wider/bigger than any gravely I've every seen).

    We lost it (and every thing else) in a fire in 1975. Now this thing is stuck in my memory and I don't know what it was. I've search a few of the Gravely sites and it doesn't exist (???) Is my memory fooling me? Was it something else? Does anyone every seen a rig like this? Pictures?

    It sounds like you are describing Gravely's very first attempt at a riding tractor the Westchester tractor. Look here:

    Gravely Tractors - Literature - Advertisement: Westchester Tractor - StevenChalmers.com

    - Kris

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    DING!, DING!, DING!, We have a winner! Thanks Krislu, that what it was, the Westchester.

    Although I remember some subtle differences from the one pictured that was basically the model. That hood was pretty big (for a young boy, LOL). Very unique machine with the full frame and hydraulically lifted (tilted) PTO. Just picture that one with duallies...

    Man, I wish I had that thing now... Is there any more info on them? Seems to be a pretty rare bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDaniel View Post
    DING!, DING!, DING!, We have a winner! Thanks Krislu, that what it was, the Westchester.

    Although I remember some subtle differences from the one pictured that was basically the model. That hood was pretty big (for a young boy, LOL). Very unique machine with the full frame and hydraulically lifted (tilted) PTO. Just picture that one with duallies...

    Man, I wish I had that thing now... Is there any more info on them? Seems to be a pretty rare bird.
    The westchester was Gravelys first attempt at a 4 wheel rider tractor. It is made from an L tractor. It was considered a failure and Gravely tried to buy them back from consumers. They are kinda rare. A few people collect them. Mechanical parts you can get because they are L tractor parts but the seat and body and other things that are directly related to the Westchester are hard to come by. People who want a machine to use on a daily basis will go for the walkers or the more modern riders. A restored Westchester is more for the show circuit now. - Kris

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    Default Re: Strange Gravely Tractor?

    Hey,

    That's a pretty neat unit. They're probably the jewel of any lucky owner's collection. I wonder how many still exist.
    BCS 850 w/ Kohler Diesel, 30" tiller, Berta double rotary plow, 18 inch combined ridger, Caravaggi BIO90 chipper, Bellon 32"rough cut mower, Del Morino 26 inch rough cut mower, trencher, 2 way plow, ridger,

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    Man thats cool. Rode that dang sulkey on my Great Grandfathers Gravely. Knee and thigh bustin sum a b***h. Looked like a prehistoric walk behind with a kholer motor and a glass hood. GOOD memories

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