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Bob-caT, Bear-CaT, Bear-Paw Technical and Information Thread

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Wisconsin Marine "Bob-caT"
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- Wisconsin Marine "Bob-caT"
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- "Gravely"- rebadged Bob-caT
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- Ransomes "Bob-caT"
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- Crary "Bear-caT"
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- JR Power Products "Bear-Paw"

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Original Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT Patent

US Patent Office
Inventor: Robert O. Gettleman, Owner/Operator Wisconsin Marine.
"Snow Remover of the Rotary Type"
Filed: July 3, 1952
Patented: November 20, 1956:

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- Early-Design Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT 824 (1962?)
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Early Production Design with Dual-Direction Chute
* Look Closely at Chutes... Two Opposing with flap actuation
"Right"-"Left"


Late Revision Early Design with Single Chute




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- 1971 Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT 7hp Model 1824...
*Typical Appearance of most 1965-'75 Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT Machines, a few differences from the original patented design.

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- Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT Model 1648 - PTO Driven for Tractors
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- 1972 "Gravely" - re-badged Bob-caT Model 1824
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- Ransomes Bob-caT 1824, 1980-ish.
*notice "Dead-Man Brakes", Tecumseh engine, "Bob-caT Paw" decal, and Plastic Gear Housing.

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- 1983-199? Crary "Bear-caT"
*8hp Tecumseh engine, revised handlebars with deadman brakes, revised snow chute, and return to a metal gear-drive housing

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- 199?-2011 JR Power Products "Bear-paw"
*Notice, Tecumseh 8hp Engine, Contemporary handlebar design, revised snow chute, revised metal gear-drive housing, "New" Bearcat Logo (Racoon face), revised Adjustment Setup, and optional halogen light.

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- 1971 Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT Model 1824 Action Photos through 12+ inches of heavy snow...(Taken Jan-Feb Winter of 2015)

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- 1971 Wisconsin Marine Bob-caT 7hp Model 1824 Walk Around Video:
http://vid299.photobucket.com/albums/mm295/BrotherAl/Ransomes Bobcat/Bobcat Video2_zps0fn0klp5.mp4
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- 1971 Wisconsin Marine 7hp Model 1824 in Action Video:
http://vid299.photobucket.com/albums/mm295/BrotherAl/Ransomes Bobcat/Bobcat Video1_zpsizz0whwx.mp4
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Bob-caT Briggs & Stratton Owners Manual 1969
146400-146455
147400-147455
170400-170455 (7hp)

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Very cool Brother Al! So at one point they were involved with Gravely - interesting. Looks like a pretty good design overall...... really chucking the snow huh!
 

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Glad to help! There are many of these machines still around because of their heavy duty construction and sadly there was not much good info out there. Hopefully Ive fixed that.
 

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I had a friend with one that scrapped it because of a stripped spark plug hole. Not knowing about them, I let him and took some parts for other things. Now, having seen info about them here I wish I had taken it because that impeller design looks great.
 

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It is... Briggs engines are easy to come by... parts for these are getting scarce and any bits are worth saving/reselling.
 

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More Added!
 

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Sticky Please!##
 

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Been hectic, but Ive got aboug 3/4 of everything scanned... so its coming.
 
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I gotta get me one a those!! Good thing I'm not married - one hurdle already crossed! lol
 

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Thanks Al... Nice work !

A 7hp model popped up on my local CL.
In pretty decent shape, but asking $450.00 (too much for me)




 

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MODS Please mske this a sticky!
 
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