*wave* I posted the first thread here. Loved my Crary Bearcat but to be honest my new machine puts it to shame -- except for the shear pins, which I'm still getting used to! I was accustomed to ramming the Bearcat into whatever stopped it, but when I do that now I end up kneeling in the snow replacing a shear pin. I'm sure I'll adjust, but I sure do miss that auger clutch.
Depends, if the motor has a 6:1 gear reduction like most of the early Bob Cat machines then you need to find another engine with the gear reduction. The later models that had the 3 or 5 speed peerless transmissions can use a standard engine and can be repowered by pretty much any modern engine. My machine has the 3 speed and the Tecumseh on there was a drop in to repower.
DB130, are you still looking for a Bobcat motor? This guy below down in Colchester/Oakdale Connecticut has a 5HP Briggs on an old Jacobsen that perhaps could fit. It's the same type of Briggs engine that they put on the old Bobcats. He's asking $50....
I've gor two Bob-caTs, a 5 and a 7 hp with electric start. I inherited the smaller one from my uncle, who bought it new. I've owned that one for nearly 22 years. The bigger one I picked up about a year ago
I'll never forget the time I needed to replace the impeller bearings on the 5/20 in about 2000 ... the Internet was still a little spotty on content, and I ended up calling Ransomes in Johnson Creek, Wis, in search of a parts distributor. They gave me a phone number in Massachusetts, IIRC. I called it and they directed me to a mower shop ... half a block from my uncle's old home.
When I got there and told the counterman what I wanted, he went into the back room, came back with a plastic bag and literally blew the dust off of it. He had three bearings left -- I bought all three.
Since that time I've discovered Triangle Bearing in Oshkosh has all the needed spherical bearings on the shelf.
Edit: Gee, I looked at one of my two prior posts, and it looks like I told this exact same story on this forum nearly two years ago. Well, at least I'm consistent.
I've had a early 70's 5/20 BobCat for I guess more than 20 something years I remember selling my Eska s/s and adding a few $'s to buy it. I've never really had any problems with it, just bought belts and serviced as recommended by Wisconsin Marine. This year I just finished making up a new auger drive shaft with the 8 tooth sprocket and when I got into the machine to get it ready for the season I saw that the OEM sprocket, shaft and chain were still good so I just added a small 3/8" hole in the top of the chain cover to make it easier for chain lubing and covered it with a pop in plastic plug. The one thing that I never really cared for was the OEM Briggs flat head engine. Specifically the no float carb. I could never get a smooth, reliable idle with it. So I got ambitious a couple of years ago and re-fitted the flat head with a new Briggs OHV engine, and a handle bar throttle control. The torque of the new motor, and the smoothness through the rpm range made the swap more than worth the effort. If there ever comes a time when I can't keep the BobCat running I have no clue what will replace it. With the heavy wet snow we get on Long Island all I see when the neighbors are cleaning up after a storm is machines that are clogged up and operators trying to clear them with sticks and shovel handles, while I buzz through plow berms and have to lower the shoot to keep the BobCat from throwing that wet snow across the road and onto a walk way.
Here is my 1981 Super Rare Bear Cat the 1028 model Biggest Bear cat made. I yet to know anyone who owns one.The 1028 But Me ! she runs and purrs like a Kitten. I just upgraded to LED Lights (love them) Enjoy the video .
Has anyone seen or heard of a 12hp Bobcat color green? I was at a lawn mower shop tonight. One of the workers claims he has one. I have never see or heard of this myself. Hes going to bring it to the shop. He might be selling it as well.
I've seen YouTube videos of Bobcat blowers going through deep snow not stopping, and throwing well, and the EOD mess doesn't stop them. It seems a lot of Bobcat owners swear by them. Any swear at them? Lol.
Really, are they the non-stop monsters that the message is conveying?
Do they clog...
I currently have 3 Bobcat machines. :-)
I've collected various manuals for Bobcats and their Briggs & Stratton engines from members on the forum and other places.
If anyone has any additional manuals specific to Bobcats not already available on this link, please PM me and I'll collect them from...
I have the owners manual; helps to identify year/make/model, as well as to show exploded schematics and part numbers. Very helpful piece of information!
I would be happy to help; send me a PM.
O K..I'm going to try to post a couple of pic's of the spare impeller drive shaft with the 8t sprocket that I made. I used some LocTite 638 retaining compound and a H D 5/32" coiled spring pin to hold the sprocket to the shaft that i made from a pc of 1/2" drill rod. I fastened the sprocket this...