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Old 07-24-2013, 11:38 PM
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What year is my BOBCAT Ransomes

I just got this Bobcat Ransomes 48" mower the other day and i wanna know what year it is.
I requested and recieved a manual from bobcat, but i also asked what year it was and they didn't say. The manual doesn't say it either.
And i wanna know what this adjustment screw is on the carb. The manual does not have a detailed carb or carb adjustments page which doesn't make much sense to me so maybe i can get some help with that.

MODEL# XM4852

SERIAL# 000155

Here is the stamp and the pic of the mower itself:





And here is the carb adjustment i wanna know about. What is it exactly. An air mixture? fuel mixture? I cleaned the carb yesterday because it has an idle surge. It's not bad nor does it affect cutting. Maybe this adjustment would help?





There is also another flat head adjustment on there which i noticed and cannot be seen without take off the carb. It looks like a jet but doesn't seat. It will spin clockwise and counter-clockwise but never tightens. It is locked by a braket which is tightened by a screw and it holds the adjustment in it's place. I will try and get a picture of it if needed. Just wondering what it is?
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:24 AM
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I'm thinking 1988-1990
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:29 AM
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I was thinking near there. It would be awesome to know an exact year.

Now what came first the plastic poly tank or the metal smaller tank?
I know someone with one that has a smaller metal tank and the front castor wheels do not hold air and are smaller than the ones on mine.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:53 AM
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The metal tank, I'm sure. I believe they continued selling them that way even after the large poly tank came out. The small metal tank models also had the single drive belts, at least on the 36.

I had a XM5400 that was a 1989.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:02 AM
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the metal tank version i use sometimes has the smaller belts on it. I'm not sure what the other belt setup is because i really haven't dug into like that. But they both has the 460v 12.5 hourse kawi motor.

It seems like my mower just sips gas while the other uses it a little quicker. I do like the bigger tank. I bet it would last 2 weeks at least
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:13 AM
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25 years ago you were big time if you had a Ransomes Bobcat or two on the trailer. They had some unique ZTRs too. Search "Ransomes TwinTrak 2000"
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:18 AM
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There was a dealer down here that sold truckloads of Bobcats back in the day. I believe they sold the 36, single belt base model for under $1500.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:19 AM
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I could see why. Even still to this day these things run great and cut great for being the age they are. I love this thing.

That twin track is cool. That was line a top of the line scag now ha
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:24 AM
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Do you know how or know anyone on here that knows how to read the model numbers to get the year and other info?
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:32 AM
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In your owners manual, you don't see any revision dates near the bottom of any of the pages? It'll look something like "Rev. 11/90"
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