23 year old Ford commercial walk behind

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DCE, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. DCE

    DCE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    Check this out. A 1985 Ford [yes...Ford!] walk behind. Saw this at my local dealer this afternoon when I swung by on the way home. Being a writer, I always carry my camera with me and today I was glad I had it. I've never seen a walk behind like this before. It has a 656cc [what's that in HP?] electric start Briggs engine, maybe a 48" or larger floating deck, gear drive transmission, and bicycle style handlebars. It is apparent that it has been repainted. The deck is paper-thin compared to the beefed-up decks of today. And to steer this beast, you turn the handlebars in the direction you want to go, sort of like the precursor to Hustler's H-Bar Plus controls. The hitch at the back of the engine deck indicates a sulky of some type was available.

    No doubt, the sight of this one parked outside along with the modern zero turns definitely got a "what in THE hell???" reaction from me :laugh: Thought you guys would like to see what commercial cutters back in the mid 80's had to work with.




  2. zemzabob

    zemzabob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    That is cool I like it looks like a beast thanks for posting.
  3. wheels910

    wheels910 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    really cool find.

    how much were they asking? 60" deck?

    I never knew they made them then. Thought it was a newer concept. The looks haven't changed much over the years, just the price.
  4. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    I'd Pimp the retro look with that mower. How much were they asking for the old jewel??
  5. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    That is sweet
    thanks for posting
  6. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    That's pretty sweet looking. Looks like a tank.
  7. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Was it for sale? How much? I would put that in my living room!!!!

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    looks cool how much $??
  9. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    DCE I find the picture in you Avatar to be more impressive than the ford mower is that a picture of you or your wife? Oh by the way, thats a nice looking mower.
  10. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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