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It comes as a $350 kityou can assemble withno machining. You canalso build it yourselffrom a $5 set of plans
New idea in yard tractors
— a small, crawler-tread dozer that'sso simple you can put it together from a kit in a few hours.
ere's the first low-cost yardtractor that works just like a bigconstruction bulldozer. Its wide
steel crawler tracks grip theground over more than 500
square inches—traction you can't
get with a wheel-driven rig. This
makes it an ideal tractor for han-
dling tough yard jobs like snow
plowing, bulldozing, towing, and
tilling. It also runs a lawn mowerand provides a power-takeoff 
source. But it's a fun machine,
too; it's great for snowmobiling
and for off-road travel.
One of its great points is its
stability on hills. The Mini-Dozer
w i l l
climb and
on 45-
degree grades. A low center of 
gravity and a wide track-spreadmake it safe.
PS Home Workshop
B uild
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Y ard -D o zerM id g e t
With a blade on front,
the tractor bulldozes,grades, plows snow. Standard attachments fit it.
By simply switching the forward drive
belt on the step pulleys, you can get threemaximum forward speeds—2.4, 3.8, and 6.1m.p.h. The maximum reverse speed is 1.5m.p.h. The engine comes with a recoil ropestarter, but electric-start engines are
Standard yard-tractor attachments, suchas those sold by Sears, can easily be adapted
to fit the Mini-Dozer. Attachments de-
signed especially for it are sold by the man-ufacturer. They include a lawn mower,dozer blade, V3-ton trailer, lawn aerator,
lawn roller, and fertilizer spreader.
The beauty of this tractor is that you
can build it yourself from a kit of parts thatgo together with screwdrivers, pliers, and
wrenches. All parts are machined; thebody and subassemblies are welded. Agood six-hp., four-cycle engine comes withit, too. The kit costs $350 with engine,$300 without. You can also buy it factory-assembled and ready to drive for $400.You get a choice of either cleated or smoothtracks. A second set of tracks of either styleis available for $80.But for the man who's handy at buildingthings, a complete set of plans is availablefor only $5. The plans show you how tomake all the parts and put them together.You can buy a lot of the parts—standardrod, pulleys, belts, chains, and bearings—at
a local hardware store or mill-supply outfit.
If there are any parts you don't want tomake or can't buy locally, you can get themfrom the manufacturer. A catalogue and
price list of all parts come with the plans.
The plans also show you how to make a
very low-cost version using plywood for
the body and hardwood strips for the tracks.
How it's built.
Simple is the word for
It's powerful and versatile
Lots of towing power
comes from ground-grippingtracks and
high-torque transmission ratio.
Lawn mower
is powered by the dozer engine.Tracks maneuver easily, give balance and traction.
Push both con-trol levers forward. Onlylight pressure is needed.
Push reversingpedal down with foot;both levers forward.
Wide turn.
Center insidetrack lever; push forwardoutside track lever.
Sharp turn.
Brake insidetrack lever; push outsidetrack lever forward.
You drive the yard-dozer with two levers and a foot pedal

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