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1946? Mead SpeedCat Tracked Mini Loader Dozer Compact Crawler:
Up for sale is my 1946? Mead Speedcat tracked mini loader. A super vintage collector piece for show or work! It is a small machine about the size of a standard garden tractor, similar in size to the old Agricat loaders from the 50's or newer Magnatrac loaders made here in Wisconsin. Don’t let its’ size fool you. It is small, but very heavy duty, and will do a lot of work, as good as any modern machine in its’ category. These little crawlers were built like little tanks, and built to stand up to heavy work. Machine was completely gone over and restored 3 years ago with new parts as needed, clutch, bearings, all new hydraulic hoses, most fittings, majority of all nuts and bolts as well, and complete new paint in original style. Weight: is approximately 1500 pounds. Size: it fits perfectly inside my Ford F250 short bed pickup box (with tailgate down). It has the tried and true, old reliable workhorse, Wisconsin industrial engine in it. Recent researchconfirms that the motor is a 1946 model rated at 5.9 hp. I assume that the machine is also a 1946 as the entire unit looks original, (except for new restorationparts of course!), but then, if you go by the serial # 6086, it may be a 1960 model. You be the judge on that!The motor runs beautifully and does not smoke or leak oil. It is running in the pictures. It is an original magneto start. It starts with 1 or 2 easy pulls, so the rope start works out just fine. Electric starter could very easily be added, if desired. It has a three speed gear box, plus reverse, and hi/low range in all gears. Top speed is 4 mph. Transmission shifts and operates smoothly with no issues. The hydraulic arms have down pressure for digging, and the bucket is also hydraulic. Attach a tooth bar to the bucket and it would really dig in! There are no leaks. Will lift approx. 900 lb load to a height of over 8 ft, as you can see in the photo, so is able to load 1 ton dump trucks and dump trailers easily.There is a padded cover over the original steel seat for both looks and operator comfort. The tracks are in very good shape with all new pins as the photos show. Overall the Speedcat is in very good to excellent condition. It runs great, and operates the way it should. You don't see many of these around anymore, especially in this condition. I think it is safe to say these are pretty rare. This machine would be a great start or addition to your collection. It is truly a head turner wherever you take it, and fun to show and play with at tractor shows, fairs, parades, etc.or even just around the yard, which is what I did with it. I didn’t like getting it dirty, but if you intend to work with it you will be very happy with what it can do. Built like a little tank and a true workhorse!I am only reluctantly parting with this machine at this time, after owning it for 3 years, because of personal family reasons. This Speedcat needs nothing but a new owner,and is being sold as-is, as shown. The asking price is more than fair for this machine especially considering what I see others are paying much more around the tractor shows for machines in half as good shape as this one. You will see this is true when you go to the tractor shows and see what’s around for sale. A $500. Nonrefundable Deposit is required within 24 hours of sale end, bank check or PayPal. So please, do not offer if you do not have the funds available to complete this transaction. The balance of the final sale price will be due In CASH on day of pick up. Machine must be picked up within 2 weeks of sale end date. If you have any questions please ask before offerding. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to come take a look at the Crawler before offerding please contact me and I am sure we can arrange something. We can help load it for you, if needed, and may be able to help with delivery depending on your location.I travel regularly North to Iron Mountain, MI and South to Milwaukee, WI, and can meet you, if that works for you.Otherwise,make arrangements witha shipping/delivery service such as UShip, etc. We are located in Zip 54177 for pickup and machine will fit on a larger pallet to ship freight. We are always willing to work with you to insure a smooth transaction. Sorry this was so long but I wanted to try and cover all the bases! Thanks for looking and good luck offerding!
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