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"bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted


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Im looking for any informaitio on my Bobcat made by Whitman & Robinson in weedsport ny. It was made sometime in the 1950s. It has a snowplow, and is four wheel trive and steers like a bull dozer. The engine is an opposed 2 kohler with a bore of 3 5/8 and a stroke of 3 1/4 inches. It is a model W serial #228. the rear ends are early fords placed back to back, with a sprocket in between. the sprocket is driven by a chain that is driven by the transmition wich is bolted directly to the clutch and engine. Later units were made by caiuga mfg(i hope i spelled that right). any info apreciated. Pics soon.
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Here are the pics.
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Default Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

Have you tried the current Bobcat company? This MAY be where they started.

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There is no relation to todays bobcat.
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Default Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

Has anyone ever seen one? Any information? Anyone know what model the Kohler is(bore is 3 5/8 stroke 3 1/4)?
Iv been working on it little by little over the past couple of days. It needs alot of brake work. It had two stuck valves, but after i freed them up i put some gas in the carb and it fired a couple of times. Besides brake work all it seems to need is fuel pump work.
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P.S. the second company to manufacture this machine was cayuga mfg
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Question Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

hi I saw your post about the bobcat by whitman and robinson .I am in the process of buying one and have been searching for info and articles about them and was wondering if you were able to find any. thanks mark
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Default Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

Just to bump this thread again....I also have a Whitman & Robinson sidewalk plow powered by a kohlerk662 opposed twin. I had to do some carb work, the carb is a zenith 228, parts somewhat available, rebuild kits available. I haven't torn into the machine too much but I am looking for any info -at all- on these machines. Looks like it will go go go with the narrow gauge 4wd. Does anyone know what transmission is in these? I have seen rockford clutches on other industrial kohler powered machines. Anyone know for sure? I'd like to correspond with anyone who has worked on these or has some info. I would like to run a hydraulic pump off of the engine but, as I said, I haven't gotten a chance to get into it yet.
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JT can I see some pics of yours?
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Absolutely. When I can find it again under the snow. Mine has a full cab. The original v blade is missing but I got it with a ford blade instead. Have you ever seen any documentation on these machines? The internet has been suprisingly barren. I will take some pics and post them here. There must be more in New England. I don't know what kind of distribution Whitman & Robinson had in the early 60's.
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There is first year, I,m guessing case in a town , that looks a lot like yours can just fit your hand between the tires 15/16 inch I Think
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Default Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

Does yours have the single rear end with chains to the wheels or the dual rears with the wheels on the axel?
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Default Re: "bobcat" by Whitman & Robinson info wanted

Both front abd rear wheels are chain drive. There is a central sprocket which drives the wheels fore and aft. Is the rear end dfinitely Ford? Do you know what ford models the drivetrain came from? I'm interested in identifying the clutch and transmission in case there are issues there. I drove it a little. The hydraulic clutch resevoir and cylinder will need some work. Its in a bad spot in the middle of the cab floor. I got the thing for free which is fantastic.The Kohler was blowing oil as the case was filling with gas. Hopefully a needle valve in the carb will stop that. Have you seen any others? No idea what the proeuction numbers were.

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Both front abd rear wheels are chain drive. There is a central sprocket which drives the wheels fore and aft. Is the rear end dfinitely Ford? Do you know what ford models the drivetrain came from? I'm interested in identifying the clutch and transmission in case there are issues there. I drove it a little. The hydraulic clutch resevoir and cylinder will need some work. Its in a bad spot in the middle of the cab floor. I got the thing for free which is fantastic.The Kohler was blowing oil as the case was filling with gas. Hopefully a needle valve in the carb will stop that. Have you seen any others? No idea what the proeuction numbers were.
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Then yours is the later model.
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