Check these exclusive features of Allis-Chalmers garden
tractors, according to a 1965 dealer sales training program that introduced the
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An exclusive feature of the BIG
TEN is the combination gas cap - fuel gauge. Note that the gas cap
has markings from "E" to "F", and is visible from the
driver's seat. This means he can easily tell how much fuel is in the
tank. The BIG TEN is the only lawn and garden tractor on the market
to have a combination gas cap -fuel gauge. Thus, the BIG TEN is the
only tractor of its type that allows filling of the tank without having to
lift the hood.
Another BIG TEN exclusive is the second lift lever, which
can be located on the driver's right. With this optional equipment,
two separate implements may be used at the same time, or both can remain
attached while only one is being used. On the other hand with the
standard single lift lever, only one implement can be controlled at a
Not only is the BIG TEN built for rugged duty, but in the design of the tractor, operator comfort is a prime consideration. For instance, the driver's seat is padded with a thick two inches of foam rubber, attractively upholstered. Add to this the arm rests and a back rest mounted in a comfortable position, and you have a set of features
exclusive with the BIG TEN. These are not options, but are standard features, and contribute greatly to the accomplishment of lawn and garden chores with maximum driver comfort.
Other tractors offer a seat pad as an optional item. On the BIG TEN
however, the seat, arm and back rests are standard features.
The BIG TEN's powerful 10 horsepower air-cooled engine is made by a manufacturer whose engines have long been known for
dependability, Briggs & Stratton. With a new mechanical governor equipped with EXCLUSIVE
duo-range governor spring control, this engine delivers full power at every throttle setting.
On other engines not so equipped with such a duo-range governor, operation
of the governor does not take effect until a fairly high engine speed has
been reached. At low speeds the governor is not operative; hence the
engine can stall. The exclusive duo-range governor spring control
allows the Briggs & Stratton engine on the BIG TEN to deliver full
power at every throttle setting -- even at very low RPM's.
The BIG TEN's 10 horsepower engine is
air cooled. Further cooling is achieved by the use of a rotating screen on the
intake (see arrow). This is another exclusive BIG TEN feature. The rotating
screen on the air intake is connected to the shaft on which the fan is
mounted. There is a small clearance between the outer edge of the
screen and the housing. This allows the screen to rotate, and this
rotation prevents dust, clippings, etc. from clogging the screen by
throwing such foreign matter to the ground as fast as it collects.
If the screen were badly clogged, the air flow through it would be badly
restricted, and the engine could overheat.
Coupled with the 10 H.P. engine is an
exclusive electric starter-magneto combination. Should the battery be unable to provide power for starting and operating the tractor (this rarely happens except perhaps after a winter of non-use) the magneto takes over (in the same way that a gasoline power mower operates). Once started, the battery recharges during operation. Usually only in very cold weather, however, does this situation arise.
The BIG TEN's belt clutch with its very short belt and
exclusive split pulley design allows slippage, just as in automotive clutches. This helps to eliminate jerky starts.
[Source: Allis-Chalmers Dealer Sales
Training, GETTING TO KNOW THE BIG TEN, 1965.]