Mike in Tasmania is reconditioning his shaft drive RT45 but has struck a problem with missing “handbrake” assemblies on the drive motors.
If you have any info on brake assembly replacement or have parts that could help please contact Mike on 0408313377.
Owen, Mike’s son, writes:
Anyone have any idea where we could source some brake assemblies (we dont even know what they look like) for a shaft drive VM powered RT45? We’re currently tarting our one up for work and everything is heading in a good direction except for the brakes.
On a side note we sorted our previous engine issues by buying a brand new identical turbo charged VM.
If anyone has an info about the brakes please call Mike on 0408313377.
I have decided to embark on a project to get the attached wildcat up and running. It was being used for spraying over 20 years ago and broke down… subsequently was left in the paddock, and now I have an opportunity to get it up and running. Knowing nothing about these tractors ( apart from a few hours of research on the internet over the weekend)… I was wondering whether you have any operating/repair manuals for these, you would be willing to send to me ?
Before I fully commit to the resto, I would like to get a better understanding of how much work (and money !) will be required to get it up and running, hence the request for some documentation. The Wildcat is located on a property near Eltham. One final question, any advice on how to disengage the hydraulics so that I am able to tow it to a more suitable location on the property ? Did the original pumps have bypass valves for allowing this, or is the only way to remove the drive chains before towing (or just tow and accept potential damage considering the age and current condition) ?
Thanks is advance,
Adam Morrison <email@example.com>
Still Looking for Eaton or Southcott variable displacement pumps for repair of a VM powered Shaft Drive RT45. I would really like to see the owners get this RT45 back in the field if possible .
If you can help please let me know.
Contact or SMS 0490003289.
I am interested in finding a wildcat, preferably working with a slasher and a dozer attachment. If anyone has one or knows anyone with one for sale my contact is 0458557774 or email
Alan’s Wildcat now SOLD
More pictures and info in the earlier post, scroll down to find them.