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#1 braxx OFFLINE  

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 07:57 PM

I just picked up a very nice 1969 Bolens 1220 with a rebuilt 42" mower deck still shrink wraped , heavy duty flat top 36" tiller, 36" Snowblower, 42"front blade, wheel weights and chains.
I live in S.E. Michigan in a residential neighbor hood and really don't know how I'm gonna use this machine but I have a love for all things mechanical.
I'm a technical author and I write factory repair/service manuals for a living.
Heres some crappy cell phone pic's:

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:03 PM

:welcome:

That's a danged nice looking 1220.

I'm sure that you will find "something" to do with that rascal.

Shucks, you will probably end up clearing snow for all of your neighbors "just because you can", and it gives you an excuse to use it :D:D:D

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:04 PM

Great Looking 1220
Everything looks to be in decent shape

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:09 PM

:welcome:

That's a danged nice looking 1220.

I'm sure that you will find "something" to do with that rascal.

Shucks, you will probably end up clearing snow for all of your neighbors "just because you can", and it gives you an excuse to use it :D:D:D


Thank you and yes I will be clearing a lot of snow.
What is the general consensus for clearing snow? What do you guys think would be better/easier for residential snow clearing, the blade or the blower?

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:15 PM

That is one nice looking 1220.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:15 PM

You got a real nice looking 1220 there and welcome to GTT from another Michigan guy.

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:18 PM

Thank you and yes I will be clearing a lot of snow.
What is the general consensus for clearing snow? What do you guys think would be better/easier for residential snow clearing, the blade or the blower?


The single stage Blowers work well in snow 3'' or more, the auger has to be fed a high volume of snow for the chute not to clog. They will not work well in heavy wet snow ( chute clogs often).

The blade will be good in heavy wet snow, and any snowfall below 3''

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:32 PM

The single stage Blowers work well in snow 3'' or more, the auger has to be fed a high volume of snow for the chute not to clog. They will not work well in heavy wet snow ( chute clogs often).

The blade will be good in heavy wet snow, and any snowfall below 3''


I guess I'll leave the blower on and use my Torro or shovel for under 3" and the blower for over 3".

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Posted December 31, 2011 - 08:37 PM

Welcome and Good Looking 1220

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 10:44 AM

:wave: braxx Welcome to GTTalk! We're glad to have you with us! Looks like you got the whole shooting match in that deal! Thanks for sharing the pics (BTW, those are the nicest "crappy cell phone" pics I've seen yet!) Thanks for signing up!

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Wow, how'd you find a NIB deck? That's a great haul, excellent piece of machinery there.
There are some really smart Bolens guys on here ( I am not one of them) and they will help you out with all kinds of info.

:welcome: to GTTalk!

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 01:20 PM

Wow, how'd you find a NIB deck? That's a great haul, excellent piece of machinery there.
There are some really smart Bolens guys on here ( I am not one of them) and they will help you out with all kinds of info.
to GTTalk!


The deck was rebuilt (At least that was what I was told. I haven't unwrapped it to completely check it out) and never used. The PO only used it for tilling and snow removal.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 01:30 PM

Well new or rebuilt, it's still a great find in that condition.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 05:21 PM

awesome looking tractor !

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 05:39 PM

Well new or rebuilt, it's still a great find in that condition.


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The deck has definietly been rebuilt... The roller in the front is not original and you can see in the picture that not all parts of the blades are painted.
Still looks like someone did a decent job on it




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