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#1 PennsylvaniaNewt OFFLINE  

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 09:39 AM

On my 1250 when I pull the lift lever all the way back it just picks the front end of the tractor off of the ground (with the snow plow on). Where is this "float" position it talks about in the manual?

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 09:52 AM

Shouldn't you push the lever forward to lower and back to lift. The valve should have 4 positions Float - lower - hold - lift in that order. The lever should detent in the float position.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 05:50 PM

I can't find the detention position for float. It is labeled like it has one but I can't get it into that function. Does anyone have a 1250 that can offer more opinions on this? Is there an adjustment off or something?

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 08:50 PM

I moved the valve fully open and closed and I cannot seem to find a detent position. I would really appreciate if anyone ever took a valve on a 1250 apart and could provide some insight on this. I am trying to figure out if someone took something apart and did not reinstall something right or if an adjustment is off.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 08:50 PM

Can you feel the 4 positions or does the lever only seem to have 3 positions?

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 08:51 PM

I'm not familiar with the Bolens valves, but I'm betting the "float" mechanism is crusted up & seeming like it isn't even there.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 10:01 PM

I can feel only three positions when I move the lever and not the fourth (float)

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 10:13 PM

Well, first I believe if you pull back on the lever you should raise your implement. Then release the lever and your implement should hold in that position. Then if you move the lever forward your implement should lower and if you maintain that position it will start putting down pressure on your implement. If you push the lever a bit more forward the down pressure will be relieved and the implement will float. As Daniel stated perhaps there is some crud and you are not feeling the float detent but the valve should still do as described above.
Maybe I am missing something here and please let me know if that is the case.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 10:40 PM

I had a return spring assembly on the end of a control valve come apart & it wouldn't allow the valve to go into the float position. It would just stop like it hit a brick wall, but all worked fine except for "float". Once I got all the parts back in place, the float worked perfectly.

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Posted January 01, 2012 - 10:46 PM

Mine feels just like that ..... I will look at this.......thank you!

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 10:43 AM

DUD! I have been napping again
If you are pulling back to Raise reverse the hoses and all should be OK.
I bet there are just hooked up backwards. Once you get it correct just paint the male and female coupler on one hose for future identification.

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Posted January 02, 2012 - 02:07 PM

Pull up to lift and push down to lower all the way down is float it should lock if it dont the lock could be worn out.

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Posted January 04, 2012 - 01:21 PM

DUD! I have been napping again
If you are pulling back to Raise reverse the hoses and all should be OK.
I bet there are just hooked up backwards. Once you get it correct just paint the male and female coupler on one hose for future identification.

Did exactly that on my 318 Saturday when I mounted the snow blower for the first time. I bought it last year with the blower mounted and did not mark the hoses when I took it off last spring.

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Posted January 08, 2012 - 03:46 PM

Ok so today I tried the lever again and still no float or detent position felt. I then looked at the part breakdown in the parts manual and decided to pull out the capscrew that holds in the detent pawl and spring. I then tried and move the lever and PRESTO......the detent position and float position were found!

I then sprayed some penetrating oil in the hole and worked it several times. It now has a nice distinct click and hold. I then replaced and tightenend the cap screw (after lubricating the internals) and now everything seems to work as it should.

Whew! I think I got out of this project pretty cheap :D
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Posted January 08, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Glad you found and fixed your problem




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