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#1 timtractor OFFLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 10:18 AM

I was wondering how rare or how many of this Bolens was made?

I believe that they call this model the 28 because of the 28 inch deck.

I have the chance to buy one of these from a guy I know.

Thanks for any help or info.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 11:40 AM

Those are kinda rare to find i belive the model number of that would be a 8626 or something along that line.I would say many are not looking for that style but is a neat little mower i think it is from the late 50,s two early 60's.If you could get it for the right price and just want to keep it then i would for the neatnest of it.As with alot of bolens parts will be hard to find.
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Posted February 16, 2012 - 11:52 AM

The Suburban is harder to find I have a 26 myself bolens only made a Suburban 24 and Suburban 26 with the 24 being the more rare one.

Looks like the deck has been taken off in some way?

Edited by wilberj, February 16, 2012 - 11:53 AM.

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 12:32 PM

It's pretty cool looking. Why not pick it up if it's close to reasonable?

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 01:33 PM

Neat tractor. Never seen one of those before...

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 03:25 PM

there kinda hard to find. i have one im goin to restore.. it took me 10 years to find it

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Posted February 16, 2012 - 06:29 PM

If everything looks to be complete I would grab it.

Looks to be a suburban 26, (5HP) and that particular style was made 1966-1969
as, wilberj posted above, it looks like the deck is missing....which is a little scary as those weren't really meant to be off.....

They are very neat little mowers and I would love to add one to my collection someday.
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 07:18 PM

:wave: Hey a little late getting back on this.

The two picturesin my first post were from a search I did on the internet. I fogot to take pictures when I was to the guys place the first time.

Well I went back to the guy today and he said the lowest price he would take for it was $100, so I couldn't pass that up.

The motor code says it was built 12/1965.

The deck lift is located just behind the engine. You twist the handle and lift it up or down to adjust the spindle shaft to the correct height. The deck does not move just the deck spindle shaft.

The front tires a 4 inch and the back tires are 6 inch.

It has just a forward and reverse trans.The shift pattern goes up and down instead of the normal side to side shift.

The only thing that is missing is the front grill. But I think I will be able to make one.

So for the best part, here are the pics.
:camera:

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 07:56 PM

WOW

$100 was a steal!
Congrats on the new Bolens! :thumbs:

The mower is most likely a 1966, because if it was a 65' It would have had a different style seat.
Usually Bolens used engines that were 1 year older than the tractors themselves.

I think I have a parts list for your tractor if you want me to upload it for you.
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Congrats on the new Bolens.That reminds me of the one I bought at a yard sale back in the early 70's,it sure beat push mowing our yard.Wish I had it now but I beat it up pretty good and my dad put it out for the junk man

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 10:32 PM

Man, that is one cool tractor. Good luck on the resto, I wish you the best of luck on it. Please, post photo's as you go along with it.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 11:21 AM

Congrats,I've never seen one one person.Neat little rigs.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 06:49 PM

Well beings it was in the 40s today and some sunshine I took part of the afternoon and made a grill for the 26.

I found a picture of one in another post from a year ago (the third attachment pic) so I had some idea of what it should look like. So I built my own instead of spending a fortune for a new one if it exsisted or spending hours locating someone that would have one used.

Now the only thing else I will have to do is paint it and find a decal for it? :confuse: Anybody know of that decal or would it be easier to try to get someone to reproduce one for me?

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 06:57 PM

You did a good job making that front grille.

Finding parts for these is like finding a needle in a hay stack.
Your decals look to be in decent shape, so if you take pictures and measurements sams Bolens can make them for you
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Posted February 23, 2012 - 02:31 AM

Can you hold out till summer?
I'll pull mine out and have the decals done and get you a copy.
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