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Posted February 26, 2012 - 09:14 PM

I just got a Bolens Tiller model 18618 for my H14. Upon trying to attach it for the first time it looks like the lift link is too short. I looked at the parts list for this model and several others. They all have Part # 1713506 as being the correct lift link. The lift link I have looks like the one in the parts manual. I was wondering if anyone here has any suggestions?

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Posted February 26, 2012 - 09:17 PM

I could but then i would taking the fun away from the Bolens guys, hey there, Welcome to GT Talk, you came to the right place, we have a lot of Bolens collectors here.
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Posted February 27, 2012 - 08:07 AM

First things first.... :welcometogttalk:


There are two different lift links for the tube frames. They look almost identical except that one is just shorter than the other, and is used for the front mount implements, like the snowcaster, blade, etc.

It sounds like that is the one that you have.

The other is a longer one used for the rear mounted attachments like your tiller. Those usually seem to disappear over the years when the attachments change hands.

The good news is that they are easy to come by.

Just contact Jestin at www.tubeframes.com

He can get one to you at a very reasonable price.

Edited by OldBuzzard, February 27, 2012 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted February 27, 2012 - 08:41 AM

Thanks! That's what I was thinking, but wanted to see if anyone on here could tell me for sure. I'll contact Jestin to see if he's got one.

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Posted February 27, 2012 - 08:48 AM

Thanks! That's what I was thinking, but wanted to see if anyone on here could tell me for sure. I'll contact Jestin to see if he's got one.


If you have a picture of the link I can tell you whhich one you have....

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Posted February 27, 2012 - 08:57 AM

Hello and welcome to GTtalk! Glad you found us! :welcometogttalk:

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:34 PM

I talked to Sam at Sam's Bolens. He said the correct link is about 4 inches longer than the one used for the front attachments. He has new ones in stock for $45, a little bit more than I want to spend at this point. So, I went to ACE Hardware got some chain and a shackle for $5 and now I'm able to lift/lower the tiller. Next step is to make sure there's oil in the gear housing and once the snow clears from todays storm I'll see what it can do. Thanks to everyone for their reply.


P.S. - Does anyone have a copy of the Tiller Model 18618 owners manual?

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:43 PM

$45.00!?!?!?!? Dang...Jestins has them for about 1/2 that if I remember right.

As for a manual. you can get one here:

http://gardentractor...ey__all__st__20

Note that there are 2 manuals for the 18618. Make sure you get the right one.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:58 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. Glad that you found us. I see that some of our Bolens people are already giving you some good advice. Please keep us updated on your progress and post some pics when you have time.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 01:25 AM

As for a manual. you can get one here:

http://gardentractor...ey__all__st__20

Note that there are 2 manuals for the 18618. Make sure you get the right one.


I believe that is a typo in the manual for the 25" tiller.

For tubeframes:

The 25" tillers were Bolens # 18614 and # 18616, while the 33" tiller was Bolens # 18618.

The 22" tillers were Bolens # 18608 and # 18610.

Bolens # 18615 and # 18617 were 8" Hood & Tine Extension Kits and were added to many tillers, creating confusion between the width of the tiller and the actual model number of the tiller.
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Posted March 02, 2012 - 01:10 PM

Thanks. I checked those manuals out and they are the parts manual. I'm looking for a copy of the owners manual.




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