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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:48 AM

Will the 18410-01 Bolens Dethatcher fit in the trunk of a 2012 Nissan Maxima?


Answer <in best Ray Stevens voice>: Yeeeaah, it does :D :D :D


Got back earlier this AM from picking up the Dethatcher.

Picked up the rental car @11:30 yesterday morning, and after taking a look at the size of the trunk, decided to take a chance, and go get the dethatcher.

Got to the seller's place around 7:30, and we managed to get it into the trunk! We did have to fold down the rear seat backs and there was JUST enough room to get it in.

Seller is nice guy who is into Simplicities. We talked about various tractors, implimenets, etc. for a bit, and was a nice visit. I told him about the forums here, and hopefully he'll join us.

Anyway, left his place heading for home. We made a few "smoke break" stops, since Enterprise doesn't allow smoking in their cars (unless you pay an extra $200.00 detailing fee), so it took a bit longer to get back home.

We also stopped at a Flying J truck stop and took @ 2 hr nap. Finally rolled into the homestead around 5:30 this morning.

Cat was fine, but not exactly pleased with me.

We are having some T-Storms right now, but I did manage to get a couple of pics of the dethatcher sitting in the trunk. As you can see it's in danged deccent shape. Gonna need some decals though.

More pics, and a vid will come later.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:55 AM

I almost answered before I read your whole post, I thougt you were asking if a whole GT could fit in the trunk and I was gonna be like, no way! But even still that is pretty impressive, good use of a rental car and glad you made it home safe.

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 12:14 PM

Glad you were able to get the Attachment in the trunk :D

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 06:19 PM

Were they made by E-Z Rake for Bolens ??
Looks like it's in good shape thats a great find

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 06:57 PM

OB, that's 10 lbs in a 5 lb box, if I ever saw it...

Glad you were able to save the trip... how's the motor home?

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:25 PM

Did she ride like a low rider all the way home? After all it was a Bolens attachment. :)

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 02:02 AM

Were they made by E-Z Rake for Bolens ??
Looks like it's in good shape thats a great find


Yep, made by E-Z Rake. They were bought out by Bleubird International, and parts are still available.
As for the contition, it doesn't like it was used much. It does need some tines. There are a few bent ones, and a couple of broken ones.

... how's the motor home?


Still sitting at the garage in PA. Just waiting for them to get it fixed. I doubt that they will even look at it until after the 4th.


Did she ride like a low rider all the way home? After all it was a Bolens attachment. :)


Took two of us to put it in there, but that was just to keep from beating up the car. It really isn't all that heavy. and one person could normally handle it. Especially if you are just moving it around. Just get it up on the two wheels and it rolls to where you want it, just like the front reel mower.

Edited by OldBuzzard, July 04, 2012 - 02:05 AM.


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Posted July 04, 2012 - 06:46 AM

Were they made by E-Z Rake for Bolens ??
Looks like it's in good shape thats a great find


I'm not 100% sure but I think Ez rake made the actual "attachment" and Bolens made the mounting system.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 07:15 AM

From looking at the Parts Manual, it looks like it's half and half.

The Bolens parts are the mounting bracket, PTO shaft, gearbox, and other mounting hardware. The E-Z Rake part is the rest.

The parts manual is in two sections. One with the Bolens parts and part numbers. The other with the E-Z Rake parts and numbers with a note to order them direct from E-Z Rake as Bolens did not stock those parts.

This is from the Owners manual:

The Model 18410-01 Hitch Assembly is required when mounting the Model 16460-01-Bolens E-Z RAKE 100 FRONT END THATCHER to all Husky tractors.

This hitch is shipped partially assembled to facilitate packaging requirements. After removing the thatcher and hitch from their respective cartons, proceed as follows:


Here's a pic I found that pretty well shows what the Bolens vs E-Z Rake parts are. The Bolens part is green and the E-Z Rake part is red.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Hmmm... That seems odd to me - a PTO driven dethatcher?? Looks more like a light-duty tiller. Most (99.999999999%) of all dethatchers that I have ever seen are not powered and are basically just a metal leaf rake stood up on end and you add some cinder blocks to it to weigh it down. I take it on this one, the leaf rake tines get spun backwards to dethatch the lawn? Seems like it might work better than the 99.999999999% of all other dethatchers out there... lol.

Glad you could finally pick it up! Can't wait to see it cleaned up and on your Bolens tractor. Good luck with the motorhome. Hope they can get it fixed up soon.

Edited by MailmAn, July 04, 2012 - 08:14 AM.


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Posted July 04, 2012 - 08:20 AM

Bluebird International still makes something like this. However, it's towed and is driven with a 5.5 Horse Briggs.

http://www.bluebirdi...aspx?pid=243627
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Posted July 04, 2012 - 09:24 AM

Bluebird International still makes something like this. However, it's towed and is driven with a 5.5 Horse Briggs.

http://www.bluebirdi...aspx?pid=243627


I did not know they still made one of those I have an early model of the pull behind E-Z Rake and 2 fromt mount




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