Help Me Pick My Next Bolens.
Posted August 28, 2012 - 11:02 AM
My one big requirement would be hydrostatic. After that, I am up for suggestions. Also, I guess it would have to be a fairly common model I can find around the western NY area. It would be nice to keep the implements I have now that work on my 1050 which are the dirt/snow blade, snow caster and 18421 mower deck, but I am willing to get new ones if needed. I know my current mower deck will only work with a few hydrostatic models, or I would have to find different linkage for it to work with others. This might pose more of an issue then getting a mower deck that will just work with the newer tractor.
If I get a tube frame, would it be possible to change the hydrolic control valve to one off of an Ht20 and add ports to the front? I could then add a hydrolic ram to my snow/dirt blade for angling, which would be really nice.
I am even willing to entertain the thought of larger frame tractors too, but I know they and the implements are more expensive.
The models I have been looking at were the 1256 and the 1225. I have seen that a 1056 existed but can't find much information on them. The one thing I was not keen on was that the 1225 did not have a brake. It's not a deal breaker, but might come in handy. What other models would be good for what I want to do and what other things should I be looking for in a tractor?
Posted August 28, 2012 - 01:41 PM
Bolens never made a 1056 that I know of.......
Posted August 28, 2012 - 02:30 PM
I'm with "The good doctor".
1256 all the way. Bolens made and sold a lot of them so they aren't all that hard to find either.
The large frames are OK, (I even have one) but I still think that the tube frames, with the controlled differential are a lot more versatile.
Posted August 28, 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted August 28, 2012 - 03:44 PM
Posted August 28, 2012 - 03:48 PM
Good luck on getting the right one for you. Looking forward to seeing the one(s) you eventually land. BTW is the GT in your favicon in sales listings elsewhere?
<<<<<<<<<<The one over here? No. that is the one I will be restoring.
I have been leaning toward the 1256, but was not sure if any other options would be better for me. Dose anyone have any info on swapping the hydraulic control valve also? I was looking at something like this.
I am not sure if the 1256 hydraulic setup would allow this to work.
Where are good places to look besides Craigslist and eBay for the tractors? Are there other places I should be searching also?
Posted August 28, 2012 - 04:13 PM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 04:25 AM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 12:39 PM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 04:10 PM
the eaton are STRONG hydros i like the sump cooled version a lot more then the non sump cooled
also the front spindles are different on on some the older ones are 7/8 the newer ones are 3/4 i have broke 2 of them right at the steering linkage so try to get the 7/8s one and any of the hydros are as good or better then geared tractor yes there is efficiency loss in them but there is less down time chaining gears and stops and starting once you drive a hydro the whole concept changes
Edited by 8tyman8, August 29, 2012 - 04:18 PM.
Posted August 29, 2012 - 07:26 PM
Posted August 29, 2012 - 09:02 PM
i can post pictures of the re-power actually i started a post about the re-power and my computer crashed ARG so i never got around to reposing .. i did do a couple posts on the power-steering here it the thread http://gardentractor...power-steering/ it has worked well but a seal blew .. and the kit is $60 for a couple o rings its fixed now
Tyler, do you have pics of the briggs in the h14 and how you have the hydro steering setup? I think that would be be pretty cool to see. The more pics the better.
Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:15 PM