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#16 Nato77 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 09:02 AM

The twisting is the only thing that I can't figure out. This sulky is actually to new for the tractor. The correct one (can't remember the model number off hand) has a little different style hitch on it but nobody I know has one. The hitch that I made is as close to "factory" as I can get it for now. The 12A130 hitch isn't all that common and from what I can tell from the few pics I've seen there is no twisting in the hitch.

As for the wheels the early ones of this style had the 14" x 1.75" wheels and the newer had 14" x 2.25" like yours.

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:08 AM

To make it twist what would you guys think about slotting the top hole on the hitch going side to side? Or what I was planning on doing with a front attachment on is just putting a pin through the bottom half of the hitch so you can lift the attachment up and down also to follow the contour of the ground.

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 12:45 PM

The way that Bolens made the A130B hitch work was to make a square "C" shape mounted to the end of an axle that was run in a bracket that bolted to the underside of the channel frame on the 12B, 12BA, or 12BB tractors. That square "C" shape was where the matching hitch on the end of the tongue on the sulky attached. I can try to get a different perspective on the hitch assembly on my 12BB01 if you think that would help.



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Posted April 22, 2014 - 12:47 PM

By the way, whenever I want to use a rear-mounted attachment on my 12BB01, I have to remove the special A130B hitch that is used only for the sulky and the trailer.



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Posted April 22, 2014 - 02:40 PM

I have the same hitch on the 12BB01 I have. The 12A doesn't have a plate to bolt a hitch like the 12BB. You shouldn't need to remove it, should just have to turn it/lay it side ways for the tool bar to clear, I think. Mine is in pieces and haven't used it yet.

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 04:23 PM

The special hitch does have to be removed to put on rear attachments on a 12BB01. The roller on the top edge of the implement mounting bar has to bear on the underside of the channel frame. That same area is covered by the special hitch when it is installed.



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Posted April 23, 2014 - 02:12 PM

You look to be on the right track with this hitch assembly. I can't say I have ever seen a sulky in person attached to a model 12a I'm pretty sure that during their production that the other style sulky was being offered but like with many of the bolens stuff they offered options later on for earlier tractors
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Posted July 10, 2014 - 12:50 PM

Made some progress on the brake for the sulky last night. The way the axle mounts is different than the others I've seen. I don't think is home made but can say for sure.
Being its wider (where the flat irons go on the axle) I had to flip the long L shaped pieces to go under the foot pad. It'll work like this for now.

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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:03 PM

The special hitch does have to be removed to put on rear attachments on a 12BB01. The roller on the top edge of the implement mounting bar has to bear on the underside of the channel frame. That same area is covered by the special hitch when it is installed.

you must be putting hitch on wrong, should be on bottom of frame not in between.  should just pivot hitch flat and put in tool bar.


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 07:04 AM

Nate new pieces look really nice, you need to make it pivot somehow or it will twist up the hitch on your sulky like the hitch is twisted on my wagon and the roller I traded off.  I'll think about it today and let you know my thoughts to make it pivot.  If you don't make it pivot i'd at least slot the top hole and extra 1/4 on each side.


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 07:52 AM

Here is a link to an earlier thread about the Bolens pivoting hitch for the later walk-behinds:

http://gardentractor...itch#entry78408

 

I don't know if it will give some ideas of how to make the hitch pivot/swivel.

 

There is a link inside that thread to pictures I posted of several Bolens hitches, but for some reason that link is dead.  ....It says the info posted in the manuals forum can not be found.  ....It may have possibly been lost when the forum software change was done???

 

Also note in that thread that only one bolt is used on the sulky hitch (where it attaches to the tongue) to allow the sulky to "float" when a front attachment is used.


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 05:00 PM

Got the swivel part for the hitch done. Didn't turn out to bad.
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Also got the wire wheels mounted on the sulky.
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Posted July 12, 2014 - 05:01 PM

Nice!

Is that the green you sent me a sample of?

Now you just need some handle grips :poke: :D


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Yup that's the same color. Had to lighten up the pic so everything showed up decent so it doesn't exactly look like it should.



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Posted July 12, 2014 - 11:44 PM

Nice job on the hitch !!!!  :thumbs:


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