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Posted September 28, 2012 - 06:03 PM

Hello All,

I'm new to this part of the forum but I am considering a Jim Dandy and I'm not sure what to look for as far as problems.

The one I am looking at is a 1974 Jim Dandy with hydraulics, mowing deck and snow plow.

It doesn't look abused but does need a good cleaning and TLC.

Help on what to look for before buying would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Rob

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 06:56 PM

welcome to the bolens forum need pics, in Christ

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 07:27 PM

The Jim Dandys came with two sets of gears. Some were very fast, some very slow. Don't know why they did this. Best thing to do when you look at it is to drive it in all the gears and see if you can live with whatever speeds it offers. These tractors are fairly bullet proof and if properly cared for will last many many years. Sounds like a pretty nice package. I can give you some tips on some things you'll want to take care of after you get it (if you do of course). Welcome to the insanity.

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 08:45 PM

The first thing to check is the steering for slop, and if the steering column has any movement to it. Also, check the bearings in the transmission, spindle bearings on the mower deck and then the normal stuff to look at when buying any tractor. Good Luck! Like Jeff said, welcome to the insanity.

The Jim Dandys came with two sets of gears. Some were very fast, some very slow. Don't know why they did this. Best thing to do when you look at it is to drive it in all the gears and see if you can live with whatever speeds it offers. These tractors are fairly bullet proof and if properly cared for will last many many years. Sounds like a pretty nice package. I can give you some tips on some things you'll want to take care of after you get it (if you do of course). Welcome to the insanity.


This is the first I have heard of the gear differences. Are you referring to the optional gear reduction box?

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 08:53 PM

Rob maybe you could check the rear and trans fluid for water , maybe how the clutch throw-out bearing sounds when you push it in ( engine running ) I think you'll find there are pretty HD if not abused , Al

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 09:04 PM

This is the first I have heard of the gear differences. Are you referring to the optional gear reduction box?


There may have been a gear reduction box come to think of it. I've only ever had one JD and it was FAST. All the rest have been larger models.

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 09:12 PM

There may have been a gear reduction box come to think of it. I've only ever had one JD and it was FAST. All the rest have been larger models.


I do know that the Jim Dandys have smaller bull gears in the final drives. Making them faster, but they put less power to the ground.

I attached a picture of a gear reduction box, it was only available for the Jim Dandy models.

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 09:17 PM

The problem is, the box over corrected the problem.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 12:03 PM

What is a reasonable price for one of these tractors in nice runnable condition?

Includes mowing deck, snow plow and hydraulics.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 10:36 PM

I recently bought a 2418 for $800 with good sheet metal which runs and drives great... after I fixed a wiring problem. It included a deck and hydraulics.




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