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#1 Cat385B ONLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 10:50 AM

Kurtee posted the CL ad for this one last Sunday. I talked to the seller on Monday, but the banks were closed. Finally got over there yesterday to look at it.

Here's what I bought: A 1978 Bolens G152. 2wd, 15 hp two cylinder diesel. Unknown hours, I'd guess over a grand probably. Smokes a bit at idle, and when warm when you floor the throttle. Just a bit a black, nothing major. Shifts through all the gears fine, pto works fine through all three speeds, brakes are fine. Hydraulics are in good shape, but the fluids and filters on this thing need attention. The coolant looks like muddy water. I didn't find any signs of leaks.

Wiring is an issue. Lights don't work. Original start/glow plug switch disconnected, push button starter installed instead of fixing. :wallbanging:

It's got turf tires all around, chains on the rear. Seller gave me enough extra chains to make another set, I think.

I got an Iseki 42" tiller with the tractor, along with a 48" mmm, and a 42" front mount Bolens snowblower. All the hardware for the mower deck is included, as far as I can tell. The blower and tiller were hooked up, and operate fine. The tiller could use some new tines, and I need to weld in new cups on the single stage snowblower auger.
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It has a loader subframe and the hydraulics, but no loader.
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Manuals included, along with the original registration card (not filled out) and some decals.
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Oh, I finally got the trade done with my brother-in-law. The topper is gone, and I have a roll-up cover instead. Rolled over 80,000 miles on this tractor buying trip, actually.
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Tractor too heavy for aluminum ramps.
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Never seen a tiller that looks like that one ,I love it win you get the paper work most is long gone looks like
a pretty good setup
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 11:34 AM

Congrats on one impressive lookin machine! Seems like it should handle whatever task ahead or behind it. Nice grab!
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 11:43 AM

Great haul there! That Bolens looks like a beast! Good Luck with it!
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 11:43 AM

Nice looking Bolens,should be quite a workhorse with all the attachments that came with it. :thumbs:

Rolled over 80,000 miles on this tractor buying trip, actually.

You know Cat, that has to be a new all time tractor buying trip distance record! :bigrofl:

Edited by pigsitter, October 14, 2012 - 11:45 AM.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 01:01 PM

Nice looking Bolens,should be quite a workhorse with all the attachments that came with it. :thumbs:


You know Cat, that has to be a new all time tractor buying trip distance record! :bigrofl:


Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Too Funny!!! :bigrofl: :bigrofl:

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 01:37 PM

Never seen a tiller that looks like that one


Actual 'Iseki' branded implement, this one is.
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You know Cat, that has to be a new all time tractor buying trip distance record! :bigrofl:


I even proof-read that, just in case you woke up early today. Darn it. May the winds of the Sahara blow a desert scorpion down your workboots.

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Posted October 14, 2012 - 02:09 PM

Nice buy! I'm glad you seen the light. :D
To bad its not a true Bolens. :poke:

Edited by wilberj, October 14, 2012 - 02:11 PM.


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Posted October 14, 2012 - 02:37 PM

Nice machine.. I'm sure she will earn her keep...
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Posted October 14, 2012 - 03:26 PM

Kubota also had tillers like that back in the '70s.


Good looking Iseki Bolens,congrats.
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 08:31 PM

Getting into it now, and have a list started.

Swapped out four bad tines on the tiller. I got 10 new ones with the deal, so 6 replacements left.

The only reason the starter/glow plug switch was disconnected was poor/corroded connections I think. Seems to work fine putting power through it and checking with the voltmeter. I did verify that the glow plugs both work, its just that the switch was disconnected due to bad connections on the starter terminal. :rocker2:

This tractor doesn't have the factory steering stop collar to limit turns so you don't rub the snowblower extension frame. Need to look into what that needs to correct that.

I have everything needed for the deck. But the deck patch is ugly, and is going to have to be re-done.
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Did the G152 have a larger (60") deck available? I'm thinking of making a deck if I get laid off this winter. Something wider than the tractor, maybe 54-56"? Offset to the left to trim better.....more on that later.

Picked up 1/4 metal for replacing the center of the snowblower auger tonight after work, try to get that done this week yet. (darn thing is 11/16" away from the housing, that won't work well)
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And, for the life of me, I can't find anything wrong with the turf tires on this Bolens. :wallbanging: Not a gouge, a rip, a leak; nothing. I'm officially stuck with the turf tires.

Edited by Cat385B, October 16, 2012 - 08:39 PM.


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Posted October 16, 2012 - 08:57 PM

Nice purchase Cat. Your going to really appreciate your tractor the more you use it.
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Posted October 23, 2012 - 06:54 PM

I cleaned up the contacts on the starter/glow plug switch, and put the wiring back to the original set up. Works fine now.

With that taken care of, it was time to test it out, see if there were any hydraulic, tranny, engine, or cooling issues. Happy to report there are none. Tilled for 3 hours on Sunday, and another hour tonight.

8/10s of an acre, I figure.
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Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:01 PM

A real neat find! Glad to hear the good report, should be a real good worker.
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Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:28 PM

Congratulations on your new tractor! If you like it as much as I like my Ford 1500 your going to be one happy camper,
As far as a bit of smoke, try adding a little Power Service to your fuel and see if that does not improve things.
My Ford did not smoke except on a cold start,but I think it
s running better on every fill.
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