Bolens 853 General Info Request
Posted November 05, 2012 - 05:19 PM
I am selling some golf cart parts to friend of a friend. Long story short, he has a Bolens 853 that he wants to trade me for my stuff.
The 853 has been sitting out in the weather. There is a pretty little plant growing out of the seat.....Engine turns, tires look good. Hood has a medium coat of surface rust, but everything looks structurally sound. Doesn't seem to be froze up - throttle cable, hi/low, trans gearshifter, steering all work. Mower deck is the only attechment. Belts are all there but have some checking/cracking and I would replace them...
These were only made a couple years, correct? Any issues with hard to find parts, problem areas, things to watch out for?
I really don't need another tractor (according to my wife..... ), so if I get this, it would most likely be a project to fix up and get running then sell/trade for something else. Course after I fix it up, who knows......
If he were selling it for CASH$$$ he says $150.00 as it sits. Course I would be trading it for stuff that didn't cost me anything (effectively) so the price is moot, but does that sound reasonable for a non-runner? Also consider that this is happening in FLORIDA - a virtual desert when it comes to GT's - not like you folks up north where they are for sale on every corner it seems.....
So what do you Bolens guys thing of the 853?
Posted November 05, 2012 - 05:28 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 05:47 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 06:03 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 07:59 PM
Parts are interchangeable on most tubeframes so getting parts will not be a problem. I say get it and add a Bolens to your collection
Posted November 05, 2012 - 08:51 PM
Posted November 06, 2012 - 04:37 AM
Re the numbering conventions - I am assuming the "8" represents the horsepower. Would therefore 1053 (if there is such an animal...) be the same tractor except for a bigger engine? Or is it just that the 8XX used the 8hp engine, and the 10xx were a different frame?
Yes, the first numbers usually indicated the horsepower.
The 853 and 1053 used the same frame. ....The 853 had an 8hp B&S aluminum engine and a 3-speed transmission with HI/LO range selected by moving the drive belt idler pulley from one drive belt to the other. .....The 1053 had a 10hp cast-iron Wisconsin engine and a 6-speed transmission with the HI/LO range built into the transmission, and utilized dual belts to transmit power to the drive and PTO. .....The six-speed transmission had a locking differential.
- Tennblue59 said thank you
Posted November 08, 2012 - 10:34 PM
Edited by boyscout862, November 08, 2012 - 10:35 PM.