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#1 Bolens 1000 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 09:50 AM

Well, Looks like its finally time for a carb rebuild! :hitting_self_roller:

Went to start up the 850 to haul firewood and about 5 minutes she started sputtering and starving for fuel. Thankfully I managed to limp back home in second gear. I kind of had a feeling something was brewing as the last few times I used it it just didnt run as smooth as the Wisconsins normally do.

Took apart the carb and found the main jet and needle valve were in pretty poor condition. Also the carb was warped from the previous owner(s) over tightening the 3 screws.
I sanded down the high spots which took down the gap significantly.

I managed to snag a Rebuild kit on ebay for $13 with shipping which was a steal as these kits normally are around $40

Got the carb soaking and now just have to wait for the parts to come in :thumbs:

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Good luck with it. Yeah, $13 for a rebuild kit sounds like a steal! Can you replace the jet and needle valve in this carb or do you just clean it up the best you can and hope for the best?

On the good side, at least you have plenty of back-up Bolens' to get the job done until your 850 is back running again! :smilewink:

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:16 AM

What are you soaking it in? I got a carb kit for my 1250 from NAPA for about $20 including tax. It took 2 days. Good luck.

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Can you replace the jet and needle valve in this carb or do you just clean it up the best you can and hope for the best?

On the good side, at least you have plenty of back-up Bolens' to get the job done until your 850 is back running again! :smilewink:


Yeah the Jet has rings around it which requires replacement.
The 850 was really the only worker I had, The 1050 has the cab and blower on it and the rest of the fleet dosent have chains/weights or is put away for the season.

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:29 AM

What are you soaking it in? I got a carb kit for my 1250 from NAPA for about $20 including tax. It took 2 days. Good luck.


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Posted December 20, 2012 - 12:47 PM

wow!! 13.00 for a carb kit was a blessing hope everything works for you . in Christ bobby
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Posted December 20, 2012 - 02:00 PM

Good luck with your carb ,Brian.

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 09:30 AM

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What the heck is that? Never seen it before. It's not a prank is it? lol... Awesome in a bottle? :rolling:

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 07:25 PM

What the heck is that? Never seen it before. It's not a prank is it? lol... Awesome in a bottle? :rolling:


Its a heavy duty degreaser/ cleaner that you can find in most grocery stores. Its pretty cheap as well.

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Posted December 21, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Sorry to learn of your problems with the 850 Brian. At least the tractor is in very capable hands. Glad to hear you made a good buy on the rebuild kit.
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Posted December 21, 2012 - 09:36 PM

Great deal on the kit. Hope it goes together fast for you... wouldnt want you to be without for long.

Isn't that Awesome great stuff? They sell it here at the one Dollar store and it's really the cats meow.

Never thought to soak a carb in it, for a buck, it's worth the attempt.

Do you heat it while it's soaking?
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Posted December 21, 2012 - 09:40 PM

"Awesome" cleaner is at all "Dollar Tree" stores. Not sure if Dollar Tree is a national chain or not though.
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Posted December 22, 2012 - 08:19 AM

Great deal on the kit. Hope it goes together fast for you... wouldnt want you to be without for long.

Isn't that Awesome great stuff? They sell it here at the one Dollar store and it's really the cats meow.

Never thought to soak a carb in it, for a buck, it's worth the attempt.

Do you heat it while it's soaking?



I normally just dip it in room temperature.
If you got a really dirty carb you can see the solution almost bubbling. After a few hours of soaking I clean it up with a tooth brush rinse it off and let it soak a final time, then blow all the ports out with air.
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Posted December 22, 2012 - 01:24 PM

I use Purple Power on my stuff.It eats grease and oil and turns dirt into a nice brown mush that can easily be rinsed away.

It works pretty good but I still have my Toxic 2 minute or less carb cleaning solution.Muriatic acid and dish soap mix.If you leave a carb in that stuff any longer than 5 minutes MAX,it will eat the whole carb.It's really nice for saving those Really Really bad carbs with the White corrosion.Only trick with that stuff is getting the acid neutralized.Water works fairly well but I need to make me a baking soda dip tank.Milk jugs work good for carb cleaning lol

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Posted December 23, 2012 - 10:16 AM

Got the kit in yesterday and got everything re-assembled
Just waiting for the main jet to come in :tapping_fingers:

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