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#1 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:33 PM

I've been asked by so many folks for pics of the 1886 Forklift, that I decided to run over to the dealership and take a quick vid of it so you guys can see what it looks like.

 

It ain't pretty, but all the tin is in decent condition.  It's just showing that it's had a pretty hard life as a workhorse.

 


Edited by OldBuzzard, January 17, 2013 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:15 PM

Ok so I dont hate you anymore. I utterly despise you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That thing is just too awesome.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:25 PM

Nice find. A bit of TLC, and you'll have a real handy rig there.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:37 PM

Throttle, tires, lots of cosmetics. You're going to keep that as is and use it, right Dave? I sure would. Imagine how handy that would be around the place. Mower decks palatalized and stacked to the rafters.

 

Nice walk around. Thanks for taking the time to do that.


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:45 PM

That's a really nice outfit. Looks well made and I'm sure it will be handy to have as well as being a rare addition for your collection. 



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:47 PM

I'll probably leave it in it's "Work Clothes". You can tell that it was worked hard, but not abused.

 

It will be needing new tires of course. I have a stack of plastic pallets that I want to put mu attachments on so that they are easy to move around.

 

I'll have to research tires for load carrying ability, since this thing weighs a lot just sitting there, plus the mast is rated for 750# lift.

 

I'm 1/2 way considering having the tires foam filled.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 05:50 PM

Peer pressure at its best. Your new 1886 leaves me speachless. One more great piece of history to your collection. Thank you for the video.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 06:03 PM

Yeah, I'm thinking some pallet racking and you could stack GT's and implements to the rafters!



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 09:46 PM

That is a great find, congratulations.

It is defiantly a tractor that will come in very handy a lot of times.

I would be lost without my forklift.



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 09:58 PM

OB, That is a very cool find. Glad you could make a deal on it. :thumbs: 

 

You will wonder how you ever got along without a forklift once you start using it. :D



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Posted January 18, 2013 - 06:46 AM

'Ol Buzz:

 

Was that tractor repainted at some point?

 

I am under the impression that the 1971 (1886-01) and the 1972 (1886-02) tractors were white with red wheels. 

 

What year did Bolens change the colors of the 18hp to black/white paint scheme?  ....1973 ????



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Posted January 18, 2013 - 07:36 AM

Bruce, it's definitely a -01.  The 'round' PTO lever is a dead giveaway.

 

It may very well have been repainted at some point.  It's remarkably rust free underneath and on the frame.

 

Also the the decals on the hood are definitely from a later year.   Not to mention the ones on the fenders.  Plus the one on the rear that's covering up the hole where the tail light should be :D :D :D

 

We need Jerome to post a pic of a PROPER 1886-01 for comparison.

 

ETA:

 

After looking a the vid again, and comparing it to my other 1886-01, and pics of 1886-01s on the net, I'm going to say that it's DEFINATILY been repainted at some point.  It looks like the 1886-01 should be almost totally white, except for the engine and wheels.

 

I looked at a 1971 Bolens brochure I have (.pdf) but that was no help as the picture they show is of a 1477 with 1886 decals on it!

 

 


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Posted January 18, 2013 - 07:47 AM

Do you get any sort of manual/parts list with the lift attachment?



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Posted January 18, 2013 - 08:04 AM

Nope, but I'll ask them if they have anything.

 

It would be nice to have any paperwork that they have on it for historical purposes.



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Posted January 18, 2013 - 11:06 AM

Is this the only forklift of its type known to have been made and/or in existence?  I mean, I'm assuming that the company that made the forklift for the tractor made others as well, but is this possibly the only one they fitted to a Bolens in such a way?  Is the company that made it still in business?

 

I also seem to recall somewhere on the 'net pictures of another Bolens forklift (was it from Sonny's Bolens or am I wrong on that?), but the other one looked totally custom made.  I think they relocated the seat on the hood and you had to steer it between your legs somehow and they put the forklift part on the back hanging behind the rear wheels like a tiller attachment or something...

 

Yours definitely seems like it would be easier to drive for sure!  lol...  (Even though just about every commercial forklift I have ever seen does steer by the rear wheels and the drive wheels are up front...)






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