I've been searching around for a larger Bolens tractor to do some garden work with with little luck. I've looked at four so far and all were 1250/1455 models. I've not bothered with the smaller models since I was pretty much under the impression that they're for one, 'smaller' and that they're not direct drive as the large frame models were.
After going several rounds with slipping belts on my AC, I've about had it with belts, although I'm not 100% convinced on owning a hydrostatic drive tractor for garden work. (Bad experiences with both a hydrostatic Simplicity and a hydrostatic Ford).
How capable is a tube frame vs. a large frame?
What I found running my AC416S is that for one it could use larger wheels and more ground clearance, and second it needed a lot more weight. It would pull a house if I could stop the belts from slipping. It would slip its belts before spinning a tire with the tires loaded and about 200lbs of added weight bars.
I need to pull a plow and disc, and if I can find one, I'd love to have a tiller. So far all the Large frame machines are either priced as high or higher than buying a full size farm tractor, or their junk and in need of everything. I don't need pretty, I just want one to run and do its job.
I just found out I'll have almost a full acre to plant this spring, double what I had last year.
I can call on a favor if needed from a buddy who will gladly bring his full size tractor and attachments but that's sort of overkill and it forces me to do it all at one time and not as I'm ready to plant each crop. I want my own machine.
Will a tube frame do the same job as a large frame? Other than the obvious differences, where they at all competitive models or was the large frame a major step up?
What is the limit to either model? Would I be asking too much of a tube frame with gears to plow and ready 1 acre of garden? (Roughly two 120 x 75' garden sections).
Since the AC doesn't seem sellable, I'll keep it and set it up for lighter work, to use for cultivating or just pulling a wagon.
I looked at a tube frame which a buddies neighbor has with a loader on it, I'm not sure of the model, the hood has no decal. Its a hydrostatic model, with a model 14 loader on it.
What does the knob on the axle do?
What sort of hitch did they use for attachments?
He's got a bunch of attachements with it but I didn't see hitch.
He's not asking much, so I'll probably grab it either way, but will it handle gardening an acre of land?
Are there any weaknesses in a tube frame I should be concerned about?
Or should I just hold out for a large frame or something bigger altogeher?