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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 08:54 PM

Well, I figure I'll start with the first post on this Forum About my Incident with some battery acid.

It all started when I bought my Bolens 850 this summer. I started it up and let it run to check and see if there was anything wrong with the engine internally. The next day I decided to try and take it for a ride. I figured I'd go nice and slow and ride around and test the gears. Little did I know that the shift lever was out of place and as soon as I lifted my foot off the clutch it went in the highest speed gear. I did not expect this so I did not put the battery hold down plates in. All was going well when after a little while I started seeing some mist come up from the engine area. At first I thought it was an oil leak, but then I breathed some in and it burned. I also got a little splash right underneath my left eye. Thats when I knew for shure what it was. The pulley on the engine rubbed against the battery and made a hole and the pulley was flinging the acid everywhere. So I turn off the Bolens and run inside to flush my eyes and face from the acid. After I done that I took a box of baking soda and poured it all over the 850 to neutralize the acid, so It would not damage the drive belts and metal. I managed to escape with minor acid burn marks. Which healed up nicely. You cant even tell anything happened. :smile1:

So just remember to put those battery tie downs on before you move the tractor LOL

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 09:25 PM

That acid is some nasty stuff for sure! I guess we've all had some close calls, with one thing or another, at some point in our lives.
Glad you weren't hurt seriously.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 09:34 PM

Yeah I guess I was pretty lucky. Another 1/4 inch and it would have got me right in the eye.

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Posted February 17, 2010 - 07:19 AM

Thankfully you were OK. That stuff can be nasty. I currently have the battery hold down on the 800 off because of starting problems. It will definitely be attached when we get it running. Thanks for the safety reminder.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 02:11 PM

That battery acid is bad stuff,glad you got off easy.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 02:29 PM

Glad you're doing ok. Many years ago, my nephew did a stupid. I had a boat battery box laying out. Had rained, so about an inch of rainwater in it. Being a battery box, there was dried remnants of acid in it. Was summer, so he thought it funny to douse me with the water. Seeing what it was, I hollered....NOoooooo! That was while he was swinging to toss. Too late, hit me right in the face & hell fire did it burn!!!!!!!!!! Was just like straight battery acid. My eyes felt like they were literally on fire. I was within 50' of my back door, so started flailing my arms as I headed to the door. Could NOT open my eyes...tried, but turned the flame to a torch! Finally found the back door, then the bathroom. Jumped right in the shower & started rinsing my eyes. After about 15 minutes it finally subsided. Was such intense pain my friends. Brian & I are very good examples of lucky lucky guys!!!!!!

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 10:15 PM

You guys are very lucky, acid is nothing to mess with with. I always have that fear when jump starting something that the battery will explode.

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Posted March 25, 2010 - 02:51 PM

I took a some pics of the culprit yesterday......
I'm sort of keeping it as a souvenir LOL

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Posted March 25, 2010 - 05:42 PM

That's a good reminder... for all of us!

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Posted March 30, 2010 - 11:34 AM

I bet you won't go without having the battery strapped down first from now on? I hate acid, even the trippy kind. Never tried it and don't want to LOL

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Posted March 30, 2010 - 02:36 PM

I bet you won't go without having the battery strapped down first from now on? I hate acid, even the trippy kind. Never tried it and don't want to LOL


:ditto:
From now on I always make shure the battery straps are in place LOL.

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Posted June 21, 2010 - 05:20 AM

yea i had the exact same thing happen with one of my outher lawn tracters it makes a mess

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Posted June 21, 2010 - 01:51 PM

Seeing this thread resurface reminded me of my old 1961 IH Scout. I took it down to the river & up large creeks feeding it. Real rough & deep. Battery came loose & fell into the fan. Shut it off & looked under the hood. Nearly 1/4 of the battery was gone on the bottom & back side. I fired it up after righting the battery before the battery went dead from loss of electrolyte. Did just fine, made the 6 or 7 miles home no problems. That's about a 30 year trip down memory lane.




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