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#1 hydriv OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2010 - 07:45 PM

This morning, I ran some items to the auctioneer's business premises and dropped them off. Naturally, I took a look around since I was already there, to see some of the early arrivals. The auction won't be held until the 4th of next month but items are showing up every day.

The Bolens has no deck with it but has an O/H valve Tec engine under the hood. I've never seen that model of National before. It looks more like a GT than the traditional ones that are little more than a seat, motor and three reels. The one that really caught my attention is the one that looked more like a go-cart then a riding mower. The seat adjusts by moving it forward or rearward. There are 3 positions. This unit has 3 speeds forward plus reverse. I think that the deck is maybe 30 inches.

The Italian tool carrier is a bit of an odd duck too. I've never seen one of those previously, either.

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Posted October 15, 2010 - 08:39 PM

I wonder what the heck the go kart looking thing is. It doesn't look like it is homemade either. The Bolens looks like it could be a keeper.

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Posted October 15, 2010 - 08:56 PM

Nope.... that unit isn't some homemade unit. It says "Yardworks CART" on the seat back. Apparently, this is another MTD brand and the CART is one of several models in the lineup. There are some YouTube vids of this thing in action.

YouTube - Yard Works GoKart Mower - Bad Idea - Mulching Gone Wrong

YouTube - Go Cart Lawn Mower by Yard Works

YouTube - Go Kart Lawn Mower by Yard Works is Back Update.AVI

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Posted October 15, 2010 - 09:12 PM

Looks like there is some interesting stuff there.
That Bolens looks Good :thumbs:

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 05:00 PM

The red Italian one is an Antonio Carraro 9400, need a big wallet for that one.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 06:16 PM

The red Italian one is an Antonio Carraro 9400, need a big wallet for that one.


How good a machine are they? Any known problems? Are they backed up with parts and service? Tell me what you know.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 07:05 PM

They started putting hoods on the Nationals a few years ago....maybe late 90s......also hydro trans.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 07:28 PM

Looks like there is some interesting stuff there.
That Bolens looks Good :thumbs:

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 07:35 PM

I'm going to keep an eye on the stuff in that auction. Lucky for that Bolens that it has a Tec in it. If that had been a Kohler that was 14 hp or more, I'd be hoping to snare it. Sadly.....I'd have kept the engine and parted out the rest.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 07:38 PM

They started putting hoods on the Nationals a few years ago....maybe late 90s......also hydro trans.


Thanks poncho. I did not know that. There is another National there but it's the more traditional type. Looks to be pretty rough.

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Posted October 16, 2010 - 07:38 PM

I'm going to keep an eye on the stuff in that auction. Lucky for that Bolens that it has a Tec in it. If that had been a Kohler that was 14 hp or more, I'd be hoping to snare it. Sadly.....I'd have kept the engine and parted out the rest.


Yeah, I'm not a big fan of tec. engines.
I tend to stay away from that series of Bolens

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Posted October 17, 2010 - 06:01 AM

How good a machine are they? Any known problems? Are they backed up with parts and service? Tell me what you know.



It is my opinion you would struggle to find a machine better at what these were designed to do, these Alpine tractors are designed for hilly, rough ground, orchards, vineyards etc, they are small and compact but powerfull and with a low centre of gravity make them ideal for mowing, baling hillsides etc, most of them also have reversible drive which is usefull, they also make great snow pushers. The one in my avatar has been working in forestry for the past 20 years with very few problems.
Known problems i have heard of are usually to do with the hydraulics, they can leak. not a problem to fix you might say but remember these are compact machines, space to work is very limited and you might find you have to remove a lot of parts to get access to the faulty one, but isnt that true with all compact tractors.... a lot of skinned knuckles and swearing, engines though im sure if treated well will last without incident for years.
Like any tractor they are only really as good as the service backup, im not familiar with that in USA but i would imagine if your nearest parts dealer is 1000 miles away that could create problems, these are very expensive machines and you cant really afford to have them sitting idle while you wait for parts as like most others it will eventually break down in some way or other and i would imagine parts wont be cheap, i may be wrong though as i dont know the setup there.
Antonio CARRARO S.p.A. - Trattori Multifunzionali per l'agricoltura specializzata this is the current lineup in US, i prefer the old ones though
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Posted October 17, 2010 - 06:07 AM

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of tec. engines.
I tend to stay away from that series of Bolens


I have one with the Tech in it,and so far no problems with it.:smilewink:

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Posted October 17, 2010 - 07:49 AM

I have one with the Tech in it,and so far no problems with it.:smilewink:


Seems like some people have great success using them and others have nightmares with them

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Posted October 17, 2010 - 06:04 PM

It is my opinion you would struggle to find a machine better at what these were designed to do,



Thanks Sam,
I'm going to send the photos to a friend of mine who does snow clearing to see if he could use it.




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