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Picked Up A Bolens Power Pak Yesterday! (Now Restoring)


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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 08:08 AM

Picked up this Power Pak  which was buried in an old barn for years.

Unfortunately the "mow Pak" is missing so I guess I'll just have to settle for the "Till Pak" as the attachment :D

 

For those of you that are not familiar with these, the power Head (Engine and Handle bars) can be removed and you could either put the tiller or mower Deck on. Some Models even offered a snow caster but this particular one I have just had the Mower Deck and Tiller as attachments.

 

I've been looking for one of these for quite some time, This will get fully restored someday but hopefully If I'm lucky I can find a mower for it. It looks like It may fire right up after I clean it, the crankcase was filled with oil, tank is clean inside and the engine is free :dancingbanana:

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 09:01 AM

Wow, cool find, Doc!  I can see this thing more as a tiller than as a mower though, unless those rear wheels stay with the tiller part and there are different wheels for the mower deck part?  Would be cool if the mower was also self-propelled, but I doubt that.  What year(s) was/were this/these things made?  1950's?  1960's?  It looks pretty rugged, even with all of the rust and hardly any paint left on it, it is still pretty solid and no rust-outs or anything on it.  That's a nice find.  Did you get it for free?


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 09:35 AM

That's a pretty cool item.  It looks pretty robust too.  I hope you find the mower section some day as well.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 10:01 AM

These were made in the mid/Late 50's - Early 60's

Hard to see from the pics but they are supposed to be green and yellow

Got to check my sheets to get an exact year on mine

 

Here's a sample:

 

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Posted May 18, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Doc., Wow,  That is a great find and nice addition to your collection. Can't wait to see it restored. :thumbs:



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Posted May 18, 2013 - 11:03 AM

Nice find Dr. B. There seems to be no end to the different stuff that Bolens tried over the years. They were always trying to meet the property maintenance and gardening needs of home owners. 


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 07:54 PM

Way to go, Brian !!  :rocker2: 

 

How about buying me a Lottery ticket, Brian ????  :D  .....This was a lucky find :thumbs:  because these were never built/sold in high quantities, and I doubt there are many left in existence.

 

I tried looking for the model # 2060 in my production info, but I didn't find it anywhere.  ....I didn't see it under tractors, mowers, tillers, or snowblowers.

 

I thought maybe the model number could be "ball-parked" into a certain year, but looking at the numbers used by Bolens doesn't show any logical progression in their use of model numbers. 

....For example, #2059 and #2063 were introduced in 1958, so it may seem logical that #2060 was introduced that same year.

....However, #2054 was introduced in 1959, #2044 was introduced in 1960, #2033 and #2051 were introduced in 1961.

 

So, that method of dating your unit does not work.  ....Do you have any brochures showing the PowerPak?

 

Do you have a manual for this unit in your collection?  ....If not, I think I do.


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 08:10 PM

Way to go, Brian !!  :rocker2: 

 

How about buying me a Lottery ticket, Brian ????  :D  .....This was a lucky find :thumbs:  because these were never built/sold in high quantities, and I doubt there are many left in existence.

 

I tried looking for the model # 2060 in my production info, but I didn't find it anywhere.  ....I didn't see it under tractors, mowers, tillers, or snowblowers.

 

 

 

I thought maybe the model number could be "ball-parked" into a certain year, but looking at the numbers used by Bolens doesn't show any logical progression in their use of model numbers. 

....For example, #2059 and #2063 were introduced in 1958, so it may seem logical that #2060 was introduced that same year.

....However, #2054 was introduced in 1959, #2044 was introduced in 1960, #2033 and #2051 were introduced in 1961.

 

So, that method of dating your unit does not work.  ....Do you have any brochures showing the PowerPak?

 

Do you have a manual for this unit in your collection?  ....If not, I think I do.

 

The funny thing is this was in my uncles barn for many years and I didnt even know it luckily  it didnt get thrown out.

 

oh yeah, I also got it for free :D

This looks like its going to be hard to ID the year. I came up with nothing in my paperwork :(

I will have to look in my brochures to see if there is any mention of the 2060-04

 

I do have the partslist and owners manual for it which happened to be in that little Blue binder I got from you last summer :D


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Posted May 18, 2013 - 09:35 PM

That's a great find! Even better its from inside the family circle.

 

Can you see the numbers on the engine, cause it looks like a newer briggs on it. If you take the first 2 numbers of the Code (3rd set) that would get you pretty close to the year of it.

 

Makes me wonder how many people through the years didn't shut the engine off when swapping attachments. I ain't seeing no safety features on it.


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 01:12 AM

Wow! What a find first one I have seen out side a book.



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:35 AM

I have to say, that is one cool design. Something I have never seen before. Finding this and the family history makes it really special!

 

Putting the package of implements/attachments together would make a great collection and conversation piece. thanks for sharing!!



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:49 AM

Nice find. Looking forward to seeing more info about this, and the restoration.



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:54 AM

There is a toro very similiar for sale on ebay,It has the mower ,tiller and snowcaster

http://www.ebay.com/...c-/251276933877


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Posted May 19, 2013 - 05:58 AM

Brian:

 

Can you separate the two pieces, and send some pics of how they mate together?  ....It may help ID a mower or snowblower attachment.

 

Did you find the B&S numbers?  .....Is it a 6BH ?



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Posted May 19, 2013 - 07:59 AM

Toro made something similar back then, I always wondered if there was much market or competition.

Good find, great that it was a family piece. :thumbs: on the price




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