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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:09 AM

I was given this  Versa-Matic last fall for free.

It was pretty rough and the carb was left off it and the valve's all rusted up since water got in over the years.

I really didnt think I could get it running without doing a complete rebuild but Since I planted some larger gardens this year I was going to need another one to cultivate.

Managed to get the valves free and ground them down and lapped them. I removed the head and poured oil into the block and let it sit a few days to make sure the rings weren't stuck

 

Cleaned the tank, Put some fresh gas in and she fired on the second pull :dancingbanana:

It doesn't  even smoke and runs great!!

 

The previous owners cobbled together some headlights and a muffler which I did my best to restore back to OEM.

The pipe seemed pretty rusted in there so I decided to leave it for now and just put a new muffler on the end of it.

Never ceases to amaze me the things people will do to get around Buying original parts, It would have been alot easier to just get another pancake muffler and bolt that on instead of adding 10 foot of pipe :wallbanging:

 

When I picked it up:

 

http://gardentractor...attach_id=41685

 

http://gardentractor...attach_id=41687

 

 

 

 

Now:

 

Since this one is rough, I decided to use it as the worker as I wont feel bad getting it dirty and not be using my nice original 55' versa-Matic for cultivating and weed cutting :D

 

(I know the tires look hideous on there but It was the only option other than paying $200 for a new set of ags)

 

 

 

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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:24 AM

What does that blade look like on the under side. I have someting that looks like that blade but was not sure what it fit


Edited by Littledeere, June 01, 2013 - 10:26 AM.


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:45 AM

What does that blade look like on the under side. I have someting that looks like that blade but was not sure what it fit

 

Its just flat with a washer and nut similar to what you see on the top.

They also made a saw blade for these


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Doc., Glad to hear you got it up and running. I don't think it looks that bad and only you are going to be bothered by the tires, if they work use them as you said this is a worker. Maybe you will stumble on a good used set of AG's one day, you just don't ever know what will pop up.


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 02:45 PM

That's a nice "Spinning Wheel of Death" you got there Brian. lol 

 

 

That's one attachment that gives me nightmares just from looking at it.Guess I watch to many horror films :rolling:



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 03:03 PM

That's a nice "Spinning Wheel of Death" you got there Brian. lol 

 

 

That's one attachment that gives me nightmares just from looking at it.Guess I watch to many horror films :rolling:

 

But the Decal on it says it complies with all safety regulations :thumbs:

 

Its really Not that dangerous if your careful and its my favorite walkbehind attachment. (Thanks to Bruce whom I picked it up from last summer)

I did find out you need safety glasses as it tends to whip stuff back at you :D


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 03:20 PM

I bet it does whip stuff back at you. :biting_nails: :anvil_drop:    lol

 

My little DR string trimmer,even with the big plexiglass guard on it,whips stuff back at ya.

 

Wonder if they made some sort of "splash guard" for those back in the day?



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 04:29 PM

... Never ceases to amaze me the things people will do to get around Buying original parts, ...

 

(I know the tires look hideous on there but It was the only option other than paying $200 for a new set of ags)

 

Just saying ...



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 04:31 PM

I think it looks good and it was free. I see what you mean about the muffler. Thanks for the pictures



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 04:41 PM

Just saying ...

 

I know what your saying but.....

A $5 muffler is different than 2 New $200 tires......


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 04:57 PM

They are & they aren't.  On a Sunday afternoon of a long weekend, we will all use whatever gets us back up & running.  If I have 10 feet of pipe & the wrong muffler, then that's what I use.  Once it is fixed, there isn't any point in re-fixing that which isn't broken.  It isn't always about easier, sometimes its about what you have or don't have.  Much like tires that work but aren't quite what we'd like to have.



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 05:08 PM

That looks like something fun to use!



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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:10 PM

Will 6x12 R-1 AGs fit on it? Found a set for $156.99 with free ship.

http://www.ebay.com/...c0affa1&vxp=mtr

 

 

Or these nice looking 6 ply 5x12 AGs for $134.00 + $35.00 shipping

http://www.ebay.com/...=item35c806522f


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Posted June 01, 2013 - 10:43 PM

Workers aren't suppose to be pretty. They just need to "work" and besides once you get a little dirt and grime on it  it'll look better.



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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:20 AM

There nothing wrong it just has its "working clothes" on.




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