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#16 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted July 23, 2013 - 10:40 AM

I used to use an L on the Tollway... a lot! I wish I had one, but, they're not common around here.



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Posted July 23, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Seriously, though,a friend encouraged me to go look at it....

 

I've seen the small and medium-frame Bolens, so I wasn't looking that hard when I found this one...I'd seen it in the online Want Ads for the last couple weeks, and assumed it was a medium frame and didn't want another project... 

 

HOWEVER, the PO also has a "JD910" mower (actually a JD912 I later discovered) with a "3-cylinder, water-cooled Yanmar engine". 

 

Now I WAS interested in THAT!.  The 910s had Onan B48s, but the 925's had Yanmar 3TN diesels--same engine as the JD430.  I was hoping he didn't know the exact model number... which turned out to be true...but not as I hoped. The JD912 has a 3-cylinder, water-cooled Yanmar GAS engine in them--same block as the 3TN, but with plugs and wires instead of injectors and steel lines.

 

The Bolens needs more than a little TLC--it's been rode hard and put away wet, but I was impressed with it's size!! I think it's bigger than my JD 420--it certainly has more ground clearance!!

 

It has the 10 inch wheels on front, front PTO and hydraulics, foot operated hydrostatic tranny, and 3 PH.  It has sat for about 10 years, so the engine may be pretty sick, but I have a Kohler M18 I can drop in it, or, I may put a Mitsi L3E diesel in it--still negotiating on that engine... I'll eventually put power steering on it as well.

 

That would leave my JD420 free to work instead of being an engine swap candidate--do earthmoving chores this summer, plow the garden this fall, and blow snow this winter... IF, I can get my garage cleaned out, the Bolens will be a winter's project to keep me occupied during the long dark winter nights when the wind howls at the door, there's nothing good on TV (hardly ever is anymore) and I don't feel like going anywhere after work.

 

Anyway, I think I beat Kenny up this morning... 'cause I didn't even go to sleep until 4:00!!!--downloaded dozens of Bolens manuals from the site here until I hit my limit and had to stop... I even found a manual for the Gannon Earthcavator.

 

 

Smitty


Edited by Utah Smitty, July 23, 2013 - 10:58 AM.

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Posted July 23, 2013 - 11:00 AM

I used to use an L on the Tollway... a lot! I wish I had one, but, they're not common around here.

 

I remember them from when I was a boy... this one had had a snowplow, which the PO kept.  I got it running, but it was geared too high---Darn!!  Plus with my advancing age, excessive weight and deteriorating back, I needed to get something to ride instead of chase after!!!


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Posted July 23, 2013 - 07:05 PM

Unless that engine is junk dont take her out...

 

Looks to be a 1886-02 but could be a 1886-03 or 1886-04 but I cant tell by the pics.


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Posted July 23, 2013 - 08:39 PM

Unless that engine is junk dont take her out...

 

Looks to be a 1886-02 but could be a 1886-03 or 1886-04 but I cant tell by the pics.

 

I think it's an 02 model, based on the earlier style 3 point hitch.  I haven't found the data plate for the machine yet--where is it located?

 

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Posted July 23, 2013 - 08:56 PM

I think it's an 02 model, based on the earlier style 3 point hitch.  I haven't found the data plate for the machine yet--where is it located?

 

Smitty

 

 

The tag is on the engine tin thats missing from your tractor...

 

The 1886-01/02/03/04 all used the same rear 3 point so that means nothing.


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Posted July 23, 2013 - 10:51 PM

I do have the engine info:

 

KOHLER K482S Spec. 35113B  S/N ??86167--can't read the first part as it has been scraped.

 

Is there any other way to find out what series it is?  It has the single disc brake on the left side of the transaxle,

 

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Posted July 24, 2013 - 05:43 AM

I do have the engine info:

 

KOHLER K482S Spec. 35113B  S/N ??86167--can't read the first part as it has been scraped.

 

Is there any other way to find out what series it is?  It has the single disc brake on the left side of the transaxle,

 

Smitty

 

 

I can ID it by looking at it I just need pics of the dash tower area and were the seat goes on the fender.


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 08:42 AM



I can ID it by looking at it I just need pics of the dash tower area and were the seat goes on the fender.

 

Here's some more pictures...

 

IMG_20130723_134531_166.jpg IMG_20130723_134552_092.jpg IMG_20130723_134608_203.jpg

 

The front of the Gannon scraper--

IMG_20130723_134855_666.jpg

 

All loaded up with a few extra goodies--

 

IMG_20130723_151209_637.jpg IMG_20130723_151225_534.jpg


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 01:00 PM

IT LIVES!!! I checked the oil level, then put some oil down the spark plug holes and cranked her several times with them out, then put them in.  Had to jump at the starter and a wire to the coil--the solenoid clicks, but the key switch doesn't work--might be a safety switch somewhere that isn't closed...

 

Anyway,  a couple shots of carb cleaner in the carb and she fired right up... blew some blue smoke, but that may just be from sitting so long. I didn't run her long as I want to give it an oil change and new filter, and check out the carb to see if it needs cleaned--will be surprised if it doesn't.

 

Manual says to check the hydrostatic trans with the engine running, but I can't even get the plug out--the tab on it has been broken off flush with the top of the plug... any suggestions, anyone??  I have easy-outs, but don't want to drill through and have chips fall in the tranny...

 

BTW, the manual says to use Bolens hydrostatic fluid or Type A transmission oil.  Will tractor hydraulic fluid work?

 

Smitty



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Posted July 24, 2013 - 04:32 PM

You have a 1886-02

 

ATF type F will work in your tractor and you dont need to check the trans with the engine running just fill to the top plug run it a little then check again.


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 05:11 PM

You have a 1886-02

 

ATF type F will work in your tractor and you dont need to check the trans with the engine running just fill to the top plug run it a little then check again.

I can get tractor hydraulic fluid a lot cheaper... will it hurt anything if I run that instead of ATF type F in the hydro?

 

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Posted July 24, 2013 - 05:15 PM

In hot climates, many makes that specify type A actually also state that in heavy duty use or in hot climates, to use 30wt motor oil.  Many also operate just fine on hydraulic/transmission fluid.  DO NOT use straight hydraulic fluid though.


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 05:18 PM

By the way Smitty........I don't think you've ever truly been on the wagon in the first place.  The best you ever did towards being on the wagon was holding to it while it drug you behind it!  :rolling:  :smilewink:   Don't feel bad....most of the rest of us are leaving drag marks too!  :D


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Posted July 24, 2013 - 07:35 PM

By the way Smitty........I don't think you've ever truly been on the wagon in the first place.  The best you ever did towards being on the wagon was holding to it while it drug you behind it!  :rolling:  :smilewink:   Don't feel bad....most of the rest of us are leaving drag marks too!  :D

 

LOL!!!!  At least I'm in good company!!!!

 

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