We have owned a Bolens Ride-A-Matic with mower and rotovator for about 30 years, and we intend to get it going again after having been in storage with the back end in bits for 18 years. I would like to know the year of it, but there is no serial number plate unless I have missed a stamped number on the chassis some where.
Back in the 80's I wrote to Bolens for manuals and they sent me photocopies for tractor type 230-01, mower type 22444-01, and rotovator type 23609-02. At the top of the last two manuals someone has written January 1960 and March 1960 respectively.
I have noted two main differences between the tractor manual and our tractor -
1. The front axle shown in the manual is tubular design with clevis type track rod ends.- Ours has an I-beam axle with ball joint track rod ends.
2. The rear gear case shown in the manual has a spacer and two gaskets between the two halves of the case. The diff crown wheel is bolted on and the main axle seal is secured by a screwed on flange.- Ours has no spacer, the crown wheel is an integral casting and the seal is pressed into the case.
Does all this give any clue as to the year?!