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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:05 PM

After a few years of searching for a Bolens saw that was in decent shape and not missing alot of parts  I finally was able to buy one.

 

This one is a 1957

Dont know if it runs or not, supposedly the seller was able to get it to fire with a shot of gas in the plug hole so we should see!

 

The plans are to fully restore her and have it to display with my other tractors at shows.

 

 

The saw is missing the air cleaner and spark plug shield but those shouldn't bee too hard to locate.

 

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:12 PM

Neat find Brian.

Bolens sure made a lot of different products over the years.

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:12 PM

I'm glad you got it, and looks like it's in good shape. Hopefully it doesn't take a lot of work to get it running and it would be cool to see some pictures of one in use. I was bidding on it too but it sold for a lot more then I wanted to pay.


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:15 PM

I think I may have solved the serial number system on these saws.... It appears the serial started with the first few digits of the model number. All saws I have been able to get the serial numbers from all had the first few numbers the same as the model number.

 

I wonder what other categories they could have done this to?

 

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:22 PM

I think I may have solved the serial number system on these saws.... It appears the serial started with the first few digits of the model number. All saws I have been able to get the serial numbers from all had the first few numbers the same as the model number.

 

I wonder what other categories they could have done this to?

 

I think your right about the serial number system. I just looked at mine and it's set up the same as yours.

 

Model 3011 01 Serial 301569


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:26 PM

I think I may have solved the serial number system on these saws.... It appears the serial started with the first few digits of the model number. All saws I have been able to get the serial numbers from all had the first few numbers the same as the model number.

 

I wonder what other categories they could have done this to?

 

And after seeing this pic I finally realized what the fmc stands for. Awesome find, btw.



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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:28 PM

FMC is still in business today but now focuses on the Chemical industry

http://www.fmc.com/


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:29 PM

Neat find Brian.

Bolens sure made a lot of different products over the years.

Bob

Seeing more and more of what Bolens made is giving me a "BOLENS BUG" to want to start collecting. Now where am I gonna come up with the money? :wallbanging:


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:37 PM

How big a bar is that thing carrying? 

 

Did Bolens make it or did they rebadge another brand?  Something smacks or a David Bradley saw, but maybe its just the engine.  I don't claim to know much about old chainsaws.

 

Looks like a Power Products engine on there, it will run great once you get it cleaned up.  Spark is half the grief of the ones I mess with, if you have spark you have saved yourself a lot of work!

 

Let me know if you need parts, I carry or can get a good percentage of PP parts. 

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 06:41 PM

How big a bar is that thing carrying? 

 

Did Bolens make it or did they rebadge another brand?  Something smacks or a David Bradley saw, but maybe its just the engine.  I don't claim to know much about old chainsaws.

 

Looks like a Power Products engine on there, it will run great once you get it cleaned up.  Spark is half the grief of the ones I mess with, if you have spark you have saved yourself a lot of work!

 

Let me know if you need parts, I carry or can get a good percentage of PP parts. 

 

Ben W.

 

The bar is a 20'' but could be furnished with up to a 26'' bar on this model according to the manual.

The engine's were made by Power Products

The rest of the saw was made by Bolens. Bolens had quite a few different models in their run from 1956-1962

 

The 1956 was the best looking of the bunch in my opinion and would like to find one of those as well.

 

 

Have the air cleaner for my saw? :D


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Posted December 10, 2013 - 08:19 PM

Nice catch Doc, Congrats! :thumbs:



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Posted December 10, 2013 - 08:21 PM

Have the air cleaner for my saw? :D

 

That saw was a beast.  I can imagine running a 26" bar with that kind of weight.  Guys must have had more muscles back then I guess.

 

As long as the air filter is a Power Products, I might have one.  What model and type did Bolens use?  The model number is on the tag on the blower shroud, while the type is a 3-4 digit number followed by one letter stamped in any variety of places.  If I know the model I can sometimes figure out where the type "should" be.

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 08:22 PM

That saw was a beast.  I can imagine running a 26" bar with that kind of weight.  Guys must have had more muscles back then I guess.

 

As long as the air filter is a Power Products, I might have one.  What model and type did Bolens use?  The model number is on the tag on the blower shroud, while the type is a 3-4 digit number followed by one letter stamped in any variety of places.  If I know the model I can sometimes figure out where the type "should" be.

 

Ben W.

 

I'll get you the numbers in a day or so

Bolens made real mans saws back in the day :D

Funny thing is they were boasting this saw as "Light weight" at around 22 pounds :D



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Posted December 10, 2013 - 09:00 PM

I'll get you the numbers in a day or so

Bolens made real mans saws back in the day :D

Funny thing is they were boasting this saw as "Light weight" at around 22 pounds :D

 

Bolens made real man everything back in the day.  :thumbs:

 

I guess 22 pounds is lightweight.  Standard saws were something like Clinton and Mall, two brands I am half way "familiar" with.   The Mall I have is much more than 22 pounds even missing parts. 

 

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Posted December 10, 2013 - 10:03 PM

That saw was a beast.  I can imagine running a 26" bar with that kind of weight.  Guys must have had more muscles back then I guess.

 

 

 

:ditto:  I cut with my brother's old Homelite WIZ 66 that has a 30" bar on it and I was worn out in less then 30 minutes. Old saws are fun to use every once in a while but I wouldn't want to use one everyday.


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