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#1 farmerall ONLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 06:54 PM

Today my brother and I went to pick up a Bolens 1050 and attachments that were on the other side of the state. We left at about 5am and got home at 5:30 pm. The total distance we drove is about 620 miles round trip. The 1050 has been run for a few years and needs some work to get it running again but it did come with a mower deck, snow plow and snow blower. My brother also got an older DR brush mower that started up and ran after he put some gas in the tank. The main reason I drove so far to get the 1050 was because everything was free. The PO is a member on MTF and wanted the tractor to go to a good home. I will get better pictures tomorrow and tell some more of the tractors history.

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 07:12 PM

Nice load! Long day, but always fun to bring home a new toy!
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Posted December 28, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Looks like a good haul!
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Posted December 28, 2013 - 07:32 PM

Nice
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Posted December 28, 2013 - 07:33 PM

Nice

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 08:22 PM

I think you paid too much for it to travel that far.  But that's just my opinion.

 

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Posted December 28, 2013 - 08:49 PM

i was next in line for that 1050 lol.



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 08:59 PM

Matt, Looks like a good load, can't wait to see what all you have after you get it unloaded.


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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Matt, Looks like a good load, can't wait to see what all you have after you get it unloaded.

 

It's already unloaded and Ray and I were messing with it for a few minutes, it was just too dark to get good pictures.


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Posted December 28, 2013 - 09:24 PM

A little of the history of the tractor. I got the tractor from a guy named Mike and he had the tractor for most of his life.

 

Mike said that when he was about 5 his dad bought the tractor used from a coworker and it came with the mower deck and snowplow. For a long time the tractor was used to mow their yard in the summer and plow snow in the winter. Later Mike said he moved from NJ to Pa and brought the tractor with him. After that he only used the tractor for clearing snow in the winter. He said that he got the snowblower from in the trash as he was on his way to work one morning and had to stuff it in the trunk of his Honda car for the day. About 6 years ago the engine wore out so he had it rebuilt by a local shop and since then it has only been run 3-4 hours. He said it has been sitting for the last 3 years because there is a issue with the transmission and he didn't have time or a place to work on it. About a year or so ago he offered the tractor free to a good home and said that NJken was going to come get it but Mike changed his mind and wanted to try and fix it again. Recently his friends remodeled the barn where they let him store the tractor and he didn't want it to be in their way so he offered it free to a good home again. As talked with him today it was clear how much he cared for the tractor and he said he would miss it since it was one of the few things he had left that his dad had owned. He said it wants to see it run again and be used for what it was meant to do. I hope to have it running soon and may use it to plow snow this winter if I can fix the transmission easily.


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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:21 PM

Good to see someone who will get it up and running,NICE find



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:22 PM

That 1050 is great tractor with a great history.  I hope you can get it going again. 



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Posted December 28, 2013 - 10:48 PM

Sounds like a good reason for some window time. Looking forward to seeing this 1050 sitting next to your others.
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Posted December 29, 2013 - 06:46 PM

I worked on the 1050 for a few hours today and made a lot of progress. I found the source of the wiring problems, which was that a large section of the wiring harness had melted and fused together. When this happened it also fried the solenoid, luckily I had a good one from a Cub Cadet so I replaced the bad one with it. I cut out the solid mass of wirings and spliced in some new temporary wires to replace the melted ones. Later this week I will buy some new wires and wire ends to make a new harness. After fixing the wiring I did get the engine to fire up and it sounds good. I am still having a few wiring issues but I'm slowly working them out and hope to have them sorted out soon. Next I need to look into the trans and see whats wrong with it.

 

 

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Posted January 02, 2014 - 06:51 PM

boy i hate to see wiring like that for no other reason than you know that regulator is most likely to be fried good looking engine and unit congrats  :thumbs: 






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