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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted July 08, 2014 - 08:14 PM

I am going to be purchasing a bolens handi ho in the next couple days. When were they produced? What motors did they have? Are they very hard to find? Im just buying to put in the collection not to sell, but just curious would like to learn about them. I have only seen a few before. They look fairly simple. The one im getting doesn't have a hood and it looks like it is a suction fed briggs (im not sure on the model yet). What attachments were available for them? Are there any attachments that are really hard to find. Ill post pictures in the next couple days when I pick it up.



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Posted July 08, 2014 - 08:33 PM

These were made  1953-1956 give or take a year (Going by memory)

 

Sounds like you have the 10C model that should have the B&S 6S engine

 

You dont run across them everyday but there are quite a few still out there, The cultivators and sickle attachments seem to be the most commonly found attachments for these.

Some of the less common attachments are the Snow Caster, Reel Mower & Tiller


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Posted July 08, 2014 - 08:37 PM

I have two complete ones here (one undergoing a complete restoration) and one for parts.  They are sturdy little tractors.

 

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Posted July 09, 2014 - 08:00 PM

Well here it is. Its a 10 a 01. Odd little critter. 

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Posted July 09, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Well here it is. Its a 10 a 01. Odd little critter. 

well you should just give that one to me, i'll pump up its tire and give it some loving.



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Posted July 09, 2014 - 08:31 PM

This is older than the Handi Ho tractors

a 10A01 makes this late 40's early 50's and was referred to as the ''Huski Yardboy"  in the Bolens literature

this one has a 'T" handle bar  not the standard handle bars found on most walkbehinds right?



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Posted July 09, 2014 - 08:32 PM

This is older than the Handi Ho tractors

a 10A01 makes this late 40's early 50's and was referred to as the ''Huski Yardboy"  in the Bolens literature

this one has a 'T" handle bar right not the standard handle bars found on most walkbehinds right?

Yes it has the t handle bar. The clutch and throttle are like a motorcycle. They twist.



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Posted July 09, 2014 - 09:28 PM

Very nice! Looks like it almost all there. Shouldn't take to much to get her going again.

 

 

What's your plan for the "Y" in the back of the truck?



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Posted July 10, 2014 - 05:33 AM

Im not real sure yet. It looks like its all there. Its a 1934. Here is a bet picture of it.

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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:37 PM

That's the one that got away!!! I assume you got that over in Ohio? I had someone tell me about that one sent me pictures told me what the guy wanted at first I hesitated I waited till the next day asked him for the guys contact info an he had deleted it off his computer Those t-handle ones are by far the hardest to find of all the handi-Ho's. An you lucked out by that one having the reel mower attachment you just about have to have a front attachment to stabilize the darn things when hauling them around Glad someone got it though
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Posted July 11, 2014 - 07:17 AM

What engine is on the Bolens?

 

Looks like it may be a B&S model WI.

 

Can you please post the B&S numbers?

 

Thanks!


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 07:19 AM

The Bolens book says the 10A should have a B&S "NS" 1.1HP engine

Could be totally wrong though as we all know Bolens info was not always correct!


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 07:48 AM

I think the very first ones that came out "probably the ones designated Yard-Boy had a 1hp briggs on them. Both the ones I got have the briggs NS engine I would love to find one if these that still has the decal yard-boy on it!

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Posted July 11, 2014 - 01:42 PM

It is a NS briggs. I have never been around a fuel system like this. Simple to work on?


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Posted July 13, 2014 - 09:04 PM

It is a NS briggs. I have never been around a fuel system like this. Simple to work on?

 

Oh yes.  The carburetor is as simple as it comes.  Take it off and soak it in carburetor cleaner.  Replace the adjustment needle if it looks chewed up (they usually are) and then bit it back on.  The biggest trick is in the fuel tank.  The suction tube has a little check ball in it that must be free.  Once fuel is in the lines, that check ball allows it it to stay in place.  If the check ball is failing, the engine will either accelerate very poorly (if at all) and have no power.

 

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