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Posted October 05, 2014 - 05:56 PM

I got myself another power ho. I'm not sure on the age. This one has the square flywheel cover like my versa-matic does. My other power ho has the round top flywheel cover. The previous owner did a restoration on it and used it a bit. I plan to take it apart enough to clean it and repaint as necessary. It appears to be complete other than I need to find a drive lever rubber handle for it. I also have a front reel mower that I will restore for it someday. I put the hitch on the back that I had put away as someone here thought it may go on a walk behind. I'm not really sure if it is correct. Here are a few pictures of it.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 05:58 PM

I noticed that even with the variable drive sheave all the way out it still goes too fast. Has anyone experienced this? Both of my power ho's do this. There must be a way to fix it, maybe I have the wrong drive belt width? 



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Posted October 05, 2014 - 06:39 PM

Nice Find!

 

Lowest speed is around 1 1/4 mph

They do go a bit faster than I would like when using the sickle.

If you need a belt I stock them

 

Looks to be a 12BB



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Posted October 05, 2014 - 09:46 PM

Very cool looking



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Posted October 06, 2014 - 05:31 AM

Very nice machine !

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 10:52 AM

They started using the square shroud at the end of 52 or beginning of 53. If the id tag is on it that will be the closest way to figure the year.
As for the belt it should have a 5L (I think its 5/8") and not a 4L (1/2"). If the belt falls into the drive pulley to far it speeds everything up to the point of a very fast walk. The other way you could fix the problem is just get a sulky and ride instead of walking!

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 11:21 AM

Hi guys thanks for the comments and info. It has a 5/8" drive belt on it. I will need to mess around some more with it. Both power ho's seem to go a bit too fast for me but maybe it is normal. I would like to get my reel mower restored for this machine. It's the one I posted here a few months ago when I got my 1950 power ho. It is in pretty nice shape for an original reel mower. I'll keep you posted and thanks for the help.



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 11:40 AM

I got it running great and tried the mower. I am very impressed at how nice it cuts. It even striped the lawn. I only did a few passes last night and am really amazed. I think when this is all painted up I may mow the lawn with it just for fun.  



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 02:53 PM

I got it running great and tried the mower. I am very impressed at how nice it cuts. It even striped the lawn. I only did a few passes last night and am really amazed. I think when this is all painted up I may mow the lawn with it just for fun.  

 

I completely gave up the rotary decks and went to all reels :thumbs:

Sounds like you'll do the same.


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 05:59 PM

I completely gave up the rotary decks and went to all reels :thumbs:

Sounds like you'll do the same.

I have no idea what the rotary deck for this thing would be like as I don't have one. That front sickle mower works good though. I do have the front reel for it. It is actually in good shape. It will need a good taking apart and fixing up but I do plan on it sometime. Have you mowed with a front reel on yours?



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:13 PM

I have no idea what the rotary deck for this thing would be like as I don't have one. That front sickle mower works good though. I do have the front reel for it. It is actually in good shape. It will need a good taking apart and fixing up but I do plan on it sometime. Have you mowed with a front reel on yours?

 

I meant gave up Rotary for both Riding & Walkbehind tractors.

The EK10 has a Reel on it that I use for mowing. And also have a reel ready to go on The Heavy Duty Versa-Matic

 

The power Ho's didnt have rotary decks only the Versa-Matics did.



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:20 PM

The front decks for the Versa-Matics work well too but they are a bear to maneuver around if you get the steel ones, especially on the Heavy Duty model thats pushing over 300 pounds with the mower on it!

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:38 PM

I always find it interesting how many different mower were made by the various company. I wonder why Bolens didn't put some caster wheels on the rotary decks. Would have made all the difference.



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:55 PM

I always find it interesting how many different mower were made by the various company. I wonder why Bolens didn't put some caster wheels on the rotary decks. Would have made all the difference.

 

They did!

It was towards end of walk behind production though. It was the same deck as the Ride-a-Matics used in the front except a few mounting brackets were swapped out.

I dont think I've ever seen this model on a Walkbehind in person.

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 09:08 PM

cool deck, I've never seen one before. Looks similar to what DB was doing at the time.






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