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#61 OldBuzzard ONLINE  

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Posted March 07, 2015 - 07:32 AM

Looks like at one time there was a 3 point hitch on the tractor,that's what the 2 green brackets are for above the name Bolens on the housing

 

That's for mounting the shredder/grinder.  The 3-pt would use the same bracket though.

 

My ground level control just seems to turn and turn, how is it supposed to behave?

 

By "turn and turn", do you mean you can do that by hand?

 

If so, then it's loose.  It should only turn when you raise and lower the deck or other attachment.  It's an indicator, not a control.

 

This thing needs some agg tires.

 

Are you thinking about looks or traction?

 

If you are more concerned about traction than a "Pure AG look" there are some ATV tires out there that work great for traction and are a lot less costly than "true AGs".

 

I've been using CST ANCLA ATV tires on my large frames and I really like them.  They have a deep, aggressive tread and have awesome traction. They will really dig in and pull.

 

I have a set of 26x11-12 ANCLAS on my HDT1000 that  I use for plowing.  Although they are 1" narrower than the 'stock' 26x12-12 tires, you really don't notice that visually, and they are a lot cheaper than the 26x12-12 tires. As an added bonus, they have a "Husky Dog" as part of their logo.  Goes well with a Bolens Husky :D :D :D

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You can find 26x11-12 for $79.76 here:

 

And 26x12-12 for $99.99 here:

http://www.motorcycl...ancla-rear-tire


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Posted March 07, 2015 - 08:21 AM

Dave,wasn't thinking about the chipper,your right,thats why 2 driveshafts


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Posted March 07, 2015 - 09:47 AM

You can still buy stock looking AGs for the rear tires I have a new set on mine 1886-03 with FEL.   Your tractor does have the factory rear tires still on it. I suggest buying another set of rims and putting AGs on them I can find the info for the tires I have if you like.  


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Posted March 07, 2015 - 10:35 AM

Ditto on the extra rims for ags if you go that route. I've found the BKT 'trencher tire' in the 26x12x12 comes the closest to look of the old Goodyears and a truer 26"in height . The Deestone & Nanco(?) Are not as tall, I think M.E.Miller tire co. in Wauseon Oh carries all the brand's,and also I believe shows a pic of them side by side so you can see the height difference. I run Carlisle Tru Powers on a couple of my large frames as well, more aggressive, and still USA MADE!
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Missed something in the pics,both driveshafts are for the tiller,I see the other one is on the chipper

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Posted March 07, 2015 - 12:43 PM

You can still buy stock looking AGs for the rear tires I have a new set on mine 1886-03 with FEL.   Your tractor does have the factory rear tires still on it. I suggest buying another set of rims and putting AGs on them I can find the info for the tires I have if you like. That would be great. Now I must get a three point and fel lol.


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Posted March 07, 2015 - 01:07 PM

The stock tires I have on it have a lot of tread on them. I really like the look of the agg tires and the ATV. My property is not at all flat so I would like gripping power. The ground control indicated moves freely and doesn't do anything when I move the mower deck up and down. I will check that out today. I agree on the extra set of rims. I may have enough traction now but I love the look of agg.

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Posted March 07, 2015 - 01:07 PM

You will like the ags,just watch buying them,not all are true 26" tall,some of the cheaper ones are only 23" tall
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 01:15 PM

Thanks I will, does anyone fill their tires with beet juice or foam?
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 01:58 PM

I use window washer fluid,gives you approx 9 lbs per gallon,ea will hold 5 gallons,plus I have the factory Bolens weights at 50 lbs ea,Old Buzzard can tell you what he uses and likes
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 03:22 PM

Yes our resident expert on Rimguard ( beet juice) is O.B. and he will educate you on its many advantages .
Another nice ag similar to the old Goodyear style is the Trelleborg 411, little harder to find they make tires all the way up to rock mover sizes and are high quality tires, have a set they are nice tires .

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Posted March 07, 2015 - 04:02 PM

Thanks everyone the tractor now has all new fluid and filters. Next I'm gonna change the gear oil in the mower deck and grease the splines. I want to make sure everything is fresh and ready.
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 06:01 PM

Don't know that I'm the "Resident Expert" on Rim Guard, but I am a firm, and somewhat vocal proponent of it :D :D :D

 

I prefer it because it's non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and good to -35 deg. before you worry about it freezing.

 

It's also 11 Lb./gal as opposed to 8 Lb./gal for the water based fluids.  That makes a big difference In a 26x12-12 tire which holds 10 gal. That's 33 lb. extra per tire.

 

The down side is that you do have to make sure that you have metal valve stems so that might be an extra cost.  It's not available everywhere and you may have trouble finding a dealer.

 

It's also a bit more costly than the water based fluids, and for some that is a consideration.  For me it's not as I see that as a one time cost, and I feel that the advantages are worth it.


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Posted March 07, 2015 - 06:36 PM

Beet juice is available in my area fortunately, my father inlaw has it in his tires. Thanks for the info I am gonna run the beet juice. I don't have wheel weights yet either. Also I think I have the Bolens bug as my wife thinks I'm going a little nuts here.
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Posted March 07, 2015 - 06:55 PM

Oh,there very addictive,ask wrenchinOnIt,
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