I'm thinking about my Bolens HT23, right now I have it pulled apart because the starter mount on the oil pan broke. Luckily I was telling a friend about this and he said he has one on a old engine out of his John Deere. So I was thrilled and it saved me big $$$. I got my engine pulled and the pan replaced. Now I just need to stick the engine back in. But before I do that, I'm going to pull the hydraulic valve and take it apart to see what is wrong with it. It seems that the mower deck lift valve gets stuck in the "float" position??? If I get under the hood with a screw driver I can get it popped back up, but it makes it a real hassle when I'm mowing.
I'm guessing there is a spring or something wrong inside?, has anyone ever taken one of these apart before???
The next thing is, I'm thinking about making the mower deck mount on the front of the GT instead of the mid mount. My reason is, I use this GT a lot in the garden and I'm getting ready to put a loader on it. This deck is a real hassle to take on and off and I'm going to be putting on/taking off the deck every time I mow. So I'm thinking if I make it front mount, it would be a lot easy to handle.
Also, my gear box on that deck is a little iffy, but luck has it, I have several NEW hydraulic motors used on Hustlers industrial mowers. I also have several hydraulic pumps for these motors and I also have oil coolers. I test fitted the pulley from the original bolens gear box and it's a perfect fit, I just need to make a mount for the motor to mount on, which shouldn't be a big deal.
Does anyone have any thought on this???
I'm probably going to give it a try either way, I'm not really out anything.
Also if the deck is mounted in front, it would make it easier to mow under trees.