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#1 TGaffney OFFLINE  

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Posted April 08, 2015 - 08:46 PM

There is a Bolens 1556 with a front mount brush mower for sale near me.  Seems like this is a DIY project and not original equipment.  Does anyone know if Bolens ever offered this attachment?  I have never seen one.  I'm kind of interested but the starting price of $1,100 seems high.

 

Any input?

 

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Edited by Cat385B, April 08, 2015 - 09:05 PM.

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Posted April 08, 2015 - 08:57 PM

Priced way to high!  That looks like a gravely mower made to fit the Bolens.


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Posted April 08, 2015 - 09:02 PM

Sorry - picture posted upside down - will try to fix that.


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Posted April 08, 2015 - 09:03 PM

It looks like they cut off the sides and front off a small brush hog - which is supposed to be a tow behind implement.

Seems insanely dangerous and difficult to maneuver to me. Those brush hog mower decks are bad enough as it is at ejecting foreign objects at warp speed when used properly - even when fitted with safety chains. I've only ever seen something like this front mounted on a skid steer - and it wasn't hacked up like the one in the photo.

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Posted April 08, 2015 - 09:43 PM

There is a Bolens 1556 with a front mount brush mower for sale near me.    Does anyone know if Bolens ever offered this attachment? 

 

Definitely NOT a Bolens attachment !!


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Posted April 08, 2015 - 09:49 PM

sure it is, its one of those experimental models, lol


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Posted April 09, 2015 - 06:38 AM

Definitely NOT a Bolens attachment !!

 

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Posted April 11, 2015 - 03:45 PM

Wow! This is actually the second one of these I have seen. Sonny's Bolens had one identical to it at one time, but I cannot for the life of me remember who manufactured it. It was a small, obscure company. I'm thinking the name started with "M". I had found a brochure on it once, but unfortunately it escapes me where I found it. Had all the same crappy fabrication techniques, welds and all. Used it a couple of times... not very safe to say the least. No guards to speak of at all. Throws debris everywhere. Keep small children, adults and animals far away! Very cool though.  :thumbs:


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 08:15 PM

So ClassicBolens are you saying it was made for the tube frames and correct
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Posted April 11, 2015 - 08:24 PM

Yes, it was made for the tubeframes. I wish I could remember who made it. It's driving me nuts.
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Posted April 11, 2015 - 08:31 PM

We got paper work to show this?


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Posted April 11, 2015 - 08:41 PM

Interesting
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Posted April 11, 2015 - 08:54 PM

No paperwork, but if I can remember the name I'll post what info I can. I recall it's either 24 or 26" cut, single blade. It has a single swivel front caster wheel, offset to one side. The chain lift is correct from the manufacturer, as the Tubeframe snowboard blade/ caster would not work with it. For the life of me, it's gonna drive me insane to not remember the name. I think it was the only attachment this company ever made for Bolens.
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Posted April 14, 2015 - 01:22 PM

I have been researching the front mounted mowers lately, since I bought one that fits one of my machines. They seem very scarce, but were available for most GT brands. M&W, Bachtold and Calfax were the 3 dominent brands. Mine is a Level Lift, by Bachtold.

M&W may be the brand you are thinking of, or Midwest Machinery, who bought Bachtold, but that was probably well after Bolens would have been using such attachments. Bachtold is still around today under another name, I think (even made some DR mowers).
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Posted April 14, 2015 - 01:39 PM

The Level Lift

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