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Posted April 09, 2015 - 05:47 PM

Made a trip to a friends small engine salvage yard Monday and ran across and old Bolens Front tine tiller.  Checked the inside tine shaft size and it was what I was after.  Outside measurements was right at 14" which is what the Bolens round back tiller is.  Long story short, got the tines off and with some home made adaptors I have them mounted on the Bolens round back tiller.  2 on the left side and one on the right.  Will make a trip to the welding shop in the morning and pick up some light sheet metal for the top and drag flaps.  Should make an inexpensive extension for the tiller to cover the rear wheel tracks.  If anyone wants more detain PM me or I can add it as an addition to this topic.  


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Posted April 09, 2015 - 05:54 PM

What kind of tiller was it?


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Posted April 09, 2015 - 06:46 PM

His 1st sentence........."old Bolens Front time tiller", but I think he means tine


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Posted April 09, 2015 - 06:48 PM

His 1st sentence........."old Bolens Front time tiller", but I think he means tine

 

Wondering what model/ era front tine tiller......


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Posted April 09, 2015 - 08:25 PM

It definitely was a Bolens front tine tiller.  Had a 3.5 hp white B&S engine with top recoil.  No numbers or anything else found on the tiller except the word Bolens molded into the front of the rounding top of the drive where the motor was mounted.  It was a yellow gold color, the gear on the tine shaft was brass.  Not sure on the worm gear.  Had to literally melt the case front to get to the shafts to cut the tines free.  Then after overnight soaking pressed the stubs out with a 20T press.  The tines are narrower than on the round top and the cutting edge is at an angle rather than straight across.  Will get some photos tomorrow before I make the covers. 



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Posted April 09, 2015 - 08:42 PM

It definitely was a Bolens front tine tiller.  Had a 3.5 hp white B&S engine with top recoil.  No numbers or anything else found on the tiller except the word Bolens molded into the front of the rounding top of the drive where the motor was mounted.  It was a yellow gold color, the gear on the tine shaft was brass.  Not sure on the worm gear.  Had to literally melt the case front to get to the shafts to cut the tines free.  Then after overnight soaking pressed the stubs out with a 20T press.  The tines are narrower than on the round top and the cutting edge is at an angle rather than straight across.  Will get some photos tomorrow before I make the covers. 

 

 

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Posted April 10, 2015 - 11:28 AM

I see wlberj is shaking his head.  Some people have no imagination or creativity.  :smilewink:  Here are photos of the donator tiller.  There was a label with the Bolens name on it.  I was wrong when I said it thought it was molded into the case.

 

Gold Til.JPG             Gold Til Lbl.JPG

 

 

This is the tines mounted on the tiller.  From the photos it looks like the added tines are smaller in diameter than the original but they both measure 14" across, point to point.

 

1 on Right.JPG     2 on L-1.JPG     2 on L-2.JPG

 

 

 

 

Haven't had it in the dirt yet as it is way to wet to try that.  Water standing in the low hard places.  I see no reason why it should not work as it will be run in previously plowed ground.  :dancingbanana:        :wave:     :rocker2:

 

 

 


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Posted April 10, 2015 - 11:51 AM

It was a late 70's Tiller

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Posted April 10, 2015 - 01:06 PM

That looks right to me. The engine was white on this one but that don't really make any difference. The tine diameter was the main item. Can always work around the coupler size difference. Thanks Brian for the picture.

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Posted April 18, 2015 - 12:57 PM

First chance to get it into some dirt this afternoon.  Spent most of the day in the garden, plowed some more area and put the 1053 & tiller to work.  Pulled harder but the 10 hp Wisconsin did the job with no problem.  Was good to cover the right side tire track too.  Still basically a one way tiller to keep the wheel tracks turned.  No wobble or anything else detrimental to the task.  Now to put the covers over the top and add a couple drag plates and its a done deal.  I do not recommend this make over be used  on new ground.  Use it only after the plow has been through it or for weeding operations.






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