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Were there any aluminum commercial 21 '' walk behind mowers by Bolens ?


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 06:49 PM

Any ?

 

Oh and Brian, can you order stuff for Snapper ?


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 06:55 PM

Bolens had aluminum decks in the 50's but most of their push mowers were the patented mulching mower design with steel deck's

 

I can get some snapper parts


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:09 PM

Thanks, I was afraid so, seeing as you are a Bolens dealer I was thinking of looking for old heavy duty rebuildable 21 inch mower like my Snappers. Push or self propelled.

 

I plan on rebuilding the drive unit on the 8 hp snapper, hopefully this summer and may need to call on you for parts.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:23 PM

Bolens kept the same design in push mowers for 30 years and most were self propelled, The quality was always top notch on all their models they made.

If you ever need anything let me know

Lots of 80's & 90's Ones like I just picked up still out there , I do love using the older aluminum deck mowers though, have a couple old Toros.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:30 PM

I google the Bolens VACU CUT / COMBO / ELIMINATOR with no real results, would this be a model worth looking into ?



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Posted April 24, 2015 - 10:29 PM

If Brian can't help you on the Snapper parts try pattonacres.com,he is a sponsor here also,he has a lot of Snapper stuff
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 10:52 PM

Don't know who made it for Western Auto, but my only push mower is an aluminum deck 21". No self propelled but It's light, easy to push and works well as a mulcher or side discharge. I rescued it from a tlrload of junk. Someone threw it on thinking it had a rod knock when all it was was the blade hub wasn't tight. Still running fine 10 yrs later. It gets used in the spring to dethatch the lawn w/ the side discharge gate open and to mow grass where the Dixon can't reach.
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 11:27 PM

If Brian can't help you on the Snapper parts try pattonacres.com,he is a sponsor here also,he has a lot of Snapper stuff

Thanks, I looked at his site today.



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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:29 AM

These were pretty good as well

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 11:07 AM

Like a lot of Bolens stuff, their designs pushed the availability of engines,transmissions, hydros, and other components to execute them in the best way.  The original Orbit Air mowers were a good example.  The mulching concept and unique stamped steel deck and blade design was innovative and worked very well.  The major issue was that the concept (together with the self-propelled feature) was power-hungry.  The only engine that was configured to provide the side-mounted pulley for the self-propelling belt was a 3.5 hp Tecumseh.  The engine was maxed out on power, and often had premature wear of main bearings, rings, and main-to-rod bearing.  We used to put a lot of short blocks on these mowers, making them expensive to maintain.  I know the later machines were equipped with Briggs engines.  I don't have any experience with them, but I assume they had  more horsepower and were more reliable.  You see a lot of the Briggs=powered mowers on CL,  but the Tecumseh-powered originals are very scarce - likely most are in the scrap yard.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Like a lot of Bolens stuff, their designs pushed the availability of engines,transmissions, hydros, and other components to execute them in the best way.  The original Orbit Air mowers were a good example.  The mulching concept and unique stamped steel deck and blade design was innovative and worked very well.  The major issue was that the concept (together with the self-propelled feature) was power-hungry.  The only engine that was configured to provide the side-mounted pulley for the self-propelling belt was a 3.5 hp Tecumseh.  The engine was maxed out on power, and often had premature wear of main bearings, rings, and main-to-rod bearing.  We used to put a lot of short blocks on these mowers, making them expensive to maintain.  I know the later machines were equipped with Briggs engines.  I don't have any experience with them, but I assume they had  more horsepower and were more reliable.  You see a lot of the Briggs=powered mowers on CL,  but the Tecumseh-powered originals are very scarce - likely most are in the scrap yard.

 

I wish I could find a OEM bagger to display with mine, do you know of anyone else who has the 60's Orbit air's still?

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 06:47 PM

Wow ! patina is great on that little mower. I worked on a bunch of Eliminators before, the wheel lift lever is unique, i'll keep an eye out.

 

Framesteer, thanks for the inside story, helps narrow down the types.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Thanks, I looked at his site today.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 10:37 PM

Trowel,you need to contact him direct,his Web site is only a small amount of what he has,belive me there's lots more
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Posted April 26, 2015 - 06:43 AM

Trowel,you need to contact him direct,his Web site is only a small amount of what he has,belive me there's lots more

Ok, thanks, I will do that instead.






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