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#1 Oliver 2-44 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 22, 2015 - 04:46 PM

I like the looks of the Bolens Ride A Matic tractors and would like to learn more about them and possible acquire one to restore.

I'm just putting the finishing touches on restoring a Wheelhorse 1985 312-8 for my son to use, and I have a 1979 WH C-161 in mid restoration. So, I'm beginning to look for an older tractor for my next restoration. The WH RJ's are cute, but I want something a little bigger and possible with a PTO shaft (to drive something fun at tractor shows)

I have never seen a Ride A matic in my area, so I am trying to learn more about them. What kind of PO setup do these have to drive a mower deck, rear tiller, or other attachments. I seen pictures of PTO shafts and belt drives. and have looked through some manuals, but haven't got a good picture of their PTO setup.

 

Are the PTO's the same or different as they went from the 1956-57 round nosed RAM to the 1958- 61 square nose RAM, then finally to the 1961-62 boxy art deco tractor?

 

if anyone could point me to some literature that describes the PTO setup, or share some pictures of their tractors PTO setup I would appreciate it. 

 

P.S. if anyone has a Ride a Matic they would like to sell (especially if your in or near Texas)  I may be interested.

 

Thanks.

Jim,

Marble Falls Tx



#2 Throttle Junky OFFLINE  

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Posted June 22, 2015 - 08:43 PM

Power comes from the front of the tractor. Belt drive on the right side is directed to rear through this unit. I will take pics of anything you want.

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#3 Oliver 2-44 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:55 AM

Thanks for the pictures. A few more questions!

So does the mower deck use this PTO and have a short shaft?

Then does the rear tiller have a long shaft that runs under the full length of the tractor?

Is there a way for the PTO to power front mounted attachments or do front attachments run off a belt drive? 



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Posted June 23, 2015 - 08:57 AM

Mower runs off the pulley i pointed to in the pic. A belt runs down from it to spin the deck. So the gear box is not needed. The rear tiller is exactly as you described. Everything is ultimatley belt drive.

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Posted June 23, 2015 - 08:59 AM

Here is the tiller and shaft

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#6 Oliver 2-44 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 23, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Thanks, I think I've got a good picture of how it works.

 

Now to find a restorable one!



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Posted October 18, 2015 - 09:15 AM

Thanks, I think I've got a good picture of how it works.

 

Now to find a restorable one!

 

Not sure if you still want one but I have a 59 that I may be selling the PTO from. Also have the tiller I may part with, if I sell the PTO then no sense of keeping the tiller.







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