I've been wanting to upgrade my G10, which has solely been a snow pusher, for quite some time. My target tractor is the 1050 and I'd like to do additional work with the new tractor like tilling, mowing and pulling a dump trailer or small boats. My G10 is not up to any tasks requiring the PTO at the moment (needs parts), plus I like the (1) stronger clutch, (2) locking differential, (3) wisconsin engine and (4) hi-low shiftability of the 1050. From what I've read, the 1050 is far superior to my G10 in terms of capability. I should note that I love Bolens and plan to keep this new machine as my trusty workhorse for years to come.
My question relates to a specific deal on a 1050 that I'm considering. It comes with a tiller, deck, plow blade and an extra engine. The seller bought it on a whim and lost interest, but the PO used it to till and grade a lawn for his new construction home. The tractor looks to be in great shape and allegedly underwent some level of restoration in the mid '90s. The seller told me the engine runs well at low rpms, but will cut out when throttling up. I'm wondering whether there are any SERIOUS problems with these Wisconsins that would produce that symptom in particular. I'm not worried about having to rebuild the carb or anything along those lines, but I'm not wanting to purchase a new tractor with a shot engine either (I'm unfamiliar with Wisconsins, but know they have a bulletproof reputation). What do you guys think? Is this a sign of possible catastrophe unique to the TRA-10d, or is it likely something that can be fixed with a little patience and mechanical know-how?
Also, for those of you who work your old Bolens, how often do you do mechanical work beyond simple cleaning, tune-ups and fluid swaps? Am I being overly optimistic by thinking I can work this tractor for another 50 years as long as I keep up the maintenance/repairs? Any insight from those of you who have been there, done that would be great!