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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2015 - 09:25 AM

A couple weeks ago I bought the front mount mower from member cheiffan , Thanks again!

 

I had a shipping service deliver the mower to me on Thursday and I have been slowly playing with it to get it in mowing condition.

 

When I got it the front caster wheels were froze solid and the rear tube was missing from the mounting bracket and was being held together by wire.

I welded a 2'' piece of pipe to the rear bracket like it originally was and then installed the hitch assembly.

 

The wheels would not break free even after soaking. I dont have a oxy/acetelene tank to heat them so I started a fire in the pot belly stove I have outside and let the casters sit in the fire for a few minutes, after letting them cool they broke free! :bounce:

 

I also added new wheels

 

Now I'm just waiting to get some belts in to try and mow with it. They were such an odd size I didnt even have them instock! :D

 

For the guys that have these where does the cable attach to on the pto lever???

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Posted August 02, 2015 - 09:36 AM

Pretty neat ! I can't wait until you have all the belts on it , I'm scratching my head on how they go with all those pulleys
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Posted August 02, 2015 - 09:41 AM

Pretty neat ! I can't wait until you have all the belts on it , I'm scratching my head on how they go with all those pulleys

 

It is quite the setup!

There's 5 different  belts needed to run the mower!

 

Imagine what the blue prints and engineering notes looked like for this!


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Posted August 02, 2015 - 09:51 AM

Now that is really cool. I have never seen that setup.
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Posted August 02, 2015 - 10:56 AM

Ugh! A 58 and a front mower!   That looks like a crazy set up on that mower nice find!


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Posted August 02, 2015 - 12:29 PM

I gave the guy that picked up the deck the 2 belts that run from the idler pulleys to the deck spindle but you probably didn't get them. As for the cable, there is a bracket with a pulley, attached to the right front corner of the tractor frame. Never gave it a thought to include it. If you need/want it I can sure take care of that. I think the cable ran from the deck, over the pulley on the front of the tractor and back to the pin on the lift lever. There was just a loop in the cable with a cable clamp to go over the pin on the lever I THINK ? ? ?

Would take some beef to lift that thing with the lever for sure. Sure isn't make out of tin or plastic.
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Posted August 02, 2015 - 12:41 PM

I gave the guy that picked up the deck the 2 belts that run from the idler pulleys to the deck spindle but you probably didn't get them. As for the cable, there is a bracket with a pulley, attached to the right front corner of the tractor frame. Never gave it a thought to include it. If you need/want it I can sure take care of that. I think the cable ran from the deck, over the pulley on the front of the tractor and back to the pin on the lift lever. There was just a loop in the cable with a cable clamp to go over the pin on the lever I THINK ? ? ?

Would take some beef to lift that thing with the lever for sure. Sure isn't make out of tin or plastic.

 

I did get the two belts but one was pretty crusty and the other someone used a 3/8'' instead of a 5/8''

 

Since the tractor you had was the smaller model it had a different mounting system that the cable attached to the bracket on the foot rest, the 58' I have had a PTO lever and the cable end attaches to one of the holes in the lever but I dont know which one yet.

 

I believe these were meant to be run stationary and never lifted up , the height was determined by setting the front caster wheels.

 

Its really incredible thinking how much thought and engineering went into these early decks, these came out in 56' and were one of the very first actual rotary mower decks for a garden tractor. I wonder if any other GT manufacture had a rotary deck before 56'?



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Posted August 02, 2015 - 05:49 PM

That's really cool Brian!

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Posted August 02, 2015 - 05:57 PM

It is quite the setup!

There's 5 different  belts needed to run the mower!

 

Imagine what the blue prints and engineering notes looked like for this!

 

Doesn't look like it's seen a lot of use.  Bet the owner made 4 trips to get a replacement belt then gave up. ;)

 

Not sure if it's a genius that can get 5 belts to do the job of 2 or if the blue prints were proceeded by: "hold my beer and watch this...".


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Posted August 02, 2015 - 09:08 PM

Awesome Brian!


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Posted August 03, 2015 - 04:48 AM

Really nice Brian. I know you will have it running like a top. Sure looks to be in very good overall shape.


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Posted August 03, 2015 - 12:55 PM

The deck wasn't mounted on the tractor when I got it. The deck was laying off to the side but came with it as well as a heavy duty aerator. After seeing it mounted I see where the cable loosens and tightens the drive belt from the motor? Guess I never paid that much attention to the deck part as I was mainly interested in the tractor. When you get it all fixed up and running good I may want it back ! !HA!HA!
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Posted August 03, 2015 - 08:03 PM

Awesome set up



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Posted August 04, 2015 - 06:30 AM

That is so cool!! Thanks for the pictures now I have a place to reference when I restore mine. Cant wait to see how you like it.



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Posted August 04, 2015 - 06:36 AM

Glad it's coming together Brian.
"I didnt even have them" LOL, now that's funny.
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