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#1 yardiron OFFLINE  

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Posted April 20, 2011 - 04:05 AM

I currently have a 1969 1250, I sort of got it for nothing a few years ago in need of some repairs. I've since replaced all 4 tires, the fuel tank, battery, and am in the process of fixing several broken springs and levers for the PTO.
I used a buddies machine, a newer Ford, with a rear tiller on it. I'm pretty much sold on the rear tiller idea and want one for my 1250.
What are my options for a tiller?
Does it have to be for a Bolens?
How wide of a tiller can this machine power?
Will attachments from other machines work?
(If I found a tiller off say a Jacobsen or Cub Cadet would it work?)

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Posted April 20, 2011 - 04:32 AM

You would have to make sure that the PTO turned in the proper direction for it for one thing ,Cub Cadet does not.

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Posted April 20, 2011 - 05:01 AM

I think the easiest thing to do would be to just get a Bolens Large Frame tiller.

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Posted April 20, 2011 - 11:13 AM

I think the easiest thing to do would be to just get a Bolens Large Frame tiller.


which will prolly be the cheapest and easiest to find option

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Posted April 21, 2011 - 01:57 AM

The key here is FIND.
Every one I've run across in the past was for sale for more than I could afford.
I don't mind doing some fix up if I found one a right price.
Besides, what are the chances of finding one worth fixing after 40+ years?

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Posted April 21, 2011 - 08:40 AM

They are still around. They are pretty durable tillers and usually dont break. Most cases all you need are a couple new oil seals and your good to go.

Check CL and ebay, they pop up all the time

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Posted April 21, 2011 - 09:49 AM

yardion, where are you located? I know of a couple in MA for sale.

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Posted April 26, 2011 - 12:19 AM

yardion, where are you located? I know of a couple in MA for sale.

Jason


I'm roughly 300 miles from MA, on the far side of NJ. Too far to just drive up and take a look.

Bolens as a whole here seem a bit scarce, at least in my immediate area. Most have never seen one here.
I've only seen a few others in use, and they were tube frames not large frame models.
I did find a tiller that was on a tube frame but it's narrow, narrower than a plain old walk behind tiller. I'd be all day tilling up a 1/4 or 1/2 acre plot.




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