Funny how small the world is. I live in a part of the country where old garden tractors are hard to come by. A wanted ad led me to the Bolens 1886 pictured below and a Craftsman GTV 18, both of which I brought home. The Craftsman needed less work, and I need the extra unit for orchard work next year, so I started with it. It's now fully torn apart (see my post in the Craftsman forum). Long story short, a top-end rebuild led me to a local machinist, and our conversation revealed that his dad had left behind a Bolens tiller.
So, he has my interest. Can anyone tell me which tiller serial numbers will work for the 1886? He sent me some pics, which I'm working to transfer from my phone to upload here, but I'm still waiting on the serial number from him. Any input from the experts would be much appreciated.
P.S. Relatedly, when I picked up plugs at the parts house for the Craftsman, my conversation with the service rep revealed that he once had a Craftsman GT. He had sold it, but still had the attachments. I'll be calling him next week--disc, blade, and rake.