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#1 BolensG10man OFFLINE  

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Posted March 10, 2016 - 11:03 AM

Has anyone ever put a 1050 transmission in a G-10 or know if its doable? I like the idea of the high/low range and the locking diff. So far ive never ran into anything my G-10 could get through or couldnt pull but I just like the idea of the locking diff and the high low range considering all the different thing i use my G-10 for. If anyone knows what all id have to do or where I can find a 1050 tranny for cheap or trade let my know. Thanks. 

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Posted March 10, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The correct solution to this dilemma is to just get a 1050. Leave the G10 intact. If you really want to upgrade go for a 1250. After you've used it a few times the tube frames seem small. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted March 10, 2016 - 12:29 PM

I agree, just get another Bolens :thumbs:


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 01:26 PM

It can be easily done but you would be better off finding a G14 instead of a 1050 to use as a donor


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 01:26 PM

Or Do what I did and buy 2 old clunkers.I bought a rough but semi complete 1254 and a G11 that someone had beat the snot out of,busted the front axle,bent the frame and tore 2nd gear out of.The G11 even though was fairly rare had a good engine and good rust free tins.

 

I took the engine and Tins off of the G11 and put in the 1254 frame.It made 1 really good tractor out of 2 that would of been sent to the scrap if I wouldn't have saved them.

 

Only part that I had to get was another Driveshaft.The front bearing and the clutch bearing in the 1254 driveshaft were frozen solid and I had to replace the axle seals.That gave me a really good running Bolens G11 with 11hp briggs,3 speed with Hi/Lo range,dual drive belts and dual PTO belts.

 

Luckily the 11hp briggs ran really good other than the threads being torn out of the Exhaust.Aluminum bluck,synchro balanced briggs with cast iron bore and electronic ignition.

 

 

 

G11 that was soon to be scrapped.

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1254 that I pulled the Blown Tecumseh HH120 out of.Someone stuck the HH120 engine in it.It should of had a Wisconsin TRA12D in it.

 

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And the G11/1254 all put together and running.

 

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I had the tires sitting around off of an old Craftsman 2 GT18 that was parted out due to a busted transaxle and rusted up deck.

 

I Had $75 in the purchase of the 1254 $250 for the G11 (which was way to much but I had to try to save it) and roughly $150 in parts.


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 01:33 PM

I agree as well.

 

You DO have a HI/LO option with the G10, so it's really only missing the controlled rear end.

 

Finding a decent 1050 shouldn't be all that hard.

 

Yes, a rear end from a 1050 or other 6-spd transmission can be transplanted into a G10, but I wouldn't do it unless it was a last resort.

 


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 01:34 PM

I would not take a good tractor apart unless there is something seriously wrong with it.Either buy a tractor with what you want it to have on it or buy 2 that are rough and make 1 really good tractor out of the 2.

 

Either keep it and get another one or Sell it any buy the tractor your looking for.You should be able to find a good used 1050 or a 1254 that doesn't need much work fairly cheap.


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 01:59 PM

Shipping might be a killer but I have a good complete transaxle with hi-lo.  a
Guy wanted a tractor for his grand kids but did not want the Hi-Lo.  Wanted a 3 speed only.  I had a 3 speed out of a parts tractor to swapped the Hi-Lo out and put the 3 speed in, with a Honda clone and he was happy as could be.  No I have an extra Hi-Lo unit that has been sitting for a couple years.


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Posted March 10, 2016 - 06:46 PM

G10 man:

 

Unless you need 12  speeds  forward and 4 speeds reverse, the swap isn't worth doing.

 

The  locking differential helps SOMETIMES, but more often, it just causes BOTH rear wheels to spin.

 

Also, the locking differential is only meant for straight-line operation.  .....Making turns with the differential locked puts a lot of stress on the gears. ......Do not confuse this feature with a limited-slip or "posi" rear, as in a vehicle. 

 

The 1050 is a lot better tractor than a G10.  .....Dual belts for PTO and drive; Clutch plates instead of clutching by removing tension from a belt; Cast-iron Wisconsin engine instead of B&S

 

If you really want to do a conversion to the 6-speed transaxle, it can be done, but as others have already done, I too, question any potential gain.


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Posted March 11, 2016 - 10:14 AM

ok. Thanks for all the help guys. This tractor has alot of sentimental value so i dont really want to get rid of it for a different one and i dont have enough money to buy a 1050 without selling the 1055. The G10 does great but this year I want to get into pulling and with weights and AG tires which mine has, ive heard the 1050s with the locking rear end do pretty well but im sure i can make the G10 work. A lot of pullers around here are Wheel Horses so I should do just fine. 


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Posted March 11, 2016 - 12:06 PM

Glad to hear that you are not going to change the G10. Those 1050's were very popular and I'm sure you will find one reasonable sooner or later. The G14 was a great one too.


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