I picked up a 1053 last year that had been hacked up a bit, no engine or hood and it had two lift levers on it, one on the right where it should be and one on the left which at the time I assumed someone had modified a lift lever from another 1053 or some other tube frame and attached it by welding a plate to the left frame tube. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it but after seeing the grader blade brochure that LP Bolens posted which showed an optional left hand lift it has been at the back of my mind to have a closer look at it when the weather cooperated. This morning the sun was shining and while cold there was very little wind so I pulled the tarp back that it is stored under and took some pictures which are attached. It looks like the fender was cut to let it work with rear attachments but the lift itself appears to be factory made and designed like the Bolens tube frame hand lifts were. I am wondering if anyone else has seen a lift handle like this on any other tube frames or might know what tractor or attachment it is off.
Left Hand Lift Lever
Posted March 29, 2016 - 02:06 PM
sorta looks like a Sears Custom lift lever but that hexagonal button has Bolens written all over it lol
Leaver looks identical to the one on the old 1254 I had.
Not sure but they could of had an optional lever on the grader blades for angling the blade but I think that would of been attached to the blade hanger.Brian or Rick would know for sure.
Hmmmmm Found a manual that does show the 2nd lever.Last 2 pics on 2nd page.You might have nailed it with your assumption .Sometimes i over think things a bit.
Edited by EricFromPa, March 29, 2016 - 02:31 PM.
- TomLGT195 and 29 Chev have said thanks
Posted March 29, 2016 - 03:52 PM
That don't look like the factory set up looks like some one just added that on.
- 29 Chev said thank you
Posted March 29, 2016 - 04:46 PM
I think someone likely added that, the brochure pics look to keep the grader lift lever inline with the one on the other side, but as we know you never know for sure with Bolens!
- 29 Chev said thank you
Posted March 29, 2016 - 04:58 PM
I would agree that it was not designed to fit the 1053 but I am trying to think of a Bolens tube frame tractor or attachment that might have used a lift that bolted on as any I have seen have the notched (internal rooster comb) piece welded directly to the main support assembly rather than an "S" bend like this one does where it is bolted on to the plate welded to the frame tube. Maybe when the weather warms up I will unbolt it and see if it has any part numbers stamped into it.
- AA Hayes said thank you
Posted March 29, 2016 - 07:03 PM
None the less, as it sits now, I vote: very cool!
- MH81 said thank you
Posted March 29, 2016 - 10:00 PM
Very cool indeed! Might be a bit annoying when getting on and off though....