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#1 Bolens800uk OFFLINE  

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Posted March 30, 2016 - 02:47 AM

I have come across this old Bolens 600? with a Honda engine in it. What interests me is the attachments and sleeve hitch. Are these genuine attachments or something rigged up? As always be interested in your views. Cheers

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Posted March 30, 2016 - 05:44 AM

The tiller plow and sleeve hitch are factory the thing on the left IDK what that is looks home made. 


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 06:00 AM

In the second pic the thin angled tines lead me to think of a Craftsman Cultivator with the potato hiller tines attached. Just a thought.


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 06:13 AM

Thanks.

I have yet to see it and these photos were lifted from the seller's advert.

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Posted April 01, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The seller posted up another photo of the dash tower for ID purposes. Shame about the hood being hacked on the side; a common issue.

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 09:20 AM

I agree with WilberJ on the implements. I think the homebuilt unit might be a sort of hoe. I have seen similar "blades" to that on non-motorized high wheel cultivators, intended to run just below the surface of the soil to cut weeds down at the root.

 

It is a shame about the hood. I just picked up a pair of tractors in a package deal. One was a 600 that had the hood chopped when a Honda was swapped into it. Later on the seller moved both the motor and the hood onto a 1054. I think he did a bit cleaner job of it than the one in your pics though.

 

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 11:19 AM

It is a shame about the hood - it is sad when people repower a tractor they chose to hack rather than find or adapt an engine that fits like it was made for the tractor - just my thoughts.  But it does give someone a chance to offer less money because of the altered state and put those funds towards finding the correct undamaged parts or fixing what has been hacked and has kept the tractor from being scrapped of parted out - just me thinking out loud. 


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 12:16 PM

I agree with WilberJ on the implements. I think the homebuilt unit might be a sort of hoe. I have seen similar "blades" to that on non-motorized high wheel cultivators, intended to run just below the surface of the soil to cut weeds down at the root.
 
It is a shame about the hood. I just picked up a pair of tractors in a package deal. One was a 600 that had the hood chopped when a Honda was swapped into it. Later on the seller moved both the motor and the hood onto a 1054. I think he did a bit cleaner job of it than the one in your pics though.
 
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I agree with you about the hacked job on the hood; it's a darn shame.

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 12:20 PM

It is a shame about the hood - it is sad when people repower a tractor they chose to hack rather than find or adapt an engine that fits like it was made for the tractor - just my thoughts.  But it does give someone a chance to offer less money because of the altered state and put those funds towards finding the correct undamaged parts or fixing what has been hacked and has kept the tractor from being scrapped of parted out - just me thinking out loud.


I am with you on that totally. The plan (if I win the auction) is for me to get it and my mate Chris will have the 600 whilst I have the implements for my 600 which is still in the US awaiting importing. I will message OB to keep him in the loop. The seller is just about 40 minutes away from me so it's an opportunity that I cannot afford to miss. Here hoping that it won't go for silly money.......
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 06:52 PM

It could have been worse in my case. The guy I got them off, re-powered the 600 and chopped the hood to fit. He then bought the 1054 as a non-running parts machine. He decided he liked the 6 speed in the 1054 so he pulled the Wisconsin out and stuck the Honda it. Luckily he figured that since the 600 hood was already cut to fit, he would just bolt it on there instead of cutting the 1054 hood as well. I got both the 600 and the 1054, a tiller, tire chains and a dump cart, as well as the original hood and engine from the 1054.

 

Best of luck to you on the auction.

 

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Posted April 03, 2016 - 07:28 AM

Thanks Jim. Currently 16 bids on it at the moment. Be great if I did win as two UK Bolens collectors will share the prizes accordingly.

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Posted April 04, 2016 - 04:19 PM

Well I won it this evening after some furious bidding went on as usual in the last few minutes. Paid a little bit more than I wanted but as it's near me, it was too good an opportunity to miss. Planning to pick it up on Wednesday afternoon after picking up the H16 in the morning on a round robin trip if possible.

Will post up some better photos of the attachments when it's collected.
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Posted April 04, 2016 - 04:28 PM

Congratulations - glad to see the "Bolens Bug" is world wide.  Look forward to seeing better photos.


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Posted April 04, 2016 - 04:36 PM

Thanks. There were 32 bids with 11 bidders on it. Good to see some interest in these old Bolens. :)
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Posted April 09, 2016 - 07:50 AM

Well I collected the 600 earlier this morning in Tiverton, Devon, UK a round trip of 80 miles.the 600 rolls freely as the seller taken out the cotter pin. The 600 is for Chris whilst the implements are for me and my yet to be shipped 600. Just love the style of the 600. What's peculiar is the number if blue 600s in the UK.

It been a busy week with Bolens having collected the H16 earlier this week in Cornwall, picked up a Wisconsin engine for Chris in Dorset, sold my Huffy Broadlawn rider to a collector and finally collected the 600 today....... Back to the Real World on Monday!

Photos of the 600 but no serial tags # visible. Also photos of the tiller and Brinly Plow with its sleeve hitch.


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