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#1 smith5234 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 30, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Looking for help on a Bolens Ridemaster. Is there a trick to moving the garden tractor without the engine running? I'm looking at one on an auction Sat. April 2. It dose not run, but it seems you can't move it even with the engine lifted off the belts. Am I missing something? Don't know anything about this model and could sure use some help. Thanks in advance for you time. Regards, smith5234.

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Posted March 30, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Welcome to the forum. I'm sure one of the Bolens guys will be along to help you out. I edited out your contact info. It's better to use the private message system through the site so your info doesn't get hacked.


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 01:36 PM

The Ridemaster is not easy to move unless it is under power. The reason: even though the engine is disengaged from the drive, the transmission is geared in a way that makes them powerful but not fast. So when you try to drag it, like onto a trailer, you are turning over a very reluctant gearset. The last one I picked up that did not run I had to load on the trailer using a winch and a come-along.
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Posted March 30, 2016 - 01:59 PM

thanks for the help guys, I appreciate your input.



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Posted March 30, 2016 - 02:09 PM

If the one in the pic is the one your looking to buy,very nice looking

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Posted March 30, 2016 - 03:10 PM

You have the winch them to get them to move or keep going once you get them rolling, they are worm drive and no free wheel pin on these which makes it a real PITA if you need to push it!

 

I did notice though when I had the engine out when restoring my tractor it pushed quite easily by hand, the added weight of the engine on the axles must just be enough to cause the worm drive to be tight and not free wheel easily

 

Theres a couple guys real knowledgeable on these Ridemasters so if you have other questions you came to the right spot!


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Welcome to GTtalk! The Ridemaster does not roll very well because of the worm drive. Your best bet to push it is to push it well helping the tire role with the other hand. .   If you like I'll show you how to load it when I put it on my trailer. I plan to be there myself.   :D


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Posted March 30, 2016 - 04:40 PM

So who is auctioning off their equipment, Jerome? I see more than one Bolens item in the pic.
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Posted March 30, 2016 - 04:52 PM

So who is auctioning off their equipment, Jerome? I see more than one Bolens item in the pic.

 

 

I sent you a PM. 


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