Is there any crossover between this era Bolens and the Tubeframe era Bolens? I have a 1050, and am looking for another tractor to add to my stable so I can use all of my attachments with them. Just wondering what to look for.
This is a trick question, with an even trickier answer..
Yes, yes and no, no. The PTO
rotation of the Tube Frame is opposite of the XL Medium Frame, so directly no they won't interchange. However, Bolens addressed this for early adopters of the XL tractors by offering kits to adapt the Tubeframe 18538 38" snow thrower and also the 18616 25" and 18618 33" tiller attachments. A model 18539 kit was required to use the 18538 on the XL. A model 18607 kit was required to use the 18616 or 18618 Tube Frame tiller on the XL. These kits came with the hardware needed to mount these attachments and also change the gearing to address the rotation. The problem though, once they were changed over to fit the XL, they no longer would work on the Tube Frame.
Forgot to add, the Tube Frame 18532 42" snow blade also will adapt to the XL using the model 18733 adapter kit.
Edited by ClassicBolens, April 02, 2016 - 11:46 AM.