Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

XL MEDIUM FRAME SERIES IDENTIFICATION


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted April 02, 2016 - 03:06 PM

What is my tractor? Is this a Medium Frame? Is this an XL, Is this an Eliminator? What is an XT? Will this attachment fit my XL Medium Frame?

 

This question arises more frequently and its about time for the XL Medium Frame Series to get some love and proper identification and I'm writing it up now. But I need some help.

 

I'd prefer not to "borrow" images from Google or otherwise, so I am asking for good, clean, unobstucted pictures or good clean promotional material scans of the any of XL Medium Frame tractors:

 

GT14 - MODEL 1460

G11XL - MODELS 1060 and 1160

H11XL - 1058

G12XL - 1260

H12XL - 1258

H14XL - 1458

G14XL - 1461

G16XL - 1661

H16XL - 1658

H18XL - 1858

G16XT - 1662

H16XT - 1659

G16X1 - 1663

H16X1 - 1664

1400G - 1463

1600G - 1667

1600H - 1668

1402G - 1467

1400 - 1468

1669

1669L 

 

Please PM me if you have any of these pictures. Thanks!

 

Sorry, I didn't realize caps lock was on when I typed the thread title. 


Edited by ClassicBolens, April 02, 2016 - 03:18 PM.

  • Bolens 1000, OldBuzzard, LPBolens and 7 others have said thanks

#2 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

Bolens 1000

    DR. Bolens

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 7
  • 12,701 Thanks
  • 17,209 posts
  • Location: Western NY

Posted April 02, 2016 - 03:34 PM

I think we'll make this a sticky!


  • OldBuzzard, blackjackjakexxix, ClassicBolens and 2 others have said thanks

#3 wurzel OFFLINE  

wurzel
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 78672
  • 114 Thanks
  • 103 posts
  • Location: Worcestersire UK

Posted April 04, 2016 - 06:22 AM

$_57 (7).JPG 20150725_161114.jpg Hi dont forget the QT17s

cheers nick


  • ClassicBolens and TravelinJavelin have said thanks

#4 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted April 04, 2016 - 11:36 AM

$_57 (7).JPG 20150725_161114.jpgHi dont forget the QT17s
cheers nick


The QT's fall under their own separate classification and I'll probably work on them as soon I get done with the Medium Frames.
  • Paulgo and wurzel have said thanks

#5 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted April 17, 2016 - 02:57 PM

Sorry guys, I've been busy and haven't got this finished yet. Still working on it. I still could use some pictures or pictures from sales literature that cover these tractors.
  • 29 Chev said thank you

#6 Paulgo OFFLINE  

Paulgo
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 68759
  • 594 Thanks
  • 393 posts
  • Location: Sault Ste Marie, MI

Posted April 20, 2016 - 06:54 PM

This is a long overdue project. Can't wait. Q series too! :thumbs:


  • ClassicBolens said thank you

#7 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted May 04, 2016 - 02:10 AM


 


XL 1


The XL Medium Frame Series Tractors were built for 17 years, from 1976 to 1993.
XL SKETCH



The "XL" Tractor is an intermediate garden tractor that was intended to eventually replace the Tube Frame tractor line. It was built with the homeowner in mind. The XL was built at a slightly lower price point than the other garden Bolens tractors to entice new buyers that wanted or needed a little more than a typical lawn tractor, without breaking the bank.

A small garden tractor... that can easily mow acres of land, plow the driveway, clear the snow or plant a small garden. The XL fit this demographic perfectly. Built with the same quality standards that Bolens owners had come to expect.

The XL is slightly smaller and lighter than the QS and QT tractors that were available at the time. It has a tighter turning radius than the Q Series tractors. Approximate shipping weight for the XL tractors ranged from 870 lbs for the G11XL, to 920 lbs for the H16XL. Definitely not a light weight, considering the Tube Frame G14 weighs in at roughly 840 lbs.


The "XL" received it's designation primarily from it's powerplant. The Tecumseh "XL" Extended Life Series Cast Iron Overhead Valve Engine that was the heart of the early machines. Many were already familiar with these engines as they were nearly a direct transplant from the late Tube Frames.

ENGINE 1
Engines are mounted in a suspended cradle with rubber isolating mounts at all four corners for a smooth, quiet operation.

The XL Series can be most easily identified by it's front axle assembly. It has a welded tube steel front axle with no built in front PTO pulley and shaft. All other Bolens garden tractors employ a cast iron front axle and PTO shaft. In it's place is a simple, detachable mule belt drive system. The mule drive is operated by an engine mounted electric PTO brake clutch.

MULE DRIVE 1

The mule drive is required to run the available 42" or 48" mower deck attachments.
XL 3
The mule drive can be removed and replaced with the optional 18309 or later 18318 front PTO kit that is required to operate the available snow thrower or tiller attachment.


1976-1978 Tractors - White, Black, Red FMC theme
16XL 1

H11XL 1



1976. The first tractor in the series was the model 1460 GT14. The GT14 was unique, as it was the only tractor with a Bolens built 5 speed manual transmission. It was only produced for one year as it unfortunately suffered from several problems. This transmission was never used in another Bolens tractor. It was quickly scrapped and re-tooled for the following year.
GT14 1460 1
(this was the only 1460 image I could find. If you own this tractor please let me know)

1977. The H14XL (model 1458) is born! Using the same engine from the GT14, the tractor was slightly revamped and the Eaton 11 hydrostatic trans was installed. Using the same single foot control "treadle" pedal for forward and reverse travel that Bolens owners love.

1978. Now there are 3 models to chose from. The entry level (and mostly underpowered) G11XL and H11XL are available, as well as the more powerful H16XL. The G11XL introduced the new Peerless 4 speed manual trans to the series.


1979-1981 Tractors - White, Light Green, Dark Green - FMC Bolens Logo Still used.
XL 1980

XL 1980 2


1979. The paint scheme is upated to the new Bolens green and white. Six models are now available, giving consumers several options. The H11XL, G11XL, H14XL, G14XL, H16XL, G16XL.

1980. Continuing on success from the prior year, even more models are offered, as the G12XL and H12XL is now available as the G11XL and H11XL's are slowly being phased out of production.

1981. Bigger is better. H18XL is introduced with the OHH180 Tecumseh Engine. Bolens also now offers the H16XT and G16XT which utilize the powerful Briggs & Stratton 16HP L Head Twin Cylinder engine. With the new Briggs engine in place, Bolens opted for a heavy duty, automotive style drive shaft assembly to transfer power to the hydro trans (or right angle gearbox on the 4 speed manual). Older and single cylinder models used bonded flex couplers at the engine and trans.

1982 -1983. The G16X1 and H16X1. The odd balls. Mechanically indentical to its XL predecessor, the new H16X1 had the "hockey" stripe decals that was seen only on the legendary HDT1000 Large Frame and very few HT23 tractors. All other XL models from 1982 had the decal scheme from the prior year.
G16X1copy


1983. The "Eliminator" - The 1400G (1463-01), 1600G (1667-01) and 1600H (1668-01) are introduced.
XL 1983
Note the new decals. (Only 3 stripes for 1983 models)
So this means my tractor is an "Eliminator"? Well, technically yes, but ulitmately no. The "Eliminator" term is placed on nearly all Bolens equipment to coincide with their current advertising campaign "Eliminate the hard work from yard work". Even the QT17 and HT23 are considered "Eliminator" during this time.
Eliminators 1

Eliminators 2

Eliminators 3
The "Eliminator" campaign ran for several years and finally ended in 1988.

1984 - 1987.
PaulG 1600 1
Decals now have 4 stripes. (Thank you Paulgo for the picture!)

From 1984 - 1987, not much changed within the series. Models offered are the 1400G (1463-02) in 1984 and (1463-03) in 1985 which used the last of the Tecumseh OHH140 engines. The 1600G (1667-02 thru 1667-03), 1600H (1668-02 thru 1668-04) are still available with few minor changes. The 1402G (1467-01) is introduced to replace the 1400G. It now uses the Briggs L Head Twin cylinder 14HP engine.

1988. Only two models are offered. The 1402G (1467-02) and 1600H (1668-05)

PaulG 1600 3
Paulgo's 1668-05 with 18311 Snow Thrower


1989. All that remains is the 1600H. The 1668-06 (manual lift) and 1668L-01 (hydraulic lift). Cruise control is standard equipment on both models now. (optional on prior years)

The decal style has been completely updated and the "Eliminator" tag is gone.
1668L 2
(This is my daily driver)


1990 - 1993. The 1468, 1669 and 1669L. After so many long years of production of the XL Medium Frame Series, there comes perfection. The 1669 is the smoothest of all of them. The new Briggs & Stratton Vangard V-Twin 14 and 16HP power plant is as good as it gets. All of the prior years shakes and vibrations are virtually gone. Fuel efficiency is at an all time high. It just doesn't get any better than this. All the power you need and the tractor to do the work.

Unfortunately, the XL Series was killed off in 1993. An end of an era. 17 years of well built, American Made - Genuine Bolens engineering.
XL 2



XL Medium Frame Attachments

The following attachments fit only the XL Medium Frame Tractors:

Mower Decks: XL DECK
18300 42" SD, 18301 48" SD, 18335 42" RD, 18336 48" RD, 18338 48" SD (made by Gilson),
14023 42" SD and 14024 48" SD (newer spindle style, Troybilt/Gardenway models)
Mower deck can be dropped or installed in just a few minutes as it is connected by only 3 pins.

DECK 1


Snow / Plow Blade: 18305 42" Mechanical Angle

Snow Thrower: 18311 38" Single Stage, 50146 46" 2 Stage (requires 18346 mounting kit).
Front PTO Kit model 18309 or 18318 is required to operate snow thrower attachment.

Tiller Attachment: 18315 33" or 18322 33". Requires 18309 or 18318 Front PTO kit to operate tiller attachment. Proper drive shaft length + tiller model + PTO Kit model is essential for proper installation. It can be confusing. Ask for help if needed ( feel free to PM me).

None of these attachments fit any other series of tractor, nor will any attacments from other Bolens series fit the XL Medium Frame. The mounting system is unique to the XL series only.

Bolens also offered many other attachments for the XL Medium Frames.
Such as:
Grass Collection System
Grass Reduction System or GRS (mulcher)
Blade angling kit model 19222
Hard top cab model 50930
Soft Side Cab model 19708
Cruise Control Kit - model 18326
Sleeve Hitch - model 18330
Hydraulic lift Kit - model 18327
Electric lift kit - 18325
Hourmeter - 18096
Chrome Hub Caps - 16999
Dump Cart - 16466 7.5cu ft. or 16465 10 cu. ft.
Wheel Weights
Tire Chains
12 volt string trimmer.....


Hope this sums up a great Bolens Tractor. They are often overlooked, but truly a well built and well received machine.


Be sure to check out the attached pdf spec sheet for more info.

Attached File  XL-MEDIUM FRAME SERIES.pdf   827.69KB   114 downloads


Edited by ClassicBolens, May 05, 2016 - 11:44 PM.

  • Bolens 1000, LPBolens, Bruce Dorsi and 7 others have said thanks

#8 Paulgo OFFLINE  

Paulgo
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 68759
  • 594 Thanks
  • 393 posts
  • Location: Sault Ste Marie, MI

Posted May 05, 2016 - 10:50 PM

Well done, sir!

 

My 1600H is a 1988 1668-05 with Eliminator decals and cruise. It was purchased new in 1990 and came with an owners manual for a 1989 1668R. The cover image is of the same tractor, but with Troy-bilt decals instead of Bolens.

 

Paul


  • ClassicBolens said thank you

#9 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted May 05, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Well done, sir!

 

My 1600H is a 1988 1668-05 with Eliminator decals and cruise. It was purchased new in 1990 and came with an owners manual for a 1989 1668R. The cover image is of the same tractor, but with Troy-bilt decals instead of Bolens.

 

Paul

 

Awesome. Thanks for that. I was all but sure that the 1988 models still had the eliminator style decals, but didn't want to post it without certainty. The 1668R were only offered in select markets. I've only ever seen one in person. 


  • blackjackjakexxix and Paulgo have said thanks

#10 wilberj ONLINE  

wilberj
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 51
  • 4,213 Thanks
  • 5,218 posts
  • Location: Michigan

Posted May 06, 2016 - 05:22 PM

I am not going to guarantee this soon or even maybe this year but when I scan the engineering changes for this series into PDF I'll send you a copy Todd.    I havent got to them yet for my serial number list I am doing.  


  • Bolens 1000 and ClassicBolens have said thanks

#11 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted May 06, 2016 - 05:27 PM

I am not going to guarantee this soon or even maybe this year but when I scan the engineering changes for this series into PDF I'll send you a copy Todd. I havent got to them yet for my serial number list I am doing.


That would be great.

#12 Canawler OFFLINE  

Canawler

    Member

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1273
  • 1,893 Thanks
  • 1,750 posts
  • Location: York, PA

Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:04 PM

I've always seen the Duratracs and Troy-bilt GTX series referred to on this site as medium frames. Since I'm not seeing them in this thread I'm assuming that's not the case?

Edited by Canawler, May 09, 2016 - 01:04 PM.

  • Zekkjacen said thank you

#13 ClassicBolens ONLINE  

ClassicBolens
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 48806
  • 961 Thanks
  • 380 posts
  • Location: IN

Posted May 09, 2016 - 01:17 PM

I've always seen the Duratracs and Troy-bilt GTX series referred to on this site as medium frames. Since I'm not seeing them in this thread I'm assuming that's not the case?


That is correct. The DuraTrac and GTX are of their own class and share virtually nothing with the XL Medium Frames.
  • Bolens 1000, blackjackjakexxix, Zekkjacen and 1 other said thanks

#14 sgtdanz OFFLINE  

sgtdanz
  • Member
  • Member No: 83899
  • 3 Thanks
  • 9 posts
  • Location: washington pa

Posted July 13, 2016 - 05:21 PM

Just closed a deal on a 1460!! i'll keep ya posted!!



#15 sgtdanz OFFLINE  

sgtdanz
  • Member
  • Member No: 83899
  • 3 Thanks
  • 9 posts
  • Location: washington pa

Posted July 13, 2016 - 06:16 PM

how do we share pictures???






Top