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#1 Bolens800uk OFFLINE  

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 08:40 AM

I attach some photos of this tiller I picked up earlier today with the 600. I would be interested to know what model number it is and what colour paint it would be? Also is it all complete? Unbelievably it still got the lift handle with it which are often missing. I would think it would only be good for light cultivation on already worked soil as it's fairly ligh compared to my round back tillers. Also picked up a Brinly Plow with it along with the Brinly sleeve hitch for the 600.

Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



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Posted April 09, 2016 - 08:47 AM

It looks like theres some gold paint on there

 

The tines were white and the body and missing hood were gold, same as the 600

The lift link is homemade


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 08:54 AM

Thanks Brian, is it the same style as my later round top tillers?

If anyone got a photo of a 600 with a tiller on it that would be great to see the colour scheme.

Thanks

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:07 AM

I picked this one up a few weeks ago. I think it might be the same model as yours, except that yours has the extension kit on it. I believe there should be a "rake" on the back as well, that this one is missing. I did try it out when I got it home, behind my 1054. The ground was still frozen in a few places, what wasn't was really too wet to till, but with the tractor in first low it really dug in well. The original lift arm was slotted where it attaches to the tiller, letting it bounce up if it hits a rock or root (or frozen ground LOL).

 

Jim

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:14 AM

Thanks Jim. As it happens I got two other round back tillers and assuming that the later ones I got are the same. (except with the shorter/ smaller 600 shaft and sleeve hitch) I should be able to rigged up one if my tillers.

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:15 AM

If my memory is correct,the 600 also used a shorter driveshaft for the tiller


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:20 AM

I will take measurements of the drive shaft and one of my existing ones. Thanks Rick. Just having a quick look and it appears the connecting drive shaft is fairly long.

Jim, would it be possible to measure your drive shaft at some point to see if I got the right length......

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:21 AM

There were 3 model numbers for the 22" Rotary Tillers:  # 18608, # 18609, & # 18610.

 

Here is the parts list for the more common models:

 

http://gardentractor...22in-tillerpdf/

 

For 1962 & 1963, the tillers would have been painted gold to match the tractor's color.

 

For 1964 & 1965, the 600 tractors were cordovan & white, while the tillers were painted red.

 

My memory is fuzzy about the differences between the three tiller models.  .....I believe the # 18608 was sold without a driveshaft, and required the #18611 driveshaft to be purchased separately for use with the 600 tractors.


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:30 AM

Thanks Bruce! Great info.

Thanks

Andrew

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:37 AM

Some pics of the tillers can be seen in the Bolens brochures for 1962, 1963, & 1964, as posted in the Manuals forum.

 

According to the brochures, the # 18609 was the designation used in 1962, while #18610 was the designation used in 1963.


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 09:55 AM

I want one , i need one . Thank you all for the good info. This will help me in the hunt for one.

 

Patrick.


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

I measured the driveshaft for you as requested. Total overall length is 37-3/4" (about 95.9 cm), from the center to center on the u-joints it measures 32-3/4" ( about 82.3 cm). The ID tag reads "type 18609" and has no serial number. The colour is gold like the early 600's. I believe Rick is correct about the shaft being shorter than on the other tube frames, mine did not slide very far onto the tractor pto and vibrated a lot. I think it was not on there far enough. It seems like you will be looking for a shorter driveshaft and I will be looking for a longer one.

 

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Posted April 09, 2016 - 10:38 AM

Thanks Jim. I will get my tape measure out to see how long it is when I am next down the lock up.

Cheers
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Posted April 09, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Thanks Jim. I will get my tape measure out to see how long it is when I am next down the lock up.

Cheers

 

I can meet you half way if you want to trade. LOL

 

Jim


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Posted April 09, 2016 - 10:42 AM

Sod's law but I actually got friends visiting relatives in Canada as we speak! I think Security will through a hissy fit if I try to board the plane with a shaft in my hand luggage!

Still, we could still meet half way. Ireland?.....
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