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Bolens G152 mower deck upsizing

bolens g152 60 deck snapper z6002m

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Posted April 23, 2016 - 10:52 PM

Started on this tonight. The front right anti-scalp roller was bent, the center one won't be used so they got swapped.

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The gearbox sits really low because of having to flip it. Also, the deck will be out 2' in front of the tractor if the gearbox is mounted to the rear. I'm going to cut out the middle, remove the center rear anti-scalp roller, and box in that area to move the gearbox forward.

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That will gain me 9".
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 03:39 PM

Interesting, I think many of the machines of this era run into the same issue of not being able to take a 60 between the wheels even though they have the power to run them.  The AC 5020 4wd I have has the same issue and a 48 deck wouldn't be wide enough so no mid mount for me.  I'm kind of wondering if a front mount would be any better than the rear mount though?  The 60 is going to be taxing to steer without power steer and I cant see the machine being more maneuverable.  Looking forward to your progress and review of the front mount though. 


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Posted May 03, 2016 - 03:45 PM

There won't be much weight hanging off the front, the deck will be self-supporting. I'm worried about twist/flex on side hills and during turns the most. That, and actually finding time to work on it. No progress to report.

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 03:54 PM

I'm not familiar with how the Iseki mounts the front axle to the frame but I did see a small gray market Yanmar where they were able to reloacate the front axle a few inches forward pretty easily to accomidate a bigger deck between the tires.


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Posted May 03, 2016 - 05:06 PM

I have about two inches from the axle up to the front pto dropbox. I would still have clearance issues trying to raise the deck to a transport height.

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Posted May 15, 2016 - 09:33 AM

Got some time on this last night. Picked up some steel yesterday morning, and got the gear box mounted in. It sits lower than the blades by 3/4", so I put the anti-scalp roller back in next to it.

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Hoping to work on it more this afternoon.
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Posted May 29, 2016 - 07:42 AM

Getting closer to operational. I need to finish the striping roller install, mount tensioner pulley, and cut driveshaft to length.

I will give it a test mow to check for problems. If it works, the bare metal will get a quick spray bomb job until this winter. Then I will tear it back apart and paint the whole thing. Green, white, red, or black. I'm leaning towards black with red frame and hardware.

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Posted May 29, 2016 - 08:56 AM

What?? You're not going for green and yellow??     :poke:



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Posted May 29, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Slap me silly and call me Don, I hadn't thought of that!
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Posted June 07, 2016 - 09:35 PM

I finished getting it slapped together. What the new location of the tensioner pulley, the original belt (112") was too short. The JD belt (119") I had hanging on the wall was too long. No belts that long at TSC. What to do.....

PM Bolens 1000, that's what! Bolens Parts and Supplies to the rescue. Brian sent me out a 116" x 1/2" kevlar, and we are operational.

Good news: it cuts very well, even at 3/4 throttle. It's even, and the pitch worked out right. (1/8" - 3/16 lower on the front to the back) The striping rollers are doing the trick. Kind of.

Bad news: the striping roller shaft came out of the end plate. I have a lock collar on one end, need one on both ends. The 1/4" plate has just enough flex to it get out.

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The other issue is the way the stripping roller is center mounted to the draft arms. It needs to be bracketed to the deck, not those arms. It is hard to turn, it's taking weight off the front axle. I will weld angle iron on the deck back to those arms.

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Posted June 07, 2016 - 09:38 PM

Sorry for the lack of action shots, pics and video when I get the striping roller sorted out.

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Posted June 12, 2016 - 05:28 PM

Video is being loaded to YouTube later. It is very hard to stay focused when the neighbor is having fuel related issues.
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Posted July 23, 2016 - 09:14 PM

Video, I think. Got my finger, and the flap for the camera cover in the way at different times. Sorry.

 

 

Second tensioner added to belt since video was taken, btw.


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Posted July 28, 2016 - 08:52 PM

Looks like it works well.  How do you like it mounted up front?  Is there much difference in the force required to steer?



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Posted July 28, 2016 - 09:39 PM

It does a nice job, the visibility is good. It will scar the lawn if I take a long sweeping turn going too fast, however. It steers harder now, but still not hard.

The backup mower is getting the nod for a while, I do believe the head gasket went out last weekend.

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