Today I took a hour trip to grab a Bolens 600 with reel mower. The tractor was an one owner machine until last fall when the guy I bought it from purchased it. He kept it all winter and decided it would just sit around and collect dust on his 160+ acre farm, so he offered it to me. When I got there I noticed a few things on the tractor that needed attention and I almost walked away from the deal because the owner wouldn't budge off his price. I then thought about finding another one that ran, had a complete reel mower with all the guards, and that I could get on and use when I got home and figured I better suck it up and pay the guy. I figured by the time I found another one, went driving all over to look at other 600's, I'd waste more than the $50 I was trying to save on this one. So I tested all gears, ran it at idle and several other throttle settings, mowed about 15ft, and drove it up onto the trailer. I stopped on the way home, topped it off with ethanol free 91 octane and a splash of Marvel mystery oil in the tank and drove home. I got home went in and had lunch. I stared at it on the trailer thinking that I was glad I didn't leave it. I went out after lunch, lubed everything, greased everything, and put a fresh new battery in it and was ready to pull it off the trailer. I wanted to mow around my house and take my 1yr old for a ride on it. Well, for some reason it decided it no longer wanted to start. I struggled to get it fired up, it would run for a few seconds at idle and stall. The choke lever and cable were moving, but it didn't seem to help the situation no matter where I had it so I left it all the way down, or what I believe to be off. Moving the throttle didn't help anything either, it would almost start at idle or 1/4 throttle, but no where else would it even stumble or try to start in the throttle settings. I pulled the plug, it wasn't soaked, I had spark, I put the plug back in, turned it over on idle throttle setting and It finally started. I slowly raised the idle to about 1/2 and drove it into the grass. I turned the reel mower on and set the throttle at 3/4's and put it in 1st gear. I mowed a few feet and it was gutless. I know its only 6hp, but I thought It perform better than that. In those few feet, it almost stalled so I hit the brake, the engine revved real high like maybe there is a governor or carb issue. I lowered the throttle an reset it at 3/4's, bumped it a little over 3/4's when I started moving, and moved another few feet and it still had no power and died. I mowed about 10ft total and that was it. No matter what I did it wouldn't restart. It would turn over, fire up for 5-10 seconds and stall, that's about it. So I sadly pushed it into the garage. Now I'm thinking I should of walked away from the deal. Not sure what's up with it, and why it ran ok at the owners house for probably 25min. But now somethings up with it, and it's my problem to deal with. Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated at this point. I'd like to fix it before I get the "I told you so" speech from the wife. Oh yea, enjoy the pictures!
Edited by fonz3482, April 13, 2016 - 04:43 PM.