Jump to content

Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

BOLENS VERSAMATIC


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 KC9KAS OFFLINE  

KC9KAS
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 10038
  • 5,165 Thanks
  • 4,551 posts
  • Location: Holland, IN

Posted April 10, 2017 - 05:05 PM

I have a Bolens walk-behind tractor that I think is a Versamatic.

Information I found said it was built 1954--1957.

 

It has a Briggs & Stratton engine that looks to be original. I found some numbers on the engine and am looking for help deciphering the number(s).

 

The numbers are 107076     400870.

The tag was painted over and I cleaned it off to find numbers. There wasn't anything else readable on the tag once the paint was removed.

 



#2 Bruce Dorsi ONLINE  

Bruce Dorsi

    Old, but not dead -- yet!

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1525
  • 3,823 Thanks
  • 2,414 posts
  • Location: New Jersey

Posted April 10, 2017 - 05:26 PM

You can find info on most of the Bolens walk-behinds (late 1940's-1950's) here:

http://gardentractor...s-walk-behinds/

 

 

You can find manuals for several models of the Bolens VersaMatics here:

http://gardentractor...ens-versamatic/

 

You can compare the pics in the manuals to what you have. 

 

However, if you clean off the flat part of the chassis behind the engine, you may find a Bolens tag giving the tractor model number.

 

The numbers you posted above for the B&S engine are not complete.  ....There should be a model number to the left of those numbers on the same plate.

 

If you have the original B&S engine and if you have a VersaMatic, it is probably a model 15FB or 15FC tractor.

 

Edit:   I just saw that you posted a pic in another thread.  ...Yes, it is a VersaMatic, as Brian said.

 

Is the B&S engine cast-iron or aluminum?  ....If it is cast-iron, it is probably a Model 8 manufactured in August 1953.

 

Bolens manual for the 15FC-01,02 says B&S Model 8.  ....8 is a cast-iron engine.

 

Bolens manual for the 15FC-03 says B&S Model 8B.  ....8B is an aluminum engine.


Edited by Bruce Dorsi, April 10, 2017 - 05:42 PM.

  • Bolens 1000 and Lauber1 have said thanks

#3 KC9KAS OFFLINE  

KC9KAS
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 10038
  • 5,165 Thanks
  • 4,551 posts
  • Location: Holland, IN

Posted April 10, 2017 - 06:43 PM

The tractor is 15FC-01


  • Lauber1 said thank you

#4 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

Lauber1

    DB restorer

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 4926
  • 3,475 Thanks
  • 2,811 posts
  • Location: S.E.IOWA

Posted April 11, 2017 - 06:14 PM

versamatics are very easy to tell, because of the control shifter on the handles, no other Bolens used that style. also they had reverse which tractors before this didn't have.


  • KC9KAS and Zekkjacen have said thanks

#5 jabelman OFFLINE  

jabelman
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 38843
  • 1,961 Thanks
  • 1,430 posts
  • Location: nj

Posted April 11, 2017 - 07:26 PM

I am sure I am wrong but didn't the versa's use kohlers and the power ho's use briggs. or am I thinking the super versa?

#6 Bruce Dorsi ONLINE  

Bruce Dorsi

    Old, but not dead -- yet!

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 1525
  • 3,823 Thanks
  • 2,414 posts
  • Location: New Jersey

Posted April 11, 2017 - 09:26 PM

I am sure I am wrong but didn't the versa's use kohlers and the power ho's use briggs. or am I thinking the super versa?

 

There were several models of VersaMatics -- some used B&S, others used Kohler. 

 

PowerHo's had Clinton or B&S.


  • Bolens 1000 said thank you




Top