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#1 Clevis OFFLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2017 - 01:54 PM

This thing popped up for sale this morning on CL - so I dashed out of the house to pick it up before work.  Our current garden trailer (a modern era flimsy thing) is on its last legs and needs replacing.  This thing is much heavier than the one we have currently.  I was excited to it be able to pick up a Bolens cart when I needed one, - but is it really a Bolens trailer?  I can't find a model/ serial number sticker or plate on it.  Does the construction look Bolens - or did someone just throw an FMC Bolens sticker on it at some point?

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Edited by Clevis, May 25, 2017 - 01:55 PM.

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Posted May 25, 2017 - 04:27 PM

I don't actually know, BUT, those do look like tires are same as on front of my Tube frames and with that heavy latch it seems a better made one for sure. Paint it, take to show and ask $300 for it, ha!  Deere guys do that!


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Posted May 25, 2017 - 04:39 PM

Nice looking cart!  I'm still looking for one for my cub!


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Posted May 25, 2017 - 11:05 PM

Nice looking cart! I'm still looking for one for my cub!


They are out there but my oh my are they expensive


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Posted May 26, 2017 - 05:24 AM

It does look like one. It could be the style from the mid 70s QT tractors. I had one very similar. Nice dump cart you have.
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Posted May 26, 2017 - 05:29 AM

I honestly dont know, have not seen enough of the late 70's carts to say if its OEM


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Posted May 26, 2017 - 06:50 AM

If it works and does what you want it to do, who care what sticker is on the sides.  I am using a plastic boxed cart with Cub Cadet wheels I got at auction full of other junk about 8 years ago.  Paid $25 for the whole lot.  Even got a heavy duty slide hammer type tire bead breaker with it.  Guess I could put an extra Brinly sticker on it.


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Posted July 10, 2017 - 03:20 PM

UPDATE- I think this trailer is a legitimate Bolens.  I found this Bolens Brochure and on page 16, in the optional equipment section, there is the same cart.   I guess I'll keep it. 

I'm attaching the brochure for you all to peruse. I've uploaded it to the manuals and brochures section along with a 1976 Bolens brochure I came across too.

Enjoy!

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Posted July 10, 2017 - 04:39 PM

Nice score & dug up some info on it too. Congrats!
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Posted July 11, 2017 - 04:17 PM

I sure love reading those old brochures, thanks for posting them.

 

Congrats on your discovery, nice detective work.


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Posted July 07, 2018 - 10:43 PM

UPDATE

I haven't had a ton of time lately, but I found a few hours this last week to tackle something small. I figured I would scratch refurbishing this dump cart off my list. I had ordered new decals from Sam's Bolens a while back and I just recently picked up a new set of tires for it.

It was in pretty good shape. It had some dents. I did my best on some of the larger ones and left the small ones. The only real problem I could see when I took it apart was that on the front wall there was a gap between the horizontal frame piece and the cart wall. It looks like moisture would get in-between and was causing a lot of rust. I took some JB Weld and used it like caulking to fill the gap between. It sealed up that seam very well.

I took it all apart, wire wheel brushed it and coated it with rust reforming primer. Then I brushed two coats of Rust-Oleum semi-gloss black on it.

Neither tire would hold air and they didn't match anyway. So instead of tubes or just getting a pair of ribbed cart tires, I picked out some meaty looking Carlisle Xtrac's.

Now I can finally put it to work.

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Edited by Clevis, July 08, 2018 - 12:12 AM.

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Posted July 07, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Looks to nice to work.   Don


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Posted July 08, 2018 - 05:53 AM

Nice looking cart now!


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Posted July 08, 2018 - 07:19 AM

It looks respectable again, nice work finding it and bringing it back!  :thumbs:


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Posted July 08, 2018 - 07:38 AM

Came out very nice. 👍
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