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Posted July 24, 2017 - 06:09 PM

Does anybody with a Bolens 1000 or 1050 feel it's underpowered with the mower deck? I tried the 38" deck on my 1000 yesterday and I'm kind of disappointed. The engine is the original Wisconsin TR10D which was overhauled last September, it run's flawless and doesn't smoke or use oil and has plenty of power running the tiller. With the mower deck it pulls the governor wide open right away and run's out of power when trying to mow more then 2 inches of grass in the thicker spots. In normal grass (which is thick here) it'll do it but does struggle a bit. The mower deck spindles spin freely and quietly and the gearbox spins freely and has plenty of oil. Is this normal with these tractors or?

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Posted July 24, 2017 - 06:27 PM

Definitely not normal, I would suspect a carb issue or possible valve issue with the lack of power.

I regularly cut with both 38'' and 42'' decks and they have lots of power with the 8hp motors


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Posted July 24, 2017 - 07:32 PM

Check the deck for level, side to side should be the same.

 For  front to back, the front NEEDS to be a little lower than the back, 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

If the back is lower than the front it needs ALOT more power.


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Posted July 24, 2017 - 08:14 PM

Have a 42" deck on my 1050 from a g16 it does well but I have a Briggs 10hp repower .
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Posted July 24, 2017 - 08:58 PM

does your blades turn freely by hand?

if not the spindle bearing could be bad or the bearings in the idler pulleys


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Posted July 24, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Sure sounds like you have a bearing or something else dragging the engine down. I wouldn't keep running it that way. As stated, take the belts or belts off and spin everything by hand. 


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 06:20 AM

since I try to go with simple things first (sometimes sounding foolish), are the blades sharp and "facing" the right way? going with you "trying" it, figure it's new to  you and maybe wasn't set up properly


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Posted July 29, 2017 - 02:27 PM

All the spindles and idlers spin nice and smoothly with out the belt. The gearbox has a stiff spot though and when I pulled the cover off it packed with grease plus the gear oil I had put in it.

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Posted July 29, 2017 - 03:24 PM

You say it has plenty of power when using the tiller.

 

Is it possible that you are in too high a gear when trying to mow?

 

Maybe drop down a gear and see how it goes.


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Posted July 29, 2017 - 10:11 PM

I'm saying this without having the gearbox in my hands but I'm pretty certain it should not have any tight spots. Sounds like a bearing that is about to take a dump on you. I'd pull them before your replacing gears. 


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